I started in medical laser clinical research in 1986 as part of my Ph.D. studies in the Bioengineering Unit, Strathclyde University and in Canniesburn Plastic Surgery and Burns Unit. After gaining my degree in Physics and Astronomy from Glasgow University in 1984, I decided not to get a ‘proper job’ for a few more years,… Continue reading My history in lasers and IPLs and other stuff…
I’ve just launched a new training web site at DermaLaseTraining.com. It includes all the courses I can deliver plus a new shop where I will be selling some items which you may find useful. If you think I should include anything else in this new site please let me know. Likewise, if you find any… Continue reading New training web site
I have been asked many times in the last few years for a recommendation for an introductory book describing the application of lasers and IPLs in aesthetic treatments. My answer was always the same – “There isn’t one!!” So, I finally took the plunge and decided to write one, with my colleague PA Torstensson. The… Continue reading New Book – Medical/Aesthetic Lasers & IPLs and Skin Treatments
A brief history of my life in medical lasers and IPLs…
I co-wrote an article with my colleague, Godfrey Town, on the importance of plume control and the associated risk of not addressing it: Click on the above image to access it. Ciao for now, Mike.
We have written an eBook discussing the basics and fundamentals of lasers and IPLs in the medical/aesthetic arena. This first Chapter is FREE!! Click on the image below for your free online copy. The book includes links to animations, videos and two quizzes, to test your knowledge. A downloadable pdf copy is also available for 25 Euros. Further… Continue reading New laser/IPL eBook – FREE – for medicxal/aesthetic applications
We finally launched our new, FREE, eBook – Chapter 1 Fundamentals of Medical/Aesthetic Lasers and IPLs. In this chapter we discuss many of the basics of medical/aesthetic lasers including terminology and expressions, an introduction to light-tissue interactions and laser/IPL safety. This eBook is free as it links to many animations and videos. However, a downloadable… Continue reading New eBook – Introduction to Medical/Aesthetic Lasers and IPLs
The air in your may be contaminated with various nasty elements including viruses, bacteria, carcinogens and chemicals. These may arise from high-energy devices being used on skin or hair, or, may simply be breathed into the air by patients/clients. In particular, during the current Covid-19 pandemic, we must be aware of the potential hazard with… Continue reading Is your clinic air safe? How to remove contamination.
Human beings are puny things! We really are!! We basically just bags of water with a few extra chemicals thrown in, which waddle about for a few years, then decompose into waste… But, for the time we spend in this universe, how much of it do we actually perceive? Well, it turns out – NOT… Continue reading Electromagnetic and audio human perceptions of this universe
Where does light go when it enters the skin? Well, it’s actually quite complicated! Some of it reflects off the skin surface, some is absorbed in the melanin (basal layer), some penetrates through to the fatty tissue, while some is turned around and escapes back into the air. The follow slideshow gives a simple explanation… Continue reading Light penetration into skin and the subsequent temperature rise
Please note that this article was written BEFORE any vaccine was made available. As a Laser Protection Adviser I carry our Risk Analyses routinely, so I’m not too bad at doing them. So I thought I’d discuss how to analyse a situation in the current pandemic. Risk Analysis is a set of tasks that must… Continue reading COVID-19, Christmas and Risk Analysis
In 2004 I started to research pain relief using sequences of electronic impulses. The technology was developed by an Italian engineer over a 30 year period. He had discovered a way to stimulate responses in tissues by inputting a sequence of electronic impulses while varying their amplitude, frequency and durations. I saw a direct relation… Continue reading My research in pain relief and wound healing
I found an old promo video which we made back in 1991 when we launched the world’s first Q-switched ruby laser for tattoo removal. This came after ten years’ clinical research in Canniesburn Plastic Surgery and Burns Unit, Glasgow and Strathclyde University, Glasgow. We launched the DLR-1 Ruby Laser at an ASLMS meeting in San… Continue reading The world’s first promo video for a Q-switched tattoo removal laser