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Apr112006

Where To Buy Your Medical Spa Technology.

Medispa technologies aren't cheap.

 
I spoke today with a doctor that called to pimp me for my thoughts on whether she was getting a good deal on the platform she was interested in buying. She was looking at buying the Cutera Xeo platform from the company and had been quoted a price of around $157k. I put her on the track of a barely used Xeo that I knew she could get for at least $50k cheaper. (This should not be taken as an endorsement of Cutera. I just happen to have some info on that device.)

If you're looking to outfit or upgrade your technology, the internet's the first stop. Most of the secondary market providers for medspa technologies have listings on Ebay but you can just Google your desired technology and find a list of sites.

(Something you should be aware of is that some of the providers use more than one site with exactly the same inventory. I know of one that uses seven different sites to sell the same inventory. These dealers buy technologies from doctors that are going out of business, and sell them to doctors going into business.)

Direct from the factory should be a place you look, but usually not the only one. 

Reader Comments (5)

What you failed to note is that most laser companies are not going to honor any sort of service warranty on used equipment and if they do it will be at a great price. There is also the medico-legal issue of using secondary equipment that is not serviced by the manufacturer. If this is a core laser for your practice and you cannot afford any down-time at all I would spend the extra money!
04.20 | Unregistered CommenterLR MD
This info has been very useful. Thanks.
Does anyone have feedback on the Lumenis Quantum IPL and the Lumines Sheerlight/// Thx, Mary
12.30 | Unregistered Commentermarytb
Maybe this is mis-information. But I was under the impression that Lumenis, as a coorporation, was in financial shambles. Has anyone else caught wind of this?

I have heard the following from friends in the industry about their technology:

The Quantum: They love the results, but the device is not technician friendly, and you need to use topical numbing which is an extra cost.

The LightSheer for LHR: It's super fast, but the headpiece is so tiny it's very difficult to ensure you are covering the entire surface area, especially on legs. Also, these technologies DO NOT treat a Fitz. IV no matter what the reps tell you!

Please note, I personally, do not use these units. I'm sure there are just as many people out there who love them! I hope this helps.

I also know that Leslie Baumann MD down in Miami, uses the Quantum. You can go on her blog if you google her and ask her about her experience.

Happy New Year.
01.1 | Unregistered CommenterMidwest
I have used both the Quantum and the Lightsheer. I now have a Lumenis One with the IPL and LightSheer. I can say that the IPL in the Lum One is much better than the Quantum. In order to change the filters with the Quantum, you have to shut down the system, attach the new filter head, recalibrate then start treating. A lot of time involved if all you want to do is hit a brown lesion a little deeper or more shallow. As far as the LightSheer, the spot size is small. Its great for small areas like lips, chins even underarms. It is very slow for large areas like legs, backs. The absolute most important thing about successful hair removal is the timing of the hair cycles and the use of enough joules to damage the follicle. Both takes a lot of experience. As far as types IV, I have successfully treated those patients but only after a lot of spot testing.
Finally, don't believe ANYTHING the reps tell you. First of all, they only want to sell you the equipment and second of all, they are not clinically trained even though they try to act like they are.

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