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
Article Back in 2012 I carried out a wee experiment to try to speed up the tattoo removal process. I figured that if I compressed the skin, using a glass slide, then everything in the dermis would be a bit closer to the skin surface. Hence, perhaps the whole process might be accelerated a wee… Continue reading Pain relief during laser tattoo removal – a new technique