Better Health: Smart Health Commentary Better Health (TM): smart health commentary

Article Comments (1)

An At-Home Laser Hair Removal System That Works

Without going into TOO much detail of how I know this… I have personally observed that the TRIA Laser Home Removal System does work after observing its use and its effects over a 6 month period of time. And before anybody asks… no… I was not paid to write this nor did I get a free one to try. Rather, someone I am close to bought it off and I was a skeptic on-looker.

In any case, the caveat being that I know it works (admittedly anecdotal) as long as the hair is dark (ideally black or brown) on very light colored skin (ideally white).

The way laser hair removal works is that the laser beam is selectively absorbed by the hair follicle causing its death and destruction while preserving other skin structures. As such, the hair follicle needs to be as “different” a color to the skin around it in order for the laser to work. Otherwise, you end up burning the skin as well as the follicle. Depending on the laser used, different colored hair can be targeted on different colored skin. Because of this, the same laser can NOT be used for everybody.

In any case… back to the TRIA. This laser system ideally works best on dark colored hair on light colored skin. The greater the difference, the better it works; the best being black hair on white skin. In fact, the TRIA can’t be used at all if you don’t have the right hair/skin color combination (TRIA requires a skin check every time before use… unless you “pass,” the device will not work).
There are only a few real differences between this laser system and that used in medical offices.
The TRIA’s head is about 1/4 inch in size. The medical-grade laser head can be one inch or larger in size. What that means practically is that if you are using the TRIA for your leg, it’ll take a long time and a lot of zaps due to the large surface area.

Also, the TRIA can only be used for about 15 minutes on the highest power before it shuts off for 2 reasons: It “overheats” and needs to cool down or runs out of battery and needs to be recharged. On that last point, you can only use it on battery power (which I suspect is due to safety reasons). After letting it cool/recharge overnight, it is ready to use again by the next day.
Medical-grade lasers do not have these limitations.

Regardless of medical-grade laser hair removal or TRIA, it does require repetitive sessions as the laser only kills follicles that are in the growth phase. Unfortunately, hair are in different phases at any given moment (there are 3 phases) and as such, it may take numerous sessions spaced 1-2 weeks apart over a few months before all hair follicles have entered into the growth phase and thus be able to be amenable to death by laser.

And unlike brain cells… hair follicles CAN come back from the dead and start producing hair again. Hard to say when or why this happens, but is likely due to hormonal factors.

Overall, however, the TRIA can save you a lot of money (compared to getting it done by a physician) if you have the following characteristics:
1) Dark hair2) Light skin3) Patience (small laser head on large surface area takes a long time as well as the fact that a single session may need to be broken up over a few days due to device needing to recharge or cool overnight after about 15 minutes of use)4) High pain threshold (even with a small head… it does hurt. And because it is a small head, there’s a lot more zaps to cover the same surface area)
You can buy it on here.

*This blog post was originally published at Fauquier ENT Blog*

You may also like these posts

    None Found

Read comments »

One Response to “An At-Home Laser Hair Removal System That Works”

  1. anna says:

    I’ve been using tria for about 3 months after reading the review on this site: .So far I see fantastic results. I am southeast asian, light tan complexion with very dark coarse black hair. The type when you shave and a few hours later the dreadful shadow appears. The type of thick black hair when a hair colorist won’t guarantee color results, the type of hair when you get wax little blood pores are emerging, yes that stubborn type of hair. I use tria everywhere on my face, body, bikini line. I mean anywhere theres hair I will be using it there. What can I say beauty is a pain, but well worth it. I’m on my 6th treatment and so far my unwanted facial hair is gone, my bikini hair is gone, a third of light fine underarm and lower leg hair is left, but I’m hopeful that too will soon be gone. The convenience of sitting in the privacy of your own couch watching tv while zapping hair away is the best. I do believe you have to have very dense stubborn black hair in order for the tria to work it wonders. It works really well for my skin and hair type. I’m more than pleased with the tria laser:)

Return to article »

Latest Interviews

IDEA Labs: Medical Students Take The Lead In Healthcare Innovation

It’s no secret that doctors are disappointed with the way that the U.S. healthcare system is evolving. Most feel helpless about improving their work conditions or solving technical problems in patient care. Fortunately one young medical student was undeterred by the mountain of disappointment carried by his senior clinician mentors…

Read more »

How To Be A Successful Patient: Young Doctors Offer Some Advice

I am proud to be a part of the American Resident Project an initiative that promotes the writing of medical students residents and new physicians as they explore ideas for transforming American health care delivery. I recently had the opportunity to interview three of the writing fellows about how to…

Read more »

See all interviews »

Latest Cartoon

See all cartoons »

Latest Book Reviews

Book Review: Is Empathy Learned By Faking It Till It’s Real?

I m often asked to do book reviews on my blog and I rarely agree to them. This is because it takes me a long time to read a book and then if I don t enjoy it I figure the author would rather me remain silent than publish my…

Read more »

The Spirit Of The Place: Samuel Shem’s New Book May Depress You

When I was in medical school I read Samuel Shem s House Of God as a right of passage. At the time I found it to be a cynical yet eerily accurate portrayal of the underbelly of academic medicine. I gained comfort from its gallows humor and it made me…

Read more »

Eat To Save Your Life: Another Half-True Diet Book

I am hesitant to review diet books because they are so often a tangled mess of fact and fiction. Teasing out their truth from falsehood is about as exhausting as delousing a long-haired elementary school student. However after being approached by the authors’ PR agency with the promise of a…

Read more »

See all book reviews »

Commented - Most Popular Articles