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Learn to use IPLs and Lasers Properly

There's no point spending a lot of money on expensive equipment if you don't know how to use them properly. It doesn't matter how good they are unless the operator has a good understanding of what they are trying to achieve and how to match the device to a client's needs.

Now DermaLase Training Services can help you understand how to get the best out of your personnel and equipment and hence improve your business and reputation. Note that these courses are generic - they do not apply to any specific manufacturer's equipment.

Mike Murphy - Our Trainer

So, why train with us? What's so special about our trainer?

Well, his background includes the following:

Mike started working with medical lasers in 1986 in the renowned Canniesburn Plastic Surgery Unit in Glasgow. He was involved in the original tattoo removal research using the Q-switched ruby laser and opened the world's first commercial clinic using this technology in 1989 in Glasgow. He continued his clinical research at Canniesburn and Strathclyde University investigating the use of the ruby laser on benign pigmented lesions, Nd:YAG lasers on tattoos and with pulsed dye lasers on vascular conditions (particularly paediatric port wine stains). His Ph.D. studies looked into the physics of the interaction of laser energy and tissues in the skin.

In 1992 he started working with the inventor of intense pulsed light systems to develop the world's first commercial system used in the beauty sector. He launched the Plasmalite into the UK market in 1999 initially for hair removal. Following that he sold lasers and IPL systems into markets across Europe, Asia and in the US.

Throughout the last 25 years he has travelled across the world training plastic surgeons, dermatologists, nurses and beauty therapists in various hospitals, clinics and salons. In addition he has trained service engineers on the maintenance and repair side of things. In that time he has developed many techniques to help people understand how these technologies can be used to achieve excellent results and improve their businesses.

For more about Mike's history with medical lasers and IPLs click here. Mike is currently a member of the British Medical Laser Association (BMLA) and the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery (ASLMS).

NOTE : These courses are generic and are aimed specifically at laser/IPL users in the medical, cosmetic and beauty industry - they do not refer to any particular laser or IPL system. Note that there are no references to surgical lasers within these courses.

Core of Knowledge There are some fundamentals which every laser/IPL operator must know to satisfy the training requirements contained in the MHRA Device Bulletin DB2008(03) "Guidance on the safe use of lasers, intense light source systems and LEDs in medical, surgical, dental and aesthetic practice". This course is a requirement under current CQC guidleines for all laser/IPL users in England and Wales.

A Bit of Physics To understand how lasers and IPLs interact with the skin and its components you will need to understand some of the basics of light and heat. This part of the course will explain the mechanisms involved in treating hair and blood vessels etc, and also the real meanings behind energy, power, wavelength, fluence and all those other terms we constantly hear in this field.

Laser/IPL Skin Applications How do you choose the correct laser/IPL parameters when treating skin problems? Many machine manufacturers can't tell you because they don't know themselves!! This part of the course will explain how to determine the 'best' set of parameters when tackling various skin problems, and why they work when others don't. This course is based on over 20 years of actual clinical and business experience.

Tattoo Removal by Q-switched Laser Mike was involved in the original research programme in the mid '80s which resulted in scar-free tattoo removal by the Q-switched ruby laser. This technique is used throughout the world today. This course covers all the theoretical and practical issues including the latest developments (R20 technique) plus a brand new technique developed by Mike.

Laser Basics Lasers have been around for more than 50 years. They all have a basic set of parameters such as wavelength, power, repetition rate, spot size and fluence - which determines how they interact with skin tissues. This part of the course will describe all these parameters and why they are important when treating the skin. We will also discuss the important issue of safety when working with lasers.

IPL Basics How do IPLs differ from lasers and why are they better or worse in some clinical situations? This part of the course will explain the big differences between IPLs and lasers and when to use which system on which condition. It will also discuss how to choose a good IPL system when considering a purchase, and how to avoid the 'bad' ones!

In-depth Analysis of Light-Tissue Interactions This is a highly specialised course for those with a good knowledge of lasers/IPLs and how they interact with tissues. Mike discusses his analysis of the Arrhenius Damage Integral and how it applies to the thermal denaturation associated with hair, blood vessels and collagen. This is a highly mathematical course and not for the faint-hearted!

A Bit of Skin Biology The skin is the largest organ in the human body and we all know a bit about it. But, do you know how the variability of the dermis around the body affects a light-based treatment? Or why some treatments appear to work better than others? Much of it is down to the biology of the skin and so this part of the course will explain why these things happen.


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