What Can Be TRIA Laser Side Effects
If you are about to purchase the Tria laser hair removal system and worried about the possible side effects, than this article is for you. First of all it is important to know, that TRIA laser is FDA approved, which means it passed the necessary safety tests and the technology is cleared for home use, so you can be sure the device itself is safe, when used properly.
Some of the side effects associated with the Tria laser usage, can be prevented when used by the right candidate, and when following the user guide dos and dont’s guidelines.
Tria Laser Side Effect – Pain
The most common minor side effect you can expect when using the Tria laser would be “pain”. The laser light when flashes at the skin, causes heat. This discomfort is typical to laser hair removal procedure. The pain is usually described as ‘rubber band snap’ on the skin. Not pain like waxing, but certainly some discomfort is expected as a side effect of the treatment.
People who use Tria also consider using a numbing cream. Applying a numb gel reduces the discomfort of the zapping. If you do not want to use numbing creams, you can place an ice-pack on the skin before zapping over it. The ice will cool the surface and numb it.
Tria Laser Temporary Side Effects
Using laser over the skin, zapping intense energy which burns the root of the hair and disables it, this process can cause skin irritation. Temporary discomfort, redness and swelling are common. These are temporary and usually pass within few days.
These side effects have several possible reasons. The Tria works best on people with fair skin (white pale skin) and black hair. In an ideal world, the black hair ‘catches’ all the light energy and turns into heat. This combination of skin / hair is the ideal candidate for a home laser treatment. Their chances for side effects will be lowest.
But the world is not idea. People have many shades of skin colors, from Albinism to deep black African color. From pale to well tanned. When the skin has some pigment in it, meaning it is not totally white pale, it will absorb some of the light energy and will react to the heat. If you want to reduce this side effect, make sure to do your Tria laser treatments during WINTER, when the skin is naturally less tanned.
If you are naturally tanned or dark skin, then the Tria many not be safe for you to use. Note that even people with fair skin have areas in their body which are darker like the lips, and skin around the genital areas.
Side Effects – Mid to Long Term
Pigment changes. Laser hair removal might darken or lighten the affected skin, usually temporarily. Darkening of the skin may pass after some times (weeks months) whitening of the skin may take longer time to settle back.
The skin knows to manufacture pigment to protect itself from light – this is what we call TANNING. The skin becomes darker when exposed to light. Since home laser devices have intense light, when used too frequently (not according to the user guide), or overlapping the pulses on the same spot over and over. In those cases the pigment mechanism in the cell might get disordered. Either extra production of melanin cells which make the skin darker, or disabling the production of melanin cells which cause white spots.
The best tip is to follow the rules. Do not over treat the skin, do not overlap or over do it. Stay away from the sun few days before and few days after the treatment with Tria. If the skin feels an overdose of light the melanin may go into production.
Excessive Hair Regrowth
In some cases, the hair growth is hormonal and not in the regular growth cycle. In those cases the Tria may cause an unwanted side effect of hair growth, stimulating the hair instead of disabling it. Paradoxical hypertrichosis after laser epilation – This is rather rare but worth to know. In one experiment out of 489 patients, 3 had this side effect.
When the right candidate is using the Tria in the way it was designed to work, the side effects are minor and are part of the process. You need to have a fair skin (not dark or deep tanned) and hair color which is not white, grey or red for the Tria to work.
You need to follow the treatment plan and not try to outsmart the device or procedure. Treat once every two weeks, do not overlap and use it sensibly to enjoy the results others are reaching. Note that each person has different type of skin color, hair color, skin thickness, and hormonal uniqueness, which means different results are expected for different people.
Use numbing gels to reduce the discomfort, stay away from the sun after sessions, and you should be fine. Good luck.