Light-Based Hair Removal
Unlike devices which use lasers or electric wires to remove hair, the Silk’n is unique in that it uses intense pulsed light (IPL) energy to damage hair follicles and remove hair. IPL is a broad-spectrum light source which is absorbed by the melanin pigment in our skin and hair. Silk’n works by damaging the hair follicle and triggering the hair’s resting, or telogen, phase. The Silk’n is primarily meant as a maintenance device for patients who have had professional laser hair removal sessions. This ensures that the hair remains gone following treatment
A Treatment Session with Silk’n
During the treatment you press the Silk’n against the area of skin with unwanted hair you’d like to remove. The Silk’n should not be used on the face or neck. As you treat the area a bright light will flash and a “popping” sound will accompany each pulse of light. This is normal. As your hair follicles absorbed the light you may feel a tingling pain and heat. This may be more pronounced during the first several sessions as you have more hair follicles. The device also has a cooling fan which makes a noise similar to a blow dryer.
Who Can Use the Silk’n
According to the company’s website, Silk’n is not for everyone. Patients with darker skin should not use the Silk’n as this may cause damage to the skin. As with laser hair removal, the Silk’n Home Pulsed Light™ technology is not as effective on light hairs such as blonde, gray or white hairs as on dark hairs. The ideal candidate for Silk’n would have dark hair and lighter skin.
Purchase through a Physician
The Silk’n cannot be sold in retail stores. This is to ensure proper use of the device and that patients who are not appropriate candidates do not have access to it. The device has been approved by the FDA for use under the prescription and direction of a physician. The Silk’n is now on sale in a number of dermatology and medical offices for around $500 with lamp cartridges which cost $75 and last for approximately 750 pulses.
The company reports that “an average reduction of 50% in hair count was seen three months after three bi-weekly treatments.” A quote from Dr. Tina Alster posted on their website states “Patients who were previously treated with professional hair removal systems used in my clinic had a chance to use Silk’n™ in clinical trials. They reported that self-treatment was easy, relatively painless, and resulted in noticeable hair reduction after each treatment.”