Nigeria has about 176 million people with many people located in major cities and town because of work and technology. Nigeria economy is growing and therefore medical tourism needs to be explored. There are well over 200 Plastic Surgeons in Nigeria with major Plastic Surgeons located in Teaching Hospitals.
There has always been high demand on Plastic Surgery procedures e.g. Liposuction, Tummy tucking, Botox, Derma fillers, Skincare issues and so on, but because of misunderstanding and mistrust for the medical system, many people would prefer to go abroad for treatment; meanwhile, a lot of money is being lost to medical tourism running into billions of naira.
There is also the syndrome of bringing in Plastic Surgeons from abroad to help in doing procedures. There are however a lot of complains because some of these surgeons do not get medical practice clearance from the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria. Some do not have good standing with their country medical board and therefore look for cheap medical practice leverage.
Our concern also goes to those who go overseas for procedures with no proper follow up therefore making them an easy target and where there are complications after the procedures, there will not be anyone to manage them or they end up in the hand of the same people they do not trust. With this, the patient is aggrieved.
In a small Plastic Surgery Clinic situated at Surulere, some of these procedures are done and our people are realizing that things can still be done properly. Procedures like liposucturing, tummy tucking, breast lift, breast reduction, blepharoplasty, face lift, thigh lift, arm lift, Botox, Derma filler, fat grafting, skin grafting, scar revision, laser procedures, gynaecomastia, contracture release, burn wound management, acute burn, cleft lip and palate to mention a few.
Laser in Aesthetics use: What you need to know as a pigmented skin
LASER is an acronym that simply means Light Amplification by Stimulation Emission of Radiation. The radiation in this sense is not a dangerous radiation as it sounds rather it is light being put to useful use.
Laser converts certain element or compound around us to produce what is called photon a form of energy which was first described by Albert Einstein on the theory of light.
In laser system different component of light are reproduced using specific elements like argon which is known as Argon Laser and Ruby which is also known as Ruby laser.
Ruby laser is used to handle vascular lesion. Other examples of lasers are ND:YAG, diode, ruby, argon, Er:YAG, CO2 laser and IPL.
Laser has existed for more than fifty years and they have been use for both industrial and Medical purposes.
Aesthetic Lasers have different manufacturers and they can come in different brand names e.g cynosure, Lumenis, palomar and so on. The above brand names are manufacturers name and do not necessarily mean they are ideal for your skin especially the pigmented skin.
Aesthetic laser is a new and growing field in Nigeria and there have been uncontrolled usage of laser in Nigeria health care services especially by artisans.
There are different laser systems and there is a need to understand what is best for your skin before you get injured by either untrained professionals or trained cosmeticians who just want to move with the flow.
In ensuring that your professionals or laser centers are on point please ask them the following questions and even in some places overseas they use the wrong laser for the pigmented skin
First ask them what type of laser system they are using and even though you might not be able to differentiate it except you see the specifics of the laser it is preferable as a pigment skin person to have treatment with the ND:YAg laser for laser hair removal or removal of pigment growth on your body not IPL. The latter is recommended mainly for white skin and in medical jargon Fitzpatrick 1-3.The black skin is Fitzpatrick
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