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Cosmetic IPL Laser Reviews & Comparisons > Lumenis M22 vs Starlux 300 vs. Cutera Solera

Hello all,
I am starting a dermatology practice out of residency and will be purchasing an IPL. I'll be practicing out of two locations so I need a portable device. My main interests will be treating pigmented and vascular lesions, hair removal, and photorejuvenation. The consensus from neutral third party observers is that the Starlux 300 is the way to go due to it's overall power and efficacy. The Lumenis rep keeps talking about sequential pulsing of the M22 but from what I gather, that's sort of old technology. If it was the best there is, why isn't it on the Lume 1? The Solera platform, again from neutral third party observers, is that it is by far the weakest of the 3 systems. I have also heard from two sources that the M22 has burned several patients. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated by someone trying to get started. Thanks!

I had some experience with IPL but pretty much abandoned it when I found a YAG (1064) laser that also happens to be portable! Various manufactures claim their lasers are 'portable' but then you find out you have to disassemble it into multiple pieces etc. But this laser from Aerolase truly is portable, just about 20-25 lbs and literally constructed within a carrying case. I can tell you that it's more efficient in hair removal yet also less painful than IPL, plus it does a nice job on photorejuvenation and vascular (specifically, rosacea, facial veins, angiomas and smaller leg vessels). I've burned people a couple of times with IPL - what can I say, it happens - but never with the Aerolase, not even doing PFB on darkest skin type 6, i.e. men's necks and women's bikini lines. It just has a better safety margin without sacrificing efficacy, so I'll never go back!!! Also it's more affordable than other lasers, if that's a consideration for you. I liked the price, but the safety and efficacy came first in my mind.....

06.14 | Registered CommenterOSTspa

Beware of the "portable" designation on any laser. If the unit plugs into the wall, and is a medical device (BBLs and Lasers are regulated by the FDA as medical devices regardless of 'where' they are being used, as long as they are being used on patients), there are some checks that have to be performed every time the device is transported to another facility. Some units may require installation at the other facility due to differences in incoming power, ie. 100VAC-130VAC for 120VAC devices, and 200-245VAC for 220VAC devices.

Fluctuations and differences in line voltage may affect HVPS (high voltage power supply) calibrations, which control the energy applied to flashlamps. This can cause wear on your flashlamps and optics, handpieces, fiber delivery system, and HVPS.

Just a "buyer beware" rant. Thank you.

Thanks for the feedback. I did a little more research and the Lume 1 DOES have the same OPT technology as the M22. I also found out that my contract could be worded so that moving the unit from one location to the other wouldn't void the contract.

I guess some lasers may be affected by moving them around, not really sure. All I know is I've moved the Aerolase around for over 3 years, had only one service call the entire time and have plugged it into dozens of electrical outlets and it uses the standard 115v power so I've been able to use it literally in any room. I don't think it's very sensitive to differences in incoming power. It also has no fiber delivery system and doesn't have water circulating inside - not as many things that can go wrong compared to my experience with IPL.

06.18 | Registered CommenterOSTspa

That's good to hear about the Aerolase. I've since talked to SEVERAL people associated that have been using the M22 and there hasn't been any adverse events that they've noticed nor have any burns been reported to the company. I guess it's a case of a rumor that has spread throughout the laser community. Hopefully this post didn't contribute to it!

I have been using various lasers from many different companies for years and there are several that are good hair removal systems. I used to predominately use a NdYAG wavelength because the wavelength is safe and can be used on all skin types, but unfortuntely not as effective on lighter skin types. I then added the Alexandrite wavelength and had better results on the lighter skin and finer hair. The cost of maintenance and fibers were so expensive that I then began looking for a system to upgrade to. I found the Diode wavelength to be capable of treating all my patients, but unfortunately very slow. I recently purchased the Lumenis Duet mentioned in an earlier post and I have to say that it is much faster and more comfortable for my patients.
Most important, I would recommend to any new buyer to try several systems. Stay away from equipment that is sold by distributers. The distributers sometimes quit selling the same devices and then you have no support.
And look for a company that provides good training and service by direct company employees.
In addition, I would stay away from the multi-platform systems. They tend to be the jack of all.... and not great at anything.
Good luck!!

10.27 | Unregistered Commenterlasernlady

Did u end up buying the M22? I am looking into it but would appreciate feedback.
Thank u

07.15 | Unregistered CommenterNadine

I have lots of experience with the M22. It is by far the safest and most effective IPL out there. I have read that it now has a non-ablative fractional resurfacing hand piece that does not require disposables. It also apparently only takes 1 pass per treatment. Not only that it is very easy to use if want to delegate it with in your practice. I am curious to see how the non-ablative is doing.

10.31 | Unregistered CommenterSully

I have dealt with Lumenis over the last 10 years. I have their lum 1
And diode hair removal laser. Their technology
Is very good. Their company is run by crooks, thieves and
Liars. Stay away from lumenis. Do a search on reviews
Of there company

01.4 | Unregistered CommenterDr. S

Can anyone tell me if the Lumenis M22 has shot limits on the IPL and/ or the resurfx heads?
Thanks in advance

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