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Home Low-level Laser Devices Promise Hair Removal, Skin Rejuvenation

Home Low-level Laser Devices Promise Hair Removal, Skin Rejuvenation


If you've been waiting for the cost of laser skin care to fit your budget, the makers of some home low-level laser treatment devices would like to hear from you. Two products claim to remove unwanted hair. Another promises to rejuvenate skin, but stocks appear to be dwindling.

Tria Beauty, Inc., of Dublin, Calif., developed the LightSheer laser in 1993 for the in-office hair removal industry. Now they're marketing the TRIA Laser Hair Removal System for home use. It's currently being sold for $595, down from $795, according to the company's Web site.

The Epila Personal Laser Hair Remover is from BNB Medical, Ltd., of South Korea. It's available for $149 plus $29.95 for a tube of Epila Cooling GelTM, said to be an integral part of the treatment.

Skin Rejuvenation Device No Longer Available from Maker

Innovative Medicine, LLC, of New York City stopped selling its StarLite® home skin care laser directly, but says on its Web site that the product is "still available from numerous distributors and outlets found on the Internet." One such is Jellen Skin Care Products of Lakewood Ranch, Fla., selling the StarLite® for $155.

The explanations of how both laser hair removal products work is virtually the same as is found on the Web sites of medical offices using laser equipment. The hair follicles, being darker than the surrounding skin, absorb laser light, which heats and kills the follicles, ending hair production. The Tria site explains that repeated treatments are needed, since not all follicles are at the same stage in the hair production cycle at the same time. Both devices work from a standard wall outlet.

The StarLite® promises to improve "wrinkles, fine lines, age spots, sun damage, blemishes, light scarring, rough skin, lips and more" by using both laser and infrared LED lights driven by the power of three AAA batteries. The result, claims the advertising, is faster cell renewal, absorption of therapeutic nutrients, stimulation of cellular healing, and other unspecified positive effects.

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