I have written before about my love for laser hair removal. Granted, I have an ideal skin tone and hair color for the treatment, but the results have been fantastic. The only problem is that it’s quite expensive. Although prices vary greatly based on treatment area, doctor’s office or spa, and area of the country, the average cost per session is $235 per the American Association of Plastic Surgeons.
When I learned of at-home laser hair removal devices, I was both intrigued and skeptical. I did a little research and found that the Tria Hair Removal Laser 4X is FDA cleared and has some fantastic reviews. It retails for $449, which is a substantial savings when you consider that it can be used for several sessions on multiple areas, including the face. I decided it well worth a try.
Set-up and use was a lot easier than I expected it would be. After charging the device, you register your Tria with the company. At that time, they ask you questions about your skin tone and hair color to be sure you can safely use the product. You can view the color swatches on their website or in the instructional booklet enclosed in the packaging. Once registered, the device stays locked until you place a sensor over your skin to once again check your skin tone. I appreciate these extra safety measures, as darker skin may absorb too much light and injure the skin.
Once unlocked, you set the treatment level. The levels are numbered 1-5, with 5 being the most intense. The higher the number, the better the results, so you’ll want to try to use the highest level you can tolerate. For me, level 3 was a piece of cake and 5 was way too painful. Level 4 was plenty intense, but the promise of less hair to deal with was a great motivator, and I winced my way through it.
To activate the laser, simply place the treatment window on the area you want treat, which should be clean and freshly shaven. When the entire window is touching your skin, it will automatically deliver the laser pulse, and you will hear two beeps. Move the Tria over about ¼ of an inch and repeat. Continue until you have covered the entire area. The Tria Laser also comes with a handy guide to advise you how many pulses are most effective for the area you are treating, and there is a pulse counter on the device screen. Watch their “How to Use” video online for more detail.
I found the sensation to be very similar to the treatments I have received at the medspa where I had by previous laser hair removal treatments, and I suffered no redness or other side effects. According to the Tria website, I should continue treatment every two weeks for the next 3 months for permanent hair removal. Occasional touchups may be necessary, but that it also the case with professional laser hair removal. I’m really excited about this new gadget, and I’m optimistic that I’ll have great results. I will follow up in three months and let you know!