The second choice is the rather risky decision to reducecosts by buying cheaper devices and spare parts, depending on technicians rather than dermatologists, and manipulating the cooling systems as well as the pulse width and duration.Liberating the exchange rate has dealt a hard blow to Egypt’s laser dermatology business. “When we started, the dollar was worth LE 7, and the pulse was priced at LE 5, but now the dollar is above LE 17, while the pulse dropped to LE 1 and LE 1.5.”Elalfy adds that the cooling cylinders also jumped to LE 1,200 compared to LE 400 prefloat. The larger the size of the pulse, the higher power it consumes,and thus the cost becomes greater.Some centers trick patients who pay by pulse count instead of fixed packages. “They can use the small size pulse of 15 mm instead of 20 mm, for example, to count abigger number of pulses,” Elnazer says.The patient ends up paying more money for the session as smaller sizes require more numbers of pulses for the same efficiency, and so the center will secure higher profit.Determining the pulse size is one of the factors that distinguishes professional doctors and dermatologists from technicians. The price of this laser device ranges between $20,000 to $60,000.ND-Yag (1064 nm) is the safest technology.
Source: Egypt Today May 16, 2018 09:56 UTC