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Are You Certified to Perform IPL?

Written by Ruth Nicholson on March 19th, 2015.      0 comments

Are you Safe to Perform IPL SpaBeauty NZ Articles

In light of recent cases raised in the media regarding IPL burns to a client’s face following a treatment session by a beauty therapist, we are reminded about the fact it is not actually the length of time the training is undertaken but the quality and contents of the training conducted.

In two days we can cover quite a high level of technical clinical competency and laser science which would completely eliminate this from ever happening, this case attended to by the Health & Disability Commissioner shows us that there were some fatal errors made, namely that:
  • the clinic did not have any policies regarding obtaining relevant medical information
  • the clinic did not perform a patch test or provide aftercare information 
  • the training manual from the manufacturer was woefully inadequate
This is becoming  more and more common as clinics seek an economical way to enter the IPL market.

I would like to reiterate that pain is certainly not normal, if a client states that the treatment is painful (particularly if Radio frequency or RF is involved), the protocol should be to:
  • stop the treatments and check your settings
  • review the clients skin and look for early signs of damage, for example increased erythema / redness or heat
At no point should a client be in pain, there is a distinct difference between discomfort and pain. If the client is measuring over 3 on the pain scale (10 being excruciating) there is likely something wrong or insufficient cooling is being used, and or too higher fluence (energy) is being used.

With Radio frequency there is a chance that any metal within the clients body could also be heating up, this includes metal fillings, implants and the RF energy should be turned off. If clinics are only undertaking very basic training based on the training manual and the knowledge of a sales rep, they really ought to seek impartial laser science training to fully understand:
  • what they can treat
  • what can be achieved and how
  • and who they cannot treat safely and why
 Article written by Ruth Nicholson, Director of NZ Laser Training
Our aim is to increase the education and understanding on these topics so that you, the Laser / IPL therapists may be able to ask the right questions from your suppliers and other industry training providers.

To contact Ruth please see her details here.

Confused, need more facts or clarification? – feel free to contact me personally.

Email: ruth@nzlasertraining.co.nz.
 
Ruth Nicholson SpaBeauty NZ Laser & IPL Expert





 
 
 

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