Besides using a newer generation machine, operator proficency makes a big difference as well. I had a very good example of this when a friend of mine from the Sacramento Area came by my office a couple of weeks ago with her epilator. She wanted to give me a good demonstration of blend, but also wanted to have me work on her with my Apilus Senior II.
It was an interesting and fun experience as she worked on my leg (on the shin area, which is usually fairly uncomfortable) using an older ClairBlend machine and it really wasn’t that uncomfortable at all. She was also the fastest blend operator I have ever seen (Sorry James, she was faster than 6 to 8 hairs per minute. More like 10 to 12. Very good and quick at making insertions and she uses a very good quality form of magnification. I know that the light source was good as she used mine! <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif" alt="" />). However, it still had a somewhat higher discomfort level. (I wouldn’t call it pain - more like the sensation of a hair dryer on the high setting)
As far as E-2000 goes, from what I’ve seen of them, one might be better off financially to find a good single operator and stick with them. Regardless of the methods they use, the complete time for a total hair free state will still be basically the same. I have the concern that their clients are paying too much for the appearance of total instant gratification. The process, regardless of the method of application, is ultimately under the control of the length of the hair growth cycle for the areas being treated.
Also, if they are using that much topical, it makes me wonder how good of insertions their operators are making and/or if they are using too much power in many instances. This does sort of negate the comfort level of treatment which, IMO, is a good indication of how much energy I can safely use on most clients without injury to their skin. The really sensitive client isn’t that common in my experience. For most of the people I’ve worked on, I use single pulse microflash and they do just fine with that. The only time that I go to multiple pulses is when I have a sensitive client and need to deliver the energy at lower level to keep them comfortable.
Joanie <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif" alt="" />