Laser treatment has become an integral part of cosmetic health care in the modern world. Ranging from hair removal to skin rejuvenation, tattoo removal and even eye surgeries, there is no doubt that the advent of laser treatments has revolutionized modern skin treatments.
Laser Training for Hair Removal
In order to operate laser devices, specific training is required. This remains the case for whatever procedure is required to be performed. Let’s take a look at some of the basics that will be covered –
1. Understanding the principle
Before administering laser therapy to patients, it is important to understand how laser therapy works. Laser therapy for hair removal operates on the principle that specific wavelengths of light which pulsate at a specific frequency are directed towards the base of the hair follicle (in hair removal) and different layers of the skin (in skin rejuvenation). The skin or the base of the hair follicle absorbs light which is then converted to heat. This heat is what produces the change required in the skin (such as removal of wrinkles and scars) and removes the hair from the area.
The advantage is that laser can be directed to a specific point where treatment is required without affecting the surrounding areas. It is therefore extremely useful in managing localized hair or skin problems.
2. Understanding the devices
There are a number of devices that are available to administer laser therapy. We already mentioned the industry-standard Palomar® lasers above. The devices that are used for both skin rejuvenation and laser hair removal are similar though their mechanism of action is slightly different.
Skin rejuvenation using laser treatment, also called ‘photo-rejuvenation’, utilizes a CO2 laser or a YAG laser. These devices emit intense pulsed light (IPL), which is absorbed by the melanin under the skin along with the capillaries in areas where it is applied. This generates heat and destroys the excess pigment and any extra blood vessels that may be present.
On the other hand, laser therapy for hair removal uses a process called ‘selective photo-thermolysis’ utilizing intense pulsed light directed towards the root of the hair follicle. Within the root of the hair follicle are different kinds of melanin and by destroying this, laser therapy can effectively remove hair from several areas and stop hair from going again.
3. Understanding the side-effects
Laser treatment is usually painless and side-effects are very few. Treatments are effective for a very long time though this may vary between patient to patient. The common side-effect is mild skin redness which should be explained to the patient. Preliminary tests assessing the likelihood of developing problems are sometimes conducted as well.
Laser Training for Physicians
Hands-on, CME Aesthetic Cosmetic Laser training is a component of the IAPAM’s Aesthetic Medicine Symposium. The IAPAM is the leading provider of cosmetic laser training for physicians. An important part of operating a successful aesthetic practice or medical spa is providing cosmetic laser / IPL procedures like: hair removal, skin rejuvenation, fractional skin resurfacing, skin tightening, tattoo removal and other emerging procedures.
The growth for laser procedures has exploded, according to the ASAPS, laser hair removal procedures increased by 37.2% over last year, with over 1.1 million procedures performed. Laser tattoo removal grew by 39.4%!
The Symposium was designed by physicians for physicians who are looking at adding aesthetic medicine procedures to their existing practice, start a medical spa, or act as a medical director.
The IAPAM ‘s Laser Training focuses on training physicians and their medical staff in the best practices for device-based aesthetic medicine treatments using lasers, light sources and radiofrequency devices. Enjoy the hands-on cosmetic laser training in sunny Scottsdale, Arizona while earning up AMA CME’s!
Part of the IAPAM’s Laser Training is to educate physicians on both best practices and possible complications, including:
- 78% of complications occurred in non-traditional medical facilities, such as freestanding medical spas and laser centers in shopping malls;
- 46% of complications occurred with hair reduction;
- 21% of complications occurred with Laser/Light leg vein treatments; and
- 42% of complications were permanent.
Part of the IAPAM’s training includes overviews of current clinical research.
In a recent study by Vic A. Narurkar, M.D et al, it was reported that “eighty two percent of all complications [with device-based procedures using lasers etc.] occurred in facilities that had no direct physician supervision. Of these, 57% were in facilities with a “medical director” who had limited training in dermatologic procedures and laser/light-based therapy. Of all the complications, 78% occurred in non-traditional medical facilities, such as free-standing medical spas and laser centers in shopping malls.
What is Laser Tattoo Removal Training?
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 a laser that is targeted at individual areas of the skin. The laser breaks down the tattoo into microscopic particles that are absorbed into the bloodstream 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 it 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 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 is complex and designed for a specific purpose with specific capabilities. Having a detailed knowledge of all this 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.
Why sign up for a laser tattoo removal training course?
Laser tattoo removal is a complex procedure that involves directing the laser towards the different pigments that are embedded in the skin. The laser shatters this pigment into a number of tiny fragments which eventually absorbed through the skin into the bloodstream and then destroyed by the body’s immune system.
The basic process has to be performed with extreme care and caution. Accurately performing this procedure can result in excellent outcomes and great patient satisfaction. Furthermore, there may be risks and side effects associated with laser tattoo removal which will be clearly explained in these training courses. In addition, candidates will be armed with the knowledge of how to handle complex colors and help them offer patients detailed explanations regarding tattoo removal so as to build their confidence in them.
But the benefits of signing up for a laser tattoo removal training course do not end there. If as a practitioner of aesthetic medicine you have not yet added laser tattoo removal to your artillery of clinical procedures, then you’re missing out big time on a large patient database and a considerable income. Millions of people across the United States and in other countries have tattoos that they wish to have removed. Many of them prefer to visit a local tattoo removal expert and following this training course, you could be classed as one of these experts. As word spreads, more and more people will attend the practice increasing your patient database considerably.
The procedure can cost up to $400 per sitting and usually, patients require multiple sittings. This would considerably increase your monthly income at your clinic.
Finally, individuals who wish to have their tattoos removed and get them done so at your practice will be very grateful. This can be an extremely positive thing for you!
Should you add tattoo removal to your practice? YES!
Tattoos have become fairly popular in today’s culture, with a large number of individuals seeking out to obtain the ‘ink’ that they always wanted. Some tattoos can be elaborate, many artistic and some are just a way to remember a loved or lost loved one.
It is not unheard of that a large part of the population that decides to have a tattoo decide sometime in the future to get it removed. The process is fairly intricate and often requires an expert to do so. New techniques have now been developed that can remove long-standing tattoos and even recent ones.
If you are currently running an aesthetic medicine practice or medspa, offering patients procedures such as dermal fillers and botox techniques, then given the number of people who now opt for tattoo removal, providing this service will most certainly be beneficial in a number of ways.
Firstly, you will be offering a service to people who are keen to get their tattoos removed quickly, and at a nearby service. Equipment is easy to use and is reliable. This procedure is currently ‘in demand’, so it is worthwhile making use of this opportunity.
Secondly, adding a service like a tattoo removal will increase your patient base within no time. While the number of patients who attend specifically for this procedure may not be large, the ROI is significantly high. This means bigger profits with more spare time!
In addition to the above, you will be running a service that patients will be grateful for, as it could reverse a bad decision they made years ago and allows them to move forward. Tattoos may look attractive at a young age when clothing options were many and society’s rules ‘did not apply’. Of course, as we get older, our professions and personal lives often require a different level of dignity, making tattoo removal a fairly essential procedure. Clearly, the patient groups attending your practice will be older, but nevertheless, the treatment you offer will better their lives.
Finally, a good reason to get tattoo removal to your aesthetic medicine practice is to increase your profits. Health insurance does not cover tattoo removal, so patients often pay upfront. In addition, the procedure can cost up to $500 for a 10-15 minute procedure, and patients require a few sessions, so you can imagine what the ROI is!
Adding a tattoo removal service to your practice is a wise move in the current economic climate. If you haven’t done it yet, check out the details we have on our site on how you can get certified.