Clinical Evaluation of a Handheld Self-Treatment Device for Hair Removal

August 2007 | Volume 6 | Issue 8 | Original Article | 788 | Copyright © August 2007

James M. Spencer MD

Background and Objectives: Laser- and light-based methods for hair removal, though effective, are expensive and may be associated with adverse effects. Our objective was to evaluate the efficacy and safety of a thermal, handheld self-treatment device (no!no!â„¢ Thermiconâ„¢, Radiancy Inc, Orangeburg, NY) for removing unwanted hair. Methods: Twelve of the 20 enrolled subjects underwent 6 supervised and 6 unsupervised self-treatments of their lower legs and umbilicus-bikini areas at twice-weekly intervals for 6 weeks. Follow-up visits were scheduled at 2, 6, and 12 weeks after the final treatment. Results were evaluated by pretreatment, post-treatment, and follow-up hair counts. Results: For legs, the median clearance percentages were 48% post-treatment and 43.5% at 12 weeks. For the umbilicus- bikini area, the median clearance percentage was 15% at 12 weeks. Conclusions: The efficacy and safety of the no!no! Thermicon device for hair removal of the legs appear to be comparable to those of laser devices.