Which Is Better Elos Or Laser
When comparing Me elos technology to laser hair removal methods it seems the technology leap is so impressive that the ‘good old laser’ needs some kind of innovation not to be left behind. The Me elos technology is by far more superior, and can be more effective with less side effects, that the lasers may have to step a side.
In this comparison of elos technology and laser methods we will place side by side the Me hair removal and the Tria hair removal systems. The Tria was the first ever home use hair removal device that was approved by the FDA, the Elos technology is used widely at doctors clinics, and now with the new Me also available for home use too.
Laser Hair Removal Vs. Elos Hair Removal
The laser has been here for 30 years, and at home systems since 2008 (When the TRIA laser was approved). The hair elimination process is when the melanin is reacting to light, attracting it, and the light turns into heat. The thermal reaction destroys the hair in th hair shaft and causing it to fall off in a few days.
The Me elos technology is based on the IPL + RF patent of Syneron company. The IPL (intense pulsed light) this is a strong energy flash light that does the same thermal reaction, but instead of the light to be focused as a laser beam, the flashing light can cover larger skin surface, thus make the treatment shorter and less painfully.
The RF (radio frequency) is an energy wave that can turn to heat in some conditions, (like when the cell-phone heats your ear), the Me elos has bi-polar RF sending energy waves from side to side, those RF are ‘attracted’ to the pre-heated hair follicle and heats them to the point they are destroyed.
Light Energy Comparison Elos Vs Laser
The laser home systems use high power energy to create the thermal effect, for example the TRIA use 6–24 J/cm2, and the DM 5000 laser use 0-54Jcm2/second pinpoint beam. This is a very high pulse of light intended to vaporise the hair.
The Me elos IPL is low power – Elōs energy – is optical 4 J/cm2 and the RF equivalent of 5 J/cm2. So the Elōs energy is 9 J/cm2, it does not need the extra energy as the heating process is completed by the RF waves which heat the pre-heated hair and NOT the surrounding skin.
Elos Vs. Laser Repetition Rate
The diode laser can not produce an endless beam, it work with pulses of light, and the repetition rate is a factor which is important for a smooth session, and treatment time consumption. The TRIA laser for example can produce a pulse of light every 2.2 seconds, this combined with the pinpoint tip, means a hair removal laser session is a very slow process.
The DM 6000 laser hair removal and the DM5000 lasers proudly boasts a repetition rate of 7 pulses per second, which is very fast for laser(!) but this figure is because it is not portable like the Tria laser, and it does not have the 2 safety locks the Tria has, which need to beep before another pulse can be emitted.
The Me elos hair removal device has a repetition rate of 0.5 second, this means it can produce 2 pulses per second. This high repetition rate allows the Me elos hand set, to be used like an electric shaver, gliding over the skin, with two flashes of light pulsing every second, and large lamp skin cover for efficient overlapping.
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Safety Comparison Elos Vs. Laser
As the main safety issue with laser hair removal is the scarring and burns it might cause when used on the wrong skin color. Most of the scarring and severe burns occur at the laser clinics and Med Spas, as they use different types of laser and laser wavelength, some of which can penetrate deep into the dermis skin layers.
Most home laser hair removal systems are safe to use, the Tria laser is the safest from the home lasers, as it has 2 safety lock, preventing a laser beam to be pulsed at dark skin or at the eyes. The Tria has 3 skin touch sensors, and skin tone sensors, only when the laser tip os pressed at the skin, and the skin has the right tone, a short beep will sound, and a light pulse will be transmitted.
The DM 5000 laser hair removal and DM 6000 do not have the skin tone sensors so they need to be used only at fair skin colors, they arrive with a pair of safety goggles so they know eye protection is needed too.
The Me elos safety is just like other IPL systems, as it does not have the high light energy power so like other IPL systems less scarring and burns occur, the Me elos safety measures. There are 3 million Syneron elos treatments taking place around the world each year, with the professional elos devices. Now the elos technology is available for home use, with the Me elos home system. The Me elos pulse is emitted only when:
- Elos button is selected.
- Full contact with skin is sensed.
- Full hand grip is sensed.
- Cartridge or protective cap is in place.
Elos Technology Vs. Laser Technology
In the overall when comparing the two technologies, it seems the laser was a great hair removal solution in the 80’s and 90’s then came the IPL and made hair removal at home very easy and simple to use. Now at 2011 the new elos Syneron combination of technologies is the new hair removal method, the laser will have a tough time to compete with.