Cosmetic laser equipment is a significant investment in your practice. Ensure the longevity and performance of your equipment to enjoy a return on your investment, ensure consistent results, and secure patient satisfaction. Use these 10 tips for maintaining your cosmetic laser equipment.
1. Fill Tanks With Distilled or Deionized Water Only
Check the water levels in the cooling system daily to prevent overheating. The system cools the laser cavity and, sometimes, the power supply and handpieces.
Refill the water with your manufacturer's recommendation of distilled or deionized water. Do not overfill the tank, as leaks can damage the machine's electronics. Distilled and deionized water are both purified but undergo different purification processes. Distilled water is created by boiling water and collecting the condensed steam. Deionized water goes through an ion exchange process to remove nearly all ions.
2. Maintain the Cooling System
While you need to maintain the water daily, other parts of the cooling system need care less often. Follow your manufacturer's suggested maintenance timeline. Typically, water filters and water coolants require maintenance every six months. The entire cooling system needs disinfecting every 12 months.
Replace the water filter every six months; clogged filters can hinder water flow and lead to overheating. Wipe down the filter housing when you change the filter to prevent mold and other debris from accumulating.
If your machine requires coolant, drain the fluid and replace it with new coolant as needed. Follow your owner's manual to determine how much your device requires.
3. Take Care of the Wires
Inspect external wires regularly for signs of wear or damage. Frayed or damaged wires can create safety risks and affect equipment performance. Cords can become damaged from catching on other surfaces, so untangle them to prevent damage. If you notice cable problems, contact a technician for repair or replacement.
4. Keep the Device at Room Temperature
Use and store your cosmetic laser machine in a temperature-controlled room. Extreme temperature fluctuations can lead to equipment malfunction or reduced efficacy; they may also cause elements in the machine to expand and contract. Overheating errors can occur if the room temperature exceeds 75–80 degrees Fahrenheit during use. Even when not in use, overly hot or cold ambient temperatures can damage the machine. At night and on days when no one is in the clinic, keep the environment temperature-controlled.
5. Dust Routinely
Accumulated dust can compromise the performance and longevity of your laser equipment. Dusting routinely prevents debris from entering the machine and causing internal damage, which can lead to problems such as a cracked optical lens. Follow this routine dusting checklist every time:
- Clean the air filters.
- Dust the air vents and side panels.
- Wipe the machine clean.
- Maintain a clean environment to prevent dust from accumulating in the room.
Each of these steps takes only minutes but can prevent expensive damage to your equipment. Cleanliness will ensure the best care for clients and patients.
6. Clean the Handpieces
Another tip for maintaining your cosmetic laser equipment is to clean the handpieces. Follow the manufacturer's instructions for cleaning and disinfecting the handpieces after each treatment session. Gel, dust, and other debris can coat the handpiece or get lodged inside it.
Dirty handpieces can affect the laser beam, develop cracks, or grow mold. Use the manufacturer's recommended cleaning solutions and techniques to prevent damage and maintain your clinic’s hygiene standards.
Typical Cleaning Requirements
You should clean handpieces with a soft, lint-free cloth. Your machine's manufacturer will recommend a cleaning solution, which might be mild soap and water.
Prevent liquid from seeping into the handpiece's cavities. Dry the handpiece completely. Then, disinfect by wiping it with a non-alcohol-based disinfectant.
Inspect Handpieces for Damage
While cleaning, inspect the handpiece for damage. If you notice scratches, dents, or deformations, do not use the handpiece until you have replaced or repaired it.
7. Don't Point the Laser at the Machine
Avoid pointing the laser beam at the machine, especially during calibration or maintenance. Directing the laser at the machinery can cause unintended reflections or damage sensitive components. Always exercise caution and direct the laser away from the equipment and toward the appropriate targets.
8. Protect the Cords
Protect the machine's cords by avoiding bending or kinking them excessively. Avoid walking on or rolling over cables along the floor, such as the one connecting a foot pedal to the rest of the machine.
Be mindful of foot traffic or moving equipment to prevent tripping or accidental yanking. Inspect cords for signs of damage, and replace them when you notice cuts, cracks, or exposed wires.
Keep Cords Clean
Cords can trap dust and debris. When cleaning cables, do not immerse them in liquid. Instead, use a clean, soft, lint-free rag and a mild cleaner to remove dirt.
9. Use and Move the Laser on Even Ground
Ensure the device is on an even and stable surface during treatments. Avoid jostling the machine when moving it, as this can misalign internal components that ensure the laser beam's precision.
Operating the laser on an unstable or tilted surface can affect the accuracy of the beam and potentially damage internal components. Verify the equipment's stability before each use to ensure safe and effective treatment.
10. Schedule Equipment Inspections
Scheduled inspections and preventative maintenance by a qualified technician can ensure the performance of your machine. Technicians can identify and address potential issues or signs of wear and tear that may affect the equipment's functionality.
Scheduled maintenance visits can also assure safety. A service technician will assess the integrity of components, check electrical connections, and ensure all safety features function correctly. Catching potential problems early on can give you peace of mind and help you save substantial money and machine downtime. Many laser manufacturers recommend professional service every six months.
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