Carbon Dye Improves Laser and IPL Epilation Efficiency 100% on Dark Hair… even more with Blonde, Gray, Red!

If you own a Tria, Rio, Silk N SensEpil, or similar low powered home system, you MUST use Carbon Dye to overcome the limited power.It’s practically ignored in the laser hair removal business, but Carbon Dye can improve laser efficiency by at least 100%, and that’s on DARK hair.  The effects of Carbon Dye are so dramatic that it brings laser and IPL hair removal into play for men and women with gray, blonde, or red hair too!

Laser Training Schools Rarely Teach about Carbon Dye.  Watch video and learn WHY.

Photon  therapy works by raising the temperature of the tissues which support the viability of hair growth to the point that they are traumatized and effectively neutralized.  Even dark hair is a poor  conductor of photon energy, so even if the treatment area is shaved prior to  application, only about 55% of the energy that strikes the surface of the skin  makes it to the follicle.  Blonde and grey hair are such poor energy conduits that many practitioners and equipment  manufacturers simply say ‘don’t even try’.  What they SHOULD be saying is ‘try Carbon Dye.’

The other side of the coin is so-called ‘laser shaving’.  Burning the hair off may look impressive (and make an impressive smell) but it’s not a permanent fix.  As a matter of fact, exposed hair fibers just hamper the results you are after by absorbing laser energy before it gets to the surface of the skin!

The target is the follicle, and Carbon Dye is the crosshairs!

When the laser strikes a hair shaft, even if ther hair is still in it but shaved at the surface, the carbon dye transmits over 90% of the laser’s energy directly to the heart of the tissue that makes the hair keep growing, and if that particular follicle is in the anagen growth phase, the likelihood that it will die because of the Carbon Dye is high!

If you would like to order some Carbon Dye from our eBay store, just click here.

Free Report: Professional-Grade vs Home-Use Laser Hair Removal Systems

Do the cheap infomercial hair removal systems work as well as professional systems?  NO! NO! and here's WHY! WHY!Please fill in your name and email address in the form below to get your copy of a MUST READ report if you are considering spending money on laser hair removal!






Cosmetologist’s Guide to Transcutaneous and Conventional Electrolysis

Free With Purchase:  Cosmetologist’s Guide to Conventional and Transcutaneous Hair Reduction:  The Science and History of Electrolysis: Includes magnified photographs of follicle tissues, clinical biopsies and the complete anatomy of a human hair.

–System Requirements and Equipment Suppliers: Full specifications for choosing the correct precision electrolysis power system (single output/multiple output) and accessories (patch suppliers, dermal preps and conductants, anesthetics and dermal compounds) for successful administration.

–Pre-Treatment Protocol: This book walks you through the pre-treatment depilatory, the stages of hair growth, treatment strategy and timing for maximum results. You don’t have to be an expert.

–Advanced enough for Professionals, yet simple enough for home users.

–Treatment Procedure: Easy to Follow. Including dermal electrode setup, variations for the positive anode, swab electrolysis techniques, galvanic tweezers techniques, clip electrolysis techniques, patch electrolysis techniques.

–Post Treatment: Full documentation of all contraindications/warnings, dermal reactions, and how often to treat.

–Starting A Practice: What to charge, insurance, health codes and record keeping. This section outlines all the major aspects of opening your very own profitable hair removal salon.

–Easy to read, step by step instructions, diagrams, and photos.

Intense Pulsed Light vs. Laser Hair Removal: CHOICE or OPTION?

Intense Pulsed Light: Addition to or Alternative to Laser?

What is IPL? It’s a revolutionary advancement in ‘laser’ cosmetology (which includes hair removal and more). Although similar to laser epilation in many ways, the actual photon emission source of an Intense Pulsed Light system is far superior in cost, fluence (power) and efficiency.

With a professional grade Intense Pulsed Light system, a very powerful flash tube delivers a photon emission 10-20 times greater in coverage area than a typical epilation laser (at 220 jcm2/second).

This light energy is carefully filtered with precision optics; the heat is removed from the energy with a Schott KG1 Filter, then all wavelengths above 1200 and below 410 (ultra violet A, B and C rays) are removed with a magnesium flouride coated lens.

The photons are then focused through a Schott BK7 Glass Condenser Lens for most treatments, and for special wavelength requirements, Ruby and Sapphire optics may also be utilized. The end result is a safe, usable, high-density photon emission with performance equal to (or greater than) that of a similarly powered laser.

Power Comparison between Intense Pulsed Light and Laser Systems

Standard laser epilators produce Constant Wave (CW) or Pulsed output power of around 20-80 Watts. An IPL (also known as an SPL) typically produces 300-800 Watts. This allows for a much larger treatment diameter, which equates to far greater speed and efficiency for the technician.

One of the greatest benefits of the IPL over laser is the difference in cost, although this is not readily apparent in the price of machines which have similar ratings in terms of ‘joules per square centimeter per second'; it takes just a little more analysis due to the much larger number of ‘square centimeters’ that are treated with the IPL in each second: The typical ‘price per watt’ of a standard laser is $100-$300, whereas the price per watt of an IPL is only $30-$70.

Average life expectancy of the flash tube is from 250,000 to over one million pulses (depending on model). This equates to 1-3 years of reliable service, which is the same as a Long Pulse Diode. The flash tube is easily serviceable when it comes time for replacement and costs around $100-$300 (depending on unit).

The Benefits of Pulsed Light over Laser

  • Larger areas can be treated at one time. A typical man’s back would require about 20-40 minutes with a QCW Diode Laser. An Intense Pulsed Light System, such as the SPL800ec, would do the same job in about 10 minutes.
  • IPL works on persons who are outside of the acceptable limit for the Fitzpatrick skin pigment grading scale. A type 5 could be treated safely, after skin bleaching, which itself is a topic entirely outside our area of expertise and should be discussed with competent professionals before implementation.
  • No hair is vaporized so there is much lower risk of pitting around the hair follicle itself (from intense heat).
  • IPL gives added benefits as a result of the hair removal treatment; improved tone, texture, and vitality of the skin are commonly noted.

Benefits of Laser over Pulsed Light

As fantastic as IPL is, it cannot be used for actual ‘photon shaving’. This is a procedure in which a laser is used to vaporize hair above the skin for immediate cosmetic improvement, while also disabling susceptible (anagen stage) follicles for gradual (or progressive) permanency.

The reason is very simple. The IPL energy emission optic is in direct contact with the skin during the treatment. The reaction that occurs when the radiation strikes a hair is very intense heat. It would cause pits and burns in the optic as well as potentially burn the patient’s skin. IPL must be used on shaved (or waxed) skin with a topical desensitizing spray gel to protect the skin.

How many treatments will your client need?

Like laser epilation, IPL is a progressively permanent procedure. This means that improvement will be noted over a series of treatments. Due to hair growth cycles and a variety of other factors, an investment of 5-10 treatments over 60-90 days is normal.

Discomfort and Client Reaction

Remarkably, the sensation felt with an IPL treatment is no more intense than that of a laser (although much more total energy is being delivered to the tissue). The first three pulses from the IPL generally are not felt by the client. The fourth (if the technician chooses to deliver that many) begins to feel like a snap of a rubber band or a pinch (as the follicle tissue absorbs and converts the energy to heat). Five or more pulses in less than one second may be uncomfortable for some clients. The use of a topical desensitizing spray gel or pre-treatment cold pack will alleviate most sensation.

Client Pre-Qualifications

Like laser, the best candidate for IPL hair removal has fair skin with dark terminal hairs. Skin typing for exposure to ultraviolet light can be categorized by the Fitzpatrick Classification, developed by Dr. Thomas Fitzpatrick of Harvard Medical School.

Type I: Never tans, always burns (extremely fair skin, blonde hair, blue/green eyes)
Type II: Occasionally tans, usually burns (fair skin, sandy to brown hair, green/brown eyes)
Type III: Often tans, sometimes burns (medium skin, brown hair, brown eyes)
Type IV: Always tan, never burns (olive skin, brown/black hair, dark brown/black eyes)
Type V: Never burns (dark brown skin, black hair, black eyes)
Type VI: (black skin, black hair, black eyes)

Types 1 through 4 are outstanding candidates. Type 5 will have excellent results as well but care must be taken to assure that the IPL will not burn the skin. Type 6 should not undergo laser or pulsed light hair removal unless done in conjunction with skin bleaching due to the high risk of burning and hypo/hyper pigmentation issues.

For Type 5 and Type 6, we do not hesitate to recommend hair removal methods which have been in use for many years prior to the development of laser or IPL technology: Electrolysis, using either Direct Current, Short Wave, or Blended technology continues to be a popular and effective treatment which works equally well on all hair and skin types.

IPL Treatment: Deep Tissue Thermolysis With Follicle Extraction and Carbon Dye

The treatment protocol for IPL hair removal is remarkably similar to deep tissue (long pulse) laser epilation. Before applying treatment, remove all hair from the area by tweezing or waxing. IPL hair removal is most effective when applied to an empty follicle shaft. Most human hair does not normally have enough pigment to allow for sufficient heat exchange to cauterize, desiccate and necrotize the cells which produce hair. To compensate for this lack of quantitative and qualitative photon targets, it will be necessary to place a high-density carbon dye inside the follicle prior to treatment.

Using a cotton-tipped applicator, completely cover the treatment area with the special dye included in your kit. Massage the dye into the follicle pore with a firm downward circular motion. Repeat 2-3 times to saturate the follicle pore. Use an ethyl alcohol based wipe (isopropyl alcohol will not dissolve the dye) to lightly clean the excess from the surface of the skin. At this point you will have all desired follicles visibly highlighted with a dark spot (as seen above) and are ready to power up your IPL for treatment.

Prepare the skin with IPL pre-treatment gel then place the IPL head on the desired area. Activate on pulse setting five (the unit will deliver five photon bursts when the trigger is pressed). Move the IPL and repeat. You should give no more than 5 pulses per area on the first treatment to determine the patient’s reaction.

After the desired area has been completed, apply a cold pack. This will cool the dermis and soothe any uncomfortable neural activity. Apply the post-treatment gel and advise the patient not to pick or scratch the area. The dermis will show some trauma in the form of eurythmia (reddening) which may last 12-24 hours.

Schedule the patient for their next treatment in 10 to 14 days. By then some of the new anagen hairs will be surfacing. Hair growth activity will diminish substantially after each application.

Important Considerations for Safe Treatment

  • Treatment Around or Near the Eyes: Great care must be exercised when working near the eyes. The IPL emission is powerful enough to actually penetrate the eyelid and permanently damage the eye. Having the patient close their eyes is not satisfactory protection. The use of a dark-colored damp wash cloth which is folded over four times will deflect the harmful radiation; however, only IPL protective eyewear is recommended.
  • Treatment Around or Near Mucus Membranes: IPL radiation will severely damage the tissues inside the nose and ear canal. Treatment should be avoided in these areas altogether.
  • Treatment Around or Near the Genitals: IPL hair removal is safe for application to the pubic regions including the reproductive organs of both sexes. Care must be taken into consideration in these areas due to the increased level of neural sensitivity. The patient may find the process uncomfortable without a topical desensitizing spray.
  • Treatment Around or Near the Areola (nipple): IPL hair removal is safe and effective on hair growth which occurs from the areola of both sexes.
  • Post-Treatment: The skin surrounding the treatment area will experience short-term erythmia (reddening) which will subside within 12-24 hours. Should the treatment area show signs of excess scabbing you may wish to reduce the overall treatment time or intensity. The application of a post-treatment cooling and healing gel (such as Aloe) is encouraged to speed healing and reduce sensitivity. Instruct the patient to refrain from applying cosmetics or sunbathing for at least 24 hours.

Summary:

If you are considering adding high intensity light technology to your practice and are making the critical “first place to invest” decision, the versatility, efficiency, and cost make Intense Pulsed Light a very strong contender, if your goal is to convert working capital into client income.

Tattoo Removal FAQ

Add Tattoo Removal To Your Business for Less Than $2000 in Equipment Costs!

Tattoo Removal:  A Growing Business in a Shrinking Economy

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Tattoo Removal FAQ:

How does high intensity light fade a tattoo?

The burst of energy from the treatment device (Laser or Intense Pulsed Light) shatters tattoo pigment into particles that are cleared by the body’s lymphatic system.  It is a gradual process, requiring a series of treatments over time, but it works.

Which is better for tattoo removal: Laser or Intense Pulsed Light

If the tattoo is black, both Laser and IPL treatments are effective. However, if the tattoo ink is colored, the extra frequency range of the light in an Intense Pulsed Light system will have an effect on more colors of ink.

How many treatments will it take to remove a tattoo?

On average, professional tattoos require 5-6 treatments, while amateur tattoos may require 3-4 treatments, spaced approximately 6-8 weeks apart. The number of treatments depends on the amount and type of ink used and the depth of the ink in the skin. Occasionally technicians have needed to treat a tattoo 10-20 times.

What should I charge for the procedure?

The fee depends on the size of each tattoo, and how many treatments it takes to lighten or remove it to the customer’s satisfaction. Each tattoo treatment generally costs $135 for the 1st square inch and $25 for each additional inch. If more than one tattoo is being treated at the same time, you may offer pricing alternatives. A consultation fee of $40-$60 should be assessed for this quote.

What will the treatment be like?

It is generally agreed that it is less painful to have a tattoo removed than getting it put on. A numbing cream should be applied an hour or two before the procedure as well as our cooling spray.  After the procedure the treated area may blister, swell, crust, scab, or bleed slightly.  The client will need to care for the area daily in order to prevent infection and get the best possible healing results.  The tattoo will then gradually fade for 6-8 weeks, as the body’s lymphatic system cleanses away the ink which has been disrupted by the IPL, at which time another treatment session can take place.  Additional fading may take place for as long as 2 months; treatments should be no more frequent than every two weeks.

What colors can be removed?

Black, Green, Blue, Red, Orange, and Purple respond very well. Turquoise has variable response, yellow is the least responsive.  Laser systems are effective primarily on black ink; colored inks respond better to the broadband light of an Intense Pulsed Light system.

How can I get the effective equipment for less than $2000?

See our detailed page about the SPL800ec Intense Pulsed Light System!

 

What is IPL? Facts about Intense Pulsed Light for Hair Removal, Tattoo Erasure, and Skin Condition Treatment

Intense Pulsed Light:
Addition to or Alternative to Laser?

What is IPL? It’s a revolutionary advancement in ‘laser’ cosmetology (which includes hair removal and more). Although similar to laser epilation in many ways, the actual photon emission source of an Intense Pulsed Light system is far superior in cost, fluence (power) and efficiency.

With a professional grade Intense Pulsed Light system, a very powerful flash tube delivers a photon emission 10-20 times greater in coverage area than a typical epilation laser (at 220 jcm2/second).

This light energy is carefully filtered with precision optics; the heat is removed from the energy with a Schott KG1 Filter, then all wavelengths above 1200 and below 410 (ultra violet A, B and C rays) are removed with a magnesium flouride coated lens.

The photons are then focused through a Schott BK7 Glass Condenser Lens for most treatments, and for special wavelength requirements, Ruby and Sapphire optics may also be utilized. The end result is a safe, usable, high-density photon emission with performance equal to (or greater than) that of a similarly powered laser.

Closeup Photo Comparing Hand Piece of Intense Pulsed Light System to Hand Piece of Line Beam Laser SystemPower Comparison between Intense Pulsed Light and Laser Systems

Standard laser epilators produce Constant Wave (CW) or Pulsed output power of around 20-80 Watts. An IPL (also known as an SPL) typically produces 300-800 Watts. This allows for a much larger treatment diameter, which equates to far greater speed and efficiency for the technician.

One of the greatest benefits of the IPL over laser is the difference in cost, although this is not readily apparent in the price of machines which have similar ratings in terms of ‘joules per square centimeter per second'; it takes just a little more analysis due to the much larger number of ‘square centimeters’ that are treated with the IPL in each second: The typical ‘price per watt’ of a standard laser is $100-$300, whereas the price per watt of an IPL is only $30-$70.

Average life expectancy of the flash tube is from 250,000 to over one million pulses (depending on model). This equates to 1-3 years of reliable service, which is the same as a Long Pulse Diode. The flash tube is easily serviceable when it comes time for replacement and costs around $100-$300 (depending on unit).

The Benefits of Intense Pulsed Light over Laser

  • Larger areas can be treated at one time. A typical man’s back would require about 20-40 minutes with a QCW Diode Laser. An Intense Pulsed Light System, such as the SPL800ec, would do the same job in about 10 minutes.
  • IPL works on persons who are outside of the acceptable limit for the Fitzpatrick skin pigment grading scale. A type 5 could be treated safely, after skin bleaching, which itself is a topic entirely outside our area of expertise and should be discussed with competent professionals before implementation.
  • No hair is vaporized so there is much lower risk of pitting around the hair follicle itself (from intense heat).
  • IPL gives added benefits as a result of the hair removal treatment; improved tone, texture, and vitality of the skin are commonly noted.

Benefits of Laser over Intense Pulsed Light

As fantastic as IPL is, it cannot be used for actual ‘photon shaving’. This is a procedure in which a laser is used to vaporize hair above the skin for immediate cosmetic improvement, while also disabling susceptible (anagen stage) follicles for gradual (or progressive) permanency.

The reason is very simple. The IPL energy emission optic is in direct contact with the skin during the treatment. The reaction that occurs when the radiation strikes a hair is very intense heat. It would cause pits and burns in the optic as well as potentially burn the patient’s skin. IPL must be used on shaved (or waxed) skin with a topical desensitizing spray gel to protect the skin.

How many treatments will your client need?

Like laser epilation, IPL is a progressively permanent procedure. This means that improvement will be noted over a series of treatments. Due to hair growth cycles and a variety of other factors, an investment of 5-10 treatments over 60-90 days is normal.

Discomfort and Client Reaction

Remarkably, the sensation felt with an IPL treatment is no more intense than that of a laser (although much more total energy is being delivered to the tissue). The first three pulses from the IPL generally are not felt by the client. The fourth (if the technician chooses to deliver that many) begins to feel like a snap of a rubber band or a pinch (as the follicle tissue absorbs and converts the energy to heat). Five or more pulses in less than one second may be uncomfortable for some clients. The use of a topical desensitizing spray gel or pre-treatment cold pack will alleviate most sensation.

Client Pre-Qualifications

Like laser, the best candidate for IPL hair removal has fair skin with dark terminal hairs. Skin typing for exposure to ultraviolet light can be categorized by the Fitzpatrick Classification, developed by Dr. Thomas Fitzpatrick of Harvard Medical School.

Type I: Never tans, always burns (extremely fair skin, blonde hair, blue/green eyes)
Type II: Occasionally tans, usually burns (fair skin, sandy to brown hair, green/brown eyes)
Type III: Often tans, sometimes burns (medium skin, brown hair, brown eyes)
Type IV: Always tan, never burns (olive skin, brown/black hair, dark brown/black eyes)
Type V: Never burns (dark brown skin, black hair, black eyes)
Type VI: (black skin, black hair, black eyes)

Fitzpatrick Classification of Skin TypesTypes 1 through 4 are outstanding candidates. Type 5 will have excellent results as well but care must be taken to assure that the IPL will not burn the skin. Type 6 should not undergo laser or pulsed light hair removal unless done in conjunction with skin bleaching due to the high risk of burning and hypo/hyper pigmentation issues.

For Type 5 and Type 6, we do not hesitate to recommend hair removal methods which have been in use for many years prior to the development of laser or IPL technology: Electrolysis, using either Direct Current, Short Wave, or Blended technology continues to be a popular and effective treatment which works equally well on all hair and skin types.

Intense Pulsed Light Treatment Protocol:
Deep Tissue Thermolysis With Follicle Extraction and Carbon Dye

The treatment protocol for IPL hair removal is remarkably similar to deep tissue (long pulse) laser epilation. Before applying treatment, remove all hair from the area by tweezing or waxing. IPL hair removal is most effective when applied to an empty follicle shaft. Most human hair does not normally have enough pigment to allow for sufficient heat exchange to cauterize, desiccate and necrotize the cells which produce hair. To compensate for this lack of quantitative and qualitative photon targets, it will be necessary to place a high-density carbon dye inside the follicle prior to treatment.

Using a cotton-tipped applicator, completely cover the treatment area with the special dye included in your kit. Massage the dye into the follicle pore with a firm downward circular motion. Repeat 2-3 times to saturate the follicle pore. Use an ethyl alcohol based wipe (isopropyl alcohol will not dissolve the dye) to lightly clean the excess from the surface of the skin. At this point you will have all desired follicles visibly highlighted with a dark spot (as seen above) and are ready to power up your IPL for treatment.

Prepare the skin with IPL pre-treatment gel then place the IPL head on the desired area. Activate on pulse setting five (the unit will deliver five photon bursts when the trigger is pressed). Move the IPL and repeat. You should give no more than 5 pulses per area on the first treatment to determine the patient’s reaction.

After the desired area has been completed, apply a cold pack. This will cool the dermis and soothe any uncomfortable neural activity. Apply the post-treatment gel and advise the patient not to pick or scratch the area. The dermis will show some trauma in the form of eurythmia (reddening) which may last 12-24 hours.

Schedule the patient for their next treatment in 10 to 14 days. By then some of the new anagen hairs will be surfacing. Hair growth activity will diminish substantially after each application.

Important Considerations for Safe Treatment

  • Treatment Around or Near the Eyes: Great care must be exercised when working near the eyes. The IPL emission is powerful enough to actually penetrate the eyelid and permanently damage the eye. Having the patient close their eyes is not satisfactory protection. The use of a dark-colored damp wash cloth which is folded over four times will deflect the harmful radiation; however, only IPL protective eyewear is recommended.
  • Treatment Around or Near Mucus Membranes: IPL radiation will severely damage the tissues inside the nose and ear canal. Treatment should be avoided in these areas altogether.
  • Treatment Around or Near the Genitals: IPL hair removal is safe for application to the pubic regions including the reproductive organs of both sexes. Care must be taken into consideration in these areas due to the increased level of neural sensitivity. The patient may find the process uncomfortable without a topical desensitizing spray.
  • Treatment Around or Near the Areola (nipple): IPL hair removal is safe and effective on hair growth which occurs from the areola of both sexes.
  • Post-Treatment: The skin surrounding the treatment area will experience short-term erythmia (reddening) which will subside within 12-24 hours. Should the treatment area show signs of excess scabbing you may wish to reduce the overall treatment time or intensity. The application of a post-treatment cooling and healing gel (such as Aloe) is encouraged to speed healing and reduce sensitivity. Instruct the patient to refrain from applying cosmetics or sunbathing for at least 24 hours.

Summary:

If you are considering adding high intensity light technology to your practice and are making the critical “first place to invest” decision, the versatility, efficiency, and cost make Intense Pulsed Light a very strong contender, if your goal is to convert working capital into client income.

Safe, as Toys Should Be…

Hard Facts About Mass Marketed Gadgets

Effective vs. “Cute” Laser Hair Removal Technology

Do Battery Powered Laser Hair Removal Devices Have  What it Takes?

It is no secret that a new boom in the self-care industry is happening with the staggering number of home-use laser hair removal systems that are entering the market each month. New brands are flooding the shopping channels with Infomercials, and sweeping the Internet with exposure.   So what is the real story here?   Are these home use machines as good as the professional ones that cost thousands of dollars?

NO. And here’s WHY:

Limitation Number 1:  Output Power.   Did you know that Federal Law requires the manufacturers of laser equipment (medical and non-medical related) to list the classification of the laser, the wavelength and output power in watts (or in the ‘toy home use’ machines, milliwatts)? Strange that none of the brands listed above do so. Maybe it is because they don’t want you to know the real numbers (very weak).

What limits their power? A combination of things, but it is mostly the power supply which drives the semiconductor diode (which creates the laser beam). Professional units have high-amperage power supplies which are actually quite big and heavy. It takes a full 30 amps to run a 50 watt laser, even in pulsed mode. That is more than twice what the average household wall socket can provide. Home-use machines use batteries (or meager wall transformers) and produce only ‘milliamps’ (fractions of a watt). There is no way to cheat electrical science or physics. High powered lasers need high powered driver units.

Limitation Number 2: Optics. A laser must be shaped, focused and directed to be usable. The optics required to do this are quite expensive. Tiny slivers of glass, or in some cases three lens configurations, which cost more by themselves than most of the home-use machines available. These ‘toys’ do not use optics at all, just a cheap piece of glass to actually ‘diffuse’, not focus, the laser energy. Why diffuse it? To make it safe for public use. In so doing, they make it worthless for medical use.

Limitation Number 3: Diode. The semiconductor laser diode in professional grade machines of 30 CW or QCW watts or more cost on average $600. The reason for this is the construction material of the semiconductor itself, called gallium arsenide. This element is actually more valuable than gold or platinum per ounce. As a matter of fact, it is one of the most expensive substances on Earth. Home use devices use low wattage diodes with microscopic crystals of the gallium arsenide, which results in ‘microscopic’ amounts of laser output.

Limitation Number 4: Battery Life. Some brands are capable of producing a reasonable amount of laser power (although diffused as mentioned). The only problem is the tiny battery in the device is only good for minutes of use before needing recharged. Try using that system when you have large areas to work on. You will be able to do about 100 hairs before a recharge is necessary.

The simple truth of the matter? Home-use devices are designed to be safe and cheap, like a toy for a child. Professional machines are designed to produce results. Laser epilation procedures require a minimum of 32jcm2/sec. to be effective. These new home devices are incapable of producing more than 10jcm2.

If you can afford a ‘cheap’ laser hair removal gadget, you can afford a REAL diode laser! In the price range of $200 to $600, you can own a quality system that is manufactured by the same company that builds these systems for dermatologists and salons all over the world. Check out our “Personal Systems” category!