Immediately before a treatment
Things to remember
When the patient has arrived for his or her treatment there are several things to do, before starting the treatment itself.
- Remove patient make-up
- Take before pictures
- Shave the treatment area if needed
- Mark the border of treatment area
- Determine the skin type and suntan
First of all, remove the patient’s make-up:
Cosmetics can disguise the true appearance of the skin, and can also absorb some of the light needed to carry out the treatment. This can lead either to an inefficient treatment or an increased risk of side effects.
Take before pictures of the treatment area:
The main purpose is to show the progress of the treatment to the patient (as a series of before and after treatment). And if you ask for the patient’s permission, it’s possible to use the pictures in Ellipse B&A competitions, or to show other patients. Our next blog will give a little more detail on how this can be done.
Shave the treatment area (if required)
Shave or trim the hair and always remember to remove the hair after the area has been shaved. Hair above the skin surface will absorb energy from the applicator and can burn into the crystal light guide (damaging the applicator, and leaving marks on the patient) or can burn onto the skin surface, causing pain or skin burns during treatment.
Some hair removal patients prefer to shave the area themselves, and it can be a good idea for them to do this, a few hours before the treatment. If they cut themselves shaving, the few hours interval gives time for the area to repair, and all blood (which will absorb the light) to be removed from the skin surface. But remember that the patient should shave not longer than 1 day before treatment, and should leave a patch of hair so that you can see the hair thickness.
Mark the border of the treatment area
If you are doing full face rejuvenation, or treating a blood vessel, this is obviously not necessary, but for hair removal mark the border with a red pen or a white wax pencil. Do not use other colours, as they will absorb the light and can cause a skin burn.
Determine the skin type and degree of suntan
Use the Fitzpatrick scale to determine the skin type, furthermore determine the degree of suntan, the size and colour of the target. Enter this into your Ellipse machine and it will supply you with treatment settings.
If you want to read more about using the Fitzpatrick scale to determine the skin type you can do it here.