A cosmetic or medical treatment bed is not just an investment of a few months, but of many years. There are many aspects to consider when making your choice, so here are some of the most important questions that can influence your decision.
No one buys a cosmetic or medical treatment bed very often. They are an investment for at least 10-15 years, but often they will serve their user flawlessly for a lifetime. There are many factors to consider when choosing one, and in addition to the design you have to decide which functions are essential for your work. In our latest article, we've collected the most frequently asked questions to help you make the right decision and buy the most appropriate treatment bed for you.
Fixed or adjustable height?
Probably one of the most frequently asked questions when choosing a new operator bed is whether it should be fixed or adjustable height? Fixed beds are usually the more affordable option, making them ideal as the first piece of equipment for a beginner beauty salon. In contrast, adjustable height treatment beds offer the convenience of free variability, at a higher price of course. If the investment budget for a new salon is tight, a fixed cosmetic treatment bed is definitely the best way to start. They will pay for themselves over the years and can even be sold at a good price later on. And if you are already running a salon, you can think about more serious types. But if you have the budget for hydraulic or electric height-adjustable beds, you should buy them from the start, as they can offer far greater comfort to your salon guests.
Electric or hydraulic height adjustance?
Among the cosmetic beds, you can find both hydraulic and electric height-adjustable models. The question is: which is better or more cost-effective? Hydraulic versions are generally cheaper and can be obtained for a smaller investment. The only disadvantage is that they cannot be used for massage treatments, as the hydraulic pump is in contact with the lying/sitting part at one point, and therefore is sensitive to higher lateral loads. This is a major disadvantage for massages requiring high force. Due to their mechanical construction, electric beds are usually fixed to the lying or sitting part at several (mostly 4) points, thus providing a stable support. Accordingly, if you are only considering facial treatments, hydraulic types may be suitable. However, if you also want to perform body treatments, you should move towards the more robust electric versions.
Single-purpose or multi-purpose design?
It is also a common question whether it is better to choose a bed that is specifically designed for the purpose of treatment, or to invest in a multifunctional type. The answer is obvious. If you can specialise according to your treatment palette - for example, massage - you should always choose the most suitable bed designed for this purpose. If we can't narrow down our treatment palette to just one treatment, we are left with the world of multifunctional beds, which is not a bad thing, but it does mean compromises have to be made. Body treatment beds are of a stable construction with a large lying surface. Often without features that allow the upper body to move. They are therefore not suitable for facial treatments. In contrast to facial beds that focus on maximum comfort of the seating position of the guests, where ergonomics and comfort are the primary concern and not necessarily the aim, they can be used for a body massage.
Classic or special design?
Looking through the various catalogues and websites, there are more and more special shapes, colours and designs that reflect current trends. You may at first think that you have to choose the right one for your interior, but as with all work tools, the eternal rule is to use your head rather than your heart. Facial cosmetics, body treatments, medical aesthetic procedures all require tools that are functionally perfect rather than beautiful to the extreme. Of course, there is that fine line where functionality and design meet and form a perfect pairing, but let's face it, it's rare. When making your choice, always choose a treatment bed that perfectly matches your treatment palette and is functionally appropriate. And don't compromise, because you'll regret it later.
Control by hand or foot?
Among the newly designed treatment beds, there are more and more models where the control unit for the movement functions (up and down movement, backrest decision, seat tilt) is available in the form of pedals at the base of the bed. The seat position is not adjusted by remote control or other means. The focus of this type of bed design is on the hands and their 'unloading' to allow them to be used as freely as possible. At the same time, such controls also help to maintain hand hygiene, as they do not need to be used for control and seat position changes. If only cosmetic treatments are considered, beds with foot controls are a real luxury. But if we are already considering the medical field, it is one of the indispensable features of the future.