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Update on Airborne Hazards in the Laser/IPL Clinic

By |15th January 2021|Categories: Research & News|Tags: , , |

Much has been written in the literature in the last few years about the potential hazard of airborne particulates and noxious fumes generated by laser and IPL beams on human tissue and the COVID-19 pandemic has heightened our awareness of airborne virus transmission.

It is the legal duty of laser and IPL service providers to patients and clients to manage health and safety in the establishment. GCG Healthcare’s Laser Protection Adviser, Dr Godfrey Town PhD has produced a Guide to Risk Assessment of Airborne Hazards in the Laser Clinic and circulated it to all current LPA clients. For further information Contact Us

Distance learning in the digital age

By |20th September 2020|Categories: Research & News|Tags: , , , , , |

Godfrey Town published an editorial article entitled ‘Distance learning in the digital age’ in the 50th Jubilee Issue of Beauty NZ Magazine. Summer 2020; editorial: page 58. The article discusses how the COVID-19 pandemic has made desktop video conferencing such as Zoom® a necessity in many areas of life and this has resulted in its use in the beauty setting, to help meet the stricter requirements for hygiene and cross-infection measures demanded by the Coronavirus pandemic.

The article is available at: https://online.fliphtml5.com/kovbr/ndbn/#p=1

Laser Training Courses developed by Dr Town, including courses on Laser Safety, Laser & IPL Hair Reduction & Skin Rejuvenation and Laser Tattoo Removal are available at: www.onlinelasertraining.co.uk

Update on Hygiene & Infection Control in the Laser/IPL Clinic

By |21st May 2020|Categories: Research & News|Tags: , , , |

In May 2020, during the COVID-19 pandemic, GCG Healthcare published Laser Protocols on enhanced cleanliness, hygiene, infection & cross infection control and Frequently Asked Questions on the COVID-19 Resource Centre for Aesthetic Clinics published by www.consultingroom.com These support documents remain available to all of GCG Healthcare’s Laser Protection Adviser (LPA) and expert Treatment Protocol clients.

GCG Healthcare provided input to the guide: Madan V. ‘Resumption of laser/IPL skin services post COVID-19lockdown—British Medical Laser Association (BMLA) Lasers Med Sci. 2020; 35:2069-2073.

The “new normal” requires laser and IPL service providers to:

  • Identify infection prevention practices when caring for clients undergoing cosmetic laser or intense light source procedures and produce an Infection Control Risk Assessment.
  • Review necessary precautions when performing aerosol generating laser procedures on clients undergoing laser or intense pulsed light (IPL) procedures.
  • Discuss implementation strategies to optimize personal protective equipment to manage plume for all procedures that generate fumes.
  • Consider Training Courses in infection control such as Control of Cross-infection in a Post-COVID-19 World. See: https://www.jenniferyoungtraining.com/offers/jadfkKNz/checkout?mc_cid=a9e71a5590

Dr Godfrey Town Ph.D. Re-certifies with RPA 2000 as Laser Protection Adviser

By |14th May 2018|Categories: Research & News|

Dr Godfrey Town Ph.D. was re-certified on 1st May 2018 by RPA 2000 for a further 5 years to act as a Laser Protection Adviser (LPA) under the Care Standards Act 2000 (Wales & Northern Ireland) and as required in England by councils with unitary powers who regulate service providers using lasers and intense light sources. These jurisdictions in England include London, Essex and Nottinghamshire. The RPA 2000 LPA certificate is evidence of competence in radiation protection for non-ionising radiation and Dr Town holds this for medical, research and teaching.

RPA 2000 was set up in 2000 as a non profit making company, limited by guarantee, for certifying competence in radiation protection practice. It was established by four Professional Societies, namely the Association of University Radiation Protection Officers (AURPO), the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine (IPEM), the Society for Radiological Protection (SRP) and the Institute of Radiation Protection (IRP), which has since been incorporated into the Society for Radiological Protection.

Any person wishing to gain an initial RPA 2000 Certificate of Competence to act as a Laser Protection Adviser (LPA) must create a Portfolio of Evidence that satisfies RPA 2000’s technical criteria.

The Certificate of Core Competence remains valid for a period of 5 years, before the end of which it must be renewed.

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Recognition for ‘Core of Knowledge’ Course

By |14th May 2018|Categories: Research & News|

Dr Town has secured accredited CPD Training Provider status with The CPD Accreditation Group for the ‘Core of Knowledge’ Certificate training offered through our sister company, Online Laser Training, issued under the signature of Dr Godfrey Town Ph.D., RPA 2000 certified Laser Protection Adviser (Certificate No: L00159 dated 1st May 2018).

The ‘Core of Knowledge’ Certificate course has been independently assessed by The CPD Group as worth 30 CPD learning credits which is equivalent to a notional 30 hours of learning.

IMCAS, Paris 26th – 29th January 2017

By |30th January 2018|Categories: Research & News|

IMCAS, Paris 26th - 29th January 2017Dr Godfrey Town attended the 19th International Master Class on Aging Skin (IMCAS) in Paris as a Faculty Guest Speaker where he chaired several sessions and gave a talk on ‘How new standards and regulation are influencing aesthetic clinical practice in the UK’ describing the differences in standards and regulations in Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and England and covering the new EN 16372 Aesthetic surgery services standard and comments on the status of the corresponding non-surgical standard being developed by the European Committee for Standardisation (CEN) Technical Committee.

Godfrey also serves on the IMAS Academy Expert Panel for complications in laser and light based therapy.
Seen here with Dr Serge Mordon Ph.D. from the French National Institute of Health and Medical Research, Lille, France and Dr Hugues Cartier, consultant laser dermatologist from Arras, France.

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Product Analysis: Epilatory Lasers and IPLs’ and ‘Home-use Devices (HUDs) and Skin Ageing

By |6th February 2020|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , |

Product Analysis: Epilatory Lasers and IPLs’ and ‘Home-use Devices (HUDs) and Skin AgeingDr Godfrey Town chaired the scientific sessions on ‘Product Analysis: Epilatory Lasers and IPLs’ and ‘Home-use Devices (HUDs) and Skin Ageing’ at the IMCAS World Congress held 30th and 31st January 2020 at the Palais des Congrès, Paris.

Leading laser and IPL manufacturers (including Alma, Candela, Deka, Fotona, Lumenis and Lutronic) were invited to present latest advances in hair reduction technology including device specifications (new pulse structures, wavelength manipulation, modes of action) and clinical application (new indications, applicators, cooling management, plume evacuation and smart clinic software).

Product Analysis: Epilatory Lasers and IPLs’ and ‘Home-use Devices (HUDs) and Skin Ageing

World-renowned speakers including Michael Gold, Christine Dierickx, Eloisa Leis Ayers, Gun Young Ahn, Torsten Stocker and Mukta Sachdev reviewed current HUDs for skin ageing, HUDs and skin ageing in skin of colour, HUDs and skin ageing in Asian skin, New HUDS in 2020 and beyond and HUDS – The patient perspective

Lasers in Surgery and Medicine | Home-Use Hair Removal – How Does It Work?

By |12th January 2020|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , |

Our International Course Director, Dr Godfrey Town PhD was featured recently by the highly-rated laser journal, Lasers in Surgery and Medicine, in a short video promoting a clinical and scientific review of low fluence hair reduction.

This study was released by the journal in January this year and published in the print version in August. Anyone considering the Online Laser Training Hair Removal Course using intense pulsed light therapy or studying how does laser hair removal work, will be interested in this article.

Update on Home-Use Devices: New Devices, Regulations & Safety

By |6th January 2020|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , |

European Congress on Advanced Treatments and Technologies in Skin & Aesthetics (Skin-Med2019) Dr Godfrey Town gave a talk on ‘Update on Home-Use Devices: New Devices, Regulations & Safety’ as an Invited Speaker at the new European Congress on Advanced Treatments and Technologies in Skin & Aesthetics (Skin-Med2019) annual conference held 5th to 8th December 2019 at the Holton Munich City Hotel in Germany.

This talk reviewed recent safety standards including particular requirements for consumer laser products and the progress of the new EC Medical Device Regulations (MDR) which relate to the safety and performance of medical devices and which replace the current EU Directive.

Dr Town concluded that there are currently insufficient Notified Bodies for medical devices in the EU and that this will cause a bottleneck in Notified Bodies to test HUDs.

This talk considered the likely restrictions on laser and intense light source manufacturers and distributors and the probable impact on marketing of home-use light-based devices to the general public.



European Congress on Advanced Treatments and Technologies in Skin & Aesthetics (Skin-Med2019)

Dr Godfrey Town at the 15th ACAM Laser and Cosmetic Medicine Conference in Sydney

By |12th November 2019|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , |

ACAM Laser and Cosmetic Medicine Conference in SydneyDr Godfrey Town gave a talk on ‘A New Generation of Vascular and Pigmentary IPLs’ as an Invited Speaker at the ACAM annual cosmetic medicine conference held on 25-27 October 2019 at the International Convention Centre Sydney.

This talk considered a new generation of intense pulsed light (IPL) devices and evaluated how and why they rival traditional pulsed dye laser (PDL) treatment of vascular and pigmentary abnormalities.

Several companies have released new devices with recent and innovative claims for their intense pulsed light (IPL) technology.

Selected company slides were presented to investigate novel technology advances and to explore the clinical and scientific evidence for these innovations.

Dr Town concluded that evidence-based clinical and scientific results confirm that modified IPL technology can match PDL clinical outcomes and deliver better side-effect profiles than traditional PDL.

Dr Godfrey Town at the European Academy of Dermatology and Venerology conference in Madrid

By |14th October 2019|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , |

Dr Godfrey Town gave a talk at the Medical Devices Expert Forum at the European Academy of Dermatology and Venerology conference (EADV) on 11th October 2019 in Madrid. His lecture ‘Update on home-use device standards and regulations’ considered the likely impact of the new EU Medical Device Regulations on laser and intense light source users, manufacturers and distributors.

Dr Godfrey Town has been appointed Senior Research Fellow Ph.D., Department of Dermatology, Aalborg University Hospital

By |14th October 2019|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Dr Godfrey Town has been appointed Senior Research Fellow Ph.D., Department of Dermatology, Aalborg University Hospital, Aalborg, Denmark where he plans to assist Clinical Professor of Dermatology Peter Bjerring MD, Dr.Sci., Department of Clinical Medicine at Aalborg University Hospital to build a new dermatological research area with collaboration with other specialities. Godfrey will make his ‘Core of knowledge’ laser & IPL safety courses available to post-graduates and assist in collaborative efforts to introduce new specialist courses in cutaneous light-based therapy to the department.

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