1. Live Demo/Workshop
Take the time to attend live demonstrations of any equipment to “see, feel, try before you buy” (See all our upcoming events here). Tradeshows and Expos are not an ideal place for demonstrations due to time and local regulation constraints that prevent you undergoing treatments . If such demos are not offered by the supplier, ask for an opportunity to visit their showroom and have a treatment performed on yourself.
2. Is it an IPL or a Laser you really need?
For improvement of benign pigmented lesions and mottled superficial diffused vascular issues, IPL is perfect, however if your clients present with deeper individual veins or you hope to specialise in facial veins, a laser would be best. Perhaps check out an Nd:Yag laser >
3. Do you intend to advertise ‘Laser hair removal’
Then you will need a laser. IPL hair removal utilises the wavelengths typically starting from 640nm-695nm which doesn’t reach as deep into terminal hair follicles, this can lead to results known as photo-waxing. Most IPL hair removal clients may need ‘top up’s done every few months. If you intend to state you use a Laser, then you will be looking at Diode, Alexandrite, or Nd:Yag Laser technologies. Some newer options include multiple wavelengths on a single Laser platform for maximised results. If you want to offer fine hair reduction on lighter skin types, IPL is perfect. Try to get 695nm filter or higher for best results.
4. Will you be aiming to treat Fitzpatrick skin types IV and V?
You will need a range for wavelengths making it safer to treat darker skin types and ethnic skins who tan rapidly. Some machines will state that they can treat these skin types by simply turning down the energy which makes it safe, but you should also be asking will the treatment be effective? Ask the supplier for quality images, with settings used and time frames showing at least 3 hair growth cycles completed. You can’t be everything to everyone, so pick who and what you hope to specialise in and seek technology to match this goal.
5. What will your business look like in 3 years?
Will you be needing to offer skin rejuvenation in one treatment room and hair removal in another? – if so, you might consider two separate platforms rather than one multiplatform with limitations. Now is the time to think and plan, don’t be fooled by one miracle solution system that is underpowered and will end up underutilised. Often suppliers can offer a great deal on a second system when purchased at the same time, it’s also worth asking for any ex-demo models or ex-lease models that have been reconditioned (contact us for more information).
6. Do you want to specialise in skin tightening or body contouring?
These clinical applications require infrared based technology that works differently to regular IPL. The idea that hand-pieces used to target pigmentation or blood can miraculously also target fat, cellulite or retighten collagen is not accurate. Radio frequency (RF) is often coupled with IPL but must be able to produce effective heat evenly and deep enough to have any beneficial effect. Again, a separate system targeting fat (adipose) tissue, water (skin tightening / collagen) is more likely to produce repeatable and quality results. IPL cannot do breast lifts, tummy tucks, or fat reduction.
7. Thought Tattoo removal was a quick Add-on?
Think again! Lasers for tattoo removal need to be Q-Switched and produce not only the right amount of energy in the right amount of time, but also a good range of spot sizes and wavelengths which in turn affect the safe and effective outcomes for clients. A simple point and shoot tattoo laser gun will typically result in scarring the same shape as the original tattoo. Although some multi-platform systems will scrape through, if you truly want to specialise in laser tattoo removal a separate system with an articulated arm will produce pleasing results for those serious about getting the best outcomes for clients.