A New Era in Laser and Optimized Light Technology

The Icon Aesthetic System offers high peak powers, state-of-the-art cooling, built in calibration, and the Skintel® Reader—the only FDA-cleared melanin reader—resulting in fast treatments with excellent outcomes.

With the Icon system, aesthetic practices can provide the most popular treatments, including:

  • laser skin resurfacing
  • laser wrinkle reduction
  • laser scar and stretch mark treatment
  • permanent hair reduction
  • vessel and pigment clearance
  • leg vein clearance

The system’s patented innovations include:

  • The Skintel Melanin Reader: A revolutionary device that determines the average melanin density of skin prior to treatment.
  • Power: Delivering a maximum effective energy1 of over 350 joules, the Palomar Icon is the most powerful laser and optimized light aesthetic platform.2

Palomar Icon Aesthetic System Mechanism of Action

  • Advanced Contact CoolingTM: Cooling maintains temperature at 5 degrees Celsius during treatments for enhanced comfort and skin protection.
  • Hexagonal XFTM Microlens: High-speed, non-ablative fractional resurfacing with increased surface coverage typically allows for a full face, one-pass treatment in under 15 minutes.
  • Intuitive User Interface: Enhanced user interface features new treatment tracking technology for more streamlined procedures.
  • Calibration: New external calibration for optimal pulsed light performance.
  • AccuSpectrumTM: Dual filters minimize unnecessary epidermal exposure, enhancing client comfort.
  • Photon RecyclingTM: Maximizes treatment results by reducing energy loss.
  • Smooth PulseTM: Proprietary light delivery system that allows for the usage of greater amounts of energy.

1Maximum effective energy is defined as the spot size x maximum fluence as measured in joules.
2 Versus other leading brands.


ThreeForMe Laser Treatments – the brighter solution for dull skin.

ThreeForMe is the proven solution to address unwanted wrinkles, sun damage and facial veins all within one treatment session. The synergies of combining the MaxG and 1540 handpieces provide remarkable results on a number of skin concerns with improvement in tone and texture after the first session. Patients have been extremely satisfied as it delivers the results they desire without extended downtime. These patients will say goodbye to their tired and dull skin and hello to a brighter, younger-looking self.

To learn more visit our patient site: www.threeforme.com.







Laser Hair removal equipment that removes hair on all skin types, from the fairest to the darkest, including tanned skin. It’s large spot size allows you to quickly cover big areas like the back, legs, and chest.


MaxR Handpieces

Laser hair removal equipment that removes hair on all skin types, from the fairest to the darkest, including tanned skin. Its small spot size is perfect for smaller areas such as the face, underarms, and bikini line.


MaxYs Handpiece

Laser hair removal equipment that delivers higher peak power of the optimal wavelengths of light to treat difficult, resistant areas of finer, lighter hair, and delivers optimally filtered light for the treatment of darker pigmented lesions, with a smaller spot size suited for targeted or difficult areas.


MaxG Handpiece

The MaxG IPL is optimized for clearing vessels, vascular lesions, and pigmented lesions, offering superior vessel and pigment clearance that goes beyond single-wavelength lasers.

MaxG offers superior closure of the larger, deeper facial vessels with a unique combination of Dynamic Spectrum ShiftingSM and dual-band filters—which provides more uniform heating across the entire diameter of larger vessels.

And with our patented advances in pulsed-light performance, your clients can experience a comfortable, no-downtime treatment on their way to a refreshed and rejuvenated appearance.

1540 Fractional Laser

1540 Fractional Laser

Fractional, non-ablative laser for skin resurfacing and treatment of surgical scars, acne scars, stretch marks, and melasma.

2940 Fractional Laser

2940 Fractional Laser

Sophisticated, single-treatment fractional ablative laser handpiece for wrinkles and textural irregularities. The unique Groove™ Optic pattern offers high ablative coverage with fast recovery and minimal downtime.

1064+ Laser

1064+ Laser

Permanently reduces unwanted hair in difficult-to-treat areas on skin types V and VI, and more comfortably clears a variety of leg vessels, from the smaller red vessels to the larger blue reticular leg veins.

Accessories (1)

SkinTel Melanin Reader

Skintel Melanin Reader

The Skintel® Melanin Reader, the only FDA-cleared melanin reader, offers aesthetic practitioners a quantitative method of measuring melanin content for… More











Before & After


“The Palomar Icon System’s increase in power and cooling has made a noticeable impact in both patient comfort and results. Other improvements in the touch screen and the new treatment tracking software are valuable time-saving features to help streamline procedures for both me and my staff.”
Robert A. Weiss, MD
“The Palomar Icon system’s increased power allows me to treat my fractional patients even faster, and the improved cooling helps to improve patient comfort during my skin renewal and hair removal treatments. These new features, along with the added confidence that the Skintel Melanin Reader provides, convinced me to get a Palomar Icon system for our second office as well.”

Joel L. Cohen, MD

Events & Media

Educational Workshops

Saturday, November 3, 2018 - Sunday, November 4, 2018

Cynosure Aesthetic Exchange Conference 2018

Cynosure Aesthetic Exchange Conference – London Join our internationally renowned laser experts for a weekend of learning, live demonstrations and… More

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On-Demand Webcasts

Scar Revision Update

Through fractional photothermolysis, the Lux1540™ fractional non-ablative laser creates micro-columns of coagulated tissue in the dermis and epidermis, yielding significant… More

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Clinical Data

Building on two decades of unparalleled investments in developing light-based systems for aesthetic providers, the Palomar Icon system redefines the standard of light-based cosmetic and dermatologic care.

Vascular Lesions & Skin Renewal

  1. Shek S, P.Y. Chan N, C.Y. Chan J, H.L. Chan H. 2012. The Efficacy of a Dual Filter Handpiece (500–670nm and 870–1200 nm) of an Intense Pulse Light Device for the Treatment of Facial Telangiectasia. American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery. (Abstract)
  2. Adatto M, Friedman D. 2012. Clearance of Port Wine Stains Following Optimized Pulsed Light Treatments. American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery. (Abstract)
  3. Tanghetti E MD. 2012. Split-face Randomized Treatment of Facial Telangiectasia Comparing Pulsed Dye Laser and an Intense Pulsed Light Handpiece. Lasers in Surgery and Medicine. (Abstract)
  4. Weiss R, Ross V, Tanghetti E, Vasily D, Childs J, Smirnov M, Altshuler G. 2011. Characterization of an Optimized Light Source and Comparison to Pulsed Dye Laser for Superficial and Deep Vessel Clearance. Lasers in Surgery and Medicine.
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  6. Ross V, Tanghetti E, Vasily D, Weiss R, Childs J, Erofeev A, Smirnov M, Altshuler, G. 2010. New Optimized Light Source for Treatment of Vascular Lesions of the Skin. PMTI.
  7. Childs J., Erofeev A., Smirnov M., Altshuler G. 2010. Optimum Spectrum and Pulse Shape for Vascular Lesion Treatment: The Science Behind MaxG. PMTI.
  8. McMeekin T, Lertzman B, Hahn H, Arcara K. 2008. Randomized Study of Intense Pulsed Light and Pulsed Dye Laser in The Treatment of Facial Telangiectasia. Lasers in Surgery and Medicine. (Abstract)
  9. Miranda C., Narurkar V. 2006. Comparison of StarLux LuxG with Long Pulsed PDL, Long Pulsed KTP, and Traditional IPL for Treatment of Telangiectasias. Lasers in Surgery and Medicine. 70. (Abstract)
  10. Kim K., Berenstein L., Chapas A., Geronemus R. 2006. Comparison Treatments for Vascular Lesions with the Vbeam® and the StarLux IPL. Lasers in Surgery and Medicine. 242. (Abstract)
  11. Astner S, Wolmers S, Tsao S. 2005. Increased Efficacy in Treatment of Facial Telangiectasia and Rosacea Utilizing StarLux IPL Technology with Variable Pulsewidth and Fluence. Lasers in Surgery and Medicine.105. (Abstract)
  12. Ross E.V. 2005. Split Treatment of Photodamaged Skin with KTP 532nm Laser with 10mm Handpiece Versus IPL: A Cheek-to-Cheek Comparison. Lasers in Surgery and Medicine. Vol. 9999:1–5.
  13. Klingman D.E, Zhen Y. 2004. Intense Pulsed Light Treatment of Photoaged Facial Skin. American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, Inc. Vol. 30: 1085–1090.

Case Studies: Pigmented Lesions, Vascular Lesions and Photofacial

  1.  IPL G Series Case Study for Treatment of Postoperative Bruising, 2/5/2013
  2. MaxG Case Study Post Injectable Bruising from Dermal Fillers, 2/5/2013
  3. MaxG Case Study: Facial Telangiectasia, David Vasily MD, 9/23/2011
  4. MaxG Case Study—Port Wine Stains, Maurice Adatto, MD, 8/12/2011
  5. StarLux Case Study: Treatment of Vascular Lesions—Max G vs. Vbeam Pulsed Dye Laser, Arndt, Kenneth, 9/22/2010
  6. StarLux Case Study: Facial Telangiectasias, Alibhai, Haneef, 3/16/2010
  7. StarLux Case Study: Facial Telangiectasia (1), Tanghetti, Emil, 6/10/2010
  8. StarLux Case Study: Facial Telangiectasia (2), Tanghetti, Emil, 6/10/2010
  9. StarLux Case Study: Actinic Bronzing, VanDam, David, 4/21/2009
  10. StarLux Case Study: Solar Lentigines and Actinic Bronzing, Alibhai, Haneef, 4/21/2009

Fractional Non-Ablative Skin Resurfacing

  1. Jeffrey Dover J, Saedi N, Mickle C, Chan S. 2012. A New Combined Treatment for Facial Rejuvenation Using an Optimized Pulsed Light Source Followed by a Fractional Laser. American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery. (Abstract)
  2. Dierickx C, Campos V, Pinto C. 2012. Deep Heating of Dermis and Non-Ablative Fractional Facial Treatment with Micro-Compression Optics. American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery. (Abstract)
  3. Doherty S MD, Seckel B MD, Childs J PhD, Tabatadze D PhD, Erofeev A PhD, Smirnov M Ph.D., Altshuler G Ph.D., Sc.D. 2011. XF™ Microlen Optic and XD™ Microlen Compression Optic for Non-Ablative Fractional Skin Treatment with the Palomar Icon™ System. PMTI.
  4. Zelickson B, Walgrave S., Al-Arashi M, Yaroslavsky I., Altshuler G, Childs J, Smirnow M, Tabatadze D. 2011. Evaluation of a Fractional Laser with Optical Compression Pins. Lasers in Surgery and Medicine. (Abstract)
  5. Childs J, Altshuler G.  2011. XD™ Microlens Compression Optic for Deep-Dermis Non-Ablative Fractional Treatment. PMTI.
  6. Hedelund, L, Winther K, Beyer D, Nymann P, Haedersdal M. 2009. Fractional Non-Ablative 1540 nm Laser Resurfacing for Atrophic Acne Scars: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Lasers in Surgery and Medicine. (Abstract)
  7. Vasily D. 2007. Treatment of Melasma with the StarLux 1540. Lasers in Surgery and Medicine. (Abstract)
  8. Altshuler G, Yaroslavsky I, Smirnov M, Erofeev A, Childs J, Tabatadze D, Belikov A, Pushkareva A, Tihonov S. 2003. Self Canalization of Laser Microbeam in Tissue as Fundamental Mechanism of Fractional Skin Resurfacing. Lasers in Surgery and Medicine. (Abstract)

Case Studies: Non-Ablative Skin Resurfacing

  1. Palomar Emerge Case Study: Acne Scarring For International Use Only, 6/11/2013
  2. StarLux Case Study – Non-Ablative Scar Treatment, van Vuuren, Rudie, 10/4/2011
  3. 1540 Case Study: Acne Scars, Zanelli, Gaetano, 8/12/2011
  4. StarLux Case Study: Non-ablative Skin Resufacing, Sinclair, Michael, 12/4/2010
  5. StarLux Case Study: Stretch Marks, Kolesnikova, Larissa, 9/22/2010
  6. StarLux Case Study: Facial Surgical Scars, Martin, John, 9/15/2010
  7. StarLux Case Study: Scar Treatment For International Use Only, Kolesnikova, Larissa, 7/21/2010
  8. StarLux Case Study: Acne Scars for Skin Type VI, Makrides, Lisa, 6/9/2010
  9. StarLux Case Study: Non-Ablative Skin Resurfacing with Lux1440, Vasily, David, 3/16/2010
  10. StarLux Case Study: Surgical Scar Foot, Vasily, David, 2/4/2010
  11. StarLux Case Study: Scar Nose Bridge, Vasily, David, 12/11/2009
  12. StarLux Case Study: Scar Arm, Vasily, David, 12/11/2009
  13. StarLux Case Study: Acne Scars, Vasily, David, 12/11/2009
  14. StarLux Case Study: Scar Right Cheek, Vasily, David, 12/11/2009
  15. StarLux Case Study: Surgical Scar Right Eye, Vasily, David, 12/11/2009

Fractional Ablative Skin Resurfacing

  1. Waibel J, Graber E, Davis S, Badiavas E. 2012. Effects of Erbium Fractional Resurfacing on Third Degree Hypertrophic Burn Scars. American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery. (Abstract)
  2. Ross, E.V., Doherty S, Seckel B. 2009. Groove Patterns of Ablation for Fractional Skin Resurfacing: Healing Time Course Study and Histological Evaluation. PMTI.
  3. Doherty S, Seckel B, Dierickx C, Ross E.V. 2009. Groove Patterns of Ablation for Fractional Skin Resurfacing: Clinical Results and Applications. PMTI.
  4. Doherty S, Seckel B, Ross E.V. 2009. Advantages of a Groove Pattern of Micro-Fractional Ablation for Facial Skin Resurfacing.Lasers in Surgery and Medicine. (Abstract)
  5. Ross E.V., Khatri K. 2008. Novel, Micro-Fractional Ablative Erbium Laser for Wrimkle Reduction and Skin Resurfacing. PMTI.
  6. Dierickx C, Khatri K, Altshuler G, Childs J, Erofeev A, Smirnov M, Tabatadze D, Yaroslavsky I. 2007. Fractional Delivery of Er:Yag Laser Light to Improve Efficacy and Safety of Ablative Resurfacing Procedure. Lasers in Surgery and Medicine. (Abstract)

Case Studies: Ablative Skin Resurfacing Including Wrinkles

  1. StarLux Case Study: Ablative Resurfacing with Lux2940 for Mature Wrinkled Facial Skin, Makrides, Lisa, 3/16/2010
  2. StarLux Case Study: Perioral Rhytids, VanDam, David, 12/11/2009
  3. StarLux Case Study: Case Study for Perioral Rhytides using the Lux2940 and Groove Optic, Doherty, Sean  9/1/2009

Combination Fractional Ablative and Fractional Non-Ablative Skin Resurfacing

  1. Haneef Alibhai M.D. 2013. 2940nm Er:YAG + 1540nm Er:Glass Combination Treatment for Facial Resurfacing, PMTI
  2. Bass L, Doherty S, Seckel B, Ross V. 2011. Combination Fractional Non-Ablative and Ablative Treatment for Facial Skin Resurfacing: Clinical Results and Applications. PMTI.
  3. Joel L. Cohen, MD; E. Victor Ross, MD 2011. About Skin Dermatology and DermSurgery, Englewood, CO; Scripps Clinic, Carmel Valley, San Diego, CA

Case Studies: Combination Ablative and Non-Ablative Treatments

  1. StarLux Case Study: Treatment of Moderate to Severe Wrinkles with Non-Ablative and Ablative Fractional Handpieces in a Single Combined Procedure, Doherty, Sean, 2/16/2011
  2. StarLux Case Study: Facial Treatment with Lux2940 Groove and Lux1440 Handpieces, Doherty, Sean, 12/14/2009

Laser Hair Removal

  1.  Joe Lowery, Rich Cohen, Felicia Whitney, James Childs and Gregory Altshuler, 2013. Comparative Study between the Vectus™ Diode Laser System and LightSheer™ Duet for Long-Term Hair Reduction in the Axilla. PMTI.
  2. James Childs, PhD, Richard Cohen, PhD, Mikhail Smirnov, PhD, Henry Zenzie, MS Gregory B. Altshuler, PhD 2012. Optimization of a Laser Diode for Permanent Hair Reduction. PMTI.
  3. Amin S, Goldberg D.  2006. Clinical Comparision of Four Hair Removal Lasers and Light Sources. Journal of Cosmetic and Laser Therapy. 8: 65–68.
  4. Manstein D, Pourshagh M, Anderson R, Erofeev A, Yaroslavsky I, Altshuler G. 2001. Effects of Fluence and Pulse Duration for Flashlamp Exposure on Hair Follicles. Lasers in Surgery and Medicine.
  5. Manstein D, Pourshagh M, Erofeev A, Altshuler G, Anderson R. 2004. Effects of Diode Laser Versus Flashlamp Exposure on Hair Follicles. Lasers in Surgery and Medicine. (Abstract)
  6. Dierickx C, Altshuler G. 2006. Efficacy and Safety of a Suction-Enhanced Filtered IPL System for Hair Management. Lasers in Surgery and Medicine. (Abstract)
  7. Campos V, Dierickx C, Farinelli W, Lin T, Manuskiatti W, Anderson R. 2000. Ruby Laser Hair Removal: Evaluation of Long-Term Efficacy and Side Effects. Lasers in Surgery and Medicine. 26:177–185.
  8. Schulze R, Ross E.V. 2007. Low Fluence 1064nm Laser Hair Reduction for Pseudofolliculitis Barbae in Skin Types IV, V, and VI. Lasers in Surgery and Medicine. (Abstract)

Scar and Striae Treatment

  1. E. Verhaeghe,†, K. Ongenae, L. Dierckxsens, J. Bostoen, J. Lambert. Nonablative fractional laser resurfacing for the treatment of scars and grafts after Mohs micrographic surgery: a randomized controlled trial. 2012. Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology. (Abstract)
  2. Martin Jr J. 2012. The 1540-nm Nonablative Fractional Photothermolysis for Facial Surgical Scars. American Journal of Cosmetic Surgery. Vol. 29, No. 1, pp. 25–29.
  3. de Angelis, F, Kolesnikova L, Renato F, Liguori G. 2010. Fractional Non-Ablative 1540-nm Laser Treatment of Striae Distensae in Fitzpatrick Skin Types II to IV – Clinical and Histological Results. Aesthetic Surgery Journal. (Abstract)
  4. de Angelis F, Kolesnikova L. 2009. Fractional, Non-Ablative Laser Therapy for the Treatment of Striae Distensae. PMTI.
  5. Weiss R, Weiss M, Beasley K. 2008. Experience with Fixed Array Novel 1540 Fractional Erbium Laser for Acne Scars. Lasers in Surgery and Medicine. (Abstract)


  1. Gonzales J. 2004. The Treatment of Warts with Intense Pulsed Light Technology. PMTI.

Case Studies: Soft Tissue Coagulation

  1. StarLux Case Sudy: Facial and Neck Soft Tissue Coagulation, Doherty, Sean, 5/5/2010
  2. StarLux Case Study: Abdominal Soft Tissue Coagulation, Doherty, Sean, 6/10/2010
  3. StarLux Case Study: DeepIR Soft Tissue Coagulation of Umbilical Area, Makrides, Lisa, 12/11/2009