Silk'n Flash&Go Hair Removal Device
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- Silk'n Flash&Go is a revolutionary light-based system for permanent results at home
- Removes unwanted hair with permanent results
- Especially useful for treating sensitive areas (bikini line) or smaller, targeted zones (underarms)
- FDA cleared to ensure safety
- Pulse speed ensures a quick treatment
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Silk’n Flash&Go is an innovative light-based hair removal device designed for use on the entire body including the face, to provide permanent results. Flash&Go is loaded with 5,000 pulses of hair removal energy which yield professional-quality results at a fraction of the cost of visits to a physician. The new high tech design of the Flash&Go applicator allows individuals to properly target and zone into any area that requires treatment. No area is too big or too small! Free yourself from unwanted hair and annoying stubble…choose Flash&Go today!
How Flash&Go’s proven effective technology works
Silk'n Flash&Go uses patented Home Pulsed Light (HPL) technology to emit gentle light pulses and target hair follicles at the root to disable future hair growth. Every hair in our body goes through the three phases of the hair growth cycle: Anagen, Catagen and Telogen. These phases have an important impact on how the process of light-based hair removal works. Anagen is the hair growth phase while Catagen and Telogen are both resting phases. At any given moment the majority of the hair follicles in any skin area are in the resting stages. These resting hairs cannot be affected by laser or light hair removal treatment, however hairs in the growing Anagen phase will respond. It is therefore important to understand that it may take a full hair growth cycle to achieve complete results when doing any energy based hair removal. Keep up with treatments and you will be on your way to Silk’n smooth skin!
Who can use it?
Avoid using on naturally dark skin complexion or recently tanned skin. This beauty tool is ideal for use with lighter skin tones (I - IV on the Fitzpatrick Skin Tone Classification Scale- please see skin tone chart to the left) and brown-to-black hair. If you have blonde, grey or white hair then there is a lack pigment in the hair and you are not candidates for treatment. For additional safety, Flash&Go has a built-in smart sensor that detects if skin tone is too dark for treatment and will not pulse if the skin has too much pigment for treatment. Flash&Go is designed for use on legs, arms, underarms, bikini line, face and other areas of the body where hair removal is desired.
When will I see results?
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 HPL to visiting a spa or salon. 90% said they would recommend HPL to a friend. 90% described HPL as convenient, easy, useful, and innovative.
Who is Silk’n?
Silk’n is the award-winning, internationally-acclaimed global leader in professional aesthetic devices for home use. We have a mission to develop, manufacture and sell the safest and most effective consumer devices. Backed by a team of skilled scientists, engineers and business executives that have a successful and lengthy record of introducing innovative light, laser and LED based products to the global aesthetic devices market. The Silk’n family of at-home products has over 4 million users world-wide and has been featured in TV shows and magazines such as O, the Oprah Magazine, The Rachael Ray Show, The Doctors, Allure, Vogue and more. Silk’n has received international recognition for Best Laser Hair Removal, Product of the Year – Hair Removal and Product of the Year - Anti-Aging and more.
It is time to make costly light based and laser hair removal a thing of the past! Flash&Go is FDA and Health Canada cleared for permanent hair reduction for the entire body, including the face, that can be done in the comfort of your own home. The HPL technology Flash&Go uses has been cleared since 2009, with over four million treatments worldwide throughout the US, Canada, Europe, Asia, Australia and more! Affordable compared to professional clinics that costs $2000+ or other at home lasers.
- Say goodbye to unwanted body and facial hair
- Spot size of 4cm2 : perfect for treating sensitive areas (bikini line) or smaller, targeted zones (upper lip)
- Speed in treatment, since Flash&Go plugs into the wall you don’t have to worry that your battery will die before you finish your session
- Updated protocol for quicker results and increased efficacy
- Clinically tested and dermatologist recommended
- Compact high tech design perfect for travel or storage
- Upgradeable long life cartridge available; for a lifetime of use
- Silky smooth skin without ingrown hairs and razor burn
Silk'n Flash & Go with the new 5000 Flashes cartridge installed is an innovative, FDA-cleared, light-based device for permanent hair removal on the body, all in the comfort of your own home. The new, high-tech design of the Flash and Go applicator allows users to properly target any area that requires treatment. No area is too big or too small! With Flash & Go , you can permanently remove unwanted body hair, even on sensitive areas (like the bikini line) or smaller, targeted zones. Flash & Go uses highly sophisticated Home Pulsed LightTM (HPL) technology to safely and effectively provide proven long-term hair removal results for both men & women. The Flash & Go unit plugs into the wall, while the pulse speed ensures a quick treatment, so you won't have to worry about the battery dying before you finish. A unique skin color sensor is built into the Flash & Go to measure the treated skin complexion at the beginning of each session and occasionally during the session for skin safety. Flash & Go is an affordable solution to hair removal and will leave you with silky, smooth skin. Important (Read before purchasing): Not for use with naturally dark or tanned skin. Not as effective on blonde, white or light hair. Typical users start seeing results after 4 treatments. Optimal results require at least 6 months of continued use.
Top customer reviews
Firstly, I am a little annoyed that I just bought it last month and it just dropped $50 in price, but what can ya do? If someone were willing to give me my $50 back, even with the one issue I have with the product, I would up it to 5 stars. = )
Other than that, I am quite pleased with the purchase.
Also, I would like to state that I did go ahead and purchase IPL approved safety glasses. The cheap $7 ones for green/blue laser lights are not the appropriate kind. I found a bunch of mixed information. But, here is the conclusion I came to. Silk'N states you don't need safety glasses. However, after the first use, I noticed that the unit lights up an already lit room. That made me nervous. The wavelength the Flash & Go uses (475-1200nm) is similar to other Silk'N AND other IPL/HPL products that a study from Australia shows DO NEED safety glasses. Here is the link to that study. [...]
Glasses that are specifically approved for IPL use run around $70-$120. I found a pair on a well known auction site that starts with an "E" for around $30. I don't know if you will be able to find the same thing, since the seller probably barely broke even on my purchase. However, do some research. $120 is a small price to pay to save your eyesite later in life. And, even with the glasses, this is still WAY cheaper than professional hair removal services. The ones I purchased were the Phillips LS-IPLB-206.
Basically, you point and shoot the thing. Not hard to do, with a little yoga-like flexibility. Like everyone else, I went right up to the highest level, except in my bikini area, where I still use level 4. I have had it 1 month and done 2 treatments, 2 weeks apart, as is recommended in the instruction booklet. As time goes on, you do them less and less. I also want to state that I have had many sessions with various types of professional laser hair removal treatments in my underarms, bikini, and legs - all with mixed results.
The cartridges - I am treating my full legs (from 3 inches above the knees), my underarms, my bikini, my chin, upper lip, and happy trail. I am 5'4" and 140 lbs to give you an idea of surface area. I was able to complete a full treatment on all areas once and all of the smaller areas plus 1/2 of one leg (so I missed my right leg and 1/2 of my left leg) on a second pass with one cartridge. I tried to guestimate and I feel that around 1000 flashes might have been a pretty accurate number. I personally think the cartridge could do more than 1000 flashes, but they limit it because they want to sell more cartridges. But, who knows. Maybe it does wear out quickly after that 1000 flash mark.
On my legs - it worked GREAT. No, that is an understatement. It worked AWESOME. I actually didn't even have to shave once between my first and second treatments. I have not had that type of result with any of the professional treatments I have done so far. I was impressed and felt the price was immediately justified even if the thing didn't work anywhere else.
On my bikini/happy trail - It doesn't work fully, but does work as well as professional treatments. Perhaps with more treatments, it will work even better, but I haven't gotten to that stage yet. There is a reduction in hair, and the hair still there is finer/thinner. That's good news for me, because I used to be a Wookie - you know, Italian women and the hair thing. = ) Keep in mind that I only use level 4 on this area.
On my underarms - This is the area it works the least for me. It still works, but the results aren't quite as dramatic. However, I have also had professional treatments here and they have worked even less. My armpit hair is apparently incredibly stubborn. In this region on my body, any improvements is a big deal to me. So, once again, I am happy. My goal is to be able to shave my armpits and make it look like I did actually shave them. Up until now, the roots are so dark that even after shaving, there is still a residual shadow. I doubt complete hair loss in the cards for me, but we'll see.
On my face/chin - the hairs here are finer and lighter. However, they didn't start that heavy or dark, so I am not sure how much better they can get. Once again, for the price, any improvement will make me happy.
Last, but not least, I want to give a warning. If you use something to mark out grids on certain areas, PLEASE do NOT use anything with dark color. I VERY LIGHTLY marked my legs with a pen - not in a full grid, but just with one evenly spaced row of dots. I tried to avoid the actual pen marks, but the IPL targets dark things, so it left a residual. I was scared that it wouldn't go away and I would be left with equally spaced marks up and down my legs FOREVER. I put on some vitamin E and it went away in a couple days. I saw a review where one girl used white eyeliner. That is probably a better solution. Anything other than pure white is a bad idea, though. Just FYI.
Compared to professional laser hair removal, this thing is virtually painless. I accidentally zapped my tattoo once and WOWEE that hurt like the devil and for probably an hour after at aleast - but normal zaps are barely felt on full power (and I have fair, sensitive skin). Very very tender bits like the tender edges of armpits or nether regions that have never seen the light of day can really hurt but it's brief and there are really only a couple places on my entire body where I can say it was painful. Which is compared to every zap with a professional machine. ;)
To use the machine, you first start by shaving the areas you want to treat. You plug in the machine and hear a soft fan start once you turn it on. They instruct you to test it on your skin first, waiting an hour to ensure there's no reaction, then use the power level most appropriate for you. Then you place the unit on your skin, wait for the light to illuminate showing your skin tone is acceptable and it's ready to go, and pull the trigger. Slide the unit half an inch to a 'fresh' spot while counting to 4 (they do give you a light notification when it's ready to go again, but that can be hard to see depending on where you're zapping), and pull the trigger again. Count to 4, sliding the unit, pull the trigger. Repeat. You do need to be systematic as you zap so you pay attention to what area you've zapped and what you haven't to ensure you're covering all the hairy bits.
I have done my full body (which for me is lip/chin, underarms, bikini zone outside of the swimsuit line, and full legs) twice so far on one cartridge, so I have no idea what's going on with the person who used 7 cartridges for one session. Perhaps their machine is faulty and is showing the cartridge needs to be replaced when it does not? The whole process is tedious because the light zone is pretty small, and it takes about 4 seconds to charge up again between pulses. It takes about an hour for me to do my whole body carefully. I'm also a petite person so there's probably less of me to zap than some people.
After the first session, I did notice about 40% of my hair fall out about 10-14 days later. That's the same timeframe as professional removal, except with professional I get 100% fall out. That tells me that this is effective at damaging the follicle, but not as effective as a professional machine (which, duh, right?). The instructions do explicitly say it can take a very long time to achieve full results (18+ months) but that's ok with me, if I'm doing it for mostly a one time cost plus occasional cartridge replacement) in the privacy of my home. Plus I can do my maintenance annually without a 1k+ (if I were to do my whole body) annual professional laser appointment expense.
Yes, the hair will grow back after it falls out within the few weeks after treatment. Then you do it again. And again. And again. Over time you damage the follicle to the point that it slows growth, puts out a finer hair, and then after time, stops growing a hair at all. But your follicles will try to repair themselves and grow the hair back, so be prepared that you might need to do some regular upkeep. Still better than shaving every couple days all summer, I say!
All in all, so far my opinion is that it's decent. I wish the treatment area were bigger, or you could go faster (4 seconds feels like forever half an hour into treatment). I wish it was more powerful so more of my hair fell out after treatment and stayed gone longer between treatments. I would be fine with more discomfort if it were more effective. I'm hopefully that the technology will improve over time and we'll laugh at how ridiculous this machine is 5 years from now. But for now, for what it is, it's pretty decent and I'd buy it again. Here's hoping I feel the same way a year from now!