Reprinted from The Daily Iowan
State's first hair removal experiment is her suit
"Some people in the business are afraid to find out the truth," she said. "We are really putting the two methods to the test."
Cheryl Klliolt of the Wave Length," 170.') S. First St.. performs only electrolysis: she said she doesn't think the laser is better.
"The laser hasn't been done long enough to determine any long-term results yet," she said. "People may be happy with it initially, hut no long-lcnn studies have been completed."
It will lake two years to discover the long-term differences between the laser and electrolysis procedures, she said.
Because of the lack of research, Berstler has started her own. Subjects have the hail-on specific areas of their bodies removed, such as hair on the chin or the underarm. One half of the hair in the area is treated by electrolysis, the other by laser; the results are monitored and recorded, she said.
Part icipants in the study, most of whom are regular clients at Berstler's clinic, have both procedures done for free. she said.
"There has never been a study done like this," she said. "Electrolysis has been around since 1983. hut we have only been using the laser for over a year. We want to know the real outcomes."
The effects of Berstler's study so far seem to favor the laser.
"We have already gotten some phenomenal results," she said. "1 am surprised to see it is cheaper to do laser, and participants love the results."
Berstler and her team, in addition to evaluating the effectiveness of the hair-removal methods, are also calculating the difference in cost.
Elliott said it seems that customers often opt for methods of hair removal after looking into their wallets.
"It depends on the amount of money a person has at the time he or she wants hair removal done," she said. "(The laser procedure) is a lot more money up front."
The laser is cheaper in the long run because electrolysis has to be done multiple times and one hair at a time, Berstler said. The laser covers a large area, requiring fewer treatments, arid it works quickly, she said.
The results of Berstler's study are due out in July and September 2001.