Purchasing an Aesthetic Laser – Should You Buy Used or New?

If you feel that your spa or cosmetic treatment business is ready for expansion, you may be ready to purchase an aesthetic laser. The trick to purchasing an aesthetic laser device is should you buy used or new equipment? Well, it all depends on what you want to accomplish.

First of all, you have to think about what your business goals actually are. Here are some procedures you could potentially focus on:

  • Laser Skin Resurfacing
  • Laser Hair Removal
  • Laser Tattoo Removal
  • Laser Wrinkle Removal
  • Laser Scar Removal
  • Other Laser Skin Treatments

 

Different machines are designed to handle different types of cosmetic procedures. That being the case, their costs can vary quite a bit. So, depending on your focus, you might be able to find relatively inexpensive new equipment, or you might find that purchasing used cosmetic laser equipment is a better option for you.

Know Your Laser History:

Another thing that can help you to make the decision about purchasing an aesthetic laser new or used is to know your laser history a little bit. You see, today's cosmetic laser manufacturers would have you believe that every new machine on the market is bigger and better than the one before, but the history of laser skin treatments doesn't entirely mesh with that sentiment.

The reality is that there were huge advancements in cosmetic laser treatments throughout the 1990s and as recently as 2004 or 2005. However, at the time of this article it is 2015 and not much has really changed in most laser cosmetics circles in the last decade or so. Certain niche markets, like tattoo removal, may have experienced a few changes, but generally an aesthetic laser machine made five years ago does about the same things that a 2014 or 2015 model does.

How That Could Impact Your Decision:

How that could impact your decision is fairly obvious. A model that is a few years old is likely to be far less expensive, but still perform all the actions and have all of the “bells and whistles” that you need for your business. So, unless you are dead set on purchasing a brand new cosmetic laser device, you can use that knowledge of the history of the industry to buy used equipment and save a lot of money. Read More.

The Great Tax Debate:

The biggest thing that often sways cosmetics business owners in the direction of buying brand new equipment is that they can often get fantastic tax exemptions and refunds for doing so. However, similar refunds and exemptions can be had when you purchase used equipment as well, at least some of the time. Unfortunately for business owners, the tax laws are ever-changing. That's why the great tax debate over buying new or used cosmetic laser devices is still ongoing. The trick is to adjust your strategy in a given year based on what your accountant or tax expert knows about that year's taxes and recommends. Then you can be sure that you are purchasing an aesthetic laser that will offer you the best possible tax benefits.