How to do laser hair removal at home

Tis’ the season for laser: Your laser hair removal questions answered

As you can imagine, Tria receives a lot of questions about our best-selling product; the 4X Hair Removal Laser. We teamed up with double board-certified Cosmetic Dermatologist, Dr. Karan Lal, to help answer our top five laser hair removal questions that we receive. I’ve included quick links so you can hop to our YouTube video with Dr. Lal to hear him answer the questions himself! Let’s go!

How long does it take to see results with the 4X Laser? Why?

If you are familiar with at-home beauty devices, you may be aware that it does take time and dedication in order to see results. You also have to stay on a treatment schedule (see below: How often should I use the 4X Hair Removal Laser) so that you do not miss an opportunity to disable hair follicles that are in the anagen growth phase.
See us answer the question on YouTube

Hair growth phasesAccording to data collected from our customers and clinical studies, we are seeing that it can take 3 to 6 treatments to start noticing the hair loss. Because your hair follicles have to be in the anagen hair growth phase in order to be effective, it can vary from each person since all of our follicles are in different phases, and each person’s anagen phase can last different lengths of time. It can take 4-6 months’ worth of sessions to see the full results. The thicker and longer hair you have, the longer it can take, according to Dr. Lal. <!–more–>

Does numbing cream or gel work for pain management during laser treatment?

Apply lidocaine cream before doing laser to minimize painSee us answer this question on YouTube.

We get this question a lot. It’s totally understandable as we all tolerate pain in different degrees. Dr. Lal specifies that the hair follicle lies within the fat, so that is why you feel a slight zing when you use the Tria Hair Removal Lasers. He suggests using a lidocaine cream, like LMX 4%, and not a gel or roll-on solution. Dr. Lal also suggests applying a thick dollop and applying saran plastic wrap to help with absorption, wait an hour, wipe away with a cloth, then treat with the laser.

 

 

How often should I use the 4X Hair Removal Laser?

Click here to read our blost post that answers this questionTria 4X LED Screen!

Tria suggests using the hair removal devices once every two weeks, without skipping a treatment. I mentioned the anagen hair growth phase above to describe why it takes more than one session to see results. If you use the laser every day, which some customers had reported that they did, you are wasting not only your time, but laser pulses on your device.

It’s best to mark your calendar to make sure you don’t miss your date with the laser!

Can the 4X Hair Removal Laser help women with PCOS hair growth?

See Dr. Lal answer this question on YouTubePCOS Symptoms!

For women with PCOS, it can be very frustrating and embarrassing to go out in public in fear that someone may see the thick and coarse hair that can grow on the face. In a previous blog post, I talked about how the imbalance of sex hormones can cause uncontrollable facial hair growth in women.

Dr. Lal suggests doing electrolysis for permanent hair removal on the face, but explains that it is extremely painful and expensive. If you can afford it and could tolerate it, then go for it! But for those that want to be discreet and have the convenience of controlling hair growth at home, Tria’s hair removal lasers will do the trick. Keep in mind that you will have to treat the facial hair once every two weeks to control the growth, but it will not be permanent for those with PCOS.

Can men use the 4X Hair Removal Laser?

Man with smooth back

Of course! Tria recommends that men use the at-home hair removal lasers from the neck down, since treating facial hair can cause a burn due to the density. Men can safely treat chest hair, arms, under arms, top of hands, back, legs, and feet. We do not recommend that anyone use the laser near the genital area–anywhere outside of the bikini line is okay.

 

We hope this list helps you decide if Tria is the right product for you to use at home! If you have any questions, please reach out to our amazing customer care team here: customercare@triabeauty.com

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Can you do hair removal laser on freckles?

Can you get laser hair removal over a tattoo, moles or freckles?

That pesky hair that is growing out of your mole–you hate it and want it to die. But, can you get laser hair removal over a tattoo, moles, or over your freckles? The answers are not very complicated, but there are reasons why you have to use caution when performing at-home laser hair removal. Let’s take a look!

How does laser hair removal work?

First, we need to understand how laser hair removal works. In basic terms, the laser beam from a hair removal device targets the pigment in the hair follicle on freshly shaven skin. The only way that the laser can find the pigment is if the skin tone is lighter than the pigment color of the hair. If the skin is darker than the hair’s pigment, or if the hair color has little to no pigment in it, the laser cannot find the hair follicle–resulting in the laser not treating those hairs.

Hairy mole
Don’t do it: Keep your hair removal laser away from moles.

So, because a mole can be dark brown or black, the melanin (the natural skin pigment) competes with the color of the hair, resulting in the laser targeting the skin of the mole and not the hair. If the laser targets the pigment in the mole, it can cause a burn, remove the mole from the skin, and yes, it will probably be painful.

With this in mind, you can imagine that the laser will also target the ink pigment in your tattoos–with possible burns and accidental tattoo removal. You definitely do not want to experience that sensation! <!–more–>

How can you avoid burning moles and tattoos?

White Eyeliner Pencil
Use a white kohl eyeliner pencil to cover moles.

If you are afraid that you will accidentally target a mole or a tattoo, there is a simple solution to keep yourself safe! There are a couple of ways to cover your moles, but you can use a white pencil (like a white kohl eyeliner pencil) to draw on the mole so that the laser does not detect the melanin. You can also use a white circle sticker to place over the mole during treatment, and just treat around the sticker.

For tattoos, it is easy to place white medical tape on the border of your tattoos so that you don’t accidentally target the ink zones.

Are freckles safe to laser?

Yes! You can go over your beautiful sunkissed freckled skin without harm. We suggest taking a good look through your freckle constellation and making sure there are no raised moles or very dark moles that could be present. You can draw over those areas with the white kohl pencil just to be on the safe side. Then you are ready to go blast away those hair follicles!

Arm with freckles

Still unsure? Call a dermatologist to make an appointment to ask if you are a candidate for laser hair removal. Once you get the green light, you can hop on our site and order your favorite Tria Hair Removal Laser.

See what dermatologist Dr. Karan Lal has to say about lasering over freckles!

 

At home laser hair removal

How often do you need to do at-home laser hair removal?

It’s exciting to buy a new beauty gadget, especially an at-home laser hair removal device, and when you’re unboxing it, that’s when the real intrigue begins. These initial questions will most likely pop into your head: What will it do, and how fast? I’ve tried a lot of beauty gizmos, and 99.9% of them are not overnight sensations. It takes time and dedication to see results with any device, and it is all up to you to make the magic happen.

One of the most common questions asked by customers is: How often do I need to use your hair removal lasers? Sometimes we hear that customers are using our 4X Hair Removal Laser every day, thinking that doing so will speed up the results. Unfortunately, using our hair removal device daily will not do anything but waste the number of laser pulses contained within the laser. Let me explain how at-home laser hair removal works and why you can’t use it daily.

Your body hair must be in the anagen hair growth phase

Hair growth phases

It’s true. There is a reason why we suggest using our hair removal devices once every two weeks. The reason is that the hair follicle can only be ‘killed’ by the laser when your body hair is in the anagen hair growth phase. (Click that link to read all about hair growth phases and laser hair removal.) This is the growing phase of the hair and the only phase that laser hair removal will work on. Only 20% of your body hair is in this phase at any given time. This is why you need to treat the hairs multiple times over a period of at least three months, or 5-6 treatments. The anagen phase lasts 2-3 weeks and then goes into catagen, telogen and exogen when the hair falls out and starts a new growth phase all over again. <!–more–>

Since we want to catch the hair follicle in the anagen phase, we must treat every two weeks, without skipping a treatment day. It’s best to mark your calendar to make sure you don’t miss your date with the laser!

Use your laser pulses only when you need to

It’s good to keep in mind that both our Precision Hair Removal Laser and 4X Laser contain an internal rechargeable battery that hold about 90,000 laser pulses. While this is a lot of pulses, if you used the laser daily, you would still have to use the laser for several months to see the results you want. Conserve your laser’s battery by using it only once every two weeks, and you should be able to use the laser for 2-3 years with proper battery maintenance. Charging the battery at least once every three months helps keep the battery healthy.

Trust the process

It’s definitely worth the time and effort doing your own at-home laser hair removal. Once the hair follicles have been successfully treated with the laser, you most likely will not have to worry about hair growth for quite some time! It can take from 3 to 6 months to see full results, so it is important not to get frustrated and give up on your progress. Keep going! My favorite thing to do when treating larger areas, such as legs, is to put my feet up and turn on my favorite show and start blasting away those follicles. It doesn’t have to be a daunting task (at least you don’t have to wear protective glasses like you do when using IPL).

VIDEO: See what double-certified cosmetic dermatologist Dr. Karan Lal has to say about how often you should use at-home hair removal:

Does laser hair removal work on all skin tones?

Does laser hair removal work on all skin tones and hair colors?

Growing up as a redhead, I could never understand why my body hair was dark brown on my legs, but it reddish-blonde everywhere else. I found myself shaving almost every other day just to rid my legs of the dark stubble that would creep back so quickly. At-home laser hair removal technology was not available when I was a teen, and I would have definitely taken advantage of it back then if it were!

Does laser hair removal work for everyone? The simple answer is no, but I will explain why and what options you have if it doesn’t work.

How laser hair removal works

How laser targets the pigment in the hair follicle
Tria’s 4X laser targeting a hair follicle

The technology behind how laser hair removal devices work is pretty straightforward. The laser beam from a hair removal device targets the pigment in the hair follicle on freshly shaven skin. The only way that the laser can find the pigment is if the skin tone is lighter than the pigment color of the hair. If the skin is darker than the hair’s pigment, or if the hair color has little to no pigment in it, the laser cannot find the hair follicle–resulting in the laser not treating those hairs.

This type of diode laser technology means that certain skin tones and hair colors will not be affected by the treatment. White or grey hair, blonde and red hair do not have enough pigmentation for the laser to target. Since I have different colors of body hair, I can treat my legs and wherever the hair is light brown to black, but the hair that is red or blonde, I cannot treat. If your hair is light brown to black, and your skin tone is pale to light tan, you are a great candidate for at-home laser hair removal.

Hair Growth Phases

Hair growth phases

Your hair color and skin tone are not the only factors that come into play with laser hair removal. Each hair on your body is in a different hair growth phase, and this is very important for successful laser hair removal. Let’s take a look at each phase and what it means for laser.

  • Anagen Phase

This is the growing phase of the hair and the only phase that laser hair removal will work on. Only 20% of your hair is in this phase at any given time, which is why you need to treat the hairs multiple times over a period of at least three months, or 5-6 treatments.

  • Catagen Phase

This phase happens right after the anagen phase has ended. The hair follicle stops producing and the hair remains intact.

  • Telogen Phase

During this phase, the hair is in a resting period for about three months. While there is a small amount of hair in this phase (about 10-15%) laser hair removal is not successful in this stage.

  • Exogen Phase

This phase is when the hair falls out. We shed about 50 to 100 hairs all over our body per day–it’s totally normal!

Keep in mind that you cannot tell which phase each hair is in just by looking–that is a mystery that only your body knows about!

Will Tria Lasers Work for You?

Tria Laser Skin ChartThe first step in deciding if Tria’s hair removal lasers will work for you is to take a look at the skin tone and hair color chart. The chart will guide you to make sure that your skin tone and hair color combination will work with diode laser technology.

As you can see here, the laser will work on pale to light brown skin tones, and only on black to light brown hair color. What could happen if your skin tone is darker than light brown and you used the laser? The answer is that the laser could target the skin instead of the hair and cause pain and damage. The great thing about the Tria at-home hair removal laser is that there is a safety feature on the device that only allows the laser to unlock when the skin tone is within a safe range.

You will still need to use precautions when using the laser over dark moles. You can purchase white circle stickers to place over the moles to make sure they will not get hit with the laser during treatments. Definitely avoid any tattoos!

What Type of Hair Removal Methods Work for Dark Skin?

The good news is that there are options for hair removal for those with dark skin tones. These options are available only in clinics and cannot be performed at home, so you will have to make an appointment and most likely go through a consultation first.

Nd: YAG Laser

Nd:YAG Laser

The Nd:YAG laser (also known as YAG) works by targeting the blood supply that is attached to the hair follicle. This laser works safely over darker skin tones as it does not target the melanin in the skin. Be prepared to go in for many sessions with this laser since the average sessions will be about 8 to 12 to achieve permanent results. As always, I remind you to do your research on the clinic you book–check reviews first! Depending on the area being treated, the average cost of these treatments are about $300 per session.

An illustration of electrolysis

Electrolysis

This method of hair removal will work on all skin tones and hair colors — this will work on blondes with light body hair and redheads! Electrolysis is highly effective technology, but there are some drawbacks that I’d like to mention when choosing this option. Unlike laser, this method works by manually placing a wire into the hair follicle underneath the skin. An electric current moves down the wire to destroy the hair follicle.

The person performing the procedure must be a licensed or certified electrologist that has a valid license to work within your state. It can take 8 to 18 months to see full permanent results with about 2-4 treatments spaced 6 weeks apart. A common side effect in those with darker skin tones is Post Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation that can take up to a year to fade. I also want to mention that electrolysis can be painful, even with numbing creams applied.

As with any hair removal method, regrowth is common and touch-ups are necessary. I wish you the best of luck on your hair removal journey! If you have any questions for Tria Beauty, please reach out at customercare@triabeauty.com

Who is the best candidate for at-home laser hair removal?

Check out our YouTube video interview with double-certified cosmetic dermatologist, Dr. Karan Lal.

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