I’m pleased to announce that this practitioner has switched to a legitimate hair removal device with published results and FDA clearance.
On 13 August 2002, I received the following note from Don O’Neal:
"Andrea, This E-mail is to inform you that Don O’Neal, Nola O’Neal, Image One Aesthetics, and Consulting Studios Inc.are no longer associated with the use or sales of the transdermal hair removal system referred to as the super phaser gold. If you would be so kind as to remove our names from your informational site as users and providers of the equipment and services we would greatly appreciate it. If you want to check out information to verify this you can go to our web sites www.imageoneweb.com to see our new information and in trying to find www.consultingstudio.com you will see that it has been removed altogether. If you have any comments or concerns in this matter please contact me personally. Your expedient action to this is appreciated.
The Pulsed Light system we are using is made by Palomar called the EsteLux. If you need any futher information please contact us again."
I have left up the original information below for any consumers seeking refunds for treatment with the Super-Phaser Gold device. If you have purchased a SuperPhaser Gold or treatments with one, please contact me, and I’ll send information on how to sue in small claims court.
Consulting Studio is one of several Nebraska-based businesses which sell hair transplants, wigs, hair removal devices and herbal "breast enhancers." They have been listed as distributors of a "transcutaneous electrolysis" system manufactured by International Hair Removal Systems (now called Rejuvenu). This device is marketed under the name SuperPhaser Gold.
Consulting Studio (a.k.a. Image One Aesthetics) were once distributors for a "transcutaneous electrolysis" device called SuperPhaser Gold, which should be avoided.
On 2 April 2001, FDA told Rejuvenu they were in violation of federal law in making claims of painless and permanent hair removal using transcutaneous patches. This was their second such warning. Reputable companies are usually not associated with these products.
Names of companies linked with this site:
Names of individuals linked with these companies:
"Ron O’Neal" is listed as co-owner (sometimes listed as "Don O’Neal")
"Nola O’Neal" is listed as a co-owner.
Note: Mark Daniel Baxa. M.D. is listed as the physician for Image One, but he is NOT involved in their hair removal business. For details, please click here.
111 N. 56th St., Suite #200 Lincoln , NE 68504 ( Consulting Studio)
111 N. 56th St., Suite #200 Lincoln , NE 68504 ( Image One Aesthetics)
111 N. 56th St., Suite #200 Lincoln , NE 68504 ( Image One Medical Consultants)
111 N. 56th St., Suite #202 Lincoln , NE 68504 ( Branigan’s Hair Specialists)
Phone and fax numbers:
(800) 928-2891 ( Consulting Studio)
(402) 464-6536 ( Consulting Studio)
(402) 464-6536 ( Image One Aesthetics)
(402) 464-6111 ( Branigan’s Hair Specialists)
(402) 489-5183 ( Branigan’s Hair Specialists)
Fax: (402) 464-6476 ( Branigan’s Hair Specialists)
False and misleading claims
Echoing claims on their Image One website, the Consulting Studio website makes the following false and misleading claims (followed by my comment in bold):
The Consulting Studio Index claims:
"The Super-Phaser Gold is the #1 non-invasive electrolysis method preferred by dermatologists and electrologists world wide."
No dermatologists have gone on record endorsing Super-Phaser Gold at the time of this writing.
"Only 2 types of equipment have every been cleared by the F.D.A. for permanent hair removal: needle electrolysis and the non-invasive galvanic electrology like the Super-Phaser Gold. We guarantee it is the fastest, most affordable permanent hair removal treatment in the world market place today."
The patches and cotton swabs used by Super-Phaser Gold have not been cleared by FDA as permanent hair removal.
The Consulting Studio Overview states"
The SuperPhaser Gold is a"FDA quality Class I medical device for permanent hair removal."
FDA has not evaluated claims made by SuperPhaser Gold regarding their transcutaneous electrolysis methods. FDA does not allow devices using patches or cotton swabs to make claims of permanent hair removal.
The SuperPhaser Gold is "only available by authorized distributor" and costs "only $6,895.00."
Hair removal scams like this have discovered that if the price is astronomical, consumers assume it must work. You could get the components for one of these devices for about $100. There are devices on the market that costs $30 that has been proven to be permanent.
The Consulting Studio Features page says"
The SuperPhaser Gold achieves "Permanence equal to needle electrolysis."
There have been no published clinical studies showing that devices like the SuperPhaser Gold can achieve permanent hair removal.
The Consulting Studio Message from SuperPhaser "Medical Director" Mark H. Chandler
To effectively reach the millions of people seeking permanent hair removal with a cost effective and permanent solution, International Hair Removal Systems has recently introduced the Super Phaser Gold no-needle electrolysis system. Now it is possible to remove unwanted hair without side effects or pain, and still achieve permanent results.
Since the late 1980’s, Chandler has been making the same claims for these types of "transcutaneous electrolysis" devices. In that time, the manufacturers and distributors have had a dozen names and at least as many different device names. Even Chandler has assumed a new name.
Only two types of equipment have ever been cleared by the FDA for permanent hair removal — needle electrolysis and non-invasive galvanic electrology like the Super Phaser Gold. Other forms of hair removal on the market, such as laser, diffuse light, and radio frequency therapies have not shown enough evidence of follicle root destruction to be entitled to claim permanent hair removal.
On July 20, 1999, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) stated that there has been no clearance for these "transdermal electrolysis" devices to make claims of permanent and/or painless hair removal. There is no published clinical data showing these devices can cause permanent hair removal or reduction.
The IHRS sales site lists Consulting Studio as a distributor. International Hair Removal Systems sells three "transcutaneous electrolysis" devices:
SuperPhaser Gold (also spelled Super-Phaser Gold)