How to Choose Between the Many Used Lasers for Sale

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In 2018, the global cosmetic laser market was valued at $1.8 billion, and by 2026, that number is expected to reach $5.4 billion, tripling in size. This growth is likely due to several reasons. To start, as we lean into technology, people are becoming increasingly concerned with their appearances, and laser treatments offer a noninvasive way to see quick, proven results without the downtime and pain associated with cosmetic surgery. There’s also been a significant increase in cases of Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) and hirsutism (excessive hair growth in unexpected areas of the body, often resulting from an overabundance of androgens), both of which have symptoms that can be treated effectively with laser hair removal. 

With cosmetic procedures on the rise, it’s never been a better time to look for used lasers for sale. However, there are a vast array of different aesthetic lasers on the market, and deciding which to buy can be tricky, especially if you only have the funds for one. Below, we’ll walk you through everything you need to know about choosing the right laser so you can make the best decision for your practice. 

Finding The Right Laser For Your Practice

Ideally, you could buy up all of the used lasers for sale you see, but that’s rarely a very practical option. When you’re limited by budget and space, you may only be able to purchase one or two lasers, so you’ll want to make sure you get the most bang for your buck. Here’s how to do just that:

Look At Demand

The first thing to do when you start your research is to determine the demand for treatments in your area. If there is a large population of older folks, anti-aging treatments may be popular, if you’re close to a beach town, laser hair removal could be a big seller, and if certain medical conditions are prevalent, there may be one specific laser that could help treat them. 

Once you’ve determined where the demand is, It’s also important to look at what is currently being offered in your area. If there are already 10 clinics within a 10-mile radius offering laser hair removal treatments, you may be better off looking for different used lasers for sale, even if that is the most sought-after procedure.

Find The Best Laser For The Treatments You Want To Offer

After you’ve decided what procedures you would like your practice to offer, the next step is to find the right laser for those procedures. 

Hair Removal

Which of the many used lasers for sale is best for hair removal will depend on a number of factors, one of the biggest being the amount of pigment in the patient’s skin and hair. For those with lighter skin tones, intense pulsed light (IPL) devices or Alexandrite lasers may be the best solution, while Nd:YAG and diode lasers are safer and more effective for those with darker skin tones. 

Tattoo Removal

The Q-switched Nd:YAG laser is widely used for tattoo removal. The Nd:YAG typically offers a wavelength of 1064nm, which is great for removing black and blue tattoos, and a wavelength of 532nm, which is a good choice for red ink and other warm colors. The 755nm Alex is also very popular, and is known for it’s exceptional ability to treat greens, blues and black.

Another option is to seek out lasers that utilize picosecond technology, as these lasers tend to be less painful, offer faster results, and are capable of removing a wider range of colors than traditional lasers (though they are more expensive). 

Fine Lines and Wrinkles

Pulsed dye lasers and IPL can be effective at treating fine lines and wrinkles, but for a more aggressive route, CO2 lasers and Erbium lasers are often the devices of choice. 

Skin Tightening

As they increase collagen production, the vast majority of cosmetic laser procedures can help tighten the skin, but for even bigger results, keep your eye out for a CO2 laser. For those who don’t want an ablative approach that requires downtime, IPL and Diode lasers are also good options.

Pigmented Lesions

Melasma, sunspots, age spots, and other hyperpigmented areas are often successfully treated with IPL, Nd:YAG, fractional CO2 lasers, and pulsed dye lasers. 

Vascular Lesions

Vascular lesions such as broken blood vessels, spider veins, hemangiomas, and port-wine stains can be treated using pulsed dye, Nd:YAG, and diode lasers. IPL is also popular since it is less invasive than the other options. 

Acne and Acne Scars

If the patient’s acne scarring is rather superficial, erbium:YAG, fractional lasers, and certain nonablative lasers will likely be able to do the trick. IPL is also an effective solution for this if you can find a particular IPL laser that offers this type of treatment. However, if the scarring is deeper, a CO2 laser may be necessary. And for those with active acne, Hydrafacials can provide huge relief. 

Buying A Single Machine Vs. A Platform Laser

Standalone laser machines typically offer only one wavelength, one handpiece, and are built for one specific purpose (for example, the long pulse alexandrite 755-nm laser, which is used for laser hair removal on lighter skin types only). The benefit of this is that if you have multiple standalone lasers, you can treat multiple patients at once. 

A platform system, on the other hand, is designed to be used with multiple handpieces so you can treat various conditions. While a single standalone laser will typically be cheaper than a platform system, you’ll end up spending less on one platform device than you will if you choose to purchase multiple different standalone lasers. Which of these two types of used lasers for sale is best really depends on what you need. 

Find Used Lasers For Sale From A Reseller You Can Trust

If you’re searching for a cosmetic laser reseller you can trust, look no further than the Laser Resellers. Not only do we keep every laser we advertise in our warehouse so you never have to worry about a bait and switch, we also provide maintenance to every device we sell so you can rest assured that it will be in perfect working condition when it arrives. 
Whether you’re looking to buy, sell, or trade in a laser, our team will gladly assist you. Contact the Laser Resellers today to learn more!