(What it is and how I got rid of it)
‘Dermato-what?’ I hear you ask. Yes, I don’t quite know how to pronounce it either but let us get dermatologist Dr Goldfaden to explain it to you: ‘Dermatofibromas is an overgrowth of connective tissue. They appear as a hard nodule, which can look similar to a mole but harder in texture. They are usually darker than normal skin, very firm, not itchy and not painful. Most commonly found on lower extremities or waist down. Dermatofibromas are relatively common in younger people and can affect both men and women.’
And, guilty. I’m in my late twenties and a woman.
I first noticed mine (on my bum cheek, no less) a few years back but I assumed it was a mole and that I’d eventually have enough surplus cash to one day get it removed.
But many dermatologist and surgeon visits later, I found out that I had dermatofibromas, rather than moles – which are much harder to treat.
Most specialists advised me to leave them alone, explaining that an excision (which, they said, would be the only way to get rid of them) would only leave me with an even larger scar.
I felt deflated. Sure, I didn’t want a huge scar but I also hated how they currently looked. I had two, round, red nodules which stood out like a sore thumb any time I looked in the mirror (and don’t get me started on what they did to my confidence in the bedroom, either.)
So, when I finally found science-savvy beauty therapist Clare Marie Peters, it was like my prayers were answered. Also a celebrity facialist, Olay ambassador and Dolce & Gabbana skincare consultant, Clare, has treated the likes of Cara and Poppy Delevingne – so yeah, I felt in safe hands.
She introduced me to NanoFractional Radio Frequency machine Venus Viva which is the first and only fractional radio frequency system that can deliver skin resurfacing through 700 pulses.
The Viva is used to help the treatment of acne scars, texture improvement, skin tightening and wrinkle reduction so I was hoping it could help me.
The machine is incredibly unassuming but considering my low pain threshold, I was still worried. The machine delivers heat to your body through tiny tips that pin point where to resurface your skin. But, considering the pins are 30 times smaller than other fractional technology, it meant that any teeny tiny cuts I had went red, but never scabbed.
Less downtime means you can have treatments more regularly (around every two weeks) so ideally, whatever lesion you’re getting removed, it should be gone within 3-4 treatments.
I’m currently trying it out for my dermatofibromas and am on round three so I’ll keep you posted.