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Silk'n SensEpil™


Silk'n SensEpil™

What it is:A portable, FDA-cleared device that offers the visual results of in-office laser hair removal in the convenience and privacy of your own home.What it does:Silk'n SensEpil(TM) is an over-the-counter innovation that delivers the clinically proven effectiveness of the well-established, market-leading Silk'n(TM) sold by physicians. This breakthrough product harnesses the power of proprietary Home Pulsed Light(TM) (HPL(TM)) technology to create a cutting-edge, safe, user-friendly hair-eliminating solution. Look no further if you want a quick, gentle, safe, and affordable way to diminish unwanted body hair. This must-have device and replacement cartridges provide a lifetime of personal treatments at a fraction of the cost of physician office visits.This set contains:- Silk'n SensEpil device- Instructional DVD- Quick start guide and user's manual- Lamp cartridge (with 750 pulses)- Power cordWhat else you need to know:With just two to four self-treatment sessions, most users experience visually diminished hair that is comparable to results produced by professionally administered laser procedures. User satisfaction and clinical results speak for themselves:- 80% of users experienced a noticeable reduction in hair after 3 months.- 90% preferred using Silk'n to visiting a spa or salon.- 90% said they would recommend Silk'n to a friend.- 90% described Silk'n as convenient, easy, useful, and innovative.The Silk'n SensEpil device features state-of-the-art, skin-sensing technology that dramatically increases the safety of the already safe and reliable Silk'n brand. SensEpil's built-in skin sensor will only activate a pulse of light energy onto appropriate skin types, ensuring maximal safety.Safety Information:It is designed for use on legs, arms, underarms, bikini lines, and other areas of the body where hair removal is desired; it is not recommended for use on the face. This tool is ideal for use with lighter skin tones (I - IV on the Fitzpatrick Skin Tone Classification Scale) and brown-to-black hair. See the chart >
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Questions & Answers for Silk'n Silk'n SensEpil™

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I used Silk'n on my face-anyone else?
I went to get a profressional laser session and kind of learned how to do the treatments adn listened to a log session of risks etc.. the woman told me that the lasers do not stimulate hair growth and she cannot understand hy Silk'n says that. I did not want to wait the two weeks between treatments reccomended by Silk'n or the one month reccomended by the professional place because most of my facial hair is fine and light and I only have a few random hairs that grow each day and I do not want to shave all the time and start making my fine light hair dark and stubborn too.

So after my professional session I used the Silk'n several times on my chin and upper lip every couple of days to get these small stubborn hairs that randomly grow each day. I did not get any damage to my skin or new hair growth. I can't say for sure if the targeted hairs were zapped for good, because they could come back, but for a few days now, the skin has felt exceptionally smooth and hairless.

I will say that the Silk'n is SO MUCH more WEAK than the professional laser. It does not hurt me in the least-even on the highest setting and it does not make my skin re ( just a little pink for few minutes). I just make sure to put sunscreen on after as the woman at the professional place was extremely serious about my not getting any sun on treated areas. The professional lasers feels like needles going into the roots of hair and the hairs lept out of the pores after one treatment. Professional lasers are way more powerful. But I like the privacy aspect as I feel really embarrassed going to others to take care of this embarassing problem and I think in the long run the Silk'n will be worth it, since I am also using it on bikini area etc..
asked 5 years ago
Marincounty
(San Francisco CA)
on Silk'n SensEpil™
9 answers
Answers
answer 1
I used it on my sideburns, upper lip and chin. The pulse light, no matter where you stick it (even not on your face) is bright. If you're doing it yourself, I wouldn't recommend an eye mask since you can't see when you're using it and it would take a long time. Try the tanning-bed goggles. They cost about a buck and you don't have to worry about damaging your eyes! :)
answered 4 years, 7 months ago
jess38288
(California)
answer 2
According to their website it is now approved for use on the face.

"Silk׳n SensEpil is effective for the treatment of facial hair
In a two-year multi-center clinical study Silk'n SensEpil has been proven safe and effective for the treatment of facial hair. Silk’n SensEpil can be used for treating facial hair from the cheek line downwards. Extra caution should be made to avoid the eyes."

Also on their FAQ page, question 3 and question 20 both mention use on facial hair.

So yes, it can be used on facial hair safely.
answered 4 years, 10 months ago
PrncessButtercup
(NYC, NY)
answer 3
Hello All- The TRIA home laser saysthe same warning "do not use on face" however, the exact same unit is sold under a different name in Europe and CAN be used on face. The warning is to cover their a--- here in the US and same goes for Silkin (IMO). I have used the TRIA on my face (chin, lip, side, cheek) for 4 months now and am ecstastic with the results. I have never been free like i am now from this problem.

I also have the silkin but have been saving that for my legs because it covers a larger span (laser head) than the TRIA does....so far only used it under arms and have approx 70% less hair now after 4-5 monts using.

Hope this helped at least someone a little!
answered 4 years, 11 months ago
Dazzzlin
(Dertroit Michigan)
answer 4
i'm taking the chance because the professional I spoke to told me that I should give it a try-and there is NOT any other painless way to remove hair that has such longlasting results-except electrolysis or professional lasers-and I can't afford that and prefer to remove my own hair in the privacy of my home. It's totally awesome. My face ( and legs) is so hair free! It feels great and I have had no stimulation. It just says it is not reccomended for face. If any new hairs pop up I will just zap them too.
answered 4 years, 11 months ago
Marincounty
(San Francisco CA)
answer 5
To begin with, the instruction booklet contains several specific warnings against using Silk'n on your face. This is a medical device; why would you take chances?

Further, Low Laser Light Therapy (LLT) has been used--with mixed results--to stimulate hair growth for men with male pattern baldness. The jury is still out on whether LLT works for MPB, but it's not as if Silk'n made up the theory that laser light stimulation can cause hair growth (as people have suggested in other Q&As).

I'm sorry for anyone that has made this mistake--LemonOut, that new hair growth is a bummer, and thank you for sharing your experience. However, I also think that those who don't read and follow the directions carefully need to be prepared to deal with potential consequences and side-effects.

One more thing: If Silk'n could safely be used on the face, don't you think the company would market it for that use? Clearly, there are a lot of women who are eager to remove facial hair, so that would expand Silk'n sales--and that's what really makes me think it's not good for facial hair.

So, to anyone who is thinking of using this on their face, try to wait because it seems to me that some company will eventually make a home laser hair removal device that is designed for facial hair. I think Silk'n is just the first of many products to come that will help us deal painlessly with unwanted hair.
answered 5 years ago
mttly
(NY)
answer 6
yikes now I am scared because I just rad that another user says it did stimulate hair growth. Well I will let you know but for me-so far so good. WHen I run my fingers over my face there is absolutley no stubble at all.
answered 5 years ago
Marincounty
(San Francisco CA)
answer 7
Heads up, ladies: I had been using it on my face for a few months, about every 2 weeks. And at first I was so happy with the results and I thought it worked beautifully. I had no visible hairs coming back at all. Then I stopped using it, thinking the hairs had successfully been zapped, and a LOT of thick hairs started growing back. Hairs that were never there before (I only had a few that I wanted to get rid of). So, I'm not so sure that they're wrong when they say it stimulates hair growth on your face, because it appears that's what happened to me. I'm hoping that with continued use I'll be able to zap those new hairs, because now I have about triple the amount I had before I started. :(
answered 5 years ago
LemonOut
answer 8
Thanks re: eye mask. I used it on my chin and upper lip and it was so close to skin that it can't hurt your eyes. But I agree that is probably why they don't reccomend it-they don't want liability for ruining someone's sight. But that could happen when you are doing your underarms too as your face gets really close to the device when you do that area on yourself.

My face feels so awesome!! I am SO EXCITED that it has worked. It makes getting ready in morning so much faster since I don't have to pluck. Even if it is not permament it is worth it for this relief. I don't know why they say it stimulates hair growth-that is totally untrue in my case. I feel smooth and stubble free for the first time in my adult life!!
I am going to cancel all my professional follow up appointments-no need anymore!
answered 5 years ago
Marincounty
(San Francisco CA)
answer 9
I believe the reason they say not to is that the light can damage your eyes, so be careful. I am in the process of purchasing one for my daughter and we plan to try it on her face, but she will have her eyes covered with an eye mask. If you keep using it yourself on your face, be careful!!!
answered 5 years ago
Isla
(Tampa, FL)
Question
Is it painful?
asked 5 years, 5 months ago
myy625
(Morgan Hill, CA)
on Silk'n SensEpil™
7 answers
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answer 1
No pain and feels better than tweezing or waxing...
answered 4 years, 6 months ago
dreamyone
(ATLANTA LOOKS GREAT THIS TIME OF YEAR)
answer 2
Agreed, it's uncomfortable and feels "hot" if you go over darker pigmentation (freckles, moles). That's got to be why you're not supposed to use it on darker skin. Personally, level 3 is as far as I'm willing to go because I'd rather not feel uncomfortable during and after the treatment. Start at level one and work your way up from there!
answered 4 years, 7 months ago
jess38288
(California)
answer 3
It's not painful at all. If you are used to waxing tweezing etc..like me, the laser seems so unpainful that you will be surprised when it works.
answered 4 years, 11 months ago
Marincounty
(San Francisco CA)
answer 4
I've only used the lowest setting so far and felt no pain...until I hit a freckle. Maybe once I start using a higher setting there will be pain?
answered 5 years, 3 months ago
ericag
(Oxnard, CA)
answer 5
yes
answered 5 years, 4 months ago
qwerty99
answer 6
It's uncomfortable. No more painful than waxing with better results. No ingrown hairs.
answered 5 years, 4 months ago
Saasha
(Coral Springs, Florida)
answer 7
Compared to professional laser hair removal this was definitely not painful. But I guess it is a personal opinion.
answered 5 years, 4 months ago
pinkhouse
(pittsburgh, PA)
Question
How long until you saw results?
I'm just curious to know how many treatments people have done, and at what light level, before seeing results. I did my first treatment on level 1, and my second on level 2, and I'll be doing my third treatment next week. No results at all so far (I'm working on legs and underarms), but I'm going to keep at it.

When did you start seeing results? Anyone get results on the lower settings?
asked 5 years ago
mttly
(NY)
on Silk'n SensEpil™
5 answers
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answer 1
I don't have one yet, but i am going to purchase one. I have noticed that knowone has mentioned the fact that hair grows in different stages-3 to be exact. One is a resting stage, when you use any product like this, if your hair is in the resting phase, it will probably not work on these hairs (because they are in the resting phase.) But at the same time some hairs are in the resting phase, other hairs are grown out and the laser is working on these hairs, so these hairs may go, but you will eventually have the hairs in the resting stage grow and that is probably where your new hair growth is coming from. Just wanted to point this out, that is probably why women spend so much money and time going back for professional laser hair removal, it will probably take quite awhile to get the hair to grow back softer or not at all. Oh by the way the Active growth phase (Anagen) lasts for 3-6 years and the Resting phase (Talogen) lasts 5-6 weeks. So it's just something that will take time and patience. God Bless
answered 4 years ago
lovemybabies3
(Toledo, Oh)
answer 2
Hi,

A friend did one treatment for me for a couple of coarse hairs on my arm/wrist. They never came back and that was before Halloween.

Hope this helps.
answered 4 years, 6 months ago
dreamyone
(ATLANTA LOOKS GREAT THIS TIME OF YEAR)
answer 3
Okay, an update: I've done 4 treatments, starting with level 1 and working up one level with each treatment to level 4, as directed. I'm seeing results!

After 6 weeks (3 treatments) my legs seemed much less stubbly between shaves, and yesterday I noticed that there are small areas on my legs with NO hair! Amazing! The hair seems to be less dense even on parts of my legs where there is still hair growth. Bikini line results are even more dramatic, but underarm progress seems slower. I'm going to do my 5th treatment this week, on level 5.

So, patience pays off: when used as directed, Silk'n does work! It just takes a little time--at least 6 weeks. I'm really glad that I stuck with it, and I'd encourage other users to give the device a chance and not to be discouraged if results are not immediate. This product clearly is not designed for instant gratification, but as a long-term solution.

So, I'm thrilled, and I hope that my experience helps others not to get discouraged, since this device is insanely expensive.
answered 4 years, 10 months ago
mttly
(NY)
answer 4
I jumped to level 5 right away. It does not hurt me and I think that it is a waste of time to use the lower levels. I saw results within days. If you did not see results I bet it was because you did not go hight enough or are not using it properly. It does not work great on my bikini area because it is hard to get skin taught under the light there and my hair there is more sparse and less dark.
answered 4 years, 11 months ago
Marincounty
(San Francisco CA)
answer 5
I'm like you--two treatments done, and no results yet. I started on level one, then jumped to three. My next treatment will be on setting five, and if I don't see any results, I'll be returning it then.

I'm curious to hear the answer to this question myself. I'm disappointed so far but hoping it may still start working for me on a higher setting.
answered 4 years, 11 months ago
jojojam
(Milwaukee, WI)
Question
Does this product work on the upper lip area (mustache)?
asked 4 years, 11 months ago
nativjaz
(Lennox, Ca)
on Silk'n SensEpil™
5 answers
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answer 1
Yes, the web site suggests putting white surgical tape on your lips so the light won't touch them.
answered 4 years, 2 months ago
happy2010
(Glen Allen, VA)
answer 2
Yes, the DVD states you can now use it on your facial hair (from your cheeks down). The only problem with your upper lip is that the unit is a little bit too big for it, but you can still use it.
answered 4 years, 7 months ago
jess38288
(California)
answer 3
It says its for use from the cheekline and down on their website and faq page. They claim to have just finished a 2 year study and concluded that it is safe and effective for facial hair. So yes, you can use it on your upper lip.
answered 4 years, 10 months ago
PrncessButtercup
(NYC, NY)
answer 4
Yes it works great on upper lip. I did not experience any problems using it on my face.
answered 4 years, 11 months ago
Marincounty
(San Francisco CA)
answer 5
It states NOT for use on face, that it may actually make hair worse. That would be very bad.
answered 4 years, 11 months ago
colleen2
(Boston, MA)
Question
if range between mac c25 to c40, what is my calssification?
asked 5 years, 5 months ago
twtwtw
on Silk'n SensEpil™
3 answers
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answer 1
Yes, I am NC 40
answered 5 years, 2 months ago
Brady
(Florida)
answer 2
I am a C35-C40 and I think I fall between a III and IV on the Fitzpatrick scale. I'm pretty sure this would still work fine for us. I have one on the way (should be here today, hopefully) and I will report back to let you know.
answered 5 years, 4 months ago
LemonOut
(Ontario, CA)
answer 3
WOW THAT SOUNDS LIKE THE MOST COMPLICATED QUESTION SO FAR PLEASE ELABORATE. IT SOUNDS LIKE YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT THE DIFFERENT STRENGTH LEVELS OF THE LASER ITSELF. THE SAY TO START OUT ON THE WEAKEST PULSE THEN WORK YOUR WAY UP A LITTLE WITH EACH NEW TIME YOU GO TO TREAT THE AREA. SAY THE 1ST TIME YOU USE IT WORK WITH THE LOWEST SETTING THEN IN TWO WEEKS WHEN YOU GO TO TREAT IT AGAIN IF ALL WENT WELL THE FIRST TIME IT WOULD PROBALY BE SAFE TO GO TO THE NEXT STRONGER LEVEL. READ THE DIRECTIONS THOROUGHLY BEFORE USE AND I'D READ THEM BEFORE EACH INDIVIDUAL USE THE FIRST 2-3 TIMES.
answered 5 years, 4 months ago
RAMBOBARBIE
(FLORISSANT, MISSOURI)
Question
how does it compare to tria??
did anyone who tried this device tried the tria device ??? if so is the pain u feel is the same or less or more ???(i couldn't stand the tria pain on my legs) and also i need to know how heavy is the handy device?? thanks.
asked 5 years, 5 months ago
dolcevita1
(ga)
on Silk'n SensEpil™
3 answers
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answer 1
ive been doing a lot of research on the two before deciding what to purchase- i bought the silk'n.....used it once...the warranty light came on so i have to wait for the replacement...UGH WHAT A HASSLE! BUT! the reason i choose silkn and will get it replaced instead of going for the tria is coz it has a larger head! doing the legs with tria would take a century where as with the silkn it took me about 15 mins!
also, the tria is laser where as the silkn is pulse light.
answered 2 years, 1 month ago
nurica88
(Canada)
answer 2
The TRIA home laser comes with the same warning "do not use on face" however, the exact same unit is sold under a different name in Europe and CAN be used on face. The warning is to cover their a--- here in the US and same goes for Silkin (IMO). I have used the TRIA on my face (chin, lip, side, cheek) for 4 months now and am ecstastic with the results. I have never been free like i am now from this problem. I also have the silkin but have been saving that for my legs because it covers a larger span (laser head) than the TRIA does....so far only used it under arms and have approx 70% less hair now after 4-5 months using.
answered 4 years, 11 months ago
Dazzzlin
(Dertroit Michigan)
answer 3
I have not tried the tria, but this wasn't painful to use. I've treated my lower legs for the first time on setting 4, and the most I felt was heat and very slight stinging sensation. Compared to laser (underarms) and IPL (chin) - this was nothing. FWIW - I have Fitzpatrick type I/II tone with brown/black hair.
answered 5 years, 5 months ago
amwildwood
Question
tattoos
Would Silk'n SensEpil damage a tattoo?
asked 5 years, 5 months ago
botonmorado
(Wheeling, Il)
on Silk'n SensEpil™
3 answers
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answer 1
Hi,

In addition to what the previous reviewers mentioned, some tattoo ink has metal in it, which can overheat.

Hope this helps.
answered 4 years, 6 months ago
dreamyone
(ATLANTA LOOKS GREAT THIS TIME OF YEAR)
answer 2
I wouldn't risk it. You are not suppose to use silk'n if you are tanned, have a dark skin complextion or on birth/beauty marks. I would imagen the color in the tatt would absourb the light rays on the skins surface (instead of passing though to the hair) and might burn the skin.
answered 5 years, 4 months ago
Shysuki
(Winnipeg)
answer 3
I would NOT use this near or on any tattoo. I used it close to a removed tattoo on my leg (some of the ink is still in it) and I had a really bad reaction. The light hurt more and that skin puffed up really bad.
It's a great product....but if you value your tattoos don't go near them with the Silkn.
answered 5 years, 4 months ago
Onnieboo
(Seattle, WA)
Question
Does it permanently remove the hair after several treatments?
asked 5 years, 4 months ago
Anonymous
(Seattle, WA)
on Silk'n SensEpil™
3 answers
Answers
answer 1
I used this to remove a couple of stray arm hairs before Halloween. It's now May and they never grew back. Waxing and tweezing hadn't helped nor had previous laser treatement.

hope this helps.
answered 4 years, 6 months ago
dreamyone
(ATLANTA LOOKS GREAT THIS TIME OF YEAR)
answer 2
No, according to the FDA Laser Hair Removal is NOT a permanent solution, merely a REDUCTION of the hair. The only source of Permanent Hair Removal to-date is Electrolysis, which can be used alone or in conjunction with Laser Hair Removal for the best permanent results.

For larger areas, several treatments of Laser Hair Removal are applied to reduce the amount of hair. The stubborn or remaining hairs are then treated individually with Electrolysis. Electrolysis will also take several treatments and could possibly need follow-up treatments in the future, ranging from every six (6) months to every year to very few years, depending on individual factors.
answered 5 years, 4 months ago
PreMedGirl7
(Cleveland, OH)
answer 3
Everyone is different. It usually takes several treatments to get complete hairlessness. Also some hair remains dorment and is therefore not effected till it is in it's growing or close to sheding cycle, and not to mention ramdom hormonal hair growth that happens when you get older. blah
answered 5 years, 4 months ago
Shysuki
(Winnipeg)
Question
Pain?
Says safe and effective, but doesn't say anything about what it feels like, Anyone know?
asked 5 years, 4 months ago
pixiewench
(Sinking Spring, PA)
on Silk'n SensEpil™
3 answers
Answers
answer 1
Hi,

It's like a little ping... Not as bad as tweezing, if you ask me, and not as bad as waxing, either.

Hope this helps.
answered 4 years, 6 months ago
dreamyone
(ATLANTA LOOKS GREAT THIS TIME OF YEAR)
answer 2
Can't feel anything on level one--went to level three and it feels like slight a burst of heat. I haven't tried level four, but I may not need it as it's working well already. I could feel it more on the bikini-line area. I heard doctors office laser treatments are MUCH more intense pain-wise. I think it is a lot less painful than waxing.
answered 5 years, 4 months ago
silknuser
(NJ)
answer 3
FEELS LIKE A BIG FAT RUBBERBAND THAT HAS BEEN HEATED BEING SNAPPED HARD AGAINST YOUR SKIN AND IT WILL BE ONE ZAP WITH EACH TIME YOU PULSE THE NEXT AREA.
answered 5 years, 4 months ago
RAMBOBARBIE
(FLORISSANT, MISSOURI)
Question
Is it effective on facial hair?
I know it isn't recommended for use on the face, but has anyone tried it? I'm curious, that is the main reason I want to buy this product.
asked 5 years, 1 month ago
Anonymous
(Omaha, Ne)
on Silk'n SensEpil™
3 answers
Answers
answer 1
Hi,

I would never use it on my face since the company very specifically says not to do so. Who wants to risk potential scarring or other damage? A salon can do facial areas relatively cheaply, and certainly much safer.

Hope this helps.
answered 4 years, 6 months ago
dreamyone
(ATLANTA LOOKS GREAT THIS TIME OF YEAR)
answer 2
It works great on my face.
answered 4 years, 11 months ago
Marincounty
(San Francisco CA)
answer 3
I wouldn't do it. One of the main reason they don't recomend to use it on your face is because you have vellus hair (small, fine, light hairs) on your face and it can stimulate them and make them larger and darker. So you would actually get the opposite result of what you are trying to do. Electrolysis is the best method for facial hair and probably less expensive.
answered 5 years ago
OrganicAfterGlow
(Boston, MA)
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