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Help Your Patients Erase Their Past

Laser treatments are now an integral part of cosmetic health care in the modern world. Lasers are a non-evasive and cost-effective solution for a number of aesthetic needs and areas of the body. 

From hair removal to skin rejuvenation and even eye surgeries, there’s no doubt that the advent of laser treatments has revolutionized modern skin treatments. That’s why we include lasers in our training program at the Aesthetic Medicine Symposium where you can learn the top 5 most profitable non-invasive cosmetic procedures.

Today, offering cosmetic laser / IPL procedures including hair removal, skin rejuvenation, fractional skin resurfacing, skin tightening, QuantaUSA multi-color tattoo removal and other emerging procedures is essential in order to have a  successful aesthetic practice or medical spa.

The IAPAM Aesthetic Laser and Tattoo Removal Training Program

IAPAM’s Aesthetic Medicine Symposium’s aesthetic laser and tattoo removal training represents the most comprehensive minimally invasive modality training for physicians new to the aesthetic medicine field. 

We focus on training physicians and their medical staff in the best practices for device-based aesthetic medicine treatments using lasers, light sources and radio frequency devices to grow their education and grow their practice.

As part of the aesthetic laser and tattoo removal training program, participants will have the opportunity to learn the top five minimally invasive procedures including laser hair removal. 

You will also learn about tattoo removal, another highly sought aesthetic medical treatment by patients who got tattoos – many as young adults – and now regret their decision.

In addition to overviews of current clinical research, participants spend a half a day of the symposium on laser training, learning from leaders in the industry. Our comprehensive training covers the following:

  • Utilizing IPL/Laser Technologies within an Aesthetic Practice or Medical Spa
  • Difference between laser and IPL technologies.
  • Physics of IPL/Laser devices (how to match the right equipment to the right procedure).
  • Skin typing using the Fitzpatrick scale and patient selection.
  • Principles and safety of lasers and IPL devices.
  • Potential side effects and risks.
  • Incorporating facial/skin rejuvenation into your practice.

The Many Benefits of Laser Treatments to Grow Your Practice

Aesthetic laser treatments can be used to treat a multitude of cosmetic concerns with little or no down time. All lasers work by producing a single wavelength (color) of light. 

In essence the laser produces a controlled injury to the skin that causes just the right amount of damage to promote new cell growth.

  • Ablative lasers affect only top layers of the skin and allow for healing of superficial problems due to photo aging (sun damage) or chronological aging.
  • Non-ablative lasers remove skin damage that is much more severe and the recovery time with a non-ablative laser is much swifter than it is when conventional ablative lasers (such as the CO2 and erbium type) are used. It is a sophisticated laser skin rejuvenation procedure.

Laser treatment can smooth wrinkles and tighten the skin, making them highly sought after by patients who want to look younger. Laser skin treatments are effective at:

  • Eliminating fine lines on the upper lip, cheeks, and forehead
  • Smoothing and tightening upper and lower eyelid skin
  • Removing crow’s feet around the eyes
  • Softening frown lines
  • Removing freckles and brown spots
  • Removing age spots
  • Removing tattoos
  • Removing stretch marks
  • Removing burst blood vessels
  • Reducing redness in the skin
  • Flattening scars
  • Repairing smoker’s lines
  • Smoothing and polishing the complexion in general for a more youthful appearance

Why "Grow" your Practice by Adding Tattoo Removal?

Tattoo removal is one of the most sought after cosmetic procedures today by patients who decided either on a whim or as an informed choice to have a tattoo, only to decide later in life that they no longer wished to have one.

If one were to look at the statistics in the US, over 45 million Americans currently have at least one tattoo.  

Of this group, 36% of them range between the ages of 18-25 years, while around 49% are between 26 -40 years. 

A large majority of the population have black ink tattoos, and 70% of the total population who have tattoos are women.

It is clear that the potential patient population is huge. As the number of tattoos increases, so will the need for tattoo removal. In fact, 17% of the above population group regret ever getting a tattoo – this amounts to over 7.6 million people.

If you are looking to expand your practice and have more patients attend your clinic, then adding tattoo removal to your service is definitely the way forward. 

The numbers are clear from the previously discussed statistics, and the potential to increase your patient base is big.

The average tattoo removal cost is $200, and each procedure takes around 15 minutes to perform. If you were to perform 3 – 4 procedures an hour, that could mean an additional $800 a day. The income stream just does not end there. Patients often need 6 to 7 sittings of treatments, making the average income per patient around $1200 to $1400. 

Some centers that have already started offering this procedure are seeing an increase in monthly income of around $20,000.

Laser & Tattoo Removal Training Program

Join +10,000 MDs/DOs, PAs and NPs from all medical specialties who have successful trained in our Successful Aesthetic Practice System™ at the Aesthetic Medicine Symposium.

BONUS: Included in your training are the top 5 most profitable aesthetic procedures – you’re getting 5 courses in 1!

December 3-6, 2021
Scottsdale, Arizona

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laser procedures

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.

Program Details

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:

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.

The training

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.

For more information on the IAPAM Aesthetic Medicine Symposium, please call 1-800-485-5759 or e-mail us at [email protected]

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