Buying Medical Lasers: What You Need to Know Before You Buy
This is an overview of the full Medical Laser Buying Guide that we offer to aesthetic practitioners sifting through the many IPL, RF, and medical lasers for sale coming into the market.
Before deciding to purchase a RF, IPL, or medical laser for sale, login to your sales representative client area and download a free copy of the Medical Laser Buying Guide. Click here to login.
Here are some tips taken from the Free Guide that are important things you should know before purchasing or leasing a new or used medical laser, IPL, or RF (LIPLRF):
- Spend less than you were initially planning to spend.
- Do one thing really well in your practice.
- Evaluate whether buying a used piece of equipment makes more sense than a new one.
- Before purchasing a system, find out if it uses an expensive consumable such as a tip or pad.
- Never prepay with a wire or check when buying an aesthetic device.
- Always get your LIPLRF installed.
- Always get trained by someone who has trained hundreds of buyers.
- check out your trainer
- a good trainer will teach both clinically and on patients
- Your trainer should be a resource long after training is complete
- Ask yourself these questions about the medical laser or energy-based device Broker:
- Does the broker have the correct de-installation process to properly prepare the LIPLRF for shipment?
- Does the broker have the right type of crating and packaging?
- Will they ensure that all of the accessories are obtained from the seller?
- Most importantly, how is the LIPLRF tested and repaired prior to its shipment to you? Did the broker hire an agent that has the proper training, the correct testing equipment, the necessary parts, the alignment tooling, the service manuals, etc.?
- Many used systems are out of warranty, out of calibration, have had no preventative maintenance for months (or years), have not been inspected for safety or electrical issues, are not drained, and often do not function to specification. Ask for written service records and a copy of the original warranty.
- Did the broker ship the system from one location to another without it first undergoing a critical refurbishment and repair process?
- Choose the solution that works best for your practice based on the patients you treat instead of the medical laser for sale that the salesperson promises will do everything and treat everyone.
- Avoid purchasing from those offering a “demo” medical laser for sale. Oftentimes, this is just a sales tactic to sell a new piece of equipment at a slightly lower price than MSRP.
- Know who your seller is – not who Google thinks he is. Have you toured the facility? If not, ask for a Skype or Facetime tour.
- When is a multi-parameter platform the right platform for you? Consider system failures, ability to treat multiple patients at the same time, and customer efficacy.
- Think about service after the medical laser sale? In many cases, the manufacturer is not your best option. While finding a good field-based technician can be a time consuming task let us help you find other repair resources that can save you time and money.
- Most lasers, IPLs, and their fibers and handpieces can be refurbished. As very few manufacturers make their own parts, Clinician’s Advisor can help you find affordable service providers to refurbish pre-owned equipment.
- Prior to purchasing a new LIPLRF, have a legal advisor look at the warranty. Clinician’s Advisor may be able to recommend advisors or services to help you sort out the terms of the warranty
- There are no capital equipment emergencies. Put simply, when you are feeling pressure to buy, do not. Take your time and do your homework. When it is right for you, you will know.
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