Silk'n SensEpil is the only machine that uses patented Home Pulsed Light Technology (HPL), which is the same thing like IPL (Intense Pulsed Light), but it is safer and more efficient to be used from the comfort of your house.
This unit uses an intense beam of light, which penetrates the skin and targets the melanin in the hair follicle and destroys it. The technology is based on the principle of selective photot hermolysis, targeting only the pigment (melanin- the substance that gives color to the hair), that will absorb the light and transform it into heat, without harming the surrounding skin.
Because HPL uses a wide spectrum of light, it can treat more types of hair, different colors. Even so, women as well as men, with dark natural skin (or tanned skin or after recent sun exposure), must not use the device. Even more, the device will not start if the skin sensor detects a forbidden skin color. See the inside chart to see if you are the right candidate for this device. If somehow, the device starts, these people may risk burns, skin irritations or even skin discoloration. When it comes to hair, Silk'n SensEpil doesn't work on blond, gray or red body hair.
Also, it uses a low energy level, without the need to cool the skin, meaning less pain during a treatment. Instead, laser light, because uses only one wavelength of light, it can treat fewer types of hair. Therefore, if you are a person who isn't a good candidate for a laser unit, you may be perfect for an HPL machine.
The machine has two precautionary measures:
- A skin sensor which will detect if you are the right candidate for this procedure.
- A skin-touch mechanism which allows the unit to work only when it is in direct contact with the skin, eliminating any problem if the user doesn't use correctly the unit and the applicator is turned away from the skin.
Hair phase and HPL treatments
You should know that hair grows in different stages having two resting phase (Catagen, Telogen) and one growth phase (named Anagen). So, if you want to see amazing results, you should treat the hair only when it is in the growth phase. Now, professional studies show that a full hair growth cycle varies depending on the person, going to 18-24 months for some persons. It will take a while to obtain long lasting results. Some women wrote on forums that the process was about two years long, but they saw some noticeable results between the fourth and sixth treatment. Also, touch-ups treatments must be done from time to time to treat some hairs that were missed in the previous treatments or for hairs which at the time of the treatment were in the resting phases.
I like how a woman said in a forum post that "There really is no such thing as permanent hair removal because hair follicle formation is stimulated by genetics and hormones. As long as you have hormones, new hair follicles will continue to form in your body the location will change depending on which hormones are in control. This is why "permanent hair reduction" is more accurate and more realistic" for all forms of laser or IPL/HPL treatments. In conclusion, if you want long-term results you should continue the treatment when it is necessary.
1. How Silk'n SensEpil works
It is a corded device, therefore you don't have to wait for it to charge in order to be used. But the applicator is placed in a small space on top of the device and you have to wait around 30 seconds to be able to select the level you want. It has 5 comfort levels and if you are at your first treatment, you shouldn't go over level 1.
On the control panel you will see the level which you have chosen for a treatment. You will find out which is the best level for your skin, in order to not cause burns. Once you have tested an area on a lower level, you should switch to a higher level to have greater results. But please, do not skip the first level. This is not a toy and you shouldn't experiment more that is necessary. Also, if you experience burns or skin blisters during the treatment, you should stop the process immediately.
It is a noisy unit due to its fan, which the device needs to cool down the system.
Place the treatment window on your skin and keep a direct contact with it in order for the applicator to work. It emits little flashes, but you shouldn't look at them. The unit needs to charge for a few seconds in order to use the applicator tip for the next flash.
When a pulse of light is sent to the skin, you will hear a pop sound, which is normal. The skin should be spread evenly and smoothly when you apply the applicator on it. To treat well an area, you can use the pressure marks made by the device to guide you to put in the right place the applicator tip, in order to avoid gaps or overlaps between pulses.
Spot by spot, you will be able to treat a body area in a short period of time. Silk'n SensEpil has the largest treatment zone compared to any other at home laser hair removal machine. If the treatment window gets too hot while you treat a body area, stop the device and let the applicator cool done about 30 minutes.
During the treatment, you may feel a slight sensation of heat when the light is emitted or some pain like a band snapping. After the treatment the skin will swell or become red, but these mild side effects disappear within an hour.
Two weeks after the treatment, you will see the "treated hair" that will fall out. Do not pull out the hair, just let it naturally fall down.
This is a video in which is explained very well how to use Silk'n SensEpil.
2. Which body areas Silk'n SensEpil treats
Silk'n SensEpil is a whole body device, it can be safely used on your body, on your some sensitive areas and on your face, from the cheek line downwards. It is ideal for legs, arms, bikini line and underarms. But it is not recommended to use it on nipples and genital areas. Although you can use it on your face, the producer recommends not to use it near or around your eyes. Also, it is recommended to use white surgical tape on your lips to protect your lips, if you choose to treat your upper lip area.
As you just read above, the unit has a large window treatment and a high repetition rate, allowing you to treat a large body area, like your legs in about 20 minutes or underarms in 10 minutes. It is quite effective in comparison to other at-home laser devices.
3. How to prepare for an HPL treatment
You will need to buy from time to time a lamp cartridge. A user will need from 1 to 7 lamp cartridges to treat a body area, during the first year of using the HPL device.
It has one lamp cartridge, that comes with 750 flashes, being able to treat an entire body once or multiple times on a specific area. It has 6 cm² spot size. You have to replace it when the lamp loses its functionality. You will see on the control panel when the cartridge has only a few flashes left (when 90% of the pulses has been used). The lamp has incorporated optical lens to protect your skin by creating a barrier between laser and skin.
After each treatment, you must clean the applicator tip. Do not use water to clean it, instead, you can use a dry and clean piece of cloth.
4. How many treatments do you need?
To have maximum results, you should plan your treatments in advance. The producer advises the user to put the first 3-4 sessions 2 weeks apart. The next 5-7 sessions should be 4 weeks apart. After the 8th treatment, you may use the device when you need it, for some touch-ups and to achieve long-term results.
On men, some visible results can be seen after the 10th treatment. But you will need more sessions compared to Tria unit, which uses a based diode laser light, because Tria is more powerful. A full treatment may take as long as 18 to 24 months and during this period a user may use from 7 to 14 disposal lamp cartridges.
If you use it regularly, you can see a 54-68% hair reduction in the long run. Some people, after a treatment, saw that a part of the hair grow back finer and lighter, but if you continue the treatments, the hair will be destroyed.
It has been done tests with this technology over 15 years in professional clinics and these specialists have not reported side effects from a long-term use. Therefore, you can safely use it for a long period of time.
5. Silk'n SensEpil features
- Dimensions: 7 x 5.5 x 4 inches (the size of a shoe box)
- Weight: 3.6 pounds
- Silk'n SensEpil is made from a base unit, a control panel, an applicator and the disposal lamp cartridge.
- In the box you will find one handheld SensEpil machine, one lamp cartridge, AC cord, user's manual and an instructional DVD.
6. Cons and Precautions
Sometimes the skin sensor can play tricks on you if you are in a dark room or in a shaded area. Some women went right under a lamp to be able to do a treatment in optimal conditions.
Like the laser unit, the HPL can not be used on tattoos, birthmarks, freckles, moles, because you may burn yourself. Also, you can not use it if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. More interdictions you can find in the user's manual.
You should be careful not to treat your skin if you are tanned. Also, avoid sun exposure before and after a treatment, before about 4 weeks and after about 2 weeks.
If you want to use it, you should check its priceonline to choose the best offer.
Silk'n SensEpil has the FDA approval and it has been clinically proven to be the easiest way to have permanent results, a great alternative from professional laser hair removal clinics. The unit uses the same technology as professional hair removal systems, destroying the unwanted hair safely and effectively from the comfort of your home.