So I was at the Vancouver Spa & Aesthetics show on Feb 17, and there was a really interesting lecture given by one of Alma Lasers keynote speakers (for those of you who don’t know, a keynote speaker is someone who gets paid to travel around talking about the benefits of a particular manufacturers machine). This speaker was comparing the LightSheer laser to Alma’s Soprano for hair removal. He was shocked that after all this time, nobody had done an actual clinical comparison of the two lasers. Both proclaim dramatic permanent hair reduction with very little pain, but no one had ever compared the two side by side. This gentleman has both lasers, so he conducted his own test so he could validate each manufacturers claims.
He carefully mapped out treatment areas and documented the results of both lasers. To his surprise, the LightSheer had a considerably higher percentage of hair reduction than the Soprano (surprise because he’s supposed to be promoting the Soprano). His test concluded that while the LightSheer provided better results, the Soprano was slightly less painful, but needed more treatments to achieve the same result as the LightSheer.
Now, he was comparing the LightSheer XC, not the Duet (we have both machines). The XC has a “chill tip” which does deliver a good amount of heat and can be uncomfortable, but the Duet uses a combination of heat and suction which dramatically improves tolerance. Even my husband can handle the Duet treatments, and if you knew him you’d understand what a big deal that is. You know that NyQuil commercial “Pam, call my mom”? That’s my husband.
I should point out that the hair reduction comparison was done with actual “lasers”, not IPL like you see in every Groupon or Dealfind and the like. Laser uses heat and a specific wavelength of light to target the pigment in the hair follicle, thereby disabling the follicle from being able to produce new hair growth. IPL uses a more broad wavelength that targets pigment in the skin to get rid of brown spots, the slight hair reduction is simply a by-product. Yes, you might be paying next to nothing, but in this case you really do get what you pay for.