Laser Tattoo Removal – the important considerations

Laser tattoo removal has been available commercially since we opened the world’s first private clinic to offer this treatment in Glasgow, Scotland in 1989 following our groundbreaking clinical research program in Canniesburn Hospital, Glasgow during the 1980s (see our 1990 publication in the British Journal of Plastic Surgery). We used the Q-switched ruby laser which… Continue reading Laser Tattoo Removal – the important considerations

“Q-switched 532nm laser energy causes significant vascular damage in the capillary plexus – how does this affect laser tattoo removal?”

A new publication just went live on the British Journal of Dermatology site at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/wol1/doi/10.1111/bjd.16130/abstract. It discusses my observations on non-tattooed skin (my own) following irradiation with a Q-switched 532nm laser. I found that there is a significant amount of damage in the capillary plexus soon after irradiation. This is not surprising since the absorption… Continue reading “Q-switched 532nm laser energy causes significant vascular damage in the capillary plexus – how does this affect laser tattoo removal?”

Are picosecond lasers worth the cost?

That’s a good question! A picosecond laser costs around £100,000 in the UK, at the moment. A ‘standard’ Q-switched laser costs anywhere between £10,000 and £60,000. QS lasers can output up to 2 Joules of energy in pulsewidths as short as 5 nanoseconds, while some commercially available pico lasers can output up to 1 Joule… Continue reading Are picosecond lasers worth the cost?

What is this ‘Level 4’, ‘Level 5’ in aesthetics stuff all about?

    Like most people I was a bit confused about this new ‘Level 4’, 5, 6 and 7 malarkey! I hear conflicting information from various sources saying that everyone using lasers/IPLs “must” be educated to these levels; then other sources saying “not yet”!! So, what’s the state of play? I recently came across an… Continue reading What is this ‘Level 4’, ‘Level 5’ in aesthetics stuff all about?

Do you need gel for photothermal treatments?

Water-based gel is routinely used when applying lasers and IPLs on skin conditions like vascular lesions, benign pigmented lesions and hair removal. However, some manufactueres and suppliers suggest that gel is not required. Im not really sure why! So, what happens if you use, or don’t use, gel?   As far as I am concerned… Continue reading Do you need gel for photothermal treatments?