MasterClass – Birmingham – Sept 2022 – Details

The 1st DermaLase MasterClass wil be held in September this year in Birmingham. The detals of this event can be downloaded in a pdf format from here. Here is an outline of the topics which will be discussed – if you have a particular topic which you wish to be addressed, please let us know.… Continue reading MasterClass – Birmingham – Sept 2022 – Details

How much light energy actually emerges from IPL filters and reaches the skin surface?

When we set a fluence on an IPL unit, it is based on ALL of the light energy coming from the handpiece. However, each filter will absorb some of that energy – it is supposed to! The filters are designed to ‘block’ certain wavelengths, so that only the desired wavelengths reach the skin surface. So,… Continue reading How much light energy actually emerges from IPL filters and reaches the skin surface?

Selective Photothermolysis – an in-depth explanation

Back in 2016 (I think) I gave a talk to the American Society of Lasers Surgery and Medicine about the theory of Selective Photothermolysis. This is the theory which underpins all of today’s photothermal laser/IPL treatments. In this talk I discuss the idea behind thermal relaxation time and how it ‘fits’ with treatments. In fact,… Continue reading Selective Photothermolysis – an in-depth explanation

How strongly are different laser wavelengths absorbed in melanin and blood?

These days we use a wide variety of lasers and IPLs to treat various targets in the skin. Two major targets are hair and blood vessels. But how much of the laser/IPL light is actually absorbed by these targets? Using data from two very clever scientists (Steve Jacques and Scott Prahl) it is relatively easy… Continue reading How strongly are different laser wavelengths absorbed in melanin and blood?

The world’s FIRST ever commercial laser tattoo patient…

The other day I was training some very nice ladies and showed them a couple of photos of a tattoo I had treated with a Q-switched ruby laser. I realised, as I was talking to them, that this tattoo was the very first tattoo to be treated in our new, commercial clinic. Prior to this… Continue reading The world’s FIRST ever commercial laser tattoo patient…

The ‘best’ way to cool the skin during laser/IPL treatments

Many laser and IPL treatments require a significant temperature rise in the target cells, to effectively kill them. We use light energy to induce this temperature rise. But, calculations show that, in some cases, less than 1% of the light energy is actually doing the job we want. That means that more than 99% of… Continue reading The ‘best’ way to cool the skin during laser/IPL treatments

How strongly do blood and melanin absorb light energy and how does this affect laser/IPL treatments?

WARNING – This post is a bit more scientific than my usual stuff. BUT, it is worth persevering because you will (hopefully) understand more about your laser/IPL treatments, if you do… When we fire light energy at the skin, to treat hair, blood vessel, pigmentation etc, we know that some of the energy is absorbed… Continue reading How strongly do blood and melanin absorb light energy and how does this affect laser/IPL treatments?

Thick and thin hair – how much light energy do they actually absorb during photothermal treatments?

How thick is a hair? Well, according to some research by physicist, Brian Ley (they do all the best research!!!), it ranges between 17 and 181 microns in diameter (see his results here). That is between 0.017 and 0.18 mm. So, that means that their cross-sectional areas [A = pi x (radius)2] are between 0.0000023 and 0.00026 square… Continue reading Thick and thin hair – how much light energy do they actually absorb during photothermal treatments?

“I’m scared to use my laser/IPL.” Why?

I’ve heard this comment many times from laser/IPL users, through the years. It is perfectly understandable – most people don’t want to hurt or injure their clients. For all sorts of reasons… In particular, they are scared of “burning” their clients. They are scared that they might not use their equipment correctly or use the… Continue reading “I’m scared to use my laser/IPL.” Why?

How long does tissue take to be damaged by heat?

I often read about human tissue ‘denaturing’ or ‘coagulating’ at some temperature – usually 60 or 70°C. However, these claims are inaccurate. They rarely state the time over which the denaturation process occurs. Denaturation is when the proteins in cells or tissues ‘unravel’. For example, collagen is made up of three amino acid chains, intertwined… Continue reading How long does tissue take to be damaged by heat?