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Diathermy treatment is often used to cure or ease the pain of joint conditions, such as arthritis. There are three types of diathermy treatment: shortwave, microwave and ultrasound diathermy. Here at ANP Skin Clinic we administer Shortwave Diathermy used to eliminate skin blemishes and remove abnormal and unwanted tissue.

Our diathermy treatment entails introducing the tip of the finest, smallest probe possible (about the size of an eyelash) into the line of the capillary (blood vessel) and discharging a tiny energy current. This high-frequency electromagnetic energy current creates heat. This warm temperature, in turn ‘dries up’ and destroys the unwanted vessel and closes up blood capillaries that cause blemishes.

Where skin tags are concerned, the energy emitted destroys the vessels ‘feeding’ the blemish depriving it of nourishment, resulting in its elimination.

Conditions treated with Shortwave Diathermy

  • Warts
  • Verrucas
  • Skin tags, which are small brown or flesh-coloured growths that hang off the skin
  • Haemangioma, known as blood spots, these are a group of blood vessels that create a lump beneath the skin
  • Facial Thread Veins, red spidery-like veins
  • Millia, which are tiny white lumps beneath the skin and often spout around the eyes
  • Dermatosis Papulosa Nigra. This is a common skin condition experienced by people with black skin. Symptoms are the appearance on the face, neck and upper chest of pimples that are small, smooth and firm or swelling.



Does it hurt?

There is very little pain involved, sometimes none. Diathermy treatments are safe, though sometimes a local anaesthetic might be used to numb the skin to minimise discomfort. Most treatments are fairly quick, though it depends on the problem. Despite it being a challenge to state a definitive time of duration for a treatment, your consultant will inform you of how long it is expected to take.

How many treatments would I need?

Often no return clinic visits are necessary but each case of abnormal skin cells is different, just as each person reacts differently to different treatments. The size, nature and type of unwanted tissue will impact whether it takes a few sessions of diathermy treatment to eradicate the unwanted skin growth or not. The area of your body which received the Shortwave Diathermy must not be over-treated and it is worth noting that how your skin reacts to the procedure will influence how many treatments you’ll require.

It’s worth bearing in mind that a treated blemish will not return but others may depending on the root cause, meaning you may need further diathermy treatment, but applying the Shortwave Diathermy to different areas.

We always outline all aspects of a treatment in your personal consultation.

What can I expect before, during and after the treatment?

You do not need to do anything in preparation for Shortwave Diathermy. During the procedure itself, a local anaesthetic may be used to prevent discomfort. Using a tiny eyelash-sized probe, we release a small, harmless electric current to heat up the blood in the veins and seal them shut so they can’t cause anymore blemishes.

Results are often instant. Following the treatment you should be prepared for your skin to be left a little pink from the heat that was applied and for slight puffiness to manifest in some areas. Don’t worry, both these symptoms calm down within a few hours. During the second and third day after the treatment, very small scabs may appear but will subside after a few days.

While facial thread veins and blemishes are likely to disappear straight away, the final results will only be evident after 4-6 weeks. Once the treated areas have fully healed, the process maybe re-done if required.

Is it right for me?

Shortwave  Diathermy is an appropriate option for most people, regardless of gender, age, ethnicity. It isn’t typically encouraged to treat growths whilst you are pregnant, though we will be able to advise you on this subject if it is a concern.

Here at ANP Skin Clinic we always provide our customers with first class consultations before treatments, supplying you with all the information about the benefits and risks of a procedure before you commit yourself and your body to it.

How much does it cost?

The cost of our Shortwave Diathermy treatment  is generally £50 for 15 minutes, but can be effected by the type and size of growth and the amount of lesions needing to be removed.

What are the risks?

Shortwave Therapy brings with it only a short healing time and no scarring. Your personal and friendly expert consultant from the ANP Skin Clinic team will always answer any questions you have at length before-hand.