Getting StartedAfter opening the package, I thoroughly read all the directions. I charged the unit and used the skin sensor to make sure I was able to safely use the laser with my skin tone. The sensor will turn red if it's not safe to use. I saw green and went on line to activate the unit. I used the laser on the inside of my arm to make sure I did not have any reactions to the treatment. After three days I was sure I was ready to safely go hair free.
Zapping AwayI chose to use the laser on my left underarm first. I wanted to do one arm so I could actually see and experience the difference. First I took a nice warm shower and shaved my left and right underarms. After I finished showering, I dried my pits and let them air out for a few before I began my treatment. Somehow, I didn't think a wet pit and laser mixed.
I sat down in front of a mirror and began my treatment. I chose to start at level one on the unit. It's very easy to use. I placed the unit on my armpit and waited for a beep. Once I heard it, I moved the unit so I would overlap the area I just did. There were a few spots that I heard a buzzing sound so I readjusted the device to sit flat along my skin and that did the trick. (See a step-by-step.)
Pain and Treatment TimeI didn't feel much during the treatment. At the beginning, the sound startled me but I didn't feel anything. The other benefit was it did not hurt at all. I tried the five different levels and as I went up, I felt more discomfort. Level five was the worst. It felt like a hot rubber band snapping against my skin. It was a little painful, but more irritating than anything.
The subsequent times I have used the unit, I have been using the level three setting. I felt a little bit of discomfort but it was very tolerable. I have completed four treatments and haven't had to recharge the unit yet!
The total time it took me was 12 minutes for one underarm. That was shorter than driving to the salon and getting waxed!
Seeing Hair Reducing ResultsAfter the second treatment, I noticed that it was taking a long time for the hair to grow back. It was growing much slower than my right arm and it was much sparser. I also noticed that the hair was not as coarse as my right arm. The fourth treatment was more of the same. If I had to estimate, there seems to be about a 70% in hair reduction two weeks after my fourth treatment.
So far I'm very happy with Tria Laser. It's very easy to use and it seems to be doing the job. I'm going to give it a couple of more treatments to see if I am completely satisfied with the outcome. I think I'm going to move to the other armpit. It's a bit embarrassing having one arm that is virtually hair free and the other that always seems to have a five o'clock shadow!Update: Read Nicole's final results in Part 2.