Cost Vs Profit
An IPL machine can pay for itself easily with just one customer a week. In fact salons can make some very large profits with just a few customers.
Looking at the costs first.
You can lease a small basic IPL machine from under £20 per week although most full size machines for professional salon use are between £5,000 to £15,000. These can be leased at between £50 to £150 per week.
Other costs will be your usual labour cost, and some small power costs.
You may also want to do a training course, although it is not legaly required in the UK I do recommend it. Budget for about £500.
Now look at the profit.
The following are some typical prices being charged by salons in UK.
Small areas; such as hair removal on upper lip, chin, cheekbones or hands, nasal blood vessels or large sunspots.
£350 for course of 6 treatments
Medium areas; such as hair removal on neck/upper lip and chin or bikini line, sunspots on chest,
£510 for course of 6 treatments
Full body treatment;
Choice of 4 hair removals from thighs, lower legs, arms, bikini line and underarms.
£2200 for course of 6 treatments
So even at just one small treatment per week would result in gross fees of £65 x 52 weeks = £3380.
A typical salon doing an average of 20 medium treatments per week would result in gross fees of £100 x 20 x 52 weeks = £104,000.
A busy salon running the machine 8 hours a day would do substantialy more than that.
It is easy to see that the gross profit potential of these machines is considerable.