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Talk Aesthetics #BAPRAS Nigel Mercer / @NigelMercer Enormous privilege to take over @BAPRASvoice Presidency ceremonially from Graeme Perks at our AGM this evening. He is one of the nicest men #PatientCommunication Pam Underdown / @AestheticGrowth Patients want to know what COULD go wrong and what HAS gone wrong in similar situations, and what steps you’re taking to minimise that risk #Keogh Ashton Collins / @AH_SaveFace Injectables and treatments using lasers or intense pulsed light (IPL) are not classified as a regulated activity by the CQC. #keoghreport #Revalidation PIAPA / @PIAPA_UK Looking forward to working alongside the NMC and providing our members with the chance to contribute to the finalised Revalidation model #BodySculpting Dr Ravi Jain / @DrRaviJain Up early to catch the flight to London for the British Association of Body Sculpting annual meeting. #CPD #vaser #liposuction #MoleScanning P & D SURGERY / @pdsurgery Presenting the Mole Scanning Service to staff at Ramsay Winfield Hospital @ramsayhealthUK @ramsaycosmetic To share your thoughts follow us on Twitter @aestheticsgroup, or email us at

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Aesthetic Connections launches CPD-approved consultation course A CPD-approved course, Advanced Consultation Training (ACT), has received support from key industry opinion leaders for creating a standard within the practitioner/patient consultation. Aesthetic course provider, Aesthetic Connections, created ACT with the hope of helping practitioners better manage patient expectations. Mr Matt James, consultant plastic and reconstructive surgeon at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital, said, “Advanced Consultation Training is an excellent method that allows patients access to a standardised non-biased consultation. Patients are guaranteed high quality information for their consultation decision-making. The practitioner also has peace of mind knowing they have delivered all the appropriate information required to fully advise their patients and have protection against possible litigation. It also assists in delivering a safe and satisfactory treatment by realistically managing patient expectations.” The course hopes to meet demand for a more rigorous consultation framework, particularly in the post-Keogh and revalidation environment. ACT developers, micropigmentation specialist, Anouska Cassano and Glenn Callaghan, professor of psychology and director of clinical training at the department of psychology at San Jose State University, believe that comprehensive patient evaluation is key to ensuring successful outcomes from aesthetic treatments. Callaghan said, “My experience provides a background in clinical psychology and evidencebased approach to assessment, which is the fundamental principle behind ACT: helping practitioners develop accountability and thoughtful methods to assess, treat, and refer clients for the best services in the area of aesthetic procedures.” Cassano added, “Part of becoming an ACT-certified practitioner is recognising that not all clients may be right for what we do and the treatments we provide. Although undergoing the training makes ethical and moral sense, it also makes good business sense. A more efficient consultation process will result in happier patients which leads to positive word of mouth recommendations, unarguably still the best and cheapest form of advertising.” When delegates have completed their training, their knowledge will be tested to ascertain if they can become certified ACT practitioners. Once certified, they may then be entitled to discounted insurance. The course will be available in the UK in early 2015.

Tattoo removal

Syneron announce laser device has been cleared by FDA for tattoo removal Syneron Medical has announced that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has cleared their laser device, PicoWay, to remove all tattoo colours. The PicoWay Picosecond is a dual wavelength device, using 1064nm and 532 wavelengths. Red, yellow and orange can be removed with the 532nm wavelength, whilst black, brown, green, blue and purple are removed using the 1064nm wavelength. The laser incorporates picosecond (one trillionth of a second) pulse duration to generate an ultra-short and high peak of laser energy on the skin. Syneron claims this then creates a strong photo-mechanical impact that optimises the fracturing of tattoo ink. 6

In support of the FDA 510 (k) clearance, the Picoway system was evaluated in a study by practitioners, including Dr Eric Bernstein, president of Main Line Center for Laser Surgery. Independent reviews found that 86% experienced a 50% tattoo clearance after three treatments. Dr Bernstein said, “As a dual wavelength Nd:YAG laser, it delivers extremely high peak-power, picosecond pulses enabling the treatment of all skin types.” The company hope the laser will present a new era in aesthetics and dermatology applications. Amit Meridor, chief executive officer of Syneron Candela said, “Tattoo removal represents a significant market opportunity, with estimates that of the 45 million Americans with at least one tattoo, 20% want to have their tattoo removed. PicoWay provides a powerful new option, which clinical trials have shown to offer high rates of tattoo removal in very few treatments.”

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