For those who want a convenient and cost-effective solution for unwanted hair growth, at-home diode laser hair removal is increasingly popular. It offers the flexibility of treating various body areas without embarrassment of stripping off in the treatment room too, especially if you're self-conscious (like many of us are). Here are some quick tips and considerations for treating different body areas.
#1 What device should I choose and where can I use it?
Begin by selecting the right at-home laser hair removal device. Different devices are designed for specific body areas, such as the face, legs, bikini line, and underarms. Choose one that suits the areas you intend to treat. With Tria Beauty UK's 4X laser, you can choose the classic Hair Removal Laser 4X, which offers "more hair-eliminating energy than most IPL devices" and can be used all over the body. Or, for those treating smaller areas like the face, underarms, and bikini line, you can choose the Hair Removal Laser Precision.
The 4X offers five energy levels to choose from and the lower energy settings are perfect for those who find the treatment uncomfortable or with very sensitive skin; however, most customers report minimal to no discomfort even at the higher levels. The higher the treatment level, the faster the results.
All treatments will require that you have freshly cleansed, shaved skin, and dry skin without perfumes and lotions. For really sensitive areas like the face, underarms, and bikini area, it is a good idea to follow up treatment with Tria's Calming Soothing Gel. The laser is only officially approved for the main areas of the body such as arms, legs, bikini line face, and other areas. Check out my diary journey where I talk about using the laser on more sensitive parts.
#2 Should I patch test?
Before beginning treatment on a larger area, perform a patch test, which will help you assess how your skin reacts to the laser and whether you have any adverse reactions or discomfort. If you experience any unexpected side effects, consult a healthcare professional before proceeding. Tria lasers, however, are proven through dermatologist-led clinical studies to remove hair effectively and are cleared for safe and effective use. You shouldn't have a problem, but it's worth checking.
#3 How should I prepare my skin before treatment?
Again, to ensure the laser energy effectively targets the hair follicles beneath the skin, shave the area before using any at-home laser device. Use a high-quality razor (we recommend an eco-friendly type rather than a single-use piece of plastic) and follow the recommended guidelines for a clean, close shave. Make sure the area is clean and dry before you begin treatment.
#4 What kind of treatment schedule should I keep?
Consistency is key to successful at-home laser hair removal. Follow the recommended treatment schedule provided by the device manufacturer. Typically, this involves multiple sessions spaced a few weeks apart to target hair in various growth cycles.
In our Tria user manual, it states: "To be most effective, the Tria Laser 4X needs to treat each hair follicle during its active growth period. Hair grows in cycles, so multiple treatments are necessary. For best results, treat every two weeks for up to three months or until you are satisfied with the amount of hair reduction."
You may need the occasional top-up after this three-month period if you have not been able to target every hair during its active growth period.
#5 What are the final considerations?
Dark, coarse hair typically responds best to at-home laser hair removal. Avoid waxing or plucking during treatment as the hair still needs to be attached to the follicle to be treated by the laser.
At-home laser hair removal can save money in the long run compared to salon visits, but it still requires an initial investment. Consider your budget and weigh it against the convenience and potential cost savings over time.