Laser tattoo removal is becoming a more and more popular procedure, given that many individuals who have tattoos end up wanting them removed at some point in their lives. Adding tattoo removal procedures to a clinical practice no doubt has its benefits, particularly ones of enhancing a patient base and increasing overall revenue particularly due to the high return of investment. This is a service that patients will be grateful for.
But offering laser tattoo removal requires specific training. The reason for this is to make sure that the treatment that your practice is offering is the best quality service at a standard that people expect to receive. As a physician, it is important to recognize the limitations and risks associated with tattoo removal, making sure that any unforeseen and unexpected side effects (though rare) are managed effectively and promptly. A good training program will ensure that the performing physician or practitioner will know exactly what is required to be done during the procedure, ensuring that the care offered is individualized and personalized.
But before we take a look at why laser tattoo removal training is essential, it is good to recap how laser tattoo removal is performed.
The laser tattoo removal procedure
In a nutshell, the procedure involves exposing the tattoo to laser that is targeted at individual areas of the skin. The laser breaks down the tattoo into microscopic particles which are absorbed into the blood stream and eventually removed by the immune system.
Training physicians to offer laser tattoo removal procedures involves covering various aspects of the technique. Below are some points that will be covered –
1. The anatomy of the skin – This aspect is often taught as a part of cosmetic surgery training, so will be briefly brushed upon.
2. History of the procedure – It is good to know what was offered previously, and how the whole process of tattoo removal has developed over the years.
3. Indications – Certain tattoos can be removed completely, while some can be faded away. It is essential to know what can be offered, and when treatments can be offered. Instructing physicians on how to best manage patient expectations is an important part of any laser tattoo removal training program.
4. Risks and complications – This is probably the most important aspect of laser tattoo removal. Patients will no doubt have questions and concerns, and having a good understanding the of the procedure and the side effects will build confidence and help the performing physician have a better understanding of what to expect.
5. The equipment – Equipment used for tattoo removal are complex and designed for a specific purpose with specific capabilities. Having a detailed knowledge of all these equipment is important.
Laser tattoo training is a detailed program that covers various aspects of tattoo removal. It offers a physician’s practice a new skill and arms them with the knowledge required to make this a profitable venture.
For more information, please visit the IAPAM’s webpage: Tattoo Removal hands on Training at their respected Aesthetic Medicine Symposium.