Frequently Asked Questions
Though IPL is not a laser, it can be compared to one. The main technological difference between the two is that laser uses one specific wavelength of light, while IPL uses a full spectrum. This means that unlike lasers, which can only deliver a wavelength, IPL can release light over a wide wavelength range. In short, IPL uses intense light pulses instead of laser rays.
IPL and lasers work in similar ways by sending light into the hair follicles. The light absorbs in the hair follicle, turns into heat and destroys it.
Another fact is that IPL was developed to treat skin conditions, and patients observed hair loss as a result, in comparison to hair removal with laser, which was designed exactly for what it is used for: long term, potentially permanent, hair reduction.
The premises themselves have legal requirements. These requirements include laser use being limited to one room; the room must have adequate ventilation; the treatment couch should ideally have movable sections; a cupboard with impervious worktops must be available for storing equipment and Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) products; and a laser sign must be placed outside the treatment room.
Laser Customer’s Treatment Records
With regards to laser customer’s treatment records, a client register/treatment book is required by law (The Registered Homes Act part II). There should also be another record kept of your name, date of treatment, length of treatment and who carried out the procedure. You should also have to complete a health questionnaire during the consultation. Any contradictions identified as a result of the consultation need to be supported by a letter of approval for treatment from your GP. Written consent from you before treatment is also required.
The practitioner or operator who will carry out your treatment should have a minimum of an NVQ 3 or equivalent. The resulting certificate should be available for inspection at all times if need be. They should also be trained in the use of the laser equipment for your treatment. The minimum requirements for the person in charge are that they hold a current Registration on Healthcare Certificate, have training on the laser equipment, and have attended a laser safety study day. The minimum training they should have received on the laser equipment should cover the hazards of using a particular machine, risk assessments, a certificate of competency and proof of their training. It is also strongly advised that they have training in basic CPR, first aid, and general health and safety awareness.
It is also required by law that practitioners who carry out laser hair removal procedures are insured. There are two different types of insurance needed: public liability/employer liability and professional indemnity insurance. They must also have current membership of an appropriate professional organisation.