Which Laser Lipo Machine is Best?

Choosing which laser lipo machine to purchase for the office can be as difficult for physicians as it is for patients.

The shortest and most accurate answer to that question is - none of them. Each aesthetic office must balance out several factors and prioritize them to choose the best fit for their needs. Here are some tips to help you choose what's right for your aesthetic practice according to Dr. Thomas Barnes, an Orange County Laser Lipo provider.

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  1. Budget - "Doctors call me and they say I know you talk for a couple different companies and you've used several different of these laser lipo units in the last couple of years, which one should I get. And I'll say you get the one that works for your budget."

  2. Observe - "You talk to somebody who's used it and maybe done 100 patients with it and go in and watch him use it without the company being involved and you decide if it works for you." He says it's important to make sure it's something you can work with for the years to come.

  3. Safety - Dr. Barnes says that you need to examine the incidence of injuries with each laser. He says you want the one that's the "least risky as possible in terms of thermal injury and ultimately, it's going to be you as the operator which is the most important feature."
Dr. Barnes did mention a few brand names that he feels are good devices. "The LipoLite, that's a great little unit. It goes to 12 watts but when I do necks I use 8 to 10 watts and superficial stomach I might use 12 to 16 watts with my SmartLipo MPXso LipoLite foots the bill. It's a nice little unit, it's inexpensive.... The Osyris unit {!(LipoTherme) | lipotherme} is a nice little unit. Both of these come in at $40-50,000 and for a lot of guys, let's face it, that's how they can get into the game."

Jay Shorr, practice manager for Dr. Janee Steinberg, a dermatologist in Boca Raton, also stresses the importance of making sure to consider your bottom line when purchasing expensive medical office equipment. "Don't be fooled by how many patients you need in order to pay off your return on your investments," says Jay. "Because the first question you have to ask yourself is 'do I have the patient load that I'm able to handle it and can I price it accordingly with my competition?'"

He says that devices offering greater wattage work well for the deeper fat often found in the stomach area but that you should check with someone you know who uses the unit. "The MPX is a great unit if you're going to melt deep fat or Prolipo or the SlimLipo - these guys have more wattage. If you really want to melt all of your fat you're going to need to go with a higher wattage." Dr. Barnes does say though that the best judge is to watch the unit in action. "Go spend time with a friend of yours that has one of those units you're looking at. Don't get all of your information from the reps in the companies."

Watch Dr. Barnes discuss how to select the right LAL device: