Tired of Shaving? TRIA Promises Permanent Hair Removal -- at Home!

Princess 19 on 15 Jul 2011 at 9:00am

Some of us have obvious and at times embarassing hair growth on our bodies.  While laser hair removal is an increasingly popular solution, it is also costly and requires you have to expose intimate parts of your body to doctors and aestheticians. Now, there's an at-home option for those brave enough to zap themselves.  

The TRIA Hair Removal Laser is a hand-held system that, according to an article on NYMag.com, once hailed as a popular late-night infomercial product. The device touts a pricetag of $395, but that's not much compared to the average $1700 for professional laser treatment. The TRIA uses the same technology utlized in medical-grade laser removal and is FDA-approved. The article notes that this product may be found useless by darker skin-toned or fair-haired people, but for everyone else, it should be a "go." 

Does it really work?

The NY Mag enlisted two brave volunteers to zap their bikini lines:

Volunteer #1: The (self-described) Wimp 

Only lasted for one month.  She found the TRIA to be quick and easy to use, but too painful to continue past the second setting out of five (wimp, indeed).  She noted that upon overlapping the same patch of skin several times, the area turned red. On the plus side, her hair grew back more finely than it was prior to her laser treatment

Volunteer #2: The Brave One

She used the product for 6 months. Deemed the process successful, noting that her bikini area--which once grew hair comparible to that of a man's beard--was down to nothing more than a few fine hairs.  The volunteer reported minimal pain on arms and legs, but said that under arms and bikini zones warranted wine or aspirin. 

What do doctors think

"I read an independent review on the Tria Home Laser Sytem," says New Jersey facial plastic surgeon Dr. Tanveer Janjua.  "It seemed pretty good. Just make sure you follow the instructions carefully and stay within the parameters given by the manafacturer."

That's not all, adds Virginia dermotologist Dr. Kenneth Neal: "Although home laser devices may be a nice alternative to have for laser hair removal, they are not going to give you the same side by side effective results per session as compared to a medical laser found in a physician's office."

laser hair removal photosSo, for those seeking more permanent results, (especially people with darker skin tones), visiting an accredited doctor is the way to go.  And let's be honest, things seem less painful when you are not anticipating the pain.  The thought of zapping away in one's own bathroom doesn't seem too appealing.  But, who are we to judge?  At least it's not at-home waxing...ouch!

Have you tried an at-home lasering system?  Tell us your thoughts - even the embarrassing ones.

Photo credit:  flickr and TRIA Beauty

Comments (10)

If you have light hair and dark skin this is it, you won't need anything else. I own a Tria, use only the highest setting (yes it does hurt quite a bit - just like any laser treatment you would get at a medispa) and end up with a bit less hair coming back after every treatment which makes it also a little less painful for every subsequent treatment seeing how there are less of pigmented roots left that the device can react with. I do have a lot of hair and am treating my whole body so it will take a while but the device is as effective as any of this type of old technology (the light skin/dark hair only) and you will save a whole bunch. If you find yourself too squeamish have a friend or partner help you with the treatments and use a numbing cream
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Great technology to remove unwanted hair from your body. I've never heard about it and I'm very happy to read your post. Keep it up in future too.
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Im actually using this product right now. Have been for 4 months now. I waited at least 2 years from when I first heard about it, before I bought one. Good thing I did as the price dropped from over $1k down to $400, and the new laser now fires twice as often as the original. To note, ive never used the original Tria, only this latest version. I was finally convinced to buy one by a blog I stumbled across of a women treating her crotch with a tria including fully detailed photos. It convinced me she was no schill and her results were great and genuine... so I took the plunge. I already had previous experience with several professional laser sessions on various body parts, but it was way too expensive to continue doing that, those clinics are a ripoff, so no wonder operators of them are heavily threatened by the Tria given its 1/50th the cost to treat your entire body. SO to my results. Only having completed the 4th treatment for the areas im currently treating, it would be too early to say. It would appear that theres been a 10-20% disappearance of hairs, while the majority of the remainder which have regrown are 50% or more reduced in darkness and coarseness verse pre-treatment. Already having experience with professional laser, I knew what to expect pain wise, so when I ordered my tria I also purchased a product called Gebauer Pain Ease (medium stream spray), it is a skin refrigerant, it makes your skin instantaneously numb on contact and evaporates away a second or two later, then feeling returns to the skin after about 30 seconds which is more than enough time to cover that area with the tria. The pain ease is fairly expensive stuff to use, so I now only use it on specific inch by inch areas that I know will be the more painful areas to zap (based on number of hairs inside the treatment window). All my treatments have been using the highest tria setting, level 5. I find treating myself, in the comfort of my own home, on my own schedule, is far more enjoyable than my professional treatment experiences. The thousands of dollars im saving is just icing on the cake now :)
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Wow, thank you so much for sharing your experience! Great to hear from an actual user. Keep us updated with your results. :)

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Appreciate you shedding light on these areas that need to be considered by someone thinking about buying the device. Love the comparison to mowing your grass with scissors!!
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The area at-home lasers can treat is smaller, so it takes quite a bit longer to do. It is important to keep the laser the same distance from the skin for each zap, and the device doesn't make that easy.

I haven't tried this particular laser -- but it is highly unlikely that results per treatment can be compared with a medical grade laser. If a person has the time and determination, and they follow the directions carefully, results may be achieved. But you could conceivably mow your lawn with scissors, too.

~ Dr. Andy
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Oh this is definitely not for me.  I would required something much stronger than wine and aspirin.  And at that point I would not be able to aim this thing.

I will stick with my salon waxing (ripppp).

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I'm pretty skeptical to if this would work, but would be curious to try. I can tolerate waxing (yes, I've done myself too) so not too concerned about the discomfort or knowing when the zap is coming.

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As any esthetician would say, take an advil first.  I bet that would help.  But, I would prefer NOT knowing when the zap would come.  So, no on the home laser for me.

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I really want to try this! I could never do my own wax. Pressing a button vs. slathering wax + yanking a strip -- I'll take the former! 

Definitely would love to hear from more who've tried it. 

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