These two studies, conducted in the late 1990’s, provided strong evidence that Finally Free was as effective as electrolysis as a hair-removal technique. In fact, the results of the second study proved that both the Finally Free patch method and the Finally Free tweezers device are as effective in permanent hair reduction as electrolysis – which has generally been regarded as the "Gold Standard" in the field, even with the advent and popularization of laser removal techniques. However, unlike electrolysis, there is virtually no pain associated with using Finally Free. (And note that many people find laser treatments even more painful than electrolysis.) Finally Free also produced far fewer hair follicle inflammations than electrolysis.
Independent Hair Removal Study #1
This study compares radio frequency (Finally Free) to needle electrolysis and direct current tweezers. To see the hair removal study, click here.
In 1997 three researchers – Peter Bjerring, Henrik Egekvist, and Thomas Blake, all from the Department of Dermatology at the University Hospital of Aarhus in Denmark – completed a hair removal study comparing the efficacy (how well they work) and safety of different hair removal methods. They compared professional needle electrolysis, the Finally Free radio frequency tweezer, and a professional direct-current tweezer.
Their Method: They used ten adult volunteers and followed the testing guidelines established by the International Guild of Professional Electrologists, which is used to define "permanent" hair removal. In the study each volunteer received one treatment which was followed by weekly observations for up to 9 weeks.
The Results: The Finally Free tweezer system and needle based electrolysis both demonstrated significant reductions. (The direct current tweezer also showed hair reduction, but this product, which was not available for home use and required expensive technicians, is no longer manufactured.)
Hair count studies nine weeks after the first treatment showed that 60% of the hairs treated by Finally Free (with one treatment) did not regrow while 55.9% of hairs treated by needle-based electrolysis did not regrow.
...Proving Finally Free is as effective as the much more expensive electrolysis!
The researchers also compared the pain of each hair removal method. The researchers asked their subjects to rate the methods for pain with "0" representing no pain and "100" representing worst imaginable pain. Finally Free came in at 13, while the needle-based electrolysis scored a Pain Rating of almost 60! The electrolysis method also produced a large number of painful inflammatory papules, while Finally Free produced virtually no side effects.
The results were so astonishing that the researchers concluded that electrolysis should never be used again because a safer, equally effective alternative is available.
These results were peer reviewed and the study was published in the Journal of Skin Research and Technology 1998, issue 4, pages 196-199.
Independent Hair Removal Study #2
This study compared Radio Frequency patches, tweezers, and needle-based electrolysis. To view this hair removal study, click here.
Around the time of the first study, Finally Free’s technical research resulted in launching a patch-based method for treating many hairs at once to accompany the tweezer-based approach. Researchers Bjerring and Egekvist completed a second study comparing needle-based electrolysis with both of the Finally Free radio frequency technology products, by introducing the hair removal patch method alongside the hair removal tweezer method.
The aim of the study was to compare each of the three approaches for efficacy and safety. Each method was used for one treatment of test areas on 10 volunteer subjects. Each test area comprised 50 hairs, and after treatment the hairs were counted weekly for 9 weeks. These hair numbers were compared to a shaved control area.
The results of the study showed that both radio frequency tweezer AND patches are as effective as needle-based electrolysis. Finally Free with the hair removal patch permanently removed about 63% of the hair in the treated area with a single treatment.
When rated on a 0 to 100 scale for pain there was a significant difference with the radio frequency tweezers rating a 7.3, the radio frequency patches rating a miniscule 0.2 while the needle based electrolysis a whopping 53.1 on the 0-100 scale. These landmark studies clinically prove that Finally Free is as effective as needle based electrolysis but without the pain and side effects. And also, without the high cost!