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Title of Activity

Cosmetic Laser Training Course & Certification

Date and Location

Please see individual dates from calendar above

Target Audience

This activity has been designed to meet the educational needs of Health Care Practitioners involved in the care of the patients with Aesthetic requests.

Program Overview

The Cosmetic Laser Training Course & Certification workshop is a combination lecture and workshop where learners will participate in didactic lectures in the morning followed by hands on training in the afternoon. Learners will understand how to perform laser light energy treatments for various cosmetic indications and will also gain a proficiency in the science and alternative uses for laser light energies. The purpose of the training is to help learners provide enhanced patient care to those who present themselves with various cosmetic conditions and for learners to acquire the necessary technical skills to perform each of these cosmetic laser procedures correctly and by adhering to published protocols and guidelines.

Learning Outcome

To provide learners with a foundation for following correct standards of care and to learn proper methods to safely administer Cosmetic Light Energy based treatments.

Educational Objectives

    1. Practice procedures such as aesthetic non-ablative and laser ablative procedures competently, safely, and effectively for their patient. Each participant will understand and learn how to avoid risks and associated complications.
    2. Apply the generally accepted protocols for the administration of laser procedures for various aesthetic and medical conditions (i.e. acne). Learn the proper guidelines for the acquisition, patient charting, administration issues (i.e. medical intake forms, informed consents) and the corrective measures for adverse events.
    3. Describe the mechanism of action and basic facial anatomy of the skin including epidermal, dermal, and subcutaneous tissues, describe differences between the array of aesthetic device technologies available, FDA Approved Applications, characteristics of the devices, patient preferences, and managing expectations.
    4. Identify who is a candidate for aesthetic laser procedures, patient benefits, and long-term correction for the various aesthetic conditions that aesthetic lasers can provide. Increase patient awareness and offer enhanced patient care in relation to the laser light energy procedures.


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Program Agenda

8:00am–8:30am: Registration.
8:30am–9:45am: Instructor Introduction, Overview of the Cosmetic Laser Marketplace including trends, market size, and potential revenue streams and technologies available. Review of Laser Physics and mechanism of action for laser light-based energies, intense pulse light (IPL), infrared (IR), radio frequency (RF), Bio-Stimulation, and Mechanical (Ballistic) types of lasers. Laser Administrative | Safety Requirements for your practice including Laser Safety Policies and other OSHA and ANSI Standard requirements for employees and for your facility.
9:45am-10:45am: Overview of Non-Ablative Lasers and Skin Basics such as skin classification, photosensitizing medications, contraindications, and patient considerations for treatment. Photofacial (Vascular | Pigmentation) using IPL and laser technologies including protocols and treatment pearls for various Fitzpatrick types.
10:45am-11:00am: Break
11:00am-12:00pm: Introduce other indications for Photofacial (off-label) such as for inflammatory acne and specific dermatological conditions (i.e. rosacea, melasma, and angiomas). Introduction to Laser Hair Removal including device selection, mechanism of action, areas for treatment, treatment considerations (active hair growth), and the latest trends and technologies (high speed hair reduction). Alternative uses for Hair Reduction devices for aesthetic sclerotherapy for telangiectasias (spider veins) and treatment protocols and in combination with injection therapies. Patient consideration (Fitzpatrick Type) and protocols for treatment including education pearls, and expectations for results.
12:00pm-1:00pm: Lunch.

1:00pm-3:00pm: Introduction to other Non-Ablative Laser Light Energies including Radio Frequency (RF), Ultrasound (US), and infrared technologies for Skin Tightening, Acne Treatments, and Collagen Remodeling. Review of technologies, indications for treatment, patient expectations, contraindications, and overview of the various manufacturers.
3:00pm-3:15pm: Break.
3:15pm-6:00pm: Hands-On Training using the Non-Ablative Laser and Light Energy Devices in conjunction with vendor participation on “live patients”. Questions and Answers, Protocols and Post Procedure options are reaffirmed and include many of the ancillary laser services discussed throughout the course (combination therapies).

8:00am–8:30am: Registration.
8:30am–10:45am: Body Contouring Devices for Skin Tightening, Cryolipolysis, Fat Apoptosis (Necrosis), and Temporary Reduction of Cellulite. Physiology of Cellulite, Grading of Cellulite, and various laser light energy and mechanical approaches for the treatment of cellulite including natural estrogen inhibitors for maintenance and correction of Type I and Type II cellulite.
10:45am-11:00am: Break.
11:00am-12:30pm: Overview and Introduction to Tattoo Removal and Ablative Light Energies including Fractional CO2, ER-Yag, and RF sub-ablative including patient selection, treatment protocols, contraindications, patient expectations, and adverse events. Tattoo devices such as Q-Switch, Nd-Yag, and picosecond laser devices are discussed and suggested protocols, benefits, and disadvantages.
12:30pm-1:30pm: Lunch.
1:30pm-3:00pm: Overview and Introduction to alternative uses for ablative technologies such as vaginal rejuvenation and scar revision are given with complete treatment guidelines and protocols as well as alternative treatments. Review subcision surgical options and procedures and alternative mechanical treatments for vaginal rejuvenation. Photography options.
3:00pm-3:15pm: Break.
3:15pm-6:00pm: Hands-On Training using the Non-Ablative Laser and Light Energy Devices in conjunction with vendor participation on “live patients”. Demonstration of the Ablative Lasers by manufacturers for scarring and deep rhytids.Questions and Answers.

Physician Credit
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of Medical Education Resources (MER) and Empire Medical Training, Inc.  MER is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation
Medical Education Resources designates this live activity, for a maximum of 16.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Nursing Credit
Medical Education Resources is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.
This CE activity provides 16.0 contact hours of continuing nursing education.
Medical Education Resources is a provider of continuing nursing education by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #CEP 12299, for [8] contact hours.

Disclosure of Conflicts of Interest
It is the policy of Medical Education Resources to ensure balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor in all of its educational activities. In accordance with this policy, MER identifies conflicts of interest with its instructors, content managers, and other individuals who are in a position to control the content of an activity. Conflicts are resolved by MER to ensure that all scientific research referred to, reported, or used in a continuing education activity conforms to the generally accepted standards of experimental design, data collection, and analysis.