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see that changing any time in the near future,” says Ben Skeggs of
Spectrum Science and Beauty. “The focus on tattoo removal is not
just because there are more tattoos and more regret. It is
because there is better technology that allows the end
consumer to get results that meet expectations.
“Consumers are becoming
more educated that technology is
increasingly safer, smarter and very
effective. This has opened doors
for sav v y operators who have
recognised the opportunity
in the market.
Training is extremely
important to operate tattoo
removal lasers safely and
“ Spectrum partners with leading
training organisations as well
as hav ing a dedicated clinic
attached to their offices where
their fully qualified therapists/
trainers conduct clinical trials, test
new technologies and equipment,
and try new treatment methods and
parameters,” says Ben.
“ Training is a huge priority for our business and we
have expert training included in the price of
purchasing our equipment.
“One of the most popular courses we are
offering at the moment is laser tattoo removal
using our range of class 3b and class 4 Q switch
Nd Yag lasers.”
“It is ver y important for a laser operator to have had adequate
training before using such powerful apparatus as it has a wide
range of modalities.”
A definite no-no: IPLs are not designed for tattoo removal. As
Hilary Quinn, proprietor of Tattoo Removal in Melbourne, says:
“IPL shoots a block of light of about 2 x 6cm rather than the 5-8mm
pinpricks of Q-switched lasers. It’s like trying to crack an egg with a
A perennial favourite, permanent hair reduction dev ices have been
a godsend over the past decade or more for the heav ily hirsute or
those who don’t want the hassle of regular shaving or waxing (not
to mention the ingrowns these can cause!).
Where once IPL and laser systems could only be used on certain
skin types and hair colours, technology has evolved so that even the
darkest skins and the fairest hair can be treated.
However, hair removal is a highly competitive space, with whole
chains of clinics devoted exclusively to the procedure. If you want
to venture into this territory you would be wise to thoroughly check
out the competition.
These procedures require a ver y different expertise as clients’
expectations var y.
See our dedicated story Bodies of Work on Page 106.
DON’T FORGET YOUR
BREAD AND BUTTER
Specialising in advanced aesthetics at the expense
of the ser vices that keep your bottom line buoyant
on a day-to- day basis could spell disaster for your
business. Clients still expect a variety of choice,
especially if they’re loyal to your business as
it currently stands. However, while traditional
facials are blissful and create a rosy glow in the
immediate aftermath, consumers are definitely
looking for more bang for their buck.
Both advanced skin treatments and
hair removal can be provided with a
good IPL – a non -invasive medical
technology that uses light at specific
wavelengths to treat a number of
“This well established
technique can retain your existing
clientele while prov iding a new scope
of treatments and can also complement
microdermabrasion and phototherapy
treatments,” says Louis Saad, director of
Australasian Medical Aesthetics.
While Light Emitting Diode technology, as the name
would imply, provides light-based treatments, LED
devices are completely different from IPLs.
They do not generate heat, so are gentle and
painless – even relaxing – carry no risk of burning
or damaging the skin and require no downtime
The technology, developed by NASA, uses
narrow spectrum light to boost collagen. It ‘photomodulates’
cellular function to improve skin and assist in pain relief and
This creates plumper, younger-looking skin and helps reduce
lines, wrinkles and pigmentation. It can also be used to kill the
bacteria that cause acne as well as aiding in recover y from psoriasis
and certain types of eczema.
Many clinics report that clients get ‘addicted’ to their LED
treatments as they love the glow it gives their skin, and have them
as often as once a week, or pop in ahead of a special occasion. This
is why LED dev ices are anecdotally reported to prov ide excellent
return on investment.
Phototherapy is also a great adjunct to enhance results of (and
hasten recover y from) treatments such as skin needling, laser and
Advanced facials harnessing anything from micro needle-
infused topical actives to galvanic currents and the new
“electroporation infusion” (needle-free mesotherapy) offer a
more significant result than the traditional cleanse/tone/scrub/
massage and mask.
While it’s no longer the new thing, microdermabrasion’s
exfoliating and deep cleansing (whether harnessing crystals,
diamond tips or high speed water, or a combination) give
clients a refreshed appearance, help clear blemishes and make
the skin more receptive to absorbing active and nourishing
topical ingredient s.
Consumers are becoming
more educated that
technology is increasingly
safer, smarter and effective
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