The 20 Point Blue Dot Certification Inspection

What makes “Buying Blue” a safe, simpler, and overall more beneficial experience?  Our Blue Dot Certification programs combines the benefits of buying used with the advantages of buying new. This rigorous 20-point inspection guarantees quality, longevity, safety,  and clinical efficacy for every aesthetic laser we sell.  Here’s how we do it:

  1. Clean all dust from interior of machine
  2. Clean or replace air filters
  3. Flush and refill coolant system
  4. Replace water filters and deionizing cartridges
  5. replace any damaged optics with OEM or equivalent parts
  6. Clean all laser and delivery system optics
  7. Rebuild laser cavity components as needed to meet manufacturer energy specifications
  8. Refurbish handpieces and reset pulse counters
  9. Test and calibrate all power supplies
  10. Align laser to articulated arm or fiber optic delivery system
  11. Calibrate output energy using OEM specific procedures and test equipment
  12. Documented Proof of Calibration for machine and handpieces
  13. Calibrate touch screens
  14. Ensure exterior of machine is in good mechanical and cosmetic condition
  15. Minimum of 24 hour run-time final testing after all refurbishment is complete
  16. Machine condition and operation is photo and video documented before being packaged
  17. All water drained from machine and handpieces to prevent freezing during shipping
  18. Coolant refill kit and phone support provided to ensure machine is refilled to proper level
  19. Professional crating or packaging of machine and all accessories
  20. Follow up support for setup and installation of equipment





Why Cutera Lasers Are On The Top Of Our List

No doubt you see that there are a lot of cosmetic laser manufacturers. While the field is still relatively young, Cutera has been a quality manufacturer for over 15 years. As a company that specialized in used aesthetic lasers, we get to see the range of equipment, how long it lasts and how well it performs. Cutera’s history has been one of reliability and quality.

Starting in 2000 with the CoolGlide CV, the first of their ND:Yag lasers .  What made this laser special was that it was not only a first for Cutera but demonstrated to the industry the wavelength technology was a viable method for permanent hair removal. The company was able to target the follicles while minimizing the impact on melanin in the epidermis. Along with the wavelength breakthrough, the original CoolGlide provided a level of control that was unmatched in the industry.

Cutera didn’t rest with the first generation of ND:Yag technology. The following year, they release the CoolGlide Excel. This enhanced the original laser with a broader range of treatment options that included vascular treatments, making it even more valuable to practices that offer cosmetic treatments. In addition to more treatment options, the new CoolGlide Excel offered the technicians greater control of the machine’s parameters as well.

By 2002, Cutera expanded the capabilities of the CoolGlide line with the introduction of the CoolGlide Vantage. The wide range of skin treatments offered by the Genesis technology incorporated in the Vantage laser added greater value to laser treatment practices.

2003 saw the introduction of the first Xeo Laser from Cutera. Providing the greatest variety of treatment options yet, the Xeo became a bedrock for many practices. Over the years, the introduction of technology like Titan®, LimeLight®, ProWave 770™, AcuTip™, ProWave LX™, and Laser Genesis™ have expanded the Xeo’s capabilities even further.

Cutera continues to expand the capabilities of the Excel and Xeo lines of cosmetic lasers.  The Excel HR for hair removal and the Excel V for vascular treatments set the standard for the industry.

The introduction of the ProWave LX allows providers to overcome the limits of other IPL technology for hair removal. Lighter and finer hair removal is not more easily possible with the better targeting capabilities. Of the ProWave line for xeo.

Whether you are in the market for an older Cutera laser or looking for more recent technology, the refurbished Cutera lasers have proven to be reliable and economical for practices that want to offer cosmetic services to their patients. Contact Sentient Laser and we will work with you to ensure you understand your options and select the best cosmetic laser for your needs.

Sentient Lasers Announces Launch of Blue Dot Certification for the Aesthetic Laser Industry

Sentient Lasers Announces Launch of Blue Dot Certification for the Aesthetic Laser Industry 

Leading Pre-Owned Aesthetic Laser Company Sets New Industry Standard for Quality, Longevity and Safety with Rigorous 20-point Laser Inspection

PARK CITYSeptember 21, 2017Sentient Lasers, the leading pre-owned aesthetic laser company that buys, sells and services aesthetic lasers and devices, announced today the launch of its proprietary Blue Dot Certification. The rigorous 20-point inspection and refurbishing process was created to set an industry standard for quality, longevity, safety, and clinical efficacy for aesthetic lasers. Currently used by Sentient Lasers to ensure quality and safety, the company has begun to roll out the process across the industry with additional partners coming on board through the rest of 2017 and into 2018.

Founded in 2009, Sentient Lasers delivers the highest quality, most reliable pre-owned aesthetic lasers to physicians and med spas around the world. The company buys, sells, and services aesthetic lasers as well as IPL and RF devices that are designed for laser hair removal, tattoo removal, microdermabrasion, and laser vascular treatments. Sentient Lasers customers can rent devices on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis, which enables them to add new procedures to their practice without the upfront investment of purchasing a new cosmetic laser.

The Blue Dot Certification is a 20-point inspection, designed and implemented by Sentient Lasers, to ensure quality, longevity and safety for aesthetic lasers. The certification is designed to set a standard for the industry, guaranteeing that customers receive the best and safest possible product, following a rigorous refurbishing process.

“Aesthetic lasers are a costly capital investment,” said Chris Cella, CEO of Sentient Lasers. “Buying new lasers comes with high monthly payments or a very large one-time expense, and buying a used laser can be unreliable and leave customers without any support or service options. Given how crucial it is for all pre-owned lasers to perform to the same standards as new systems, we saw a need to create a repair and refurbishment standard for the entire aesthetic laser industry. Our Blue Dot Certification ensures that dermatologists, physicians, and other industry service providers can depend on the safety of their lasers.”

Sentient Lasers is the only used aesthetic laser company that has a true in-house repair facility with a highly experienced engineering staff, who uphold the highest standards for repair and refurbishment of aesthetic lasers. Continuing to expand on its mission of providing the best customer experience available, Sentient Lasers aims to make it easier for businesses to diversify their practice and help physicians and med spas around the world gain market share in the fast-growing aesthetic laser space.

Cella added, “Our goal is to ensure that our customers never feel alone during the lifecycle of their laser and understand that ‘Buying Blue’ is the safest, highest quality, most reliable way to buy aesthetic lasers for their practice.”

For more information on Sentient Lasers and its Blue Dot Certification, visit

About Sentient Lasers

Founded in 2009, Sentient Lasers is a leading company in the pre-owned aesthetic laser industry that delivers the highest quality, most reliable pre-owned aesthetic lasers to physicians and med spas around the world. Sentient Lasers buys, sells and services aesthetic lasers as well as IPL and RF devices. The company is revolutionizing the pre-owned laser industry with its proprietary Blue Dot Certification, a rigorous 20-point inspection and refurbishing process that ensures quality, longevity, safety, and clinical efficacy for aesthetic lasers. Based in Kamas, Utah but relocating to Park City in a couple of months, Sentient Lasers focuses on providing the best customer experience available, making it easier for businesses to diversify their practice and help other physicians gain market share in the fast-growing space. For more information, visit

Laser Hair Removal Technology

You have a medical practice or a spa and you want to offer laser hair removal services. For business, it is a good bet as hair removal is one of the most common forms of cosmetic treatments. There are many cosmetic laser machines that can let you add hair removal to your business. But, which is best? Before you jump into the machines, you should understand a bit about the technology behind laser hair removal.

What Happens During A Laser Treatment?

Lasers emit a tight beam of light that is absorbed into the hair follicle and damages it by heating it up. While all lasers operate on the principle of damaging the hair follicle, the different technologies reach the hair follicles in different ways. The settings on the lasers allow the operator to treat hair while not damaging the surrounding tissue by emitting light that is only absorbed by the targeted hair and follicle. The damage to the follicle can prevent the hair from growing back.

The laser’s beam can treat an area approximately the size of a quarter each second, heating each hair follicle in the scope of the beam. For experienced technicians, treating hair on the upper lip can take as little as 1 – 2 minutes. However, that treatment time is only for the application of the laser treatment. The laser must be calibrated for each patient to be sure surrounding tissue is not damaged.

While the basic premise of the procedures are the same, how this is achieved differs by laser technology. Variations in the technology mean some are faster, but perhaps limited in the skin and hair types they can treat. Others may be more gentle, but require multiple treatments. This may even take from 3 to 7 treatments for some types of lasers (see below). As you review the different types of laser technology, keep your clientele in mind; you may want more than one type of laser.

Skin type considerations for treatment options

No two people have exactly the same skin. Lasers must be set to operate with parameters that are determined by the patient’s skin attributes. Some laser technology can treat a broader range of skin types without changing the adjustments. Before providing any treatment, technicians must fully understand the functions of the particular laser being used.

Types of Laser Technologies For Hair Removal

Alexandrite Lasers

Alexandrite lasers are best for light skin to olive skin complexion patients, and usually better suited for larger areas like the back. The Alexandrite laser offer faster pulsing (speeding up treatment), but causes more discomfort for the patient. Typically a single treatment will be sufficient to prevent regrowth of the hair. However, if hair does grow back, it will much thinner.

Ruby Laser

The original laser technology applied for removal of lighter or finer hair, the Ruby laser is not appropriate for darker or tanned skin. The pulse is slower, leading to less irritation for the patient. While treatment times may take longer, it is more comfortable for your client.

Diode Laser Treatments

Diode laser treatments are not a 1-time session. Several treatments will be required for reliable hair removal. Each diode treatment can be done relatively quickly, with minimal irritation, though there may be some redness that will go away soon after treatment.

IPL Treatment For Hair Removal

Intense Pulse Light (IPL) hair removal is a relatively gentle method of laser treatment. IPL technology is best suited for patients with lighter skin and darker hair as the light pulse is absorbed by the darker color pigment.

Nd:YAG Laser Technology

Nd:YAG lasers are capable of treating a range of cosmetic needs including hair removal. Treatment involves the application of a carbon lotion that aids in the hair follicles’ absorption of the specific Nd:YAG laser wavelength. This treatment may cause some patients more irritation that other laser technologies.

Providing hair removal treatments is a great way to boost revenue for your spa or practice. Before you select a laser, you should consider your client base, typical skin types (if any are typical) and how you want to treat patients – offer single visit treatments or quick multi-visits. You may be able to start with a single laser type, but more typically you may want to have several laser technologies in order to offer more treatment types.

Of course, if you would like to discuss your plans, we can help you identify the right laser to offer hair removal services at your practice.

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