Following is a point by point comparison of the Palomar LuxG vs. the MaxG. Of course the MaxG is Palomar’s updated version of the LuxG, so it definitely delivers when it comes to the newest advances in intense pulsed light (IPL) technology. The MaxG also offers superior performance when stacked against pulsed dye lasers in the treatment of blood vessels. The clearance is much more complete and the MaxG reaches deeper vessels better.
System Compatibility:The MaxG is Palomar’s advanced version of the LuxG. While the LuxG works with both the Palomar Starlux 300 and 500 systems, the MaxG only works with the Starlux 500.
Wavelength:Both handpieces deliver 500-600 and 870- 1200 nm of intense pulsed light energy.
Spot sizes:Spot sizes are the same for each handpiece – 10 x 15 mm.
Energy:The LuxG offers of to 70 J/cm2 and the MaxG delivers up 80 J/cm2.
LuxG Capabilities:The Lux G offers effective treatments to remove vascular and pigmented lesions for rejuvenated skin tone and texture. This handpiece is a single wavelength laser. Following are criteria Fitzpatrick skin typing for untanned skin. For pigmented lesions, the LuxG safely works on skin types I – IV. For red facial, neck and chest vessels, the Lux G works on skin types I – IV as well. For Rosacea, blue face vessels and large alar vessels, skin types I – III are treatable. And for resistant alar vessels, skin types I – II are treatable.
MaxG Capabilities:The MaxG has been optimized for the treatment of vessels and lesions. The Max G offers more energy across the board via dual bands of wavelengths that can better target the absorption of hemoglobin in the presence of melanin. The MaxG also offers Dynamic Spectrum Shifting which utilizes near-infrared light that results in more uniform heating across the entire width of blood vessels. As a result, the MaxG is one of the most effective means of treating medium to large blood vessels that have been traditionally more resistant to other lasers. The MaxG is also highly effective in treating smaller vessels as well. The MaxG is safe to use on untanned skin and has the same Fitzpatrick skin type treatment protocols as the LuxG.