Short Wave Diathermy for Skin Blemish Removal

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Achieve clear skin effortlessly with our advanced shortwave diathermy treatment, safely removing blemishes for a smooth, clear complexion

a person with gloves using a short wave diathermy needle to remove a skin tag
a person with gloves using a short wave diathermy needle to remove a skin tag
a person with gloves using a short wave diathermy needle to remove a skin tag

Short Wave Diathermy for Skin Blemish Removal

Short Wave diathermy is a safe and effective treatment for skin blemish removal. It uses heat from a fine needle to cauterise and remove unwanted skin lesions. Achieve clearer, smoother skin with short wave diathermy, a trusted solution for various skin blemishes.

How Does Short Wave Diathermy Work?

The mechanism of short wave diathermy involves the following:

  1. Heat Generation: The high-frequency electrical current passes through the probe, generating heat within the targeted tissue due to its resistance.

  2. Tissue Coagulation: The generated heat causes the cellular proteins within the lesion to denature and coagulate, effectively destroying the tissue.

  3. Desiccation: The heat also vaporises the water content within the lesion, leading to its desiccation (drying out).

  4. Wound Healing: The destroyed tissue forms a scab that eventually falls off, revealing new, healthy skin underneath.

Clinical Evidence and Safety

Short wave diathermy is a well-established procedure with a long history of safe and effective use for skin lesion removal. Clinical studies have demonstrated its efficacy in treating various types of benign lesions, including:

  • Skin tags: Small, benign growths commonly occuring on the neck, armpits, and groin.
  • Seborrhoeic keratoses: Non-cancerous growths that often appear as waxy, brown bumps on the skin.
  • Warts: Rough, raised bumps caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV).
  • Milia: Small, white bumps that occur when dead skin cells become trapped under the skin’s surface.
  • Cherry angiomas: Small, bright red bumps that occur due to the proliferation of blood vessels.
  • Telangiectasia: Dilated or broken blood vessels that appear as fine lines or spider veins on the skin.

Key Features of Short Wave Diathermy

A list of key features in blemish removal

  • Precise and Targeted Treatment

    Short wave diathermy allows for precise targeting of specific lesions, minimising damage to surrounding healthy tissue.

  • Minimally Invasive

    The procedure is minimally invasive, requiring only a small probe to be inserted into the targeted lesion. This results in minimal scarring and faster healing compared to surgical excision.

  • Versatile

    Short wave diathermy can treat a wide range of benign skin lesions, including skin tags, seborrhoeic keratoses, warts, milia, cherry angiomas, and telangiectasias.

  • Quick and Convenient

    The procedure is typically quick, with most lesions being treated within a few minutes. It can often be performed in a doctor's office without the need for anesthesia.

  • Cost-Effective

    Shortwave diathermy is a cost-effective option for skin lesion removal, often being less expensive than surgical excision or laser treatments.

Steps in a Short Wave Diathermy for Skin Blemish Removal

An outline of what to expect during your treatment

  • Consultation and Assessment

    We will examine the skin lesion, discuss your medical history, and determine if shortwave diathermy is suitable for your specific case.

  • Preparation

    We will clean and disinfect the treatment area. A topical anaesthetic may be applied to numb the area, although this is not always necessary for smaller lesions.

  • Procedure

    We will use a fine probe to deliver the shortwave diathermy current to the lesion. This may cause a slight tingling or burning sensation, but it is usually well-tolerated. The lesion will typically turn white or grey as it is being treated.

  • Post-Treatment Care

    We will apply a topical antibiotic or ointment to the treated area and provide instructions for aftercare. This may include keeping the area clean and dry, avoiding sun exposure, and using any prescribed medications.

  • Healing and Follow-Up

    The treated lesion will form a scab, which will naturally fall off within a few days to a few weeks. We may schedule a follow-up appointment to assess the healing process and ensure optimal results.

Short Wave Diathermy for Skin Blemish Removal

Choose a Treatment

  • Milia

    Remove milia, those tiny white bumps, with precision.



    • Targeted treatment for individual milia
    • Minimal discomfort and quick healing
    • Effective for milia on sensitive areas like the face
  • Seborrheic Keratosis

    Effectively remove those harmless waxy bumps.



    • Precisely targets and removes individual keratoses
    • Minimal impact on surrounding skin, promoting faster healing
    • Preferred for facial seborrheic keratoses due to its gentle nature.
  • Skin tag

    Safely and effectively eliminate skin tags.



    • Precise removal of individual skin tags
    • Minimal scarring and fast recovery
    • Suitable for skin tags on various body areas
  • Broken Capillaries

    Seal broken capillaries, those tiny red veins on the skin's surface.



    • Precisely targets and cauterizes individual capillaries
    • Minimal discomfort and quick procedure time
    • Gradual fading of treated capillaries over time

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