Dr Firas Al-Niaimi MSc to Review Picosecond Lasers at Aesthetic Medicine Live 2017
Esteemed dermatologist, Dr Firas Al-Niaimi will provide his thoughts and personal experiences on the use of picosecond laser technology for the treatment of tattoo removal and pigmented lesions. As the Medical Director of the largest chain of high street clinics in the UK, Dr Firas has had the unique opportunity of accessing a range of the market leading platforms, carrying out a number of case studies to help determine the benefits of this technology and the results achievable in comparison to traditional nanosecond lasers.
Over the past 3 – 4 years, a number of aesthetic technology manufacturers have released picosecond laser technology into the marketplace alongside multi-million-dollar marketing campaigns promoting their many clinical benefits - primarily the reduction in the number of treatments required for clearance of unwanted tattoos and pigmented lesions. Dr Al-Niami will look to uncover the actual clinical and financial benefits of this rapidly evolving technology and will discuss findings from a number of case studies carried out in clinic.
Date: Saturday February 4, 2017
Place: Live Stage, Main Exhibition Hall, Aesthetic Medicine Live 2017, Olympia London
Dr Firas Al-Niaimi MSc, MRCP, EBDV, Medical Director, Sk:n Clinics
Dr Firas Al-Niaimi completed his full specialist training in dermatology in Manchester, one of the largest dermatology centres in Europe where he worked alongside nationally-renowned dermatologists. He subsequently completed a prestigious advanced dermatological surgery and lasers fellowship in the world-renowned dermatology institute of St John's at Guy's and St Thomas' Hospital in London for a full year. He has also received advanced laser training from world experts in Germany and the USA and is one of few in the UK who is certified in advanced laser resurfacing. Throughout his
Throughout his career he has participated in various scientific activities and presented on numerous occasions nationally and internationally where he won prizes for his work. He has in excess of 90 publications including several chapters of books and his own book for preparation for dermatology specialist examination. He is a reviewer and on the advisory board for a number of well-respected dermatology journals and a key opinion leader for cosmeceutical and laser companies. He has a wide range of skills which include skin conditions, skin surgery, advanced lasers and cosmetic dermatology.
Q-switched laser, with pulses in the nanosecond regime, have been the devices of choice for tattoo removal and other pigmented conditions for over two decades. The theory of selective photothermolysis requires both the correct pulse width and wavelength be chosen to allow for the selective absorption of laser energy by the target.
For tattoo removal, Q-switched nanosecond laser create a primarily photoacoustic effect which shatters the tattoo pigment, with a degree of thermal damage to the surrounding tissue, this damage being minimal. However, with the advent of picosecond lasers for tattoo removal, an increased photoacoustic component is seen and even less thermal damage to the surrounding tissues. Correct wavelength selection is still required, as with nanosecond lasers, despite this increased shattering effect. If the target does not absorb the energy, no effect will be observed, and systems still require multiple wavelengths to treat all colours of tattoos. While highly effective, picosecond lasers currently lack the
Correct wavelength selection is still required, as with nanosecond lasers, despite this increased shattering effect. If the target does not absorb the energy, no effect will be observed, and systems still require multiple wavelengths to treat all colours of tattoos. While highly effective, picosecond lasers currently lack the well-evidenced safety profile of nanosecond lasers. However, next generation picosecond lasers overcome these challenges by combining both picosecond and nanosecond technology, allowing the effective and safe removal of tattoos on all skin types.
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