Move over TRIA, there's a new at-home hair removal hotshot in town. The Silk'N SensEpil™ laser hair removal system is the latest industry creation, and it's making waves thanks to its user-friendly design, its convenience, its lower cost compared to competitors, and its reported effectiveness. Read on to get more details about this hot new at-home laser product!
Not only is the Silk'N SensEpil the newest at-home hair removal system on the market, it's one of the first at-home devices to use laser technology that boasts an intensity similar to professional laser treatments—but in the comfort and privacy of consumers' own homes. The SensEpil treats and removes hair on virtually all areas of the body, and it works for both men and women. Silk'N SensEpil systems are not recommended for removing facial hair since the lasers can potentially damage consumers' eyes; plus they aren't as effective on lighter, delicate facial hair.
The Silk'N SensEpil system is a portable hair removal device about the size of your hand, and it is quite simple to use. Using laser energy in much the same way that professional laser hair removal does, the SensEpil removes hair with its specially branded HPL™ (Home Pulsed Light) laser technology, which is similar to the popular IPL hair removal technology. The SensEpil device comes equipped with tested safety features, including a built-in skin color sensor, and an applicator tip that prevents the laser from activating unless it's in full contact with skin.
The Silk'N SensEpil is currently available in the U.S. for $499 at select doctor's offices, and at beauty retailers like Sephora. Compared to the popular TRIA hair removal device, which costs roughly $1000, the SensEpil seems much more affordable. However, there are additional costs incurred with the SensEpil device, including replacement costs for the device's laser lamp cartridges—these run about $50 each through the Sephora website. For that price, one SensEpil lamp cartridge is alleged to hold 750 shots worth of laser energy. With 750 shots, SensEpil consumers should reportedly be able to treat the "entire body once" or the legs twice, depending on consumers' body size.
In terms of effectiveness, a study of 150 women who used the Silk'N SensEpil device for 6 months reportedly achieved promising results on different treatment areas. On the underarms, Silk'N SensEpil consumers achieved an average of 41% total hair reduction; on the legs, SensEpil consumers achieved an average of 54% hair reduction. 52% total hair reduction was the average result when treating the arms, and 43% average hair reduction was achieved for the bikini area.
Another important laser hair removal treatment concern is the possible pain experienced with treatment. According to many consumer reviews, the Silk'N SensEpil's laser can be uncomfortable or slightly painful for some patients. Since the device uses a type of laser similar to professional laser technology, SensEpil's treatment sensation is reportedly similar to the rubber band sensation of professional treatments. Possible side effects from using the Silk'N SensEpil include temporary pain, redness, swelling and tenderness. Cold compresses and hydrating cream are advised for post treatment care, and to minimize any treatment side effects should they occur. If more serious side effects occur, use of the SensEpil laser system should be discontinued—at least until consumers can consult with their doctor.
If you're considering laser hair removal for the first time, be it through a professional clinic or with an at-home system, it's best to meet with an experienced hair removal provider before proceeding. Not only can they help you understand the differences between hair removal methods, they can match you with the laser hair removal technique best suited for your individual needs, skin tone and hair type!