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Greeting. I’m Kaboli, and I’m a skin and hair expert. Today I want to talk to you about laser therapy in dealing with scars.
Today I have a client here who has red spider veins and a few spots on her face. Lasers have many applications. Like hair removal, clearing skin spots, and other defects. There are even lasers that can be used to remove tattoos, but they are different from lasers used to remove defects and scars. When you have a client you want to operate on, you must clean that area of the skin first. If the patient has a low pain tolerance, we can use anesthetics, but for a short time like five to ten minutes. We usually use ice packs during hair removals, but for different types of skin defects, there’s no need to use ice packs. There’s no skin inflammation or burn during this process and we are just using these rays to stimulate the cells and increase their rate of regeneration.
Before beginning the procedure, we always use ultrasonic gels to provide a protective layer between the skin and the laser probe. Apply a medium layer of this product on the skin. The layer shouldn’t be too thick or too thin. We apply the product to the places where we want to work on with the laser handpiece. Make sure the client is wearing the protective eyewear to prevent irritation to the eyes caused by the laser beams. The operator must also use special glasses to protect her or his eyes. You should fire the laser beam to each area at least two times and the number of the shots should not exceed four times for each spot on the skin.
If after the procedure you noticed that there are inflammations on the skin, make sure to administer zinc oxide creams. There are also other ointments especially designed to be used after such procedures, for example after hair removal or pigmentation procedures. You will have to administer these ointments to be used by the client after the operation and they will reduce the recovery period. If the client decided to come for another session, you should schedule this session at least one month after the first one. After the procedure, the client must avoid contact with eyes for eight hours and avoid using detergents products for at least twenty-four hours.
We are now close the warmer seasons and I’m sure you want to go for tanning salons or take a sunbath. If you have been to a tanning salon or have taken sunbathes, please avoid using this type of therapy. It can cause terrible burns and pigmentation changes on the tissue. Before applying for this procedure, you should make sure at least three months have passed since the last time you tanned yourself.
Now I’m going to turn on the device. Most devices of this kind have two handpieces. One handpiece is only for Elite and the other one can work both with elite and HSR. For Asian skin types, we usually use elite HSR that would have a better result. When using a laser, the only thing you have to be concerned with is protecting your eyes. Other than that, there’s no danger to you or the client.
You can control the device using the monitor and choose the handpiece. As soon as you choose the start button, it will ask you to identify the skin type and its thickness. Whether the skin is thin, medium, or thick. If you could see the veins on the skin or the defect or scar was pink, you should know that the skin is thin. Under these circumstances you should choose line one which is for sensitive skin. You should also identify the type of skin that can be classified based on the color of the skin. Skin colors range from white to dark brunette. Most Asian skins are typically two or three, which means it’s a light wheatish color. Here, we’re going with type three.
After choosing the skin type, you will have to choose the correct filter to install on the probe. When you give the information to the machine regarding skin type and thickness, it will tell you what type of filter is suitable for the operation. Another thing you have to set before going to work on the patient is the depth to which the laser must penetrate the skin. It starts at Minimum and ends at Maximum level. We recommend starting with the lower settings and moving up gradually during the next sessions. We also always turn on the RF settings, because it can help with treating these kinds of skin defects.
Another setting asks if you want the client to feel a cool sensation when the laser is penetrating the skin. This cold sensation can somewhat help the client relax during the procedure and feel less pain. When you open the lid on the probe, you can see the part where the laser beam shoots from. This part must touch the skin completely. If there’s the smallest space between the laser beam and the skin, you run the risk of burning the client’s skin. Make sure the probe is stable on the skin, and push the button for a small shot. The laser penetrates the skin immediately and will make the defect less visible.
As I said before, if the skin is very thin or sensitive, you can fire two or three shots at each point on the skin. Do it gradually and with small shots. Repeat the process. This was the second pass. We repeat the same process for the third pass. There will be no fourth pass for this patient because three shots with a level nineteen settings are enough for this skin. After wiping the ultrasonic fluid from the skin, you can see the result. If the defect is critical, the color will change from pink to white, and if there are acne, you can immediately notice the filling. The skin will be completely stimulated.
After this process, the client must avoid all types of detergents for twenty-four hours and use regeneration serums as we talked about. These serums will take care of regeneration, moisturizing, nutrition supply and overall anything that the skin might need at this stage. For the next session, we will increase RF and depth of penetration. For sensitive skins, three sessions are usually enough, and for thick skins, you might need five to eight sessions for scar treatment.
This type of laser therapy can be very effective in treating surgery marks, stitch marks, and sever burn marks on face and hands. There are also fractional lasers that can’t be used on sensitive areas such as the face, because it will cause a lot of irritation, but there are other lasers that can be suitable. These devices can be used in beauty salons and are considered safe lasers with controlled beams. It’s not like alexandrite or diode lasers which have to be operated by a physician. People have taken classes and have succeeded in taking the appropriate certificate can legally operate this type of lasers.
Thank you for giving me this time to tell you about working with this laser device. I’ll be with you in other tutorials on skin and hair care and cosmetics.