Diathermy is treatment for Millia, Skin Tags, Broken Capillaries and Cherry Angiomas
Diathermy is a medical technique which involves the use of a high-frequency electrical current to produce intense heat to a specified treatment area.This intense heat is able to destroy unhealthy or unwanted tissue such as skin tags and millia or can be used to clot blood, which effectively reduces the appearance of broken capillaries.
The device itself is a small hand piece which delivers the electrical current through a probe, the size of an eyelash. This means that the treatment is very precise and only the target tissue is affected. Therefore, the risk of scarring or post/inflammatory pigmentation is very unlikely.
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Skin Tags – (Acrochordons)
Skin tags are benign, innocuous growths which vary in size, shape and attachment.
They are often found in areas where there is friction, such as where the skin creases or clothes rub. Skin tags (technically known as fibro-vascular papilloma) are increasingly common as we age and affect almost half of the population.
While they are benign and do not pose any direct risk to your health, skin tags can easily be removed if they are impacting on your self esteem or mental well-being.
Dermatosis Papulosa Nigra – (NPD)
Dermatosa Papulosa Nigra are small brown or black raised areas of skin that affect one third of people with Fitzpatrick skin types 5 and 6.
In many cases, Dermatosa Papulosa Nigra is a genetic condition that appears on the face, upper cheeks and temples, eyes and chest and increases with age.
While Dermatosa Papulosa Nigra does not pose a threat to your health, it can have an impact on your self confidence and mental well being.
Milia – Milium Cysts
What’s with those annoying little white heads that just never seem to come to the surface and go away? What is that thick, white stuff that comes out when you finally get so frustrated you pick and poke and finally pop the bump? Milia can be the bane of your existence, particularly when they continue to form despite your best efforts at keeping your skin “clean.” Unfortunately, cleanliness isn’t the problem. The skin’s ability to naturally exfoliate is.
Milia are deep seeded white bumps that form when skin cells become trapped rather than exfoliate naturally. The trapped cells become walled off into tiny cysts that appear like white beads below the surface of the skin. Milia can occur on the skin or even on mucous membranes such as the inner surface of the cheek or the vermillion border of the lips.
As the surface is worn away, the tiny cyst may resolve on its own, though intervention to remove the cyst may offer more rapid resolution.
Broken Capillaries – (Telangiectasia)
also known as red veins, thread veins and broken capillaries, are common in exposed and vulnerable areas such as the nose.
These can be caused by trauma to the skin. Treatment aims to restore the previous appearance of the skin.
Cherry Angioma are small blood spots that are benign vascular blemishes. They can vary in size from small pin dots to as large as a penny; and in colour from bright red to darker tones. Cherry angioma are not painful, but may bleed when scratched and can become distressing, particularly if they are in difficult to mask areas.
Diathermy needle placement can desiccate the tissue and cauterise blood.
Cherry angioma blood spots can appear on the eye area as we age. Diathermy is very precise and controllable, which it make ideal for the delicate eye area. There is an absolute minimum of trauma, even immediately after treatment.
Sebacious Hyperplasia – (SHP)
Sebaceous hyperplasia is technically a form of benign hair follicle in a donut shape with a dot in the middle. Sebaceous hyperplasia is harmless and does not require any medical treatment. Clients usually hate these unsightly bumps and therefore, for cosmetic reasons they may be successfully removed with diathermy.
They usually appear as small yellow bumps and upon close inspection they reveal a central hair follicle surrounded by yellowish lobules. The surface of the lobules are usually smooth and shiny, although occasionally they present as rough. The depressed centre of these bumps is one of the primary ways you can tell you’re dealing with sebaceous hyperplasia, and not with something else such as a whitehead (milia). It’s not uncommon to have several of these bumps at once, sometimes spaced apart, but they can be clustered, too. They are typically 1.5mm in diameter but can become enlarged (up to 3 mm in diameter) and become clogged.
Sebaceous hyperplasia is most often seen on the forehead and central part of the face, but can appear anywhere on the body, especially in areas where the skin has more oil glands.