While laser hair removal is all the rage, professional treatments can be both costly and uncomfortable, for a multitude of reasons: in addition to the inconvenience of driving to an office to receive treatments, some customers find the intimacy of exposing thighs and other treated areas to the scrutiny of a professional daunting, at best. Thankfully, there are other options out there, including the Tria 4X and Tria Precision. These devices offer the long-term results of laser removal, within the convenience of one’s home.
The Tria 4X is a laser removal device created to be used in the home. A handheld machine, the 4X does not require a base unit or other bulky addition, and is extremely streamlined for ease of use. The device comes in four different colors, including a graphite color perhaps better suited to a male audience than lavender or pink. While the up-front price may seem costly (around $450), this is a pittance in comparison to reputable professional treatments, making this an affordable system overall.
The Tria 4X is reported to provide a 70% reduction in hair over 3 months. While most users see results in just two treatments (or four weeks), full results are delivered in as little as 3 months (or 6 treatments). Like most laser hair removal devices, the 4X is ideally suited for men and women with dark hair and light-to-medium skin, as the laser targets the color in hair’s pigment. Using on light hair or dark skin may result in simple ineffectiveness, or may even cause injury. The device may be used on fine hair, as long as the strands in question are dark and against a lighter skin tone. The 4X is Tria’s larger model, and is designed for use on larger areas such as the legs, arms, and back. As such, it is equipped with a 30 minute battery life.
A significant portion of 4X users reported both satisfaction and drastic reduction in hair growth, most commonly after three months of steady use. Users were pleased with the 4X’s trigger function: rather than having to press a button or hold an actual trigger, the device automatically begins treatment once it is pressed firmly against skin. Users were also pleased by the lightweight, economical design of the product, as it makes reaching awkward spaces simple and easy, rather than requiring twisting and maneuvering around a cord.
Although many users saw positive results, some users were less than pleased with their experience—mainly due to not seeing any results. Some users found that, despite matching the ideal candidate parameters, the product failed to reduce hair growth significantly enough to warrant the effort. Others were given defective products that failed to work at all. It should be noted that, in these cases, most users reported a pleasant customer service experience, if not a pleasant device experience.
The Tria Precision is Tria’s smaller handheld device. While it can be used on legs, the small treatment area and small battery life make this particular model ideally suited for the face, underarms, and bikini line. Because it is intended for smaller areas, this unit was created with a 15 minute battery life—ideally long enough for one treatment. The Precision has two available colors (white and pink), and is best suited for those with fewer removal needs, or greater travel needs.
Like the 4X, the Precision targets the pigment in hair, and must be used on dark hair and light-to-medium skin tones only. Again, it may be used to target fine hair, as long as fine hair is dark enough to be visible against skin. The treatment schedule for the Precision is identical to that of the 4X, and should be used once every two weeks, with the full results appearing after 3 months of consistent biweekly use.
Although reviews are not quite as high as the 4X, the Precision still garners positive reviews from a large portion of customers. These customers typically report significantly diminished hair growth with consistent use, again after using for 2-3 months. Due to the device’s small size, the majority of customers purchase this model for use on the face and bikini line, with a smaller number using it on the underarms. Although the product is effective, some users warn that a numbing cream is best used with this device, as it targets smaller, more sensitive areas.
The most common cause of poor reviews was the presence of defective products. While most of these products were returned for a full refund without question, some users found that the device functioned well until it was just outside of the warranty limit, then quit working altogether. Although these were in the minority, it was enough of a problem to consider asking for an extended warranty, or contacting the company immediately upon noticing any defect or decreased performance.
How Do the Two Compare?
Tria’s 4X was formulated to target larger treatment areas such as the legs, arms, back, etc. As such, it has more options in speed/intensity, a larger window for treating, and more color options. Conversely, the Precision is (as its name suggests) was created to target smaller areas such as the face, underarms, and bikini line. As such, it has a smaller treatment window, fewer color options, and fewer speed/intensity options. The battery life is also different between models: the 4X lasts for 30 minutes of continuous use, while the Precision has a 15-minute battery.
Like most other devices in this niche, both the 4X and Precision require skin tone to be either light or medium, and hair to be dark. The pain associated with the use is also comparable, as the treatment is the same type. It should be noted, however, that pain may appear to be more intense with the Precision because it treats areas that are traditionally more sensitive.
Still Don’t Know Which to Choose?
The easiest way to decide which Tria device is for you is by evaluating your needs based on these three factors:
- Treatment Needs
- Travel Needs
The Precision is the cheaper of the two models. For someone whose sole concern is budget, this model is likely to serve those needs best. Individuals seeking a larger treatment area should avoid the Precision, in favor of the 4X. Finally, travel needs: both models are fairly compact, making either a decent travel companion. For men and women with serious concerns about space, however, the smaller Precision is best.