Silk’n SensEpil At-Home Laser Hair Removal

The SensEpil Hair Removal system, by the Silk’n company, is a small, at-home laser-like permanent hair removal device designed to provide women, as well as men, with silky smooth, hairless skin wherever they want it.  The device uses skin contact to activate pulses of optical light to target and remove unwanted and unsightly body hair.  These pulses destroy growing hair, providing a permanent hair removal after just a few treatments with the device.

Professional laser-hair removal services in physician offices or beauty salons can cost as much as $2,500 for the treatment of just one body area.  The Silkn SensEpil Hair Removal System delivers professional-quality results, but for just $499.  The Silk’n company also provides payment options, so consumers can own the device for just $199, and pay the rest in easy monthly installments. Occasionally, the Silk’n company will provide its customers with excellent discounts on their innovative hair removal products.

How Does the Silk’n SensEpil Work?

The technology of the SensEpil Hair Removal device is similar to professional treatments.  However, to understand how the SensEpil works, you have to understand how hair grows.  All hair grows in three phases: the Anagen phase, the Catagen phase, and the Telogen phase.  The Catagen phase and the Telogen phase are both resting phases; no hair growth occurs during these phases.  The Anagen phase, on the other hand, is the growth phase.  This light-based hair removal system, using Home Pulsed Light (HPL) technology, is a patented technology that uses optical energy that specifically targets hairs in the Anagen phase to disable hair growth.  It does this by targeting a pigment in the hair shaft called melanin.

Melanin is a pigment responsible for light absorption.  While the SensEpil delivers pulses of light, the light is absorbed by the hair follicle, generating heat.  This heat is what disables hair growth, and provides permanent hair removal.

What users must remember, though, is that hair can stay in the resting phases for as long as 18 to 24 months (although it may vary from person to person).  This means that the SensEpil does not deliver complete results after just one use.  Most users notice significant results after about 4 uses, and even greater results after 6 uses.  What’s more, is that after users achieve their desired hair removal, all they need to do is occasional maintenance treatments.

Is the SensEpil Safe?

The technology of the Silk’n SensEpil has been proven in clinical use all over the world for the past 15 years.  Millions have used the very same technology in the SensEpil to eliminate their unwanted and unsightly body hair.  However, the SensEpil is not safe for certain skin tones.  The HPL technology that the SensEpil uses targets the melanin in the hair shaft.  Melanin is also present in skin.  This melanin is what gives skin its dark complexion.  Because of this, the SensEpil should not be used by those with a dark complexion.  This includes individuals with tanned skin, or immediately following sun exposure.  Treating with the SensEpil after sun exposure can lead to burns, blisters, and skin color changes. See the chart below to determine which skins tones are safe for Sensepil treatments.

No eye protection is required during a treatment, since the device will only send a pulse of light when the applicator tip is firmly on the treatment area.  When treating the face, users should use additional eye protection.  Additionally, since the skin is darker, users should take special precautions when treating around their lips.  To avoid unwanted side effects while treating around the lips, users should use white surgical tape on their lips for protection.

Treating the Skin with SensEpil Following Sun Exposure

It is noted in the device’s User Manual that users should wait four weeks before treating the skin with the Silk’n SensEpil after unprotected sun exposure.  Additionally, users should use sun protection for the three weeks prior to, and following a SensEpil treatment.

The Silk’n company knows that everybody has naturally occurring variance in skin tone, and on some parts of the body the SensEpil may be safe to use, while on others it may not.  For added safety and comfort, the device features a Skin Sensor that detects safe skin tones, eliminating the need to worry if your skin is too dark.  The device scans for darker skin tones, and it will not activate a pulse on skin that is deemed too dark to be safe.

What Does a Typical Hair Removal Session with the SensEpil Look Like?

For many, the Silk’n SensEpil may be their first experience with light-based hair removal, so they need to know what to expect.

+A flash of light.  This bright light will not harm the eyes during applications on non-facial sites.  However, users should take special precautions, and use eye protection, when treating areas on the face.

+A fan noise.  A cooling fan present in the SensEpil device sounds similar to a hairdryer.

+A pop sound during each pulse.  Simultaneously with a flash of the HPL light, a subtle pop sound may be heard.

+Moderate pressure of the applicator.  This pressure is helpful to enabled adjacent pulses of light.

+Warmth and tingling sensation.  A mild sensation of warmth and tingling from the light energy may be felt during each pulse of light.  For initial treatments, users should use the low energy settings.

Each hair removal session with the Silk’n SensEpil can vary from user to user, and for the part of the body being treated.  For example, two full legs can be treated in 30 minutes or less.

Typical Results of the Silk’n SensEpil

Many factors affect the final result of the SensEpil Device, including hair color (the device works best on darker hair), hair density, and the location of the hair on the body.  After initial treatments, the user’s hair may appear to be growing.  However, this ejection process is completely normal, and after about two weeks, these hairs will grow in thinner, or simply fall out.

It is also possible that after several treatments, some hairs still remain.  This is because the SensEpil device does not affect the hairs in the resting phases, only the hairs in the growth phase.  With follow-up treatments, these hairs should eventually be eliminated.  This is why several treatments are required for the best results.

To obtain the best results possible, users should start with clean, shaven skin (not waxed).  During treatment, users should progress quickly to higher energy levels.  Finally, their treatments should be scheduled in two week intervals.  Most users will notice results after 3 or 4 sessions.

Side Effects of the Silk’n SensEpil

When used properly, the SensEpil System is very safe, and side effects and other complications are uncommon.  The most common side effect of the device is a slight sensation of heat when the HPL light is pulsed.  In clinical studies, a small percentage of users also noticed redness around the hair shaft, and mild swelling.  However, both side effects usually did not subsist for more than one hour.  Users should be careful to read the instruction manual before they begin their treatment.

Replacement Parts

Outside of occasionally replacing the device’s lamp cartridge, the Silk’n SensEpil should not require any additional costs.  This lamp cartridge is limited to about 750 light pulses, or enough pulses to treat the entire body, or enough pulses for multiple treatments on a single part of the body. Replacement cartridges cost $50 each or less when a multi-pack is purchased.

1 Comment

  • Betty (8 years ago) Reply

    How careful do you have to be with sun exposure? Is any sun at all bad, or is it ok to be out in the sun for 5-10 minutes without sunscreen? What is the minimum that is ok?

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