10 Tips for Maintaining Your Aesthetic Laser System
Owning an aesthetic laser system is a hefty investment. If you want to be recognized by offering high-level services and keeping patients satisfied, you need your aesthetic laser to be in perfect shape. That’s why there’s nothing worse than beginning your day with a full waiting room of patients and an aesthetic laser with an error code showing!
Maintaining your equipment will not only keep your system safe and secure, it'll save you money by avoiding damage and downtime to your laser, ensuring effective treatments for your customers. Remember: owning and operating an aesthetic laser system is a great responsibility. Maintaining it is critical to you, your clients, and your business.
Aesthetic Laser Maintenance Tricks You Can Implement
To ensure your laser equipment functions properly for as long as possible, there are some things you can do regularly. Although you can't stop your equipment from failing over time, a little bit of maintenance can definitely help you to extend the lifespan of your laser equipment.
1. Inspect Handpieces
Check the handpiece windows on a daily basis and clean or change if needed. You can use sterile alcohol to clean windows between patients which will ensure the windows last longer. Replace windows when necessary. This is VITAL to maintaining your laser since damaged optics can result in costly failures such as blown fibers!
2. Daily Cooling System Check
Before starting off your day, check the cooling system levels in your equipment. Ensure you use deionized water and if required, a coolant additive. The coolant system cools the laser cavity and in some cases the power supply and handpieces. If you fail to check the water cavity, it could result in your system overheating.
3. Dust Your Filters
You should regularly clean out the filters and dust and vacuum the vents on the side panels and fans. Dust is the number one reason for electrical and optical failures. Debris and dust prevents your aesthetic laser from properly cooling which can lead to potential component and electrical damage.
4. Don't Overfill your Laser
Don't add too much coolant and overfill your laser. When you overfill it, it can lead to water leaking out of the reservoir and getting too close to and damaging vital electronics.
5. Empty Your Water Container
Remember to empty the water container of your Zimmer Chiller every week, and vacuum the rear filter each time for cleanliness. DO NOT fill your chiller with water of any kind!
6. Check Flashlamp Pulses
Track the flashlamp pulses for every wavelength. It's recommended that you replace lamps after 500,000 pulses. Buy new flashlamps when necessary.
7. Verify Your Voltage
Verify that the voltage tab in the laser system coordinates with the voltage in the wall. Although a laser system typically runs on 220v, most facilities vary and the voltage in the wall can be as low as 200v or as high as 250v.
8. Keep Smartcool Chiller at a Distance
Keep Smartcool chiller at least 12 inches from the laser system. The Smartcool chiller blows hot air down and the Cynosure Elite pulls its cooling air from underneath. This will help your laser run cooler and emit less heat.
9. Keep Your Treatment Room Cool
Keep your treatment room temperature as low as possible. The laser system and corresponding chiller are air-cooled. If room temperatures exceed 75-80 degrees, overheating errors may occur.
10. Do Not Ignore Messages for Full Calibration
If your laser asks for a full calibration after an attempt in the cal port to verify energy output, this could be a sign that something internally or in the delivery system has been affected since the last calibration. Contact a professional to help troubleshoot the issue.
What to Know About Professional Maintenance Services
If you stay on top of these 10 tasks, you can help to extend the lifespan of your laser equipment. However, it’s also important to treat your laser to proper preventative maintenance service visits from a team of professionals. This helps ensure a high-level of precision which will yield amazing results for your patients.
How Often Should an Aesthetic Laser Be Professionally Serviced?
Most laser manufacturers recommend routine servicing twice a year. Why? Because having “checkups” every six months helps ensure your laser is operating properly so you can continue to deliver the best results possible. Plus, having your laser serviced every six months ensures small problems will be caught early, when correction is typically simpler and less costly.
Having lasers serviced every six months offers another benefit: convenience. By having your laser maintained routinely, it's easy to anticipate servicing events so you can schedule around them.
What to Know About Preventative Maintenance for Your Aesthetic Laser
At Laser Service Solutions, our highly-trained technicians can help you determine if your laser system has any special maintenance requirements outside the scope of our preventive maintenance and full-service plans so you can have the peace of mind that comes from knowing your unit is being kept in top shape at all times. To learn more about our service plan options and how we can help you maintain your system and your own reputation for excellence, view our preventative maintenance plans here.
Protecting Your Investment Requires Continued Attention
Lasers last longer when they're better cared for, and caring for a laser means regular servicing to ensure all the parts are working properly and the unit remains properly calibrated. That means not only does your practice reap the benefits of word-of-mouth advertising from satisfied patients, but you also cut down on equipment costs by ensuring your unit lasts as long as possible.
Let's face it: today's precision-driven aesthetic lasers aren't cheap. Making sure your laser is properly maintained is the best way to protect your investment and ensure the laser operates at peak performance for years to come.
If you ever need to replace your system, we also offer new or used aesthetic laser equipment for sale. At Laser Service Solutions, we have dedicated professionals that will service your laser equipment as needed. To learn more about our service plan options and how we can help you maintain your system and your own reputation for excellence, call Laser Service Solutions today at (856) 853-7555, use our online contact form or email us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Ally Scherer