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The path to safety and success

The path to safety and success Lasers have now been in the aesthetics and medical domain for over 50 years, and while specific wavelengths functions cannot change, the technology and manufacturing industry has advanced significantly over recent years.Once a huge and expensive (particularly in terms of the physical size) one-trick pony, there are now numerous platforms available, with multiple diverse devices and an array of cost-effective, efficient and, above all, safe means of delivering light-based treatments from a high energy level, all the way down to low level. At times, this can be a confusing quagmire to even the most seasoned laser user and/or trainer.Selecting the appropriate laser for the correct and safest outcome, as well as distinguishing what is most effective for the clinician's demographic and, of course, the buyer's budget, is a huge key to success and should be undertaken with, at the very least, a basic level of skills and core of knowledge, as outlined in the Health Education England review of training standards, following the review of Keogh Report (2013) and standards in aesthetics.Understanding the wider implication of safety, good quality-approved training, infection control and legislation regarding documentation and reporting adverse events is also absolutely central to the efficacy of the treatment, patient satisfaction, safety and risk management. These factors are also essential in becoming a profitable and safe clinic/clinician. Understanding what is required for maintenance and where to get post-sales support and local rules per council in the UK is also a huge consideration that is often overlooked.The path to a successful clinic using light-based devices is understanding all of the above aspects. In view of the deregulation of lasers back in 2010 and the ongoing proposed changes by the industry for a standardised approach to medical aesthetics, this, again, reiterates that the need for high-quality education and technical support is more vital than ever.The topics in this Journal of Aesthetic Nursing supplement are wide-ranging, including an analysis of CO2 lasers and their use for a variety of diverse conditions, safety issues relating to plume control, the use of an intense pulsed light system, particularly relating to thread veins, and the multitude of treatments that such a device can be used for. Methods for using light/laser to treat rosacea are explored and, at the gentler end of light-based devices, a short case study on light-emitting diode for accelerated natural healing in a patient who had an industrial accident is presented.This supplement aims to increase the reader's understanding of the multitude of ways in which light and laser therapies can help with a variety of conditions and aesthetics in our patient base, which may complement other in-clinic therapies. This is an infinite topic that will hopefully whet the appetite for further investigation. All authors' contact details can be made available at request for further information. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Aesthetic Nursing Mark Allen Group

The path to safety and success

Journal of Aesthetic Nursing , Volume 11 (Sup5): 1 – Jun 1, 2022

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Copyright © 2022 MA Healthcare Limited
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2050-3717
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2052-2878
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10.12968/joan.2022.11.Sup5.4
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Abstract

Lasers have now been in the aesthetics and medical domain for over 50 years, and while specific wavelengths functions cannot change, the technology and manufacturing industry has advanced significantly over recent years.Once a huge and expensive (particularly in terms of the physical size) one-trick pony, there are now numerous platforms available, with multiple diverse devices and an array of cost-effective, efficient and, above all, safe means of delivering light-based treatments from a high energy level, all the way down to low level. At times, this can be a confusing quagmire to even the most seasoned laser user and/or trainer.Selecting the appropriate laser for the correct and safest outcome, as well as distinguishing what is most effective for the clinician's demographic and, of course, the buyer's budget, is a huge key to success and should be undertaken with, at the very least, a basic level of skills and core of knowledge, as outlined in the Health Education England review of training standards, following the review of Keogh Report (2013) and standards in aesthetics.Understanding the wider implication of safety, good quality-approved training, infection control and legislation regarding documentation and reporting adverse events is also absolutely central to the efficacy of the treatment, patient satisfaction, safety and risk management. These factors are also essential in becoming a profitable and safe clinic/clinician. Understanding what is required for maintenance and where to get post-sales support and local rules per council in the UK is also a huge consideration that is often overlooked.The path to a successful clinic using light-based devices is understanding all of the above aspects. In view of the deregulation of lasers back in 2010 and the ongoing proposed changes by the industry for a standardised approach to medical aesthetics, this, again, reiterates that the need for high-quality education and technical support is more vital than ever.The topics in this Journal of Aesthetic Nursing supplement are wide-ranging, including an analysis of CO2 lasers and their use for a variety of diverse conditions, safety issues relating to plume control, the use of an intense pulsed light system, particularly relating to thread veins, and the multitude of treatments that such a device can be used for. Methods for using light/laser to treat rosacea are explored and, at the gentler end of light-based devices, a short case study on light-emitting diode for accelerated natural healing in a patient who had an industrial accident is presented.This supplement aims to increase the reader's understanding of the multitude of ways in which light and laser therapies can help with a variety of conditions and aesthetics in our patient base, which may complement other in-clinic therapies. This is an infinite topic that will hopefully whet the appetite for further investigation. All authors' contact details can be made available at request for further information.

Journal

Journal of Aesthetic NursingMark Allen Group

Published: Jun 1, 2022

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