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?”
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?
A couple of years ago I noticed pits on my glass slides after laser tattoo treatments. Under a microscope I could see ‘craters’ which had been formed by high speed ink fragments flying out of the skin. But I also saw what I call ‘insects’: I think these are melted portions of ink… Continue reading Flying fragments
NEW SHORT COURSES I will be starting some ‘Lunch and Learn’ courses very soon. These are designed for clinics/salons where laser/IPL users want to learn about more about certain topics. Each L&L course will last for about 45 to 50 minutes and will be presented via a Powerpoint presentation and a course booklet. The cost… Continue reading ‘Lunch & Learn’ – Quick, lunchtime courses in lasers, IPLs, RF and their applications
All laser users have to take responsibility for their laser safety glasses. Are they the right ones for the job? Are they properly specced? Do they comply with EU regulations? For more on this topic please see my article in Aesthetics –https://aestheticsjournal.com/feature/the-last-word-safety-glasses If you need any advice please feel free to contact me.… Continue reading Laser Safety Glasses – Are you safe?
I’ll open with the fact that I am a Certified Laser Protection Adviser (LPA) and a committee member of the Association of Laser Safety Professionals. I am also a member of ASLMS, the BMLA and the ELA. As such, I can go into a laser/IPL centre and carry out a safety assessment to ensure that… Continue reading LSO (Laser Safety Officer) Training
NEW Safety Glasses We can now offer new laser safety glasses for the 1064nm wavelength from Q-switched Nd:YAG lasers (typically used for tattoo removal). These new glasses (left) offer a much better visual inspection of the tattoo compared with the standard glasses (see below). However, they can ONLY be used for the 1064nm as they… Continue reading NEW Laser Safety Glasses for Nd:YAG systems