The Palomar StarLux IPL laser platform system is still considered by many to be the Gold Standard for IPL and laser based aesthetic treatments. Some of the more popular treatments that are rendered by the StarLux system include:

  • Photorejuvenation,
  • Hair Removal / Reduction
  • Acne treatments
  • Scar treatments
  • Stretch marks
  • Fractional skin resurfacing.

Handpiece Options

The primary difference between the 300 and 500 is the availability of some new handpieces. Most of the handpieces available for the StarLux laser can be utilized on either the 300 or 500 platform except for a couple of the newer handpieces. The following handpieces do not work on the StarLux 300:

  • LuxDeepIR: used for skin tightening.
  • Lux MaxG: clearing of pigmented and vascular lesions and skin rejuvenation.
  • Lux 1440: fractional no-ablative skin resurfacing.

Although the above handpieces do not work on the StarLux 300, there are still other pieces that do deliver these types of treatments. For example, the Lux1540 offers skin resurfacing, as well as scar, acne and stretch mark treatments. The MaxG is a next generation version of the LuxG handpiece and delivers more power for faster treatments, but both are effective.

How to Determine the Best Model for Your Needs?

Having a successfully medspa or aesthetic practice means having the right tools in place to deliver today’s most popular cosmetic treatments without having to tie up a significant amount of capital. Purchasing a used Palomar StarLux laser will give you the workhorse you need to provide today’s in demand treatments.

Even though the StarLux 300 is the predecessor and less expensive than the 500, it can still perform many of the same procedures as the StarLux 500. It comes down to speed and some slightly more advanced handpieces. Both systems offer great flexibility and versatility. The main difference comes down to speed of treatments and the price difference between both models. Buying used will help you save substantially on the purchase of an IPL platform and the price difference between the two models can range around $10,000. So it comes down to the choice of a faster and somewhat more powerful system for faster patient service. The StarLux 300 operates at 2 hertz, while the StarLux 500 operates at 3 hertz. Either way, you won’t be disappointed as the treatment applications are comparable between the systems.

Also if you choose a StarLux 300 and decide you later want to upgrade to the 500, all the 300 handpieces will work on the 500.

We Are Here to Help.

If you still have questions on which system is best for you, don’t hesitate to contact us. We can help you make the most informed decision and answer any of your questions on these systems. If you are looking to sell an old StarLux, we will be happy to buy your old equipment or arrange a trade in for something different.

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About Yvonne Coleman

Yvonne Coleman, has been involved in the medical laser industry for nearly a decade, specializing in aesthetic and cosmetic laser equipment for dermatologists, plastic surgeons, medspas,and aesthetician.

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