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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 7  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 124-130

Buying a laser - Tips and pearls

1 Consultant Dermatologist and Laser Surgeon, Skin and Laser Clinic, Begumpet, Hyderabad, Telangana State, India
2 Venkat Charmalya Centre for Advanced Dermatology and Postgraduate Training, Bangalore, Karnataka, India
3 Partner, Trialbase, Advocates, Bangalore, Karnataka, India

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Dr. Sanjeev J Aurangabadkar
4-3-323, Bank Street, Koti, Hyderabad - 500 195, Telangana State
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0974-2077.138363

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Lasers and aesthetic procedures have transformed dermatology practice. They have aided in the treatment of hitherto untreatable conditions and allowed better financial remuneration to the physician. The availability of a variety of laser devices of different makes, specifications and pricing has lead to confusion and dilemma in the mind of the buying physician. There are presently no guidelines available for buying a laser. Since purchase of a laser involves large investments, careful consideration to laser specifications, training, costing, warranty, availability of spares, and reliability of service are important prerequisites. This article describes various factors that are needed to be considered and also attempts to lay down criteria to be assessed while buying a laser system that will be useful to physicians before investing in a laser machine. Practice points
  • Meticulous planning of the type of machine, specifications, financial aspects, maintenance and warranties is important.
  • It is wise to sign a contract or agreement between the buyer and seller before purchase of a laser which covers key aspects of installation, after sales service and maintenance of the machine.
  • Adequate training is essential; understanding laser physics and laser-tissue interaction goes a long way in getting the best out of the machine.
  • The credibility of the dealer and company should be ascertained in order to be assured of after-sales service.
  • Buying used machines, sharing of equipment to offset high initial investments is a good option but even more care is required to ensure proper functioning and maintenance.

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