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Tria Beauty: At Home Laser Hair Removal

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.

Tria Beauty Laser Hair Removal 4X

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.

See my 3-month follow up article here…

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  1. I’m very curious if this works for you. Yes, please keep us posted! i have dark hair all over my body and would love to wear short more often if it meant I didn’t have to spend 45 minutes shaving! I also deal with horrible, painful red bumps after shaving and nothing helps. I’ve tried lotion, exfoliating, and gels. Nothing helps.

  2. Hi,
    I did the same on my chin/neck for a while, and while I thought it helped, once I stopped it got much worse.
    So much so that after 12 sessions of electrolysis there’s little change.
    Then I did some research and apparently laser is not recommended from the neck up, because it will debilitate the strong dark hair while at the same time stimulating the soft blond ones.
    So I won’t be doing it again.
    Good luck 🙂

  3. I have been using Tria for a month now and I have seen results! I have noticed that I need to use it on the highest setting to get results! I am so relieved and this is so worth it!

  4. I am really interested to see if this works! I too have spent over $1000 in laser hair removal treatments. Since I got pregnant and had my baby, all of the hair has now grown back! So frustrating! I would love to be able to treat this at home, so I’m going to be anxious to hear your results.

    I’m wondering if this has limited uses? Or if you could easily use it on your face, underarms, legs for an extended period of time and have it last? Time will tell!

  5. Amy,
    Just wondering why you decided to come off spiro and if you experienced a shed with this? I’m considering it as well but I am really afraid of the shedding.

  6. It’s funny I received this in my inbox today. I am actually dark haired, but unfortunately the family member (daughter) I am ‘researching’ PCOS for is not. It some ways that is a blessing for her as her hair on face/chin is not as noticeable as it could be, but, if she’d be interested, I’d like to find a good way to help remove what is there. We have not tried wax, “Neet/Nair” type facial products; I’m wondering the most effective (mixed with most affordable) way…that doesn’t hurt the face (i.e., rashes, burning, etc.). Any suggestions? It needs to be ‘simple’ and affordable. She is 16.
    Thank you.

  7. I consider the hair issue the worst part as well. MUCH more embarrassing than being overweight. I look forward to hearing your results. I have very dark, very course hair so I would think it would be helpful to me. A one time price like that is not nearly as bad as constant repeating costs of going to a dr. office for treatments. Plus the one time I went they told me I’d have to always do it, that because of my PCOS it would never be a permanent solution.

  8. Thanks for this article. I discuss my struggles with hirstusim on my website listed! You’re welcomed to check it out sometimes!

    I under went professional laser hair removal in the past too and it all return because I was unable to maintain the treatments. It was SO costly. The Tria will not work for my skin as I am brown skinned. However; there are some FDA approved laser at-home machines for darker skin tones.

    I suffer from idiopathic hirsutism though I suspect I have mild PCOS. I’ve had it bad ever since high school; I’m 30 now. I am currently on Spiro and Saw Palmetto until I get more birth control. The Spiro seems to be working on my body hair, but I have yet to see changes in my facial hair. Do you see improvement with spiro and laser hair removal?

  9. Thanks for trying this and letting us know. I’m always looking for something that works (although I’m blond, so this may not be my answer). I’ve been avoiding the medication you mentioned in hopes of finding an alternative. I, too, am curious why you stopped taking it and if you would recommend it.

  10. I started to do more in depth research into Spironolactone and I saw in many cases it was linked to cancer. That was enough for me to decide It wasn’t worth it. It really wasn’t something that I wanted to be on long term. I will take the extra hair. I did experience a major shed this past fall – I stopped taking it in the end of Summer. But I think the shed was more stress related.

  11. Thanks Amy. I want to stop the spiro too as I think it puts extra pressure on my adrenals. My sodium is always low. If you don’t mind, what will you do to manage the hair loss now?

  12. on top of having it sucks to have dark skin. why wouldn’t they make a product to accommodate darker skin tones as well. sigh..I wish I could go do some laser but i can’t afford it right now & the hair removal creams only work for at least 2-3 days & it grows right back 🙁

  13. I suffer with DARK/COURSE hair all over my chin and sideburns. Without a doubt if I didn’t pluck for an our everyday I’d grow a beard and sideburns. I feel so gross and embarrassed. The terrible thing isi have to use a little shaver for my mustache and pluck everything else. PLEASE SHARE ANY IDEAS & TIPS YOU CAN!!! I feel like a man because I can have a child and I grow more hair than my husband. I’m hoping this could be a dream come true.

  14. Just wanted to say to CC that I think a device called a “nono” works on light hair too. It’s sort of like a laser treatment but a different sort of light that works on blondes etc too. Give that a go for ur daughter x

  15. Ladies, buy a “nono” I have loads of facial and body hair, but since using this, and also getting plasma lite treatments (like laser hair) I’ve noticed a massive change. It’s still there, an ongoing struggle, but it helps. A nono should work on blondes too

  16. There’s a reason why you only see dark haired women/men in the Tria commercials..
    Lasers DO NOT work on blond or white hair. I don’t care how attractive they make the product look, lasers are useless for we folks that have unwanted hair that grows in white.
    I have asked previously at Laser salons/clinics and discussed it with my Doctor, concerning laser treatments….and was told to save my money.

    I’ll unfortunately have to stick with the tried and true methods…plucking and waxing.

    I wouldn’t trust using a laser gun to zap my hair, unless I was a trained professional. Tria reminds me of the old dipliatory cream–if you’re not really careful, you can leave an awful nasty burn on your face that’ll still be there a week later…

  17. The Tria laser hair removal is very effective. If we use it right, it DOES Work! I have been embarrassed with facial hair for many years and I have always carried a tweezer in my purse. After the 2nd session at least 1/2 of the hairs that were treated were gone. I am already thrilled by my results

  18. Im am so thankful to have found this site. To see I am not the only one suffering from this struggle! Jessy, I know EXACTLY how you feel. The hirutism is awful and embarrassing. Ive gotten used to the looks and stares when you try to remove the hair and it look like you have a five 0’clock shadow!!!! Thats why rarely go out in public anymore. I have been trying for years to get this under some kind of control. Taking things I didnt need, and finally finding things I do!! I hope someone finds something that will work for hair removal for those of us who this kind of product won’t work on!

  19. Hi guys, i have pcos and everything that goes with it, including the extra hair on my face, which to be fair is pretty bad. So i have done one session with the laser so far and i’m not gunna lie… really hurt and i only had it on level 3 out of 5! but no pain no gain right, and even after the 1 session i can see a difference, the hair growth has slowed down, and rather than having to shave maybe twice a day to keep my face clear, i have only had to shave once every couple of days, so i am thrilled that i bit the bullet and purchased it after spending a small fortune on laser surgery that only lasted for a month or so. It is expensive but definitely worth the investment in the long run.