Showing posts with label TRIA. Show all posts
Showing posts with label TRIA. Show all posts

Friday, January 31, 2014

TRIA Laser Hair Removal Review

Most people understand the hairremoval landscape and know what’s available to get rid of unwanted hair. Shaving, waxing, epilation, depilatories, and, of course the professional permanent laser hair removal. The trend for permanent hair removal is epic and unlikely to depart. After all, who wants to shave everyday? And although professional laser hair removal is an amazing solution, it can be both costly and inconvenient. So, can you achieve permanent hair removal results at home? In short, yes.

Yes, you can achieve permanent hair removal at home. But, it isn’t going to be easy and it isn’t for everyone. Laser hair removal works differently on individuals based upon skin tone and hair color. The procedure is most effective for those with lighter skin and dark hair, which is a bummer if you don’t fall into that category. The Makeup Examiner had already experienced professional laser treatments, so I was fairly confident that TRIA would work on my skin, but I wasn’t sure if I would be able to achieve the same results.

Before I share my experience, allow me to explain what TRIA is. The TRIA Laser Hair Removal Device ($449) is an FDA-approved laser hair removal device that provides easy, safe and convenient hair removal in the comfort and privacy of your own home. It looks like a hair dryer and is about as heavy as one. TRIA has a failsafe, as you must first activate the unit via an 800 number. The unit also has a built in skin sensor which has to be unlocked prior to each use. The sensor is held against the skin and will unlock based upon your skin tone. If your skin tone is too dark, the device won’t unlock. But, TRIA offers a money back guarantee that includes shipping.

If you can get past all of that, then the real fun begins. You may have heard about the pain involved with laser hair removal, but as with all things this simply depends upon the person. I chose my underarm. I didn’t feel any pain stronger then a slight pinch, kind of similar to a rubber band snap, and this was only in certain areas. As for time -- TRIA isn’t an overnight treatment (I began in November) but I saw results after the first treatment. After six treatments with the TRIA Laser Hair Removal Device, I am hair free.

The bottom line pros and cons:

  • Pros – TRIA won’t cause those ugly bumps and you can achieve hair free at home
  • Cons – TRIA won’t work on darker skin tones, is initially pricey, and is not an overnight treatment
The Makeup Examiner really has nothing negative to say about the TRIA Laser Hair Removal Device other then if you want to be hair free for summer, start now! Any question that one may have regarding its use can be found directly on the TRIA website, which by the way is currently running a special. TRIA Laser Hair Removal Devices can be purchased at the brand’s website and select retail outlets.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Hair Removal Options

Laser Hair Removal (LHR)
  • Emits light of a specific wavelength to target melanin and heat the follicle to disable it from regrowth
  • Because the specific wavelength is optimized for hair removal, it is considered to be the most efficient and precise permanent option
  • Requires advance technology to maintain specific wavelength, therefore more expensive
  • Diode laser, a type of LHR, is considered to be the best laser
  • Only suitable for those with lighter skin and darker hair
  • Most efficient and precise treatment
  • Fewer treatments vs other options
  • Targets only the hair follicle, not the surrounding skin

Brand: Tria Laser Hair Removal 4X
  • The only FDA cleared hair removal laser available for at-home use
  • FDA cleared for permanent results
  • For use on Face & Body
  • Features built-in skin sensor to automatically detect whether skin tone is safe to treat
  • Offers 5 treatment levels for maximized customization  $449

Intense Pulse Light  (IPL)
  • IPL is less effective than Laser Hair Removal because the energy is produced by a lamp, a little like a light bulb, and produces a variety of light waves, meaning that it is more diffused and less powerful
  • Emits light across a wavelength range to target melanin and heat the follicle to disable it from regrowth
  • The range is more diffused and less powerful, but requires cheaper technology, which allows for larger treatment window and faster treatment time (per treatment)
  • More treatments required to see results
  • Only suitable for those with lighter skin and darker hair
  • Faster treatment time, about 1/3 of laser, but more treatments are needed to see results

Brand: Silk’n Flash n’ Go
  • Less targeted treatment than Laser Hair Removal
  • More treatments required to see results vs. Laser Hair Removal
  • Requires cartridges
  • FDA cleared

Temporary Technologies 
  • Removes hair at the skin surface
  • Most common method for hair removal across all age groups and demographics
  • Disposable razors is a staple for all users
  • Very cost effective
  • Quick and easy treatment
  • Painless
  • Appropriate for all skin types and tones
  • Widely available
  • Very temporary results
  • Need to treat daily/very frequently
  • Causes cuts, razor bumps, and/or ingrown hairs

  • Cold and hot wax used to pull hair from roots
  • Reasonable cost
  • Longer term results
  • Suitable for all skin types and tones
  • Very painful
  • In-grown hair and irritated skin
  • Requires certain hair length before treatment

  • Chemical dissolves hair slightly below the skin surface to remove hair
  • Very small segment and quickly declining after initial consumer interest
  • Cost effective
  • Quick and easy treatment
  • No cuts or razor bumps, and is painless
  • Appropriate for all skin tones
  • Temporary results
  • Strong chemicals not suitable for sensitive skin
  • Leaves unpleasant post-treatment chemical scent

  • Device with rotating head of mini tweezers that remove hair as you roll it across the skin
  • Consumer interest slowly declining
  • Longer lasting results
  • Cost effective
  • Hair is removed at the root and regrown hair is finer
  • No chemicals
  • Can be painful

IPL + Radio Frequency (RF)
  • Uses RF to heat up the treatment area, along with the lower IPL level to heat the follicle to disable growth
  • Clinical results point to longer term hair removal, but not permanent; IPL level is too low to deliver permanent results

Brand: meSmooth
  • Can be used on all skin types; with the exception of tanned skin
  • Can only be used on the body
  • FDA cleared for temporary results
  • $395 + on-going purchase of $50 cartridges
  • Not to use on tanned skin, which could cause temporary or permanent skin discoloration
  • Corded and requires 2 hands to maneuver

Thermicon heat
  • Can safely be used on all skin types and hair colors because it is not targeting melanin like lasers and IPL - no permanent hair removal

Brand: no!no!
  • Can be used on all skin types
  • Not FDA Cleared
  • Not Permanent