Expensive but works! I wish it were lighter because it feels really heavy after a few minutes.
Permanent hair removal doesn't happen. Yes a laser will cause most hairs to fall out and not come back for 6 weeks or so, but once you stop the treatment, they do come back and not all are finer than the originals! Maybe this works for women with very fine dark hairs, but if you have thick hair or already have some white thick hairs (greying), then save your money and your face. This hurts, and is basically giving you a sunburn every time you use this so don't forget that it can damage your skin long term. It only took 6 months for my hair to start coming back and I now have a beard to manage under my chin and around my mouth where I tried laser hair removal. As much as I wished this worked, we are just being lead down the road to future disappointment and maybe skin cancer at a high price. I wish I had never done this, before I had a few hairs and now I have a beard to manage daily.
*Almost all hair eventually grew back- 4 years post treatment review! Product not built to last indefinitely!~*
Keep in mind I bought this laser years ago, when the cost was around $700, not the newer $400 4x model but I cannot imagine it being much different except for price and look. From what I can tell; same usage guidelines and guarantees. I was so excited for this because I'd wanted electrolysis for years.
After a couple years it just stopped working. After the little activator stopped working it was essentially useless. You can't use the laser if you can't get the activator to work- and there was no way to change the battery or recharge it. I was even told by the company at the time it had a predetermined amount of charges! It isn't meant for indefinite use (or at least it wasn't- maybe things have changed).
Battery life was never enough. (Now it is up to 30 mins. That's better at least.) Surface area treated was small- tedious work. It was relatively painful, yeah, but that's to be expected and can't be used against the rating.
As far as results go... Short term results were nice. I did my underarms and bikini areas pretty religiously. I treated as prescribed, and actually more. At the time, for the first year or so after I was done, hair regrowth was pretty diminished. Maybe 60%. Now I'm on the other side of the fence- this is a little over 4 years after the beginning of my tria purchase and most of the hair eventually regenerated and grew back. It took quite awhile for some but it happened. Long term, the Tria maybe permanently killed only 15% of the hair follicles I treated if I had to estimate, TOPS!
I wish the system is smaller because it is quite heavy to hold this for over 10 mins. However, it works very well. My hair is growing in much slower pace and is much thinner after 2 months of usage.
I had broken one Tria so I am actually using a second one. I wish the area of the laser red light is much bigger because it takes a lonnnngggg time to complete one leg. Besides that, I wish it was more durable because it doesn't seem very long-lasting and I use it quite carefully.
I have been using Tria for about one year and I still can't determine if this is really better than having laser hair removal done at a spa. While it reduces the thickness of my unwanted hair, I still grow a lot of hair on my legs and underarms.
The cost $450 isn't a big issue because it would cost at least double for a similar treatment at a spa.
I have been using the Tria Laser, older version before the 4X one, for 14 months now and have yet to experience the marketing claims that it will leave you permanently hair free. The ads you see on TV claim that this product will leave you permanently hair free, yet the information you receive in the box says you will be betweein 70-80% perm. hair free. I have noticed a reduction in the volume of hair, but have yet been able to say that I am completely hair free. So, the ads you see on TV are making a false claim. I still have to use my razor. Glad I did not throw them all out. Rather than shaving my underarm hair every 2 days, I can get away with not shaving for maybe 4-5 days. Shaving my bikini line about once every 3-4 weeks rather than the next day. My hair is black, moderately course and have always shaved. My skin colour is white, with some degree of melanin to give me an olive skin tone that turns brown easily in little sun exposure, so it should have worked for me. I am not quite happy with the results of the Tria Laser. Also, it takes such a long time to use on your legs. It took me about 4 hours to treat my legs entirely, excluding my bikini line, as I had to continuously recharge it. The laser takes about 3 seconds for each exposure, which is a little slower than I had expected, but even with the 4X version, not sure one would get any better results than I did. My advice is that if you really want to buy it, do so with the intention of using it only for your underarms and bikini line, but be aware that you will not be 100% permanently hair free. If you want your legs to be 100% hair free, then go and do it in a specialized hair removal salon to have it lasered off there.
I purchased the TRIA Laser Hair Removal last August. I had the menopausal hair spouts on the chin and lip line and fine blonde hair on my jaw line. Like others it was hard for me to think about putting a razor to my face. I had previously gone every few months for electrolysis, but needed something way more permanent. A year later, I can clearly say this product does not work. If I didn't continue to shave every few weeks that the hair cycle comes back and use this product continuously, may hair would always come back and in the same spots. I never plucked my hair or shaved previously so the hairs that are coming out must be from the same batch. It's frustrating because the electrolysis was working better but more painful and I would break out. I break out less with the Laser but still do a bit. I have this product on the strongest strength and it does sting. Sorry about the long review, but save your money here and go to a professional laser hair removal place. I had my legs done at Elase 5 years ago and not one hair has come back. I paid $1,500 for both legs. Worth every penny. Will save my money and have my face done too.
I bought the Tria laser 4x a few months ago for $450 at Sephora. I got VIB status, quite a few make up samples, and free shipping. Sephora has a good return policy (like the official Tria website), so I decided to buy it there because of all the good 'extras' you get. (VIB welcome kit - 10% off next purchase and a Free 45 min. makeover at any Sephora location, which is $50 at the store). That made me feel like the Tria laser was 'just' $400.
Anyway, I was thinking of getting this laser thingy because I can't afford getting professional laser or electrolysis done. I'm also embarrassed by my hairs and there is no way I'll get naked in front of a stranger to get them removed. Getting it done at home by myself was a plus.
What made me not so sure about getting the laser and only CON for me was one of the warnings.
It states: Laser hair removal can cause increased hair growth. "Based upon currently available data, the highest risk group for this response is females of Mediterranean, Middle Eastern and South Asian heritage treated on the face and neck."
I have Mediterranean roots (Italian-Spanish), which is the reason why I'm so hairy to begin with (No PCOS, no overweight or anything else, doctors say it's genetic. I have hair everywhere but my palms and soles, and I've been hairy as long as I remember 7-8 y.o.). I wanted this laser mainly to use it on my chin-neck area. I wanted it for other places as well, but seeing those prickly little black hairs on my chin, and having to check and wax/pluck pretty much daily, makes other hairs not so bad because I can just cover them with clothes. I also have Germanic roots, which I think is why I came out pale, so, pale with jet black body hair, perfect for this little device. So, I gave it a try.
I've never put a razor on my face before, and the idea of doing so as a preparation for this made me a bit scared. Also a bit sad. I felt like women are NOT supposed to do it and if you do, you are like a man. And having that waring in mind, made me even more scared.
I finally gave up and after having the laser sitting at home for a couple months I opened it, grabbed a razor and gave it a try. I decided to do a patch test before doing my whole face. In case the laser didn't work, I would just have a tiny square affected by that contraindication.
Review July 15th 2013: I tried it in a patch of about 1 inch and half by one inch. on my chin-jawline. For the first treatment I used the laser at level 2. It hurt. On the next 3 treatments I upgraded to level 3 and it hurt even more. I had no professional laser done, so I can't compare the pain but, to me it wasn't like a rubber band snap, it just burnt like a F. after each zap. I do have tattoos (around 14 hours spent getting them) and the feeling is not even close. This laser hurts way more.
Now, after the 4rth treatment I have a little patch of about half inch with no hair growing on it!! Some of the other hairs are still prickly and another couple seem a bit lighter. But I still have a long way to go.
I just finished my second treatment on my underarms at level 2, and there is obviously no change yet. (I haven't charged the laser yet. So far I still have the full three battery bars).
**EDIT NOVEMBER 13TH 2013: It works!! I have to say that I'm not 100% hair free on the areas I treated, but the hair reduction is amazing. I've been using it for about four months and I couldn't be any happier.
-Chin/neck area: It's where I noticed the biggest improvement. The 'bald' patch that I initially had its gotten bigger (like a thumb lol)! No hair at all! The rest of the hairs that I have are finer. Some of them still grow black but not prickly, and the rest are way lighter than they used to be. I can go for 2 full days without shaving any hair and nobody would notice. (Treated at level 3).
-Sideburns: Almost gone. The hair grows way thinner. I have 7 hairs left on one side and 10 on the other. Yes, I counted them haha I can't believe I'm able to do so, because at first it was impossible. (level 3)
-Upper lip: This area is the one that I wish it worked better. I still have some hairs (thinner and lesser amount), but they still grow black and I get that upper lip ugly shadow. It improved for sure, but I hoped they would be gone by now as they were initially 'thin' hairs. (level 3).
-Underarms: Hairs are way thinner and I've got some bald little patches with no hair on them. The hairs were prickly black so using anything higher that lever 2 was a torture. I'll start on level 3 soon.
-Legs: I didn't have a lot of free time, so I couldn't continue treating that area. I left it after 2 or 3 treatments I believe. Now that I have more time I got back to it and I'm on the second treatment and so far I can't see any improvements yet. (level 3)
Overall I'm very very happy with the Tria laser after four months of use and the only regret I have is not getting it sooner. I can go chin up now! :) After reading the old review I sounded pretty depressing I must say, but now I have way more confidence and I'm happier. If I ever run out of zaps on the laser before I'm done I'll buy it again for sure!
+Please, COVER your tattoos if you are going to use the laser near them (1 to 2 inches), if the laser goes on them, tattoos will blister and eventually scar or get removed. Laser targets dark pigments on the skin so, it will also hurt A LOT! Anything like a piece of white tape will work.
-I'm sorry added more than the actual review, but I know that there are more women out there having the same hair issues, and I just want to let them know that they are not alone on this.
I'm sitting on my bed at 3AM, waiting for my lidocaine cream to kick in so I can Tria my underarms, and I figured this would be a good time to write a review. This is a somewhat premature review at this point in time because I've only been zapping for 3 months, but I'll update as I continue to use this device.
I bought this in April from Sephora during their Chic Week (15% discount and it bumped me up to VIB status for the rest of the year). I've tried to be good about using it every week. I bought it primarily for upper lip and underarms. I'm fair with dark hair.
First of all, I would be remiss if I didn't mention that this hurts like a mofo. I believe I have a high pain threshold, and this really does sting. I use the highest setting because I don't want to waste my time for a smidge less pain. It doesn't feel like a rubber band snap. It literally feels like a pinpoint laser is penetrating your flesh and blasting cells within your body, which is exactly what it's doing. Imagine what that must feel like, and it's a little worse than that.
Now don't get me wrong. It's by no means unbearable and the pain does NOT linger. Once you've zapped, there's no more pain. You're good to go. It hurts enough that I kind of dread having to use it, but not enough to deter me from getting it out every week, if that makes sense. I use lidocaine creams to help numb the skin, and sometimes they help quite a bit. Any drugstore will have them. The areas where I use this are notoriously sensitive, too, so I imagine if I used this mostly on my legs it would be so bad. Underarms and upper lip though... Ouch.
The good news is that it is working. I have a lot of dark hair under my arms, and it is already growing in noticeably less dense. The perma-shadow under my arms from the dark hairs under the skin's surface is getting lighter. This is exciting! It also seems to be doing a good job on the corners of my upper lip where the hairs tend to be coarser and darker, although the finer, lighter hairs are not responding quite as well yet.
I find the device itself pretty noisy, because it beeps on every zap and has a powerful fan to keep the laser cool. The fan kicks in almost immediately and stays on for most of the zapping. This is not something you could sneak around and use without piquing others' curiosity, if you don't live alone. The fan also comes on when the unit is charging, which is weird.
The device holds a charge pretty well so far, so no complaints there. It's comfortable to hold and feels like it's good quality. I wanted green but they only had pink, so I deducted one star for that (just kidding).
As others have pointed out, the treatment area of the device is very very small. Bigger would be nice so as to get the sessions over with quicker, but I'll take what I can get.
All in all, this was an expensive purchase that I do not regret.
EDIT 3/1/14: shortly after I wrote this review, I put the Tria in the closet and haven't pulled it out since. That's partly due to laziness, and partly due to being sick of anticipating the pain. Thankfully, the treated areas that took, seem to still be hairless. I need to get it back out and do my under arms some more, since they never got to the hairless stage, just the "thinned out" stage. But my toes, unibrow, and coarse upper lip hair are still gone, which is pretty cool. (Tria says not to use it near your eyes, so that eyebrow business... you didn't hear that from me)
AllDayChemist, which is an overseas pharmacy a lot of people use to buy Retin A and Latisse, sells a 10% lidocaine spray that I plan to order, in hopes that it will make the underarms less excruciating.