During a treatment
Tips during the treatment
Every person in charge of a treatment has his or her own tips or tricks to give the patient the best result possible and to make the experience as comfortable as possible. We have gathered some of them here.
Wear eye protection
Make sure everyone in the treatment room wears eye protection – the patient, any students present and the operator.
Give the patient a stress ball
If the patient has a stress ball to squeeze during the treatment, this will reduce the feeling of discomfort
Another test shot
Even thought it is not the first time the patient is being treated, make sure to start out with a test shot based on the machines recommendations. Many things can cause a change in the patient’s sensitivity and a test shot will help the operator to find the proper settings every time.
Count backwards from three
Many patients benefit psychological from knowing when the shot will come. However some patients actively dislike this, so it is a good idea to discuss it with your patient before treating.
Right amount of gel
The amount should be sufficient to ensure that it does not dry out during the treatment, but not so great as to cause a build-up of gel on the side of the crystal light guide. Note that the gel should not contain air bubbles.
Place the light guide perpendicular to the skin
This ensures that the largest amount of the crystal is in contact with the gel and therefore that the maximum amount of light energy penetrates the skin surface. It also reduces the risk of leaving untreated strips on the skin.
Keep the sides of the light guide free from gel
This reduces the risk of light being emitted from the side of the light guide instead of the bottom of it. A build-up of gel on the sides can result in the patient getting “zebra stripes” after treatment.
Do not slide the applicator across the treatment area
This offers two advantages. You avoid a build-up of optical coupling gel on the side of the applicator and you leave a “footprint” of the area you have treated in the gel. This makes placing the subsequent shots easier and avoids the risk of either missing or double-treating an area of the skin.
Start in the area that is least sensitive to pain
On the face, this is far from the nose and upper lip. More generally areas further away from bone are less sensitive
Encourage patients to ask for a few seconds break in treatment
Most often, intense pulsed light treatment is selective treatment and the experience should be made as comfortable as possible for the patient.