Laser spot size – how it changes with distance from the target…

Most laser systems have a lens to focus the laser energy down to a sale spot diameter (see figure 1 below). However, in many systems, the focal point (where the spot diameter is the smallest) is outside the handpiece assembly. This has a potentially hazardous effect if not properly understood! The problem with this design… Continue reading Laser spot size – how it changes with distance from the target…

IPL filters

IPL systems typically use a Xenon flash lamp to generate light across a wide range of wavelengths, usually 400 to 1200 nm. To select a ‘useful’ range a filter is applied. These are generally ‘cut off’ filters which stop all wavelengths below a given value, from transmitting through. Hence, a 650 nm will stop all… Continue reading IPL filters

Carbon Facial treatment with a QS Nd:YAG laser

Recently I tried the new ‘carbon facial’ treatment using the 1064nm wavelength of the Q-switched Nd:YAG laser. My wife was keen to try it! I painted a little black carbon ink solution (which I made myself) onto my wife’s face. After about 20 minutes, or so, to allow it to dry, I applied the laser… Continue reading Carbon Facial treatment with a QS Nd:YAG laser

Experiments with India ink and a Q-switched Nd:YAG laser

What happens when India ink absorbs laser energy? I irradiated some dry India ink trapped between two glass slides here (the ink was allowed to dry overnight). I used 5 J/cm^2 with a 1064 nm wavelength. As you can see, the laser energy ‘vapourises’ the ink and leaves voids behind. But, very little ink leaves… Continue reading Experiments with India ink and a Q-switched Nd:YAG laser

UK Gov’t advice on re-opening your clinic – “Keeping workers and clients safe during COVID-10 in ‘close contact’ services.”

The UK Government has released a document which should help those of you planning to re-open your clinic soon. It is aimed specifically at hairdressers, beauty centres, tattoo shops etc, and all those places where ‘close contact’ with clients is necessary. Personally, I think it’s a bit ‘lightweight’ on the issue of clean air –… Continue reading UK Gov’t advice on re-opening your clinic – “Keeping workers and clients safe during COVID-10 in ‘close contact’ services.”