Many of you may know that Astanza has partnered with Merz as an official distributor of the DESCRIBE® PFD Patch. This innovative accessory is quickly taking over the tattoo removal industry and delivers a wide range of benefits to both laser tattoo removal providers and patients.
We at Astanza always strive to bring the best resources to our clients and their customers, and the Patch is one we strongly believe everyone should experience and come to know. In this article, we provide detailed instructions on how to use the DESCRIBE® Patch during a treatment.
What is the PFD Patch?
The Patch is a transparent perfluorodecalin-infused silicone gel patch that aids against laser frost and allows for up to 4 passes per treatment as opposed to the traditional single-pass laser tattoo removal treatment. Research and studies have shown that patients experience reduced pain and better results in fewer treatments. You can find more information about the Patch, its research, and its benefits on our other blog: The DESCRIBE® PFD Patch: Changing Laser Tattoo Removal.
How to Use It
- Remove the silicone Patch from its plastic packaging and set aside. Take the foam-tip applicator (provided in each DESCRIBE® Patch box) and soak it in the perfluorodecalin found at the bottom of the open Patch package. Once the foam-tip is completely soaked, liberally apply the perfluorodecalin liquid to the tattooed skin. This will ensure that the skin is adequately saturated with the perfluorodecalin fluid.
- Immediately after applying the PFD liquid, separate the protective plastic film from the silicone Patch and place the sticky side of the PFD Patch onto the tattooed skin. Press the Patch firmly to make sure it is evenly applied to the skin before starting treatment.
- Perform a test spot on the tattoo to ensure the appropriate settings are being used on the patient. Once the laser settings are determined, proceed with treating the skin directly through the patch as you normally would without the Patch. If you would like to compare treatments with the Patch versus without the Patch, leave a portion of the tattoo untreated and use it as a test area.
- Once the first pass is complete, immediately continue to retreat the tattooed skin that is covered by the Patch up to 4 total passes. Laser treatments should be performed in accordance with clinical signs and symptoms.
- If you notice any laser whitening/frosting despite using the Patch, apply more perfluorodecalin liquid to the skin using the foam-tip applicator between each pass. Always place the silicone Patch back onto the skin after applying more perfluorodecalin liquid.
- Once all 4 laser passes with the Patch are complete, dress the treated area with a sterile bandage as you would normally.
For your convenience, we’ve created an instructional video on how to safely use the Describe® Patch.
Having achieved status as an official distributor of the DESCRIBE® Patch (Perfluorodecalin), Astanza is pleased to provide our clients with innovative technology promoting faster ink clearance, better laser access to ink, and safer treatment compared to tattoo removal without the Patch.
If you want to implement the Patch at your clinic, view the links below to purchase.
A box of 10 DESCRIBE® PFD Patches is $595 for a box of 10 single-use patches. Click here to order.
Click here to purchase a monthly subscription.
IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION
The DESCRIBE® PFD Patch is a single-use, optical clearing device accessory for use in laser-assisted tattoo removal procedures. Side effects, including pain, erythema, and edema were reported during laser tattoo removal.The DESCRIBE® PFD Patch is available only through licensed physicians. For full product and safety information, please visit DescribePatch.com/IFU.
DESCRIBE® is a registered trademark of ON Light Sciences, Inc. Copyright© 2018 Merz North America, Inc. All rights reserved.
If you have additional questions regarding the PFD Patch or wish to receive more information regarding the laser tattoo removal business, contact us and we’ll connect you with an Astanza representative! Call (800) 364-9010.