With the current economic climate, clinic owners are stretched thin and are looking to diversify at a lower cost. As a distributor, having to adapt to the market and clients’ needs is inevitable and so our search began. Solari by Lutronic crossed our path and we were intrigued.
Lutronic has always been excellent with their precision and innovative technology, but our curiosity took over and we imported the device to test for ourselves. I was fortunate enough to be one of the first by Sternlaser to test out this Highly Selective Intense Pulsed Light device called Solari and here are my findings.
Solari has definitely “sparked” my interest with its versatility when I saw the different filters one could use in one single session. As we very well know patients don’t often only have one aesthetic concern and therefore having a device that targets different chromophores really sets a practice way above the rest.
How Solari Works
Based upon consultation we can choose the desired filter to treat the concern. When we look at the absorption curve of Chromophores, we can see that wavelength closer to your 400nm range is highly absorbed by Oxyhemoglobin (blood) which makes the 420nm, 520nm & 570nm fantastic to treat any vascular components found on the skin. Filters range from 420nm, 520nm, 570nm, 620nm, 670nm & 760nm. Selective filters 620nm, 670 nm are generally used for pigmented lesions.
Powered by an award-winning cooling tip, it is evident that Lutronic didn’t only take special attention to practitioners needs, but also ultimately patients’ comfortability. When working on vascularity we don’t want to cool the skin down too severely, as this can cause the vessel to vasoconstrict and be nearly impossible to be visible for the IPL to pick up on. In opposition to targeting a pigmented lesion where cooling is strongly advised to reduce pain.
Unlike conventional IPL’s on market, Solari Square Pulse produces effective energy that assures there is no sudden energy emission which may cause side effects or possible hotspots.
The most unique feature Solari possesses, in my opinion, is the “S-toning” which is Sub-micro Pulses. This allows practitioners to treat skin in an exceptionally light and superficial manner without causing any downtime, risk of burning, pain or side effects. This can be used for a common “Photo Facial” or combination treatment with for instance a chemical peel.
So what is my verdict? Solari is an affordable device for aesthetic centres/clinics to treat pigmented lesions, vascular lesions, rosacea and collagen rejuvenation. I have seen better results with a 755nm , 810nm or 1064nm laser for hair removal purposes and feel that Solari and other IPL devices should not be used for the this specific intention.