Why Used Cosmetic Lasers Could Be the Smart Choice for Your Business

Posted on in Buying Used Equipment by Zac

Laser procedures are useful for a wide variety of cosmetic treatments, from hair removal, to skin resurfacing, to antiaging. With such an array of treatments available, you want to be able to provide your clientele as many options as possible. And believe it or not, buying used cosmetic lasers might be the best way to achieve that goal! Although you may feel some hesitance about buying used lasers for your dermatology practice or medspa, you’ll find that if you do your research and work with a reputable seller, buying used has many benefits! 

Significant Cost Savings

The first benefit you’ll see from procuring used cosmetic lasers is the amount of money you can save. 

When you buy lasers new, even low-end, entry-level models can start at anywhere from $20,000 to $30,000. These models tend to have fewer special features, and may be suitable for smaller practices or businesses looking to offer limited services. Mid-range laser models, comparatively, tend to offer more advanced features, more higher-quality components, and better overall performance. These lasers are more versatile, and suitable for a wider range of treatments. Because of this, these models typically cost between $30,000 to $120,000. At the far end of the spectrum, you have high-end, advanced cosmetic laser models. These machines are designed for practices that offer a wide range of services and require state-of-the-art equipment, and can weigh in at anywhere from $120,000 to $360,000, or possibly even more. 

Even buying just one of these machines could potentially set your business back a pretty hefty chunk of change. Plus, once purchased, cosmetic laser machines depreciate in value pretty significantly. Because of the initial depreciation that immediately occurs when a brand-new product is purchased and starts being used, a cosmetic laser machine’s value could drop as much as 30-40% in just the first year of ownership. After the first year, a laser machine can lose 10-15% of its value on average each subsequent year, meaning that, depending on what condition it’s in, a three-year-old cosmetic laser machine might hold around half of its original value.

This serious depreciation in value means that if you purchase equipment brand new, not only are you paying the steep price for a brand-new machine, but when it’s time to try and resell it, you won’t recoup nearly as much of that original cost as you might expect. Conversely, if you buy used, not only is the equipment being purchased much more affordable, but when you do decide to resell it, you’ll be able to recoup a larger percentage of the original price you paid for your machine. 

Faster Return on Investment

Similarly, paying less money for used cosmetic lasers means a faster return on your initial investment. How does that work? Well, let’s look at the average cost of treatments. 

  • Laser hair removal treatments can range from $50 to $300 per session
  • Laser skin resurfacing usually ranges from $500 to $3,000 per session
  • Laser tattoo removal generally costs about $100 to $500 per session
  • Treatment for pigmentation or vascular lesions can range from $200 to $800 per session
  • Treatments for acne scars or stretch marks might range from about $300 to $1500 per session

Let’s say you purchased a laser machine user for $60,000 that originally cost $100,000 brand new. If you charged at the high end for each service, how long would it take to pay off your machine if you bought it used versus buying it new? 

Hair RemovalSkin ResurfacingTattoo RemovalPigmentation /Vascular LesionsAcne Scars/Stretch Marks
Treatments required for $60K ROI200201207540
Treatments required for $100K ROI3343420012567
Note that the numbers in the table are based solely on the cost of the machine and don’t factor in maintenance costs or other expenses related to owning a machine.  

When you buy used cosmetic lasers, you’ll see a return on your investment much faster—that’s just simple math. 

Opportunity to Upgrade Models More Often

As stated above, a brand-new laser depreciates by around 30%-40% in the first year of use. Not great news for the company that bought the machine new, but for the used equipment connoisseur, this means that you can get a laser that’s only been gently used for a little more than half of its original market price. Considering it takes much less time to see a positive return on investment on a used laser purchase, you will recoup more of your costs when you resell used equipment than if it were brand spankin’ new when you originally bought it. Because of this, it’s much more financially feasible to buy newer models more often, which will help your operation grow and adapt with the changing face of cosmetic laser treatments. 

Ability to Try Out Lasers Without Long-Term Commitment

Another downside of buying an ultra-pricey brand new laser: the more you pay for a laser, the longer you have to use it. So, you’d better really like the machine you wind up with, because you’re going to be stuck with it for a while! But if you’d prefer to try a variety of different laser brands, technologies, and models, buying your equipment used is a much more financially responsible decision. If you’re not 100% satisfied with the laser you’ve purchased after using it for a while, simply resell it, with a higher ROI than you would if you were selling a machine you’d purchased new, and then turn your gaze to a trusted retailer that can provide you with reliable, affordable, used equipment that will better serve your business. 

Laser Resellers, a Trusted Provider of Used Cosmetic Lasers

A limited budget can be a hindrance for business owners looking to offer advanced laser treatments, but with Laser Resellers, buying used cosmetic lasers is a blessing, not a curse! While some resellers will advertise equipment they don’t actually have in stock, or send broken equipment, we’ll never let you down like that. We guarantee that if you see a laser on our site, it’s in stock, and the laser you order will always be the laser you get. We provide maintenance on all of the equipment we sell, so you can be sure that it will always arrive in perfect working condition. And, if on the off chance you encounter any issues with your purchase, we offer a 30-day warranty. 

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