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Tips on Using a Tria Laser on the Face

Updated on June 2, 2011

The Tria Hair Remover Laser is the first FDA cleared laser for at home use. The American FDA has only cleared hair removal usage for areas below the neckline due to increased probability of burning and scarring sensitive facial areas. Despite this, many people choose to use the Tria on their faces and it has actually been marketed in Japan, Korea, and Spain as an effective facial hair removal treatment.

Before Use

1. Shave the facial areas to be treated. As you shave, pull skin taut to get as close of a shave as possible. This will increase the likelihood of the laser reaching the roots of the hair for maximum results.

2. Wash off shaving cream and other debris or particles that may be on the skin.

3. Thoroughly towel dry your skin.

During Treatment

1. Patch test starting with thelowestsetting. Use the highest setting that your skin can tolerate without burning.

2. Lower the setting near sensitive areas, such as the forehead and nose.

3. If pain is a problem but your skin does not react, use a pain minimizing tip outlined below.

4. Pull skin taut to increase the chances of the laser reaching the hairs’ roots.

5. Continuously overlap treatments. This ensures treatment coverage.

Minimizing Pain

1. Avoid or power down near the forehead, nose, and the bony area of the chin.

2. Use a topical numbing cream containing Lidocaine. Numbing cream is available over the counter.

3. Do a small area each day instead of a large area all at once. This will decrease the amount of pain you must endure during each session.

4. Numb the area to be treated using an ice pack before treatment to numb the pain during treatment, or after treatment to reduce residual irritation.

5. For women, avoid treatment immediately before or during menstruation. Many women report higher subjective experiences of pain during these periods.

6. The level of pain should decrease as the hair follicles get thinner and disappear.

Treating A Reaction

Minimal irritation subsiding after 30 minutes to an hour is normal. If your skin burns and the burning and irritation do not subside after a few hours, follow these tips.

1. Ice the area over five minute intervals after the treatment.

2. Rub hydrocortisone cream over the area.

3. Apply sunscreen to the area whenever leaving the house. Since the face is exposed to the elements, it is very important to protect it from sun, harsh wind, and harsh cold during healing.


· Do not laser in or around the ears.

· Do not laser over moles or scars. This can collect heat and cause a painful burning.

· If you have a dark skin tone, do not try this on your face. The built-in skin sensor should indicate that it is not appropriate for use on the darkened skin area also.

· NEVER laser near your eyes. Your eyes contain melanin which absorbs the lasers pulse and can be extremely dangerous.


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