Silk’n Flash & Go Hair Removal Device

The Silk’n Flash & Go hair removal device is a lightweight, handheld hair removal system that is designed to deliver safe and effective permanent hair removal from the comfort of the user’s own home.  Additionally, because of its compact size, the Flash & Go is great for travel.  The Flash&Go delivers permanent hair removal.  However, the Flash & Go is safe for use on the user’s face.  This is an exciting development, as previously, users could not achieve permanent facial hair removal in a safe manner.

The FDA-cleared Flash & Go uses the same light-based technology called Home Pulsed Light (HPL) that has been around for several years.  This technology is dermatologist recommended, and has been used by millions of individuals worldwide.  It delivers fast, and extremely effective results right in the user’s own home.  This makes it an ideal device for those who may have been too embarrassed to seek permanent hair removal in a professional clinic, which can also cost thousands of dollars more.

A number of sample treatments in professional clinics have been listed below.  From this data, it is easy to see that the cost of a professional hair removal treatment can be excessive.

  • Upper lip or chin: $100-300
  • Underarms: $150-250
  • Regular Bikini: $150-450
  • Brazilian Bikini: $250-500
  • Both legs, below the knee: $250-650
  • Both arms, below the elbow: $250-650
  • Back: $300-800

These are the sample prices of just one session!  Multiple sessions are usually required.
For just $299, about the price of one hair removal session in a professional clinic, the Flash & Go can provide users with exceptional permanent hair removal results that they desire.

The device is designed to be safe to use on just about any part of the user’s body.  This means users can treat his or her arms, legs, bikini area, chest, back, and even the face, including the sideburns, chin, and upper lip.  The design of the Flash & Go’s applicator allows users to precisely target the part of the body they want to treat.

How does the Silk’n Flash & Go work?

The Silk’n Flash&Go uses the same technology as the Silk’n SensEpil hair removal device.  This HPL technology sends a flash of light onto the user’s skin.  This flash of lights targets melanin, a dark pigment in the hair, and rapidly heats it.  This rapid heating process disables the hair’s growth, so it will not grow back.  Although this may sound like it could be painful, the Flash & Go uses a low level of optical energy that only targets the hairs, so there is no need to cool the skin, and there is no damage done to the skin.  The treatment process is illustrated below:

Before treatment.  The hairs are growing normally.

 During a pulse of HPL.  The pulse is absorbed by the hair shaft, and its growth is disabled.

 Immediately after treatment with HPL.  The surrounding skin and other tissues are unaffected.  Although the hairs still temporarily remain, they will fall out on their own.

One important factor of using HPL to get permanent hair removal at home is that this technology is only effective at disabling hair growth in hairs that are currently growing.  While it may not seem like it, hair growth occurs in three distinct phases: the Anagen phase, the Catagen phase, and the Telogen phase.  The Catagen and Telogen phases are the resting phases of hair growth.  No growth of the hair will occur during these phases.  The Anagen phase, on the other hand, is when the hair is actively growing.  The Silk’n Flash & Go will only impact those hairs that are currently in the Anagen phase.

How do you use the Silk’n Flash & Go?

Because of technology of the Flash&Go, and the manner in which hair growth occurs, it is important to perform several hair removal treatments of the device.  It is recommended that a hair removal session be performed once every two weeks.  For the best results, this should be repeated 6 to 8 times.  This helps to ensure that more hairs have entered the Anagen phase during a treatment, and you will achieve the best permanent hair removal results possible.

Is the Flash & Go safe?

The Silk’n Flash&Go permanent hair removal system is an extremely safe device.  When it is used properly, the side effects of the Silk’n Flash & Go are minimal, and only temporary.  The most common side effect of a treatment is a slight reddening of the skin.  This reddening, however, will subside shortly after treatment.

The Flash & Go, however, is not safe on all skin tones.  For the safest use, those with naturally dark, or recently tanned skin should not use the Flash & Go.  This can result in more severe side effects.

Why?

Melanin is a dark pigment that is found in dark hair.  However, it is found in the skin, as well.  Those with dark skin, and those who have just had a recent sun exposure, have high levels of melanin in his or her skin.  Since the Flash & Go, SensEpil, and other similar hair removal devices target melanin, the melanin in the hair and the skin (as opposed to only the melanin in the hair) will be targeted.  This could potentially result in skin burning.  However, with proper skin protection (such as protective clothing and sunscreen), the device can be used perfectly safely.  For your convenience, a chart of the skin tones that are compatible with the Flash & Go is provided below.  Additionally, built-in to the Flash & Go is a skin sensor, which measures the user’s skin tone.  If the skin tone is deemed too dark to be treated safely, a pulse of light will not be emitted.  This keeps users from having to worry about whether his or her skin can be treated without adverse side effects.

When will I see results from the Silk’n Flash & Go?

Most users will begin to see noticeable results of the Flash & Go after just four treatments (less than two months).  Even better results are achieved for most after six uses.  After eight treatments have been performed, the majority of permanent hair removal will have been achieved, and only maintenance treatments should be required from that point.  This means that after just 14 weeks, you could be left with the smooth, silky skin that you have always wanted, without any of the unwanted or unsightly body of facial hair.

Silk’n Flash & Go vs. SensEpil

Left to Right: The Silk’n Flash & Go, the SensEpil unit, the SensEpil treatment wand

These two permanent hair removal devices from the Silk’n company are exceptionally-designed products designed to deliver fantastic hair removal results from the comfort of the user’s own home.  Because they are fairly similar, some consumers may wonder what the differences between the two devices are.  These similarities and differences will be outlined in the following paragraphs:

The Flash & Go and the SensEpil both use Home Pulsed Light technology to selectively target the melanin in the user’s hair shaft to disable the hair’s growth.  This technology is extremely effective, and will give users professional quality results in just a few months of use.

Both devices, the Flash & Go, and the SensEpil, are designed to plug directly into the wall during each use.  Unlike some other home hair removal devices that run on batteries, users can treat their skin, worry-free, without having to worry about the device running out of battery in the middle of a treatment session.  It also means that the devices do not have to be charged for hours before they can be used.  They are conveniently ready to be used whenever you are.

The treatment area of the Flash & Go and the SensEpil vary slightly.  The Flash & Go has a 4 cm treatment area, allowing it to be maneuvered into smaller areas more easily than the SensEpil, which has a treatment area of 6 cm.  The Flash & Go’s 4 cm treatment area, however, is still quite large for a permanent home hair removal product.  Comparable products have a treatment area of only 1 cm.  This makes the Flash & Go ideal for use on small, compact areas like the bikini area and the face, as well as larger areas like the arms, legs, back, and chest.

Another difference between the Flash & Go and the SensEpil is the amount of light flashes provided by the devices’ cartridges.  The Flash & Go cartridge delivers 1000 pulses of light.  This is enough to perform the entire treatment protocol (6 sessions) on a smaller portion of the user’s body, like the bikini area or parts of the face.  If a larger part of the body is to be treated, however, replacement cartridges should be purchased (these can be purchased for about $45).   The SensEpil delivers 750 pulses of light.  With its large treatment area, this provides users with enough pulses to treat their entire body once, or treat smaller portions of the body multiple times.  Replacement cartridges for the SensEpil can be purchased for as little as $38 each.

Arguably, the most significant difference between the Flash & Go and the SensEpil is the Flash & Go’s ability to be used on the user’s face.  The SensEpil is not cleared to be used on the users face.

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