Thursday, January 30, 2014

Hair Removal Options




Laser Hair Removal (LHR)
  • Emits light of a specific wavelength to target melanin and heat the follicle to disable it from regrowth
  • Because the specific wavelength is optimized for hair removal, it is considered to be the most efficient and precise permanent option
  • Requires advance technology to maintain specific wavelength, therefore more expensive
  • Diode laser, a type of LHR, is considered to be the best laser
  • Only suitable for those with lighter skin and darker hair
  • Most efficient and precise treatment
  • Fewer treatments vs other options
  • Targets only the hair follicle, not the surrounding skin

Brand: Tria Laser Hair Removal 4X
  • The only FDA cleared hair removal laser available for at-home use
  • FDA cleared for permanent results
  • For use on Face & Body
  • Features built-in skin sensor to automatically detect whether skin tone is safe to treat
  • Offers 5 treatment levels for maximized customization  $449

Intense Pulse Light  (IPL)
  • IPL is less effective than Laser Hair Removal because the energy is produced by a lamp, a little like a light bulb, and produces a variety of light waves, meaning that it is more diffused and less powerful
  • Emits light across a wavelength range to target melanin and heat the follicle to disable it from regrowth
  • The range is more diffused and less powerful, but requires cheaper technology, which allows for larger treatment window and faster treatment time (per treatment)
  • More treatments required to see results
  • Only suitable for those with lighter skin and darker hair
  • Faster treatment time, about 1/3 of laser, but more treatments are needed to see results

Brand: Silk’n Flash n’ Go
  • Less targeted treatment than Laser Hair Removal
  • More treatments required to see results vs. Laser Hair Removal
  • Requires cartridges
  • FDA cleared

Temporary Technologies 
Shaving
  • Removes hair at the skin surface
  • Most common method for hair removal across all age groups and demographics
  • Disposable razors is a staple for all users
  • Very cost effective
  • Quick and easy treatment
  • Painless
  • Appropriate for all skin types and tones
  • Widely available
  • Very temporary results
  • Need to treat daily/very frequently
  • Causes cuts, razor bumps, and/or ingrown hairs

Waxing
  • Cold and hot wax used to pull hair from roots
  • Reasonable cost
  • Longer term results
  • Suitable for all skin types and tones
  • Very painful
  • In-grown hair and irritated skin
  • Requires certain hair length before treatment

Depilatory
  • Chemical dissolves hair slightly below the skin surface to remove hair
  • Very small segment and quickly declining after initial consumer interest
  • Cost effective
  • Quick and easy treatment
  • No cuts or razor bumps, and is painless
  • Appropriate for all skin tones
  • Temporary results
  • Strong chemicals not suitable for sensitive skin
  • Leaves unpleasant post-treatment chemical scent

Epilation
  • Device with rotating head of mini tweezers that remove hair as you roll it across the skin
  • Consumer interest slowly declining
  • Longer lasting results
  • Cost effective
  • Hair is removed at the root and regrown hair is finer
  • No chemicals
  • Can be painful

IPL + Radio Frequency (RF)
  • Uses RF to heat up the treatment area, along with the lower IPL level to heat the follicle to disable growth
  • Clinical results point to longer term hair removal, but not permanent; IPL level is too low to deliver permanent results

Brand: meSmooth
  • Can be used on all skin types; with the exception of tanned skin
  • Can only be used on the body
  • FDA cleared for temporary results
  • $395 + on-going purchase of $50 cartridges
  • Not to use on tanned skin, which could cause temporary or permanent skin discoloration
  • Corded and requires 2 hands to maneuver

Thermicon heat
  • Can safely be used on all skin types and hair colors because it is not targeting melanin like lasers and IPL - no permanent hair removal

Brand: no!no!
  • Can be used on all skin types
  • Not FDA Cleared
  • Not Permanent

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