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Thermocoagulation

Thermocoagulation is the treatment or removal of unwanted skin anomalies.

The following skin anomalies are superficial skin imperfections which can be treated effectively by Thermo-Coagulation. The process will improve your skins appearance by reducing or eliminating those unwanted skin anomalies. I am able to treat: skin tags, cherry anginomas, milia, angiokeratomes, open pores, unwanted piercings, keratosis and visible facial capillaries.

The procedure in most cases involves inserting a fine probe into the anomaly, releasing a small amount of current; this will dry up the anomaly. Depending on the size of the anomaly treated and the intensity used, a scab will form. This is your bodies natural band-aid. Once the skin beneath is healed enough to be exposed to the elements, the scab will fall off on its own.

Most clients find the sensation is quite gentle and say they feel it less than an electrolysis treatment. A numbing agent can be applied prior to treatment to ease the sensation.

During a complimentary consultation, I will explain the procedure, examine your anomalies and then determine if I can treat you. At that time I will determine if the anomaly can be improved with one treatment or if repeated treatments are necessary.

Treatments are offered in 10 minute increments.

10 minutes is $25.00 + HST


Skin Tags

Description

Skin Tags Skin tags are benign flaps of skin. They are usually darker in colour than your natural skin and are often found on the neck and upper torso. Skin tags can be flat or protruding flaps of skin.

These anomalies are found in women and men of all ages.

Treatment of Skin Tags

A skin tag can be removed permanently in one treatment. Depending on the number of tags and the size of the tags you can have multiple be removed during a treatment session. When treating small flat skin tags the technician will touch the tag with the tip of her probe while releasing current, the skin tag will dry up and fall off on its own within days. In the case of larger skin tags the treatment time will take longer as there is more preparation for the technician. For larger skin tags the technician will grasp the head of the skin tag with a haemostat, she will lift the tag up exposing the neck of the skin tag. With the probe a current is used to cut the skin tag off while cauterizing it. If the tags are very large only a few may be treated during a treatment.

Post Treatment & After Care

Do not rub or scratch the area. A scab will form post treatment. It is important to let the scab heal naturally. This may take a week or two depending on the size of the skin tag that was removed. It is important to keep the scab dry to allow for proper healing.


Cherry Angioma

Cherry Angiomas are also known as ruby points. Larger Angiomas are also referred to as Campbell spots.

Description

Cherry Angioma They are the most common vascular lesion; they consist of highly concentrated dilated capillaries and can be flat to the skin or larger and slightly raised (Campbell spot). Therefore their appearance is a cherry red to purplish colour.

Common Causes

Cherry Angiomas usually appear as we age and typically start out as a small red dot although they can grow up to a few centimetres in diameter. They are very common and can be found on most areas of the body but are most common on the torso. These skin anomalies are usually found on fairer skinned people and as a family trait.

Treatment of Cherry Angiomas

Most of the cherry angiomas can be treated with one treatment with the exception of larger or deeper coloured lesions which may take a few treatments. If a follow up treatment is necessary you will still notice improvement after one treatment, the red spot will lighten in colour to a pinkish colour. The technician will insert a probe into the anomaly while releasing the current. The smaller anomaly will dry up and disappear. The large anomalies, Campbell spots, will result in a scab until the skin has repaired underneath, then fall off on its own. The procedure is quite quick and many can be treated during one treatment session. Some larger cherry angiomas may need more than two treatments.

Post Treatment & After Care

Do not scratch the area and keep the area dry. A scab will form and heal within a few weeks. If the anomaly hasn't disappeared completely a follow up treatment can be performed after three weeks.


Milia

Also known as milk spots.

Description

Milia Milia are tiny white bumps on the skin. Milia look like whiteheads and are often found around the eyes and nose. They are keratin filled cysts which feel like a grain of sand under your skin. They don't have an opening at the surface so they can't be extracted like whiteheads.

Common Causes

Milia can be found on babies and people of all ages. Sometimes they are a family trait and exfoliating can help. Some milia will come and go on their own, but others are often persistent and need to be extracted by a professional.

Treatment of Milia

They are easily removed by thermocoagulation. The technician will insert a probe with current into the milium to soften the debris, then she will use a lancet to break the skin and extract the milium.

Post Treatment & After Care

The area may be a little swollen and red after depending on how many are extracted and the size of the milia. In some cases a small scab may appear which will heal on its own within days.


Angiokeratome

Description

Angiokeratome Angiokeratomes are colourless mole like looking skin anomalies with the presence of capillaries.

Common Causes

Some people are born with them and they are usually found as a family trait.

Treatment of Angiokeratomes

The technician will insert a probe while releasing a steady stream of current to coagulate it. The anomaly will dry up, resulting in a light coloured scab which will darken in color over a few days. Depending on the size and of anomaly many can be treated in one treatment session. Some anomalies may take repeated treatments to completely disappear.

Post Treatment & After Care

The area will be a little irritated post treatment then a small scab will form within a day or two. Keep the area dry and do not touch the area to allow it to heal naturally. The scab will fall off when the underlying skin is rejuvenated. If needed repeated treatments may be preformed once the area has completely healed.


Visibly Enlarged Pores

Description

Visibly Enlarged Pores Visibly enlarged pores are pores that have had some sort of trauma.

Common Causes

Visible pores are usually caused by traumas that have been self induced. Continual picking and unsuccessful extractions of white or blackheads may have caused this problem. Improper technique of trying to free an ingrown hair may also cause the pore to become visible. Debris can also get trapped in the pore exasperating the problem.

Treatment of Visible Pores

The technician will extract any debris from the pore then she will insert a probe into the pore. Once at the probe is at the bottom of the pore she will release while sliding the probe out. The current fuses the skin back together. Depending on the size and depth of the pore this may take repeated treatments to gradually close the pore.

Post Treatment & After Care

The area will be a little inflamed and a small scab will appear post treatment. Let the scab heal naturally. Repeated treatments can be preformed after the area has completely healed.


Unwanted Piercings

Description

Unwanted Piercings Unwanted piercings are self explanatory. Most can be closed with the exception of large ear gauges.

Common Causes

Some piercings that have been performed in an incorrect area such as too low or high on the ear lobe can be closed. Piercings that have been acquired years before and no longer wanted, they can be found on the nose, brow, lips and belly button. We cannot close large ear gauges.

Treatment of Unwanted Piercings

The technician will insert a probe into the hole and release the current while slowly sliding the probe out fusing the skin together. Usually repeated treatments are required to close the hole completely depending on the side of the hole.

Post Treatment & After Care

The hole will be inflamed and tender post treatment. A scab will appear and will heal on its own within a few weeks. Do not rub or pick at the treatment spot.


Keratosis

Description

Keratosis Keratosis are also known as senile keratosis. Keratosis are common growths and are most common in adults over 30 years old and can be found on almost any area of the body. Keratosis can vary from light coloured to black, flat or raised anomalies with waxy or wart like appearance. They are harmless but we recommend that you get your keratosis evaluated by a doctor as they can be mistaken for skin cancer, especially if they bleed, itch, are irritated or inflamed on a regular basis.

Common Causes

The cause of keratosis is unknown but heredity seems to play a role.

Treatment of Keratosis

The technician will remove the excess anomaly by lifting it off with a probe and current, followed by a cauterization of the surface to seal the skin. Some may re-grow after removal, but most do not.

Post Treatment & After Care

The treated area will be raw and a scab will appear a few days later. It is very important to let the scab heal naturally and keep the area dry. New skin will rejuvenate over a several week period. In some cases a slight hyper or hypo pigmentation change may remain where the keratosis was present.


Visible Facial Capillaries

Visible Facial Capillaries


Description

Visible capillaries are dilated capillaries that have lost their elasticity and have become permanently enlarged. They may form linear, or as dots of redness. The name spider vein is given for the spider like appearance of some, with red centers and little tentacles emerging from the middle.

Common Causes

These lesions are commonly found on the face, they often concentrate on the nose, cheeks and chin. The main causes are sun damage, injury, medication and aging. Nearly all fair-skinned people are prone to these unattractive blood vessels, which gradually start appearing in their mid 30's. Whatever the cause the condition most definitely affects, thin-skinned people.

Visible capillaries occur more frequently in women than in men and during pregnancy the increase of hormones and the increase pressure and volume may temporarily dilate capillaries. Therefore we recommend that you wait a few months after delivery before you begin treatment.

Medication such as oral contraceptives containing estrogens can elevate hormone levels and cause dilated capillaries. Long term use of Retin-A, chemical peels and microderm abrasion can also bring about the condition. Patients with high blood pressure often have dilated facial capillaries. This condition can be temporarily improved but not cured, as dilated vessels will continue to form because of the high blood pressure.

Alcohol, a diet of spicy food and extreme temperature changes are often cited for causing dilated capillaries.

Heredity seems to play the most significant role in the development of dilated capillaries in healthy people; it can be seen as a family trait.

Treatment of Visible Capillaries

The treatment of dilated vessels attempts to block the flow of blood in the vessel. Blockage of the capillary is achieved by coagulating a small segment of the vessel. The blood is clotted at the treatment site, blocking the flow of blood. Dilated capillaries of the superficial dermis are essentially dysfunctional. They carry blood, but are too large to nourish skin cells effectively. Therefore, removal of these vessels causes no risk to the health of the skin. When these are removed, new normal-size capillaries grow to efficiently feed the skin.

Visible Facial Capillaries


After Treatment Care

Post treatment the skin will be slightly inflamed for a few hours. Do not rub, exfoliate or have a facial for a week or two after treatment.

Capillaries vs. Veins

Think of the coagulation treatment as constructing a barrier against the flow of blood in a vessel, much like a dam holds back a river; a river downstream from a dam dries up, as does the blood vessel. This process works well against capillaries but not veins, because of the difference in the direction of the blood flow.

Capillaries in the skin branch out from arterioles and become progressively thinner as the carry blood to the cells. A single clot form eliminates the downstream blood, eliminating that section of the vessel.

Visible Facial Capillaries


Veins however, join into progressively larger veins as they return blood to the heart. Blood pressure in the legs is greater than the face and increases as the patient stands up and walks. A single clot wouldn't cause removal of connecting veins; therefore, the treatment would be ineffective. Veins on the legs are referred to physicians who specialize in the removal of varicose and spider veins on the legs. Standard treatments include sclerotherapy, surgery and laser treatments.


Prices

10 Minutes $25 + HST = $28.25
20 Minutes $50 + HST = $56.50
30 Minutes $75 + HST = $84.75


Most common anomalies treated are: Cherry Angiomas, Skin Tags, Facial Spider Veins, Milia, Keratosis, Unwanted piercings.

Moles can be removed with a clearance note from a Doctor.

 
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