IPL treatments such as hair removal and skin rejuvenation are some of the safest aesthetic treatments around. They’re non-invasive and cause little or no pain to patients. For those reasons, in addition with its effectiveness, IPL treatments are also some of the most popular in Melbourne and the rest of Australia.
Of course, the safety of any medical procedure depends on the practitioner that is completing it. It’s important that your staff are aware of how to follow safety guidelines and provide the best quality care to your clients. You have a responsibility to patients before, during and after treatment, so give your staff the best possible training in this area.
Before & During Treatment
IPL treatments work through the use of many wavelengths of light and are completely safe provided that clinicians follow the manufacturer’s instructions. As a minimum requirement, follow these guidelines, but get in touch with us if you’d like more detailed information on safety precautions:
- Be knowledgeable about your patient’s skin type. Ask them if their skin is their natural colour, or whether it’s been exposed to sun and is more tanned than usual. Light reacts differently on different skin colours so it’s important that you use the right level for each skin colour.
- Find out if your patient is using any medication that causes photosensitivity. If so, advise them to avoid IPL treatments for the time being.
- Ensure your patient has adhered to all pre-treatment preparation instructions and has given written consent to the procedure.
- Be sure that all medical aesthetic and IPL devices in your clinic are cleaned and approved to industry standards. Check the manufacturer’s specific cleaning directions as you may need to use different methods to clean different parts of the device.
- Give patient safety glasses that are specifically designed for IPL treatments to cut out UV and lasers. Laser eyewear is available to purchase from Australian Aesthetic Devices.
Your duty of care to patients doesn’t end once they leave your clinic. Ensure they’re fully aware of how to care for their skin post-treatment, by sitting down with your patient and giving them the opportunity to ask any questions they may have.
First of all, ensure they’re worry-free by letting them know that any side-effects, such as redness or dark spots, are likely to subside within a week. Offer them the opportunity to return to your clinic free-of-charge if side effects last much longer and they have concerns. Advise patients to avoid the sun for several days and to wear lots of sun block for a minimum of two weeks.
Ensure your Staff are Fully-Trained
At Australian Aesthetic Devices, we offer ongoing training to clinics and their staff. IPL treatments are safer than they’ve ever been, but it’s still essential that operators are fully-trained in the functionality and safety of the devices they’re using.
Contact us to find out about training courses in your local area for complete confidence for your clients.