Laser Safety and our laser Policy

Thursday, October 16, 2014

If used incorrectly lasers can cause harm. It is therefore important that everyone using lasers have been trained by the laser manufacturer. Furthermore everyone operating lasers should possess a detailed understanding of ‘best practice’ of laser safety policy as contained in the Laser Core of Knowledge syllabus. At The Barn Clinic every clinician operating a laser has received manufactures training and has completed the Laser Core of Knowledge syllabus. Some clinicians are in the process of competing the B-Tec level four qualification which a undergraduate level qualification deemed to be the UK ‘Gold Standard’ qualification for laser therapy. One of our clinicans has also previously worked as a UK training officer for Cutera, one of the world’s leading laser manufacturers.

We have a detailed laser health and safety policy in place designed to ensure patient safety. In the UK laser treatment is currently largely unregulated however we voluntarily undergo an annual inspection by an independent Laser Protection officer. This inspection ensures that health and safety is regularly reviewed and that policies are being followed.

Our lasers are expensive high-end Cutera lasers that are maintained and serviced in keeping with manufacture’s guidelines. We do not use ‘cheap and cheerful’ lasers. Our Cutera Yag lasers can be safely used on skin types 5-7 for hair removal. The vast majority of other lasers used for hair removal can not treat skin types 5-7.

For all cosmetic laser treatments patients skin types are individually assessed using the Fitzpatrick type scale and patch tested prior to treatment. You can check your skin type using the scale below.

Any concerns or questions that you may have can be answered in a unbiased way by an independent medically qualified Doctor. Finally If you are not a good candidate for laser treatment we will let you know, it is not our policy to treat such patients regardless of whether they are a good candidate or not.



Skin Type Checker 
In 1975, Thomas B Fitzpatrick, MD, PhD, of Harvard Medical School, developed a classification system for skin typing. This system was based on a person’s response to sun exposure in terms of the degree of burning and tanning the individual experienced. For successful removal of hair, wrinkles, veins, sun spots, and scars using LASER technology, it is necessary determine your correct skin type.TYPE I: Highly sensitive, always burns, never tans.

Example: Red hair with freckles or Albino

TYPE II: Very sun sensitive, burns easily, tans minimally.

Example: Fair-skinned, fair-haired Caucasians

TYPE III: Sun sensitive skin, sometimes burns, slowly tans to light brown.

Example: Darker Caucasians, European mix

TYPE IV: Minimally sun sensitive, burns minimally, always tans to moderate brown.

Example: Mediterranean, European, Asian, Hispanic, American Indian

TYPE V: Sun-insensitive skin, rarely burns, tans well.

Example: Hispanics, Afro-American, Middle Eastern

TYPE VI: Sun-insensitive, never burns, deeply pigmented.

Example: Afro-American, African, Middle Eastern