Interview With Dr. Nicole DeCamp

Dr. Nicole DeCamp  is a dermatologist based in Oklahoma City, OK. and has been working with patients since 1999.

Q: What aesthetic laser services do you currently offer?

A: I currently perform hair reduction, IPL/photofacial and non-ablative fractional resurfacing with the Cynosure Icon laser, treatment of vascular/pigmented lesions and scars with the Vbeam Perfecta and a diode laser, and body contouring with the Sculpsure laser. 

Q: What are the most common requested treatments? Does it vary by season?

A: The most commonly requested treatments I perform are the nonablative fractional resurfacing for rejuvenation and scar therapy, and the Vbeam Perfecta for vascular lesions.  I perform a lot of combination laser therapies, depending on each patient’s specific concerns and clinical presentation.  I perform these treatments year-round, but perform fewer IPL/photofacial treatments in the summer because I prefer to perform these treatments when sun exposure is less of an issue.

Q: Have you always offered these as a part of your practice?

A: I have offered laser therapy in my office since, I believe, 2003. I have always been interested in laser therapy for both medical and cosmetic concerns, so I decided to add lasers into my practice soon after setting up my own office. 

Q:  What type of training did you need to be able to be certified to use aesthetic lasers in your practice?

A: I received training in laser therapy in my dermatology residency program (as well as) specific training for each of the lasers at the time of purchase from certified instructors, in addition to visiting the offices of practicing physicians for additional training

Q: Have you purchased lasers from manufacturers or other refurbished laser companies in the past? How was that experience compared to your experience with Sentient?

A: I have purchased both brand new and refurbished lasers in the past.  Doing business with Ryan Haller with Sentient Lasers was a very pleasant, professional, straight-forward and easy experience.  Ryan is very dependable, respectful and always available to answer questions.  He always responded to my questions within 24 hours and, often, within one to two hours.  I would definitely do business with him again

Q: If you were to choose 3 words to describe your sales process with Sentient, what would they be?

A: Professional, Reliable, Simple


Tattoo Removal: An Unlikely Source of Community Service

We recently followed up with the folks at CleanSlate, who we donated a Palomar Q-Yag 5 laser to last year. Read more about that here.

Since American rapper, entrepreneur, and community activist, Nipsey Hussle’s death this past March, there has been a resurgence of peace discussions among gang members in Los Angeles and an increase in community awareness surrounding the issue. Throughout his career, Nipsey (born Ermias Asghedom), was outspoken about his gang affiliation, his vision to end the violence and his commitment to supporting his local LA community. Nipsey was true to his word – providing employment opportunities by investing in local real estate, building science and tech learning centers for teens, and setting a meeting with LA Police Commissioner Steve Soboroff to discuss the efforts. Days before this meeting, Nipsey was tragically murdered. Nipsey’s legacy lives on and in a march honoring his passing, LA gangs experienced the largest ceasefire in their community since 1992 (the year of the Rodney King riots). 

But despite Nipsey’s endeavors, gang violence remains a visible part of the Los Angeles landscape. For many trying to leave behind their gang ties, this visibility runs skin deep. In the gang world, simple tattoos – a certain star, a spiderweb, a teardrop, or series of numbers, can have big meanings. Tattoo removal has become an unlikely source of liberation. Patients who have gotten rid of unwanted tattoos have reported feeling like their dignity and self-esteem has been restored. The removal also offers them a broader range of opportunities as they enter the job market, greatly increasing their chances of employment. 

Though tattoo removal can be a major step in the recovery of former gang members and victims of human trafficking or abuse, for many it is an arduous, costly process to take on. The aesthetic laser community is changing that. At the center of this undertaking is CleanSlate, a Los Angeles-based nonprofit with a mission to empower individuals in-need to rebuild their lives. Located in the hub of Hawaiian Gardens gang territory, CleanSlate’s low-cost tattoo removal program serves approximately 150 people per month. Sentient Laser saw CleanSlate and Hawaiian Garden’s need for a high-quality laser and in 2018, donated a refurbished aesthetic laser (the Palomar Q-Yag 5 laser).

By updating their resources, CleanSlate has been able to double their impact on the Hawaiian Garden community. In just six clinics, CleanSlate serviced 216 people in need of a fresh start, the organizations biggest tattoo removal accomplishment yet. When asked about this record-breaking number, the staff said the efficiency of the laser is what helped cut their time in half.  One practitioner explained how Sentient’s donated laser “works wonderfully and hits much harder at the same settings as our previous laser.” Sentient Laser is a proud supporter of CleanSlate’s mission and their commitment to providing the LA community with both a high-quality procedure and a true clean slate for the next chapter in their lives.  

If you are a former gang member, domestic violence survivor, felon, or have a tattoo that no longer describes who you were at the time of application CleanSlate wants to assist with the changing of the package while providing support in the process of self-understanding and acceptance.  You can contact CleanSlate at (562) 945-9111 or visit their website at www.cleanslatela.org

Sentient Lasers In The News

Some recent media placements:

Modern Aesthetics – October 2018 The Pre-Owned Laser Market

Dermascope – October 2018 Sentient Lasers hires Director of Marketing and Business Development

Utah Business – October 2018 Sentient Lasers Relocates Corporate Headquarters

Salt Lake City – Patch – September 2018 Utah-based Sentient Lasers Donates Aesthetic Laser to Nonprofit Cleanslate

DotMed – October 2018 Sentient Lasers relocates corporate headquarters

 

Skin, Inc – October 2018

Sentient Lasers Moves to Park City

Park Record – October 2018

Sentient Lasers Leaves Kamas for Park City’s industrial park

Bustle – September 2018 9 Freaky Things That Can Cause Your Tattoo To Fade

Dot Med – August 2018 Ryan Haller Joins Sentient Lasers

AOL – August 2018 What Really Happens When You Get A Tattoo Removed