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WILLMAR -- Robin Sult is doing her part to teach medical professionals around the world about the benefits of laser treatment.

Since opening Aesthetics Inc., in Willmar with her husband, Dr. Tom Sult, about 10 years ago, Robin Sult, a registered nurse, has been actively involved with clinical research and development of protocols in laser aesthetics. She is also a frequent presenter at both domestic and international laser conferences.

She has acquired more than 6,000 hours of operator time with the use of Fotona laser systems. Fotona's website describes the company as an internationally popular aesthetic and dermatological laser manufacturer.

In addition, Sult has researched the expanded use of lasers in cosmetic and medical treatments from hair removal, skin resurfacing, acne and wart treatments to wrinkle reduction and spider vein treatments. She has formally trained more than 150 physicians for laser use in dermatological and aesthetic treatments and has presented over 75 lectures and workshops in 11 countries around the world.

Sult teaches twice a year in Europe and also teaching in the United States. She has taught every six months for the past three years in the United Arab Emirates and participated with others in a three-day laser program in May at Sharjah University Laser Training and Research Center at the University of Sharjah Medical School, UAE.

Sult says most of the people that attend already have laser experience, but they're shocked at the clinical results she obtains that they're not getting.

"It's a laser physics thing. My focus in laser education to doctors is to teach them about laser physics because how your laser is built and how the beam is delivered to the patient's skin makes or breaks the outcome,'' says Sult.

"And also how to teach your client -- the patient -- because this is a new world they're entering and some people are still afraid to use their microwave to cook food and now we're using it on your body,'' she says. "But lasers, depending on how they're made and what beam, can be absolutely safe or not safe depends on the laser company and some on the laser operator.''

Sult has worked to have a depth of technical knowledge that garners superior results and provide a comfortable and happy aesthetic experience for her patients. Sult says her teaching and writing have grown out of her interest in improving the technology.

Other practitioners may know something about lasers but either they don't know enough or they're not confident in the equipment they own because they're not getting these results and they can't figure out why, said Sult.

"What they're doing wrong is they never understood the procedure to begin with maybe or most often their laser doesn't deliver the beam in the best manner to create the result,'' she said.

A new lecture topic for Sult is wound healing. Sult said she was able to close the wound on a 24-year-old male from Minneapolis who had had five surgeries on a cyst.

Sult said the center of the wound could be closed but two edges would not close. Sult said she was able to heal the wound with no sign of treatment.

Sult said she think lasers will continue to have huge medical benefits.

"It wasn't so many years ago you were in the hospital for days with a big incision for a gall bladder. Now you poke a little hole and you go home,'' she says.

"Laser medicine is helping the body heal itself sometimes, and that's how I see a lot of what I do. You can help the body heal itself. Then you're just promoting health. There are true health-orientated things that come out of lasers if they're used in that way.''

David Little
David Little covers the Willmar City Council, Willmar Municipal Utilities and other city news.
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