so, a few months ago, i was griping about going to the dermatologist about various skin-related body-hair-fuelled problems i have and getting totally blown off, and helens78
recommended the Tria hair removal laser
system. i looked at it and thought "hmm, expensive", but reading the manual and reviews and stuff, it looked like i'd be an excellent candidate (light skin, dark dark dark thick hair). i also figured, if it worked, $450 for the laser would be better than thousands of dollars for professional laser hair removal (and fighting with my insurance company to see if they'd cover same since it would be for medical and not cosmetic purposes) and would save so much of the hassle of trying to get to appointments, etc.
so i bought one! and oh my god
, this thing is amazing. i've only tried treating a few areas so far (i figured i'd start with the spots that have hair i don't like and that don't
tend to massive ingrown hairs at the drop of a hat) but it's been so damn effective on those areas. it isn't perfect: it doesn't work on hair that's gone grey and it doesn't work immediately (it doesn't make the hair go away, just stops it from growing back again), and it did cause a few additional ingrown hairs after the first round of treatment when i didn't have it on high enough power to totally zap the follicle, and boy howdy
does it sting. (like snapping a rubberband against your skin over and over and over again, it starts off "oh, that's fine!" and then the burn builds and builds and BUILDS
.) it's also really hard to tell if you missed a spot or not.
but after three months of treatments, the bits i've zapped have stayed zapped, and it is amaaaaaazingly effective.
so, if you also have light skin and dark hair that you would like to make go away, and you have a reasonably high pain tolerance (you can also get lidocaine cream to pre-numb the areas!), and you have $450 to spend on a handheld laser system, i heartily recommend the Tria.