Laser Treatments

Over the course of the past 20 years, the benefits of laser treatment use and the number of different lasers available to treating aesthetic practitioners have increased dramatically. Combined with widespread media attention fuelling a strong public focus on youth and beauty, the volume of laser procedures performed has increased steadily and, with this, so has the number of resulting complications observed from their use. Understanding the science and principles behind laser surgery can help to minimise the potential for complications; however, as with all surgical modalities, excellent surgical results are tempered by undesirable adverse outcomes and it is therefore important to have suitable cover for these treatments.

Laser

Lasers deliver a high energy beam of thermal energy to remove the outer layers of the skin. The body then naturally repairs these layers with healthier skin which should result in aesthetic improvements. Laser skin rejuvenation relates to any laser treatment that makes the skin look better and skin resurfacing is a method of achieving this. Laser skin resurfacing is most effective at improving lines and wrinkles, scars, sun-damaged skin and acne.

IPL

Intense pulsed light (IPL) treatment can help reduce the appearance of scars, sun damage and other blemishes. A device delivers pulses of light on the affected area which each contain various wavelengths. This light is then converted to heat which damages the lower layers of the skin. This in turn delivers improvements to the treated area once the skin begins to repair.

LHE

Light heat energy (LHE) is very similar to intense pulsed light with the difference being that LHE also delivers low levels of heat alongside the low levels of light.

LED

LED is a more natural method of skin rejuvenation than IPL or LHE but usually without as impressive results. It sends light into the deeper areas of the skin which then turns into energy and encourages the body to produce more collagen.

Ablative Laser

Ablative laser skin resurfacing applies an intense wavelength of light to the skin in order to remove the outer layers. This then allows collagen to form in the new smoother and tighter skin. Ablative lasers are particularly effective on aged or sun-damaged skin. Complications can occur with this type of treatment and therefore practitioners should ensure they have the correct insurance in place before conducting any procedures.

Non-Ablative Laser

Non-ablative lasers are non-wounding as they use lower energy levels than ablative lasers in order to reduce the risk of unwanted side effects. Non-ablative lasers aims to achieve the same results as ablative lasers through a method requiring more frequent lower energy treatments rather than fewer treatments with higher energy levels. Risks are still present with non-ablative lasers and practitioners should have an adequate insurance policy because of this.

Fractional Lasers

Fractional Lasers are most commonly used for wrinkles, fine lines, scars and sun-damaged skin and unlike ablative and non-ablative lasers, fractional lasers treat both the epidermis (surface) layer and dermal (middle) layers of the skin. A non-invasive laser beam is delivered onto the skin which is then divided into thousands of microscopic treatment areas in order to target a fraction of the skin at a time. The skin’s collagen reacts to the laser allowing new collagen to be formed.

Laser/IPL Hair Removal

Laser hair removal has recently become one of the most popular cosmetic procedures. Beams of highly concentrated light is absorbed by the pigment in the hair follicles which then destroys the hair.  It may take several treatments over a period of time to make the effects of laser hair removal permanent. Different patients’ circumstances will require the practitioner to choose from many different types of lasers and settings in order to achieve the best results. It is imperative that practitioners have cover in place due to the risk of a claim being made against them.

Laser Tattoo Removal

With the large increase in the number of people getting tattoos in the last decade, the number of people who want a tattoo removed has also increased dramatically. The reasons behind having a tattoo removed can vary from a change of profession to no longer wanting to be associated with a certain name or symbol. Laser tattoo removal is continuously rising in popularity and with each treatment technique tailored to the patient as well as the likely need of repeated treatments; complications are more likely to occur. Therefore having the adequate cover in place is crucial to protect the procedures you perform and the post-treatment advice that you offer.

Laser Treatment for Pigmented/Vascular Problems

Lasers deliver a high energy beam of light one wavelength at a time into tissues within the skin. This energy can help treat discolouration of the skin as well as thread or spider veins. Many treatments may be required depending on the extent of the pigmentation or vascular problem. The post-treatment advice that a practitioner gives the patient is important for reducing the risk of side effects. Therefore, having the correct cover in place to protect the advice you give is pivotal.

Fractional Laser Skin Resurfacing

Fractional Lasers are most commonly used for wrinkles, fine lines, scars and sun-damaged skin and unlike ablative and non-ablative lasers, fractional lasers treat both the epidermis (surface) layer and dermal (middle) layers of the skin. A non-invasive laser beam is delivered onto the skin which is then divided into thousands of microscopic treatment areas in order to target a fraction of the skin at a time. The skin’s collagen reacts to the laser allowing new collagen to be formed.

Laser Lipolysis

Laser lipolysis ‘melts’ unwanted fat which will then either be metabolised by the body or the practitioner will use a form of suction (aspiration) to remove it if in larger quantities. It is ideal for treating small areas of the face or body that are usually resistant to dieting and physical exercise and can also help with cellulite. Due to the various needs of different patients, complications with laser lipolysis can occur and it is vital that practitioners have cover in place to protect them against potential claims.

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