This book offers practitioners a comprehensive reference to light-based treatments that combines theory and best practices. It is unique in that it compares the various modalities and platforms of laser and IPL treatments while also discussing the most recent technological advancements. It also includes comprehensive treatment protocols, settings, and laser operating procedures. Furthermore, the book compares the mechanism of action of different lasers based on the skin-light interaction according to wavelength, pulse width, and delivery methods, making it invaluable to new practitioners and medical directors in the aesthetic medicine field.The book includes over 100 colour images and videos to help readers better understand techniques and treatment procedures. This visual aid makes the book especially useful when following treatment protocols. Chapters delve into every aspect of laser and IPL in aesthetics, including skin anatomy, hair reduction, vascular lesions, pigmentary conditions, scar remodelling, stretch mark revision, facial rejuvenation, skin toning technologies and wrinkle reduction methods. Furthermore, the book includes two chapters that will help practitioners invest in new and refurbished laser machines. The Ultimate Guide for Laser and IPL in the Aesthetic Field, with its comprehensive coverage of laser and IPL treatments in aesthetics, is an indispensable resource for healthcare professionals looking to refine their skills or refresh their knowledge on light-based treatments. It combines theories with practical aspects to provide the reader with everything they need to know about effective treatment delivery, making it an invaluable reference for any aesthetic practitioner!
DR. KAMAL ALHALLAK, PH.D., MBA
The book's lead author, Dr. Kamal Alhallak, is a world-renowned expert in cosmetic and aesthetic care, as well as patient education and advocacy. Born in Damascus, Syria, in 1980, he graduated with honours from the Faculty of Pharmacy in 2002 before moving to Canada to pursue his Ph.D., completed in 2012, and MBA, completed in 2022, at the University of Alberta.
Since then, Dr. Alhallak has become a prominent figure in the field of cosmetics and aesthetics, particularly within the Canadian healthcare sector. In 2016 he founded the Albany Cosmetic and Laser Centre, which provides patients with access to cutting-edge treatments such as laser skin resurfacing, IPL photofacials, injectables like neurotoxin and dermal fillers and more. The center has become one of the most popular destinations for cosmetic care and laser research in Alberta due to its combination of state-of-the-art technology and personalized service from Dr. Alhallak himself. In 2021, Dr. Alhallak was named one of the Top 100 Healthcare Leaders by IFAH International Forum for Advancement in Healthcare
Building on his success at the Albany Cosmetic & Laser Centre, Dr. Alhallak went on to form the Alberta Cosmetic Pharmacist Association (ACPA). The ACPA provides pharmacists and other practitioners with confidence and support for their decisions to enter into the aesthetic field and further their careers in cosmetics through continuing education courses that offer practical advice from experienced professionals like Dr. Alhallak himself.
Alongside his professional pursuits, Dr. Alhallak has been working on a project that combines both his passion for language and literature: translating and commenting on Albert Camus's work "The Myth of Sisyphus" into Arabic, which was published in 2022
Dr. Adel Abdulhafid, MD, MBBCH, FRCSC
Dr. Adel Abdulhafid has over two decades of expertise as an obstetrician and gynecologist. He received his medical degree and master from Alfateh University in Tripoli, Libya, focusing on minimally invasive surgery, urogynecology, and laser vaginal rejuvenation operations. After completing his education, Dr. Abdulhafid began his work at the Alliston Hospital in Ontario and afterwards went to the Barrhead Hospital. Since 2019, he has been practising at the Fort Saskatchewan Hospital located north of Edmonton..
In addition to his work as an Obstetrician and Gynecologist, Dr. Abdulhafid is the director of laser and radiofrequency vaginal applications at the Albany Cosmetic and Laser Centre. His expertise in these fields enables him to provide patients with non-surgical treatments that can help restore sexual function, tighten skin, and alleviate stress incontinence. His expertise also extends to surgical procedures such as laser labiaplasty, which permits superior results with minimal discomfort during the recovery period due to minimally invasive techniques combined with advanced technology.
Dr. Salem Tomi, MBBCH
Dr. Tomi received his medical degree from the Faculty of Medicine at Al-Fateh University - Tripoli, Libya, where he also completed a postdoctoral residency in intensive care unit medicine. During his tenure at Al-Fateh University, Dr. Tomi garnered several accolades for his exceptional academic performance and scientific achievements.
Dr. Tomi co-founded the Albany Cosmetic and Laser Centre with Dr. Alhallak in 2016 and contributed to all protocols that utilize cutting-edge procedures such as laser skin resurfacing, IPL photofacials, injectables such as neurotoxin and dermal fillers, and more. Dr. Tomi's insight and vision were essential in transforming Albany Cosmetic and Laser Centre into a research facility.
DiMa Omran, M.Sc., RN.
Dima Omran, R.N., is a registered nurse with a distinguished career in the healthcare field. She graduated from the University of Alberta with a Master's Degree in Pharmacy Practice and a Bachelor's Degree in Nursing.
R.N. Dima Omran is a key member of the Albany Cosmetic and Laser Centre's research team. Her expertise includes administering aesthetic treatments, cosmetic injectables, and laser treatments to correct wrinkles, age spots, acne scars, and spider veins, as well as chemical peels for skin rejuvenation. In addition to these specialized procedures, she is also experienced in laser and radiofrequency vaginal applications. Since joining Albany Cosmetic and Laser Centre, she has co-authored two original peer-reviewed research, one review paper, and was the lead author of an expert opinion article titled "Expert Opinion on Non-Surgical Eyebrow Lifting and Shaping Procedures."
Chapter 1: The Basics of Skin and Light.- Chapter 2: Laser and Intense Pulsed Light (IPL).- Chapter 3: Hair Removal.- Chapter 4: Acne Vulguris.- Chapter 5: Melasma.- Chapter 6: Keloids and Hypertrophic Scars.- Chapter 7: Stretch Marks (Striae Distensae).- Chapter 8. Vaginal Laser.- Chapter 9. Tattoo Removal.