2018 Update on the ACA Medical Device Excise Tax

In 2013, as part of the Affordable Care Act, the medical device excise tax imposed a 2.3% tax on the sale, use, or lease of certain medical devices in the United States. This medical device excise tax was one of the several taxes and fees included in the Affordable Care Act to help pay for expanded health insurance.

A two-year delay on the application of the medical device excise tax was imposed in December 2015. Therefore, the excise tax did not apply to sales of taxable medical devices between January 1, 2016 to December 31, 2017. Manufacturers and importers of medical devices sold during this time did not have to make semi-monthly deposits of the excise tax. When the moratorium expired at the end of 2017, it was expected that the tax would become effective for sales beginning January 1, 2018.

However, on January 22, 2018, the moratorium on the medical device excise tax was retroactively extended another two years and will now go into effect on January 1, 2020.

So, what does this mean for you?

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Show Your Loved One You Care By Giving the Gift of Hair Removal this Valentines

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and if you haven’t already thought of what to gift your significant other this year, now is the time to do so. Instead of going down the traditional route of chocolates and flowers, why not give a gift that keeps on giving?

Laser hair removal is the perfect gift for any girlfriend, wife, boyfriend, or husband! Giving the gift of hair removal shows that you care about your significant other’s well being and want them to feel good about themselves. Furthermore, it provides them with a permanent solution for hair removal that cannot be achieved by traditional methods.

Today, hair removal is one of the most sought after aesthetic treatments by women and men alike. Bothersome methods like plucking, shaving, and waxing require constant upkeep and maintenance. Give your loved one time back in his or her day by eliminating the need to shave their legs or chest before every date night. Help save them money on a lifetime of shaving tools or continuous waxing appointments with just a few treatments of laser hair removal.

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 The Hair Removal Solution that Medspas Have Been Waiting For

Laser hair removal has become one of the most consistently in-demand treatments today. It's safe to say that majority of us are tired of dealing with unwanted hair. Even more so, we're sick of the temporary results shaving, plucking, and waxing provides.

Luckily, we are living in the age of technology and have access to the ultimate permanent hair reduction solution to our hair removal woes. People all over the world are seeking out medical spas that offer advanced laser hair removal services. So if you're an existing medical spa owner and have yet to jump on the laser hair removal bandwagon, the time is now!

In this article, we'll discuss the top three reasons why adding laser hair removal is the smart choice for your medical spa.

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Astanza to Award 2018 Astanza Hair Removal Laser Scholarship

Astanza believes that we do more than just sell lasers; we change people’s lives. We help clients start profitable new businesses, we help people change their appearances and feel better about themselves, and we care about each other as family.  How you intend to change people's lives is one of the criteria for selection of the 2018 Astanza Hair Removal Scholarship recipient. 

How do you intend to change people’s lives? 

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Yes, Size Does Matter

“Does size matter?” Depending on the scenario, there are many answers to this age-old question. However, in the laser hair removal world, the answer is definitely yes. Various lasers and Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) technologies used to permanently reduce hair growth use various factors including wavelengths, fluence, and spot sizes to perform treatment.

While it’s obvious that fluence, wavelengths, and general protocols used during a treatment will greatly affect a patient’s results, there is some speculation whether or not the spot size used will make any difference.

In this article, we explain why spot size matters for permanent hair reduction procedures.


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Laser Hair Removal 101

The aesthetic and cosmetic industry is comprised of various procedures that help individuals improve different aspects of an individual’s appearance. Due to the introduction and development of new procedures and technologies, the aesthetic industry is continuously changing. However, one constant that has remained over the years is the growing popularity of laser hair removal.

According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, laser hair removal ranked 3rd in the top five noninvasive procedures performed in the US with 1,035,783 treatments in 2016. As statistics show, the laser hair removal shows no signs of slowing down. More and more aesthetic practices, medical spas, and physician clinics are looking to add this highly profitable procedure to their list of services.

This blog post discusses the overview of laser hair removal and how it works, how to price treatments for your clinic, and reviews the various types of technologies used to perform this treatment.


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End of Year Savings and Special Pricing

The New Year is a wonderful time for new beginnings or to erase the past. This is the primary reason why health and wellness businesses such as health clubs, tanning salons, tattoo removal clinics and Med Spas see an increase in activity with customer appointments at the beginning of each year.  

To be prepared for the increase in activity surrounding the New Year, there are many companies in the aesthetics industry that look to the end of the year to purchase new equipment or to upgrade existing equipment.

Year-end 2017 might be one of the best years ever to purchase a new laser tattoo removal device or upgrade the existing equipment at your practice.


There are three primary reasons why end of the year 2017 is an excellent time for purchasing a new tattoo removal or hair removal device:


1. End of Year Specials
2. Medical Device Tax Savings
3. Section 179 Deduction 

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With Trends Toward Self-Care, Men Increasingly Seek Hair Removal

All of us deserve to treat ourselves once in a while. While your mind might immediately jump to the stereotypical ladies' night out, with spas and pedicures and grooming treatments, this rule should apply to all genders.

The New York Post recently published an article on how men are increasingly breaking the mold and going to spas. 49% of spa customers are now men, an almost 70% increase from 2005, as men embrace spa treatments to maintain their health and fitness.

The recent trend of men discovering the importance of self-care extends to male hair removal treatments. Across all demographics, men are increasingly seeking hairlessness. Many reasons account for this rise in popularity: stars like David Beckham, partners' encouragement to "clean up," the increase in confidence from cleanliness, the removal of ingrown hairs due to shaving, and the added time savings of no longer having to shave daily.

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