Tria Hair Removal Laser 4X is the first home laser hair removal device that has been approved by FDA-United States Food and Drug Administration-, in 2008. This machine is based on the diode laser technology and it was created to be a safety and effective way to get rid of unwanted hair in the privacy of a person's home. This type of laser is the same laser technology used by professionals for in-office laser hair removal and the device is dermatologist recommended.
Basically, the laser hair removal method is not a permanent method, as many women think, but its effects can last up to 2 years, depending on the treated area and person. Some people have experienced a considerable and permanent reduction in hair growth. To maintain these results, you should do from time to time touch-ups.
Tria Hair Removal Laser 4X is the fourth generation device, improved both esthetically and functionally. The machine is not bigger than a medium sized hair dryer, about 5 lb weight, it has a simple hand-held design and an angled tip, that offers you enough visibility to remove the hair even from the hard to reach areas.
1. How it works
Tria is based on diode laser that delivers a longer wavelength of light. This beam of light penetrates deeper into the hair follicle and destroying it, without harming the surrounding skin. Because it uses a longer wavelength targeting better the follicles, the laser will provide better results among dark-skinned people, but don't expect miracles.
The new improved device has five adjustable settings from low to high. The producer recommends to start with a lower setting and work your way up to a higher setting, to see what level of heat is perfect for a targeted body area. Also, as a precaution, you shouldn't use the last level when you first use it, because you don't know yet how sensitive you are or sometimes a lower setting is better for your type of hair and skin tone.
Although in the box you will find a skin chart to see if you are a good candidate for a laser treatment, you shouldn't buy the product if you don't have medium to dark hair and light to medium skin tone. The laser doesn't work on light hair and dark skin tone. Also, you should know that the hair differs depending on your body area, so, you can have light hair on your arms and darker hair on your legs. In order to help you, the producer equipped the device with a skin sensor, that is located at the base of the Tria Laser 4X. It shows if you can treat an area or not- if the light turns green, then your skin tone is right if the light turns red and the unit emits a series of beeps, you can not treat that area. The unit won't start if the light is red, which is a good security measure.
Here you will find step by step instructions how to use the unit. A video will help you to understand better how to use Tria 4X.
2. Which body areas the laser treats
Tria 4X is a cordless device, which can be used on legs, arms, bikini line, chest, underarms, feet, stomach, back, hands and women's facial hair from the cheek line down. Until now, Tria couldn't be used on the face because of its power, but this latest version is quite improved and women can safely use it on their faces as well. Even so, you should follow seriously the instructions inside the box, that underline "DO NOT use The Tria Laser 4X on or around the eyes, eyebrows or eyelashes. Doing so can cause permanent eye injury."
I read on forums that there were women who used it in these areas, without having side effects, but you shouldn't be so reckless. A wrong angle or a wrong setting could blind you or produce serious injuries. Because the unit uses a high level of energy, you must protect your skin with a cooling gel. There are persons who use the Tria Beauty SmoothStart Calming Gel, sold by the same company.
Also, a strange effect is the increased hair growth on face and neck. As their own studies show, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern and South Asian women are more prone to this risk.
Men should never use the unit on their face, jaw, and neck. The hair from these areas is too dense and you may injure yourself.
3. How to prepare yourself for the laser treatment. How to prepare the hair removal unit for an effective treatment
Before each treatment, you should clean, shave and dry your skin completely. Also, if you use for the first time the unit, make sure to do a test on what area you want to treat, at least a day before the actual treatment and see if your body accepts the treatment.
First of all, you should charge the Tria 4X for at least 2 hours before the procedure. Also, if the battery indicator is blinking, you should recharge it. Fully charged, the battery will last for about 30-35 minutes at its maximum level.
This is a built-in battery model, that must last at least 300 charges. Once the battery dies, you can not use the laser and the producer doesn't sell replacement batteries. They argue that the device's life is more than enough to treat completely the entire body of a single person. In years, Tria will last close to 4 years or approximately 90,000 pulses.
Tria Hair Removal 4X will work only if you activate it and in order to do so, you must introduce your e-mail and serial number on their official website (Tria activation) or to call their customer services. You have to complete a survey.
I read conflicting opinions about this practice, even more, for some users, the serial number wasn't recognized and they couldn't use the unit. I also read that you can skip this part by holding the power button down for around 6 seconds and you will activate it. It makes sense because the device can not be connected to the Internet or any GPS device. Their customer service representatives argue that this step is necessary for the client safety. But, I believe that they need to know your personal information, to be protected in case of a lawsuit, if something goes wrong.
4. How to treat an area
Leave the laser to do its work and move the device from your skin only after you hear the second beep. If you remove the unit between these two beeps, you will disrupt the laser pulse and reduce its effectiveness. Spot by spot, you will treat a chosen area in a short period of time.
To have a smooth and hair-free skin you should repeat the treatment every 2 weeks for up to 3 months.
The device has a cooling fan which will go on and off during the treatment. It is normal because the device needs to cool down in order to work at its full capacity.
After you finished a treatment, make sure to turn off the unit. You will find in the instruction manual useful information how to keep it clean and safe.
After two weeks of a treatment, the hair will fall out. You can help this process, by exfoliating your skin with a mild scrub.
If you aren't pleased with the results, you have a 90-day Money Back Guarantee, only if have bought the unit from their official website. If you buy it from Amazon, for instance, this warranty is reduced to 30 days.
At this time, you can buy it at the same price on both websites, the only advantage buying it from Amazon is that this company ships worldwide, while Tria Beauty official website accepts only US clients. Be sure to test the unit within the warranty limits, because if it doesn't work on your skin, you can still return it.
The company promises that you will see up to 70% reduction in hair regrowth after the second session, but this is relative, depending on the person. Some women who shared their experiences on forums, told they didn't see this fast result. Also, because the hair grows in cycles, after the first treatment, the hair will regrow finer and lighter, until is destroyed by the laser. Any hair that will grow will be less noticeable, thinner, and lighter.
Tria Beauty sells another model, smaller, more compact and less expensive model for small areas, like face, neck, bikini line: Tria Hair Removal Laser Precision.
5. Tria 4X features
- Dimensions: 12 x 10 x 6 inches, 5 lb weight.
- 6 color choices: Lilac, peony, green, lavender, fuchsia, and grey.
- It doesn't use lamp cartridge, like the ILP machines. Furthermore, you don't need auxiliary costs to maintain it.
- The box contains Tria laser handpiece with the skin sensor, battery charger, instructions manual, instructional DVD, warranty card and storage case.
- Its digital display was upgraded. On the display, you can see the 5 comfort settings, battery charge, the skin sensor, the lock status and a pulse counter, that counts your pulses administered in a single treatment.
6. Cons and precautions
The laser head is small and if you want to use it on large areas, like legs, the treatment will take a while. So be armed with patience, because it can be extremely time-consuming.
After the laser treatment, you may experience side effects from redness to burns.
The device shouldn't be used by children, teens under 18 years, pregnant women and women who breastfeeding.
Also, it won't have great effects on an area with tattoos, freckles, birthmarks. These skin areas are darker, therefore, it can absorb more heat and you will get burn. On areas like ears, genitals and nipples, you shouldn't use the unit.
Although it is an expensive at home hair removal machine, the investment is worth it. You will have a smooth hair free skin at low costs.
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