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"If beauty therapists are doing, for example, tattoo removal and new
regulations say only a nurse or doctor can perform these treatments,
then I don't know what will happen to them," says Trudy Fleming.
"All businesses using laser and IPL should get a copy and follow
its safety precautions.
"Also, get the best training you can from trainers who have
serious experience and industry credibility.
"Have follow-up training by trainers working for manufacturers
and sellers of machines as they will have in-depth knowledge of
"Develop and use documentation that meets the Guide to Safe
use of Lasers requirements.
"I am suggesting to all participants in my courses (doctors,
nurses and dermal/beauty therapists) that they keep a personal
log of every treatment they perform, with all details of machine
parameters used, as well as notes on any skin reaction and what the
skin looked like following treatment. And filling in a machine log.
"When new regulations are implemented they may need to
prove how many hours of various laser/IPL treatments they have
completed - this along with good, full records of every client,
"To be able to show how many years worth of treatments
somebody has performed, along with certificates of laser safety
courses and other clinical courses completed will surely go in
"However, if a beauty therapist is doing, for example, tattoo
removal and new regulations say only a nurse or doctor can
perform these treatments then I don't know what will happen to
them. Or if laser tattoo removal can only be performed within
medical rooms and somebody has a private clinic offering this
treatment. I don't know if they will be able to continue to operate.
"For people who operate non-medi salons and clinics -- I have
always advised them to align with a doctor who is willing to advise
with any issues arising through treating clients with lasers/IPL."
Drs Dingley and Porter stress how important it is that you are
using technology from a reputable source -- indeed, is legal - and
appropriate to your level of training.
First and foremost this is to ensure your clients' safety but using
the wrong equipment could also be ruinous for your business.
Dangerous lasers imported direct from China are being
blamed for a surge in severe burns and scarring among tattoo
Queensland Health launched raids earlier this year to seize
lasers and business records from operators using equipment they
were not qualified to operate.
Some were reportedly unlabelled or labelled as Class 3, which do
not require permits to operate. But some seized were identified as
Class 4 that, under Queensland law, require a licence.
"The best way to ensure that you buy a machine which is not
compromised in such a way is to buy from a reputable distributor
and realise that cheapest is not necessarily best," says Dr Dingley.
Says Dr Porter: "In addition to this, the devices themselves should
be licensed and regularly checked, calibrated and maintained."
To check if you are up to speed, want to become qualified
in laser and/or IPL or to advance your skills, SPA+CLINIC
recommends contacting associations for course
recommendations; such as:
• Australian College of Aesthetic Medicine (ACAM):
• Australasian College of Cosmetic Surgeons (ACCS):
• Cosmetic Physicians College of Australasia (CPCA):
Or contact colleges who offer the training themselves,
• Australasian Academy of Cosmetic Dermal Science:
• Fleming Laser: FLEMINGLASER.COM.AU
• GrayClay: GRAYCLAY.COM.AU
Further, for 10 consecutive years the National Laser
and Cosmetic Medicine Conference (LCMC) has been
providing medical professionals and cosmetic technicians
with the knowledge and skills to assist them in keeping up
to date with this rapidly expanding area of medicine.
As well as introducing current and new treatments,
reviewing established therapies and showcasing a wide
range of equipment and products, this year's conference
(see Page 61) has added a Laser Safety Training Course to
the agenda for those who require this certificate.
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