Author’s note: Please refer to “Combining Laser Treatments and Esthetics” in the June 2010 issue of Skin Inc. magazine for more detailed information about the particular lasers and what esthetic treatments can be incorporated with them.
Lasers are an important component of a cosmetic medical practice. They treat many skin conditions, such as hyperpigmentation, acne, telangiectasias, aging skin and many other conditions that are not easily treated by typical facial treatments. Patient education on pre- and post-laser care will optimize results and increase retail sales. These tips are designed to assist the esthetician in properly caring for patients’ skin. It is important to note that in this article the word “patient” is used because a medical professional is performing the actual treatments. The esthetician in this scenario is assisting the treating physician and educating the patient about skin care.
Patients with pigmentation disorders, such as solar keratosis, photodamage, post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation and melasma, can achieve significantly better results if they take care of their skin at home. Most pigment disorders can be treated easily with visible light laser or intense pulsed light (IPL), except in the case of melasma. There has been success treating melasma with fractionated erbium laser treatments and other modalities, although several treatments are typically needed.