Advanced Cosmetic Procedures

Oxfordshire's leading specialist in these procedures Barbara Mead qualified in Electrolysis in 1993 and specialised in Advanced Cosmetic Procedures in 2010.

Using electrolysis to remove numerous skin blemishes is quick and safe and unlike surgical removal leaves no scar. Often only 1 treatment is required.


Moles are simply a collection of skin cells, blood vessels and sometimes pigment cells. You will be required to obtain your general practitioner's written approval before treatment.

They are treated by applying heat energy to the surface of the mole to seal off the blood supply. Sometimes 1 to 3 treatments may be needed for each mole depending on size.

Dermatosis Papulosa Nigra

These are smooth, dome-shaped dark coloured spots on the skin which are actually small Seborrheic Keratoses. They most often but not exclusively occur on darker skins.

They are easily removed using electrolysis by gently scraping off, leaving no mark.

Skin Tags

Skin Tags can be flesh coloured or darker in colour, they can be anywhere on the face or body but are common in the underarms area, under the breasts and in the groin.

Skin Tags can be caused by friction from clothing, jewellery or skin areas rubbing. They can also be hereditary, increase with age or appear during pregnancy. Sometimes they are caused by the same virus as warts.

Sebaceous Hyperplasia / Sebaceous Cyst

Enlarged sebaceous (oil) glands that occur mostly on the T zone – where there are more oil producing glands, sebaceous hyperplasia are completely harmless. They are removed by gently scraping them away with the heat energy of electrolysis.

What is a sebaceous cyst?- A painless, round, skin-coloured lump varying in size from a pea to an egg.

What causes a sebaceous cyst?- Caused by the collection of sebum [skins natural oils] in a closed sac. They can be hereditary or can be caused by injury to the skin or a swollen hair follicle. They are completely harmless and are reduced by applying the heat energy of electrolysis into the area where the sebum has collected. However, they do sometimes re-fill with sebum, and may require surgical removal of the ‘sac’ for permanent results.

Blood Spot

What are blood spots?- Blood spots (also known as Campbell de Morgan spots) are bright red spots and vary in size from a couple of millimetres across up to half a centimetre.

They are usually very bright red and have a very clear margin.

Red/Thread Veins

Thermo-coagulation - Thermo-coagulation, often referred to as Veinwave, is a diathermy (heat) technique used to destroy thread veins.

The perfect choice for facial thread veins as well as fine thread veins in the legs that are small.


Warts are small rough growths on the skin. They are caused by a viral infection in the skin cells. The virus is called the human papillomavirus, there are more than 100 types of HPV.

Seborrhoeic Keratosis

Also referred to as seborrhoeic warts or Senile warts, seborrhoeic keratosis are a very common blemish usually seen from middle age onwards.

They are not actually warts, but are most easily described as an ageing or thickening of the skin.


A verruca (plantar wart) is a wart on the sole of the foot. It is the same as a common wart, but the weight of the body presses it into the foot. Verrucas can be painful.

Whiteheads/ Milia

These are small white pearly lumps which occur in the uppermost layer of the skin when sebum (natural skin oil) becomes trapped in a blind duct.

Milia are more common on dry skin but can also appear in response to injury like sunburn. Milia are treated by applying heat energy into them. After treatment, a tiny pin-dot crust will form which will heal and fall away usually within a few days leaving no marking at all.

These little marks are caused by an overgrowth of the sweat glands. They most commonly appear around the eyes and can be mistaken for milia but they are softer and are usually oval.

They are removed by gently scraping them away with electrolysis.

Age Spot Removal

Age Spots are brown coloured flat patches common on the hands and face, but can pop up almost anywhere on the body.

Age spots, technically known as lentigines, are well-defined, uniformly coloured areas of brown or greyish pigment that generally show up on the hands, face, neck, and chest.


These yellowish-white pads usually appear around the eyes. They are a build up of fat cells under the skin and can be a sign of high cholesterol so if you have these it’s worth getting your blood cholesterol checked.

Electrolysis is used to gently scrape them away.

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  • "Wonderful experience for my first time at an aesthetic clinic. I had a sebaceaous growth which was really bothering me. The booking process was very easy, Barbara was extremely welcoming and professional, the process was painless and I no longer have any trace of the growth whatsoever. It was also extremely good value as a dermathologist would have charged over £300 for the same outcome. I really recommend this clinic!"

    Service: Treatment for Sebaceous Hyperplasia / Sebaceous Cyst

    Stéphanie Lesage

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    Occasional Saturdays available by prior arrangement.


    Please note that 48 hours’ notice is required for cancellations & appointment changes - cancellations of less than 24 hours’ notice are charged at 50% of all treatments booked.

    Missed appointments & cancellations of less than 2 hours are charged at 100% of booking.

    We are all individuals, therefore, results from treatments may vary from person to person. Results will last a different amount of time from person to person depending on variables such as the individual’s metabolism, lifestyle and area of treatment; this may even vary between treatments for an individual. Results, downtime and recovery following treatment will vary. Side effects that may occur are redness, swelling, tenderness and bruising at the injection site, however, these are mild and temporary.

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