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Trudy Fleming has been in the
skin treatment and hair removal
industry for 40 years. In the
early days, the only form of successful
hair removal was electrolysis. Trudy
became a specialist in this field and went
on to become the head electrologist in
Harrods, London, treating aristocracy,
sports stars and jet setters. After moving
to Melbourne in the 1980s, she kept an
eye on emerging laser technology but
only moved into this area in the late
1990s when it finally proved to be a
successful alternative for hair removal.
Using her prior knowledge in hair
removal and vascular treatment with
electrolysis, she quickly developed
clinical skills but decided to call on her
training qualifications to open a teaching
academy, as there was little education in
this field in Australia.
Now, as Fleming Laser, Trudy is busy
running Cosmetic and Medical Laser Safety Courses, which are
the basis for the follow up of clinical hands-on classes in hair
removal, pigment removal, vascular treatment, tattoo removal and
skin rejuvenation in its many forms.
With the rapid proliferation and evolution of laser technology
over the past 10 years, it’s more important than ever for those
starting out in the field to have thorough, accredited training. Just
as importantly, for those already operating devices to ensure they’re
doing it “by the rules” and keep abreast of technology developments
and associated training requirements.
Trudy shares her wisdom with SPA+CLINIC.
Any salon, spa or clinic needs to have a clear vision of what sort of
treatment they want to offer and then research what devices will give
that type of result. Each business needs to determine what devices
they can use – factors such as state regulations, manufacturers’
willingness to supply, and insurability will impact on choices.
THE NEXT STEP
Proper training in laser/IPL is absolutely essential. This means
a comprehensive Laser Safety Officer Course followed by
appropriate clinical hands-on training. If the course is offered
by a school, then further manufacturer training on the specific
dev ice is most likely needed.
Training (including laser safety) does not vary according to user -
whether a doctor, nurse or aesthetics therapist. However, who should
be using the various devices will vary:
• Some laser devices should only be used
by doctors, and some by their specifically
trained staff (usually nurses).
• Several states regulate who can use
certain dev ices (visit SPACLINIC.
COM.AU/CURRENT-ISSUE for more
• Some manufacturers/distributors of
machines may limit who they sell to.
• Insurance companies may limit who
they will insure to provide treatments
with various laser devices.
If you already have a Laser Safety
Certificate which is a few years old, it
is recommended you take a refresher
course. Most people don’t take in
absolutely ever ything in one course, and
doing a refresher can also remind you
to break any bad or slack habits you’ve
fallen into. Refresher courses with manufacturers’ in-house trainers
will also update you on current methods and parameters with
MEDI VS NON-MEDI ENVIRONMENTS
I don’t think they should be competing. The medical industry can
access different devices and work at a totally different level to the
If a beauty salon/spa employs doctors and/or nurses, then
they may be able to offer a wider, more interesting range of
treatment possibilities. There will be an overlap of course in some
of the treatments offered in both environments.
But there will always be some treatments and devices in medical
clinics which are not available (and should not be available) in
beauty salons/spas. Similarly, not everyone wants to go to a doctor
for skin/beauty treatments. All businesses need to know their
clientele and their market.
IN THE EVENT OF CAUSING AN INJURY
If an injury occurs during a treatment, assess the situation, fill
out an incident report, take photos. If minor, then deal with
it but if there are any concerns send the client to a doctor for
medical assessment. Follow up with the client until ever ything has
normalised or healed, making sure to keep good records. If legal
action is even hinted at, call your insurance provider immediately.
Some states will require a report sent to the radiation authority.
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