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Looking for the right medical-grade laser equipment for your spa? Well, finding the right equipment can be a challenge nowadays, considering the variety of options there are in the market. Obviously, you will see a lot of medical lasers sold in the market today and just by looking at them, you can’t really tell which ones are authentic and which ones are not. 

Why Laser Equipment Purchase Decisions Are Important 

Non-surgical cosmetic treatments have been growing in popularity, driving up the demand for the lasers used to perform these procedures. This has led many dermatologists and medspa professionals to expand their practices and invest in different types of lasers. However, selecting a medical laser can be complicated and overwhelming. Before making a major investment in a laser, practices should carefully research all the options available.  

Choosing the right laser equipment ensures that you are providing high-quality service to your clients. When you use the best equipment, you can provide more effective treatments, which can lead to better results and happier clients. Additionally, investing in the right laser equipment can help you generate a good return on investment. When you use the best equipment, you can offer more services, attract more clients, and charge more for your services, all of which can increase your revenue. 

Overall, choosing the right laser equipment is essential for the success and growth of your medspa. It ensures that you are providing high-quality, safe, and effective services to your clients, which can lead to increased revenue and a positive reputation in the industry. The following are several important aspects of medical lasers to consider before purchasing one. 

What to Consider When Investing in Aesthetic Laser Equipment

Determine the Type of Equipment you Need 

Before you start looking for laser equipment, know the specific requirements for your medical spa. Consider what you’ll need the laser for, its intended use, the level of precision required, the size and power of the laser, the model, and other specific features. 

Prior to making any decisions, it’s important to first understand how the laser will contribute to your business. This means focus on current patients and client demographics. What procedures are they interested in? For example, younger clients may be more interested in procedures such as hair, scar, or tattoo removal while more mature clients are more likely to be looking for wrinkle reduction, photofacial rejuvenation, and eliminating spider veins. Even within certain areas such as wrinkle reduction, there are specific sub-categories that can become the primary focus of a practice. 

  When deciding upon the procedures and treatments that will be offered the practice should decide if they will cater to current clients or expand and market to bring in new patients. Evaluate your current equipment and list down the things your next equipment must have. For instance, if your old laser could be outdated, underperforming, or can no longer meet the demands of your clients, you should find a laser with better functionality and a higher precision level. But if you are looking to add new equipment, you can look into the latest models.   

Decide What Type of Laser Fits Your Goals for the Practice 

After deciding what types of procedures the practice will offer and the clientele to market to, it is time to begin the process of researching different lasers. There are several types of lasers available for a variety of cosmetic and medical procedures. A few of the different kinds of lasers medical professionals are using include IPL (intense pulsed light), diode lasers, long pulsed yag lasers, and pulsed dye laser systems. Some of the well-known cosmetic laser brands include Alma, Cynosure, Syneron-Candela. Each of these brands provides several different types of lasers that can be used for a variety of purposes. There are many lasers that can be used for more than one procedure. Some lasers can be used differently by just changing the various handpieces and / or parameters of the laser. 

For a med spa, you may want a laser that offers multiple wavelengths for different treatments. You can even competitively research and compare your business with others. See what equipment they have and what else you can add to your business to be number one. 

Find High-Quality Equipment 

Finding high-quality equipment is a must for medical spas especially if your business is very busy. Low-quality equipment can easily break down when used several times a day. Below, we have listed the different factors that contribute to the quality of your equipment. 

  • SafetySafety is the most important factor to consider when buying cosmetic laser equipment. Make sure the equipment is FDA-approved and meets all safety standards. A high-quality laser should have built-in safety features to protect the user and patient. Look for features like interlocks, emission indicators, and automatic shut-off systems. 
  • Precision – A high-quality laser should be precise and accurate in its beam delivery, energy output, and treatment parameters. Since you’re using your laser for medical applications, accuracy is critical. You want to invest in equipment that will deliver the results your clients are looking for. Do your research and make sure the equipment you’re considering has a good track record for producing the desired outcomes. 
  • Reliability – Find a laser that is reliable and able to operate consistently over long periods. Check the components, and make sure the design is robust and can withstand wear and tear.   
  • Versatility – Lok for a laser that can perform a range of treatments or applications. This includes the ability to switch between different wavelengths, spot sizes, or energy levels. 
  • User-friendliness – Don’t settle for a laser that you don’t know how to use. Select a laser with a clear and intuitive interface, something with the ability to adjust settings and monitor treatment progress. 

Set the Budget for the Laser Equipment Investment 

Setting a budget, even if it’s an estimated figure, is essential before shopping for a medical laser. It should also be decided whether actually purchasing a medical laser or renting one is the best option.  

Cosmetic laser equipment can be expensive, so you’ll want to make sure you’re getting the best value for your money. Consider both the upfront cost and the potential return on investment. 

Consider Payment Plans and Financing Options 

Laser equipment can be expensive but the good news is that many companies offer financing or leasing options to help businesses acquire the equipment they need, without having to pay the full price upfront. Here are some things you should consider. 

  • Interest rates – Financing or leasing options may come with interest rates, which can add to the overall cost of the equipment. Whether you’re buying or simply leasing laser equipment, make sure that you compare interest rates from different lenders or leasing companies to find the best deal. 
  • Payment terms: Consider the length of the payment term and whether it fits your budget. Longer payment terms may come with lower monthly payments, but you may end up paying more in interest over time. Try to check on your finances, and see what you can afford. It’s best to stay on budget so you don’t run out of business reserves. 
  • Down payment – Some financing or leasing options may require a down payment. Again, it’s important that you review your finances to make sure you have enough cash. 
  • Tax implications – Financing or leasing options may have different tax implications than paying for equipment outright. Consult with your accountant to understand how different payment options will impact your tax liability. 
  • Vendor financing: Some equipment manufacturers or vendors offer financing options directly. These may be more convenient, but may not always offer the best terms. Try to compare different vendors and which offer would be more advantageous for you. 
  • Lease buyout options – If you choose to lease the equipment, consider whether there is a buyout option at the end of the lease term. This will allow you to purchase the equipment at a discounted rate, but make sure you understand the terms and conditions. 

Related article: Purchasing New Laser Equipment vs. Pre-Owned. 

Know What Kind of Training is Needed for that Equipment 

It’s important to look for laser equipment that is user-friendly and easy to operate. You don’t want to invest in equipment that requires extensive training or that your staff will have difficulty using. 

That being said, to use any type of medical laser correctly it will almost certainly be necessary to receive training. There are potential risks and complications associated with laser use, such as scarring, infection and changes in skin color. Consequently, it is critical that anyone looking to incorporate lasers into their medical practice receives the necessary training first.  

The type and extent of this training should be considered before any decisions about which laser to purchase are made. It is also important to note that laws and regulations governing laser use vary from state to state in the US, so it is essential to check the relevant guidelines in the state where the laser will be used before making a purchase. 

Related article: Decrease Liability Risk from Laser Procedures with Employee Training.  

Choose a Reputable Laser Equipment Supplier 

Once you’ve decided that you want to invest in a medical laser, it’s time to start looking into the different companies that offer them. Make sure you’re buying from a reputable manufacturer with a good track record of producing high-quality equipment. Do your research and read reviews from other medspas to see what their experiences have been like with the manufacturer and equipment you’re considering. There are a few key questions you should ask when trying to select the right company. 

  • Is the company a trusted leader when it comes to cosmetic lasers?  
  • Has it provided years of experience and expertise in your field of practice?  
  • Is there a broad selection of lasers and parts to choose from? 
  • Does the supplier also provide maintenance plansrepair services, and replacement parts? 

Related article: Why You Should Work with a Laser Company that Manufactures Its Own Parts. 

Select an Equipment Supplier that Provides Ongoing Support 

Once you’ve determined the company’s reputation, you can then start looking into specifics regarding their products and services. Quality maintenance and repair are necessary to maintain the laser and keep costs down, so these questions are important when considering which company to buy from or rent from. 

Not all laser solutions will provide you with warranty and support, so double-check for one. In case there are any issues with your laser, you can have it resolved quickly and effectively. A reputable supplier should be able to provide a warranty, including maintenance, and repair services. 

Select an Equipment Supplier that Manufactures Its Own Parts

Therefore, choosing a laser company to buy equipment from is not a decision that you should take lightly. Here is some information about why you should work with a laser company that manufactures its own aesthetic laser parts.

State-of-the-Art Technology 

One of the main reasons you should work with a laser company that manufactures its own parts is that they tend to boast state-of-the-art technology. Current technology will enable a laser clinic to beat their competition by offering laser procedures with better results. A company that produces their own parts, rather than sourcing them from other companies, tend to enjoy greater flexibility. This allows these companies to work through the phases of design, product development, engineering, and production very easily and quickly. If needed, they can make alterations to one of the areas quickly and react to changes in the market almost instantly.

In terms of production that is outsourced, many issues can arise. For example, if the laser company wants to make a change to adjust to the demands of the market and the production company they work with doesn’t produce the part, there is not much they can do. Changing manufacturers can prove to be a substantial financial burden. Therefore, it should be no surprise that in-house manufacturing tends to give rise to state-of-the-art technology.

Convenient Repairs 

One reason that you should work with a laser company that manufactures its own parts is that you will enjoy convenient aesthetic laser repair. A laser clinic cannot perform procedures if its medical laser equipment fails. As you can probably imagine, it is essential that a laser clinic is able to have their equipment repaired as soon as possible. 

By working with a laser company that manufactures its own parts, a laser clinic will know exactly who to turn to in the event their equipment breaks down. The laser clinic won’t have to waste time looking for the best company to repair laser equipment. The laser clinic will have their equipment repaired promptly so that they can continue performing laser procedures for their patients. If a part needs to be replaced, the laser company will be able to produce the replacement part without any issues. If you have ever had to repair equipment of any kind or even a car, you may know from experience how difficult it can be to find replacement parts.  

Since the laser company manufactures its own parts, they will have more intricate knowledge of how to repair the laser equipment in comparison to laser companies that source their parts from a third-party company. You can count on the technicians of the laser company who are responsible for medical laser repair to have the knowledge and resources necessary to get your equipment back up and running as soon as possible.

Better Warranties 

Laser equipment is a large investment, which is why you should pay close attention to any warranties. In the event your laser equipment is faulty, you want to make sure you’re adequately covered. Laser companies that manufacture their own parts tend to have better warranties. The reason for this is that since the laser company produces the parts, faulty equipment cannot be blamed on bad parts sourced from a third-party company. Also, the warranties offered by such laser companies tend to be less complicated. Since the parts are produced through in-house manufacturing, you won’t have to worry about having to navigate warranties from several manufacturers.

Why You Should Work with Laser Service Solutions 

If you want your laser to stay in top condition for several years, you need to contact Laser Service Solutions for all your medical laser needs. We specialize in providing the best possible service for your laser so that you can keep using it for years to come. 

Laser Service Solutions offers several new, name brand and pre-owned aesthetic lasers as well as laser accessories and parts. You can select from our rental and leasing options from the brands we carry including Alma, Candela, Cynosure, and Cutera. Laser Service Solutions also provides excellent service options such as preventative maintenance plans and full-service contracts. Contact Laser Service Solutions for more information regarding cosmetic lasers and services by calling 856-853-7555 

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