April 7, 2008

The Silk'n Laser Hair-Remover

silk-hair.jpgIf Dr. Evil invented a hair-removal system, it would undoubtedly include sharks with lasers. And given that the FDA has a poor history of approving products with sharks, he'd probably end up with with just the lasers. Cut to the Israeli company Silk'n (Dr. Evil front?) which has just won US FDA approval for their Home Pulsed Light (HPL) product.

The patent pending Home Pulsed Light™ technology (HPL™) of Silk'n™ is a new and innovative light-based technology designed exclusively for doing safe and effective removal of unwanted hair at home.

HPL - is that the good kind of cholesterol?

So basically this is an alternative to shaving your legs, or elipation. Not intended for a man's beard, and not clear if you can use it "elsewhere" (for all you people with your heads in the gutter). Does it work? A key quote from the press release:

An average reduction of 50% in the hair count was monitored three months post three bi-weekly treatment sessions. No adverse effects were noted in the course of the study, and the users of Silk'n™ recorded an extremely high level of satisfaction with the device and their results.

So I think it's cool that their measuring results in addition to gauging customer satisfaction, but 50% hair count reduction? That ain't going to cut it. Imagine if you used a product which reduced your beard hairs by 50%. Would you be satisfied? Hell no. You'd still have to shave every day.

Via Engadget.

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Posted by Russell Neufeld at April 7, 2008 8:25 AM
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I just want to share my experience with this product. I decided to give it a go and do a trial, using it in my right armpit and right side of my bikiny line. After two months using it every two weeks (total of 4 treatments)my hairs were reduced in about 70% compared to the untreated sides of my body.
I have to say that I was very esceptical with this kind of treatment because I had spent a lot of money in laser treatments before with little result. I am very pleased with this product and I will keep using it.
Ohh just one thing. I treated a little square of my leg without realizing that my skin color was darker there and I ended up burning myself, so be cautious only treating light coloured skin areas

Posted by: Leonora at December 7, 2009 1:11 AM

You are mistaken in your interpretation of the clinical study results of a 50% reduction in hair. In the clinical trials for Silk'n the patients only treated 3 times, once every 3 two weeks and the hair count was taken after 3 months (no additional treatments in between). Hair grows in cycles so like professional laser hair removal you must do multiple treatments to catch hair in the "growth" cycle. They only did 3 treatments to take a scientific measurement of how much of the hair was not growing back. Because Hair grows in cycles 50% reduction after 3 treatments is GOOD and Comparable to professional in-office laser hair removal.

The general consumer(not in clincal trial) will purchase the device, treat once every 2 weeks for the first 4 treatments and from then on they will treat whenever they see hair growth which will generally be about 4 weeks apart. The longer you treat an area with the device the longer it will take for the hair to grow back and need another treatment. Theoretically if you treat an area for over a year the bulb may stop producing hair all together.

Posted by: Rachel O'Brien at May 29, 2008 2:00 PM
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