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We came across this excellent report from the European Commission “JRC Science for Policy Report” entitled “Safey of tattoos and permanent make-up”. It is an in-depth examination of the inks and carriers used in both tattooing and permanent make-up throughout Europe. It contains a lot of very useful, and a bit disturbing, information on theseContinue reading “Safety of tattoo inks – an EU report”
We have written an eBook discussing the basics and fundamentals of lasers and IPLs in the medical/aesthetic arena. This first Chapter is FREE!! Click on the image below for your free online copy. The book includes links to animations, videos and two quizzes, to test your knowledge. A downloadable pdf copy is also available forContinue reading “New laser/IPL eBook – FREE – for medical/aesthetic applications”
The air in your may be contaminated with various nasty elements including viruses, bacteria, carcinogens and chemicals. These may arise from high-energy devices being used on skin or hair, or, may simply be breathed into the air by patients/clients. In particular, during the current Covid-19 pandemic, we must be aware of the potential hazard withContinue reading “Cleaning the air in your clinic – how to ‘remove’ the Covid-19 virus”
Biography Mike Murphy has spent many years in the medical laser industry. His first company, Derma-Lase Limited, was borne out of clinical research in Canniesburn Hospital, Glasgow, Scotland into the removal of tattoos and benign pigment lesions using the Q-switched ruby laser in the 1980s. He was involved in the original research program from 1986,Continue reading “The Laser-IPL Guys – Mike Murphy”
Where does light go when it enters the skin? Well, it’s actually quite complicated! Some of it reflects off the skin surface, some is absorbed in the melanin (basal layer), some penetrates through to the fatty tissue, while some is turned around and escapes back into the air. The follow slideshow gives a simple explanationContinue reading “Light penetration into skin and the subsequent temperature rise”
Mike recently found an old video from 1991 which his company, DermaLase Ltd., made to promote their newly launched Q-switched ruby laser for tattoo removal. This followed their ten-year research program in Canniesburn Hospital, Glasgow where this technique was originally developed. It’s on Mike’s own blog – view here. It’s a real piece of history!Continue reading “The world’s first promo video for a Q-switched tattoo removal laser”
Mike joined the Bioengineering Unit of Strathclyde University in 1986 to do an M.Sc. in Bioengineering. He was captured by the Medical Laser Research team and taken to Canniesburn Hospital to meet the world’s first Q-switched ruby laser, which was being trialled for tattoo removal, at that time. In 1988, he and a colleague setContinue reading “Mike’s laser research in the 1980s and 90s”
Pain is often associated with laser/IPL treatments, particularly with hair removal. Why? Where does this pain come from and how can we minimise it? An understanding of the nerve receptors in the skin is important to answer these questions. From the figure below, we can see that the ‘thermal’ receptors are located just below theContinue reading “Why do we feel pain in laser/IPL hair removal treatments?”
We often see articles and comments from all sorts of people stating that “laser is better than IPL” for various skin conditions. So, is it? When light, any light, enters the skin it encounters many atoms and molecules. In the vast majority of cases, the light is absorbed and then emitted from these atoms andContinue reading “Laser vs IPL – in the skin”
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