Hair loss and hair growth, in my book, are two of the worst symptoms of PCOS. It is an ironic twist of fate that we lose hair where we wish we had more, and grow hair where we wish we had less. Lately there have been some very brave women with PCOS who have grown out their facial hair to raise awareness for PCOS. I certainly admire their courage, but I am not one of them. Since I have come off spironolactone, I have noticed a few more hairs on my chinny, chin, chin. I am hoping that the Tria Beauty Hair Removal Laser 4x will give me permanent results at home.
I have had luck in the past with laser hair removal at a local OB/GYN office. However it is pricey. The last time I went was 7 or 8 years ago and at that time I spent $150 each time I went. I probably spent upwards of $1000 for 6 or so treatments. The Tria Beauty Hair Removal Laser 4x. retails at $449. It still is spendy, but if this does the trick it will be money well spent. I might even try it on my legs. Although being 6 ft tall I have a lot of real estate to cover!
Tria Beauty Hair Removal Laser 4x is FDA-cleared. This means that the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has cleared the Tria Laser 4X to be marketed as safe and effective.
According to the instruction guide, Tria Beauty Hair Removal Laser 4x eliminates unwanted hair by emitting a pulse of laser light, which heats the dark pigment inside the hair and deactivates the hair follicle. Because the laser light needs to target dark pigment, the laser can only work on naturally brown or black hair for the face and body. To be most effective the laser needs to treat hair follicles during the active growth period. Hair grows in cycles, so repeat treatments are necessary.
It is intended for use only on light to medium skin tones. They actually have an online skin tone test to determine if this will work for you. It will not work on white, gray, blond or red hair. If you have African, Indian, Native American or Pacific Island heritage, you may have a skin tone that is not suitable, so be sure to check the online skin tone test. Darker skin tones can absorb too much laser light, which can injure the skin. Do not use the Tria Laser if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. It has not been tested on pregnant women.
Some important things to note before starting the Tria:
- 6 weeks before you start you must stop tweezing or waxing. Shave but don’t tweeze hair.
- For best results you must treat the area every week for 3 months or until you are satisfied with the results.
- Prior to starting, perform a skin test.
- Hair follicles that have been deactivated by the Tria will not grow back. After the 3 months of consistent treatment, touch up may be needed.
- The sensation may feel like a warm rubber band snapping on the skin. Or even a warm prickling sensation. As the amount of hair decreases the sensation will also decrease.
- After your first treatment there will be no visible change to the hair. The hair doesn’t immediately fall out. But with additional treatments, there will be a gradual reduction in the number of hairs with each treatment.
- There are 5 different levels of treatment. The company recommends you use the highest level you can comfortably tolerate.
- Smaller areas like your underarms take a few minutes and larger areas, like the upper leg, can take 25-30 minutes.
- Start seeing results with just 2 treatments.
I look forward to charging up my new Tria and giving it a try. I’ll let you know in three months if it is worth the $449 price tag.
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