The old Tria thread is getting pretty long with speculation and technical debate, so I thought I'd start a thread focusing on actual experiences. Hopefully this will help others determine if it's right for them.
For those that haven't heard about it, the Tria is a home laser hair removal system which retails for around $1000:http://www.triabeauty.com
I've put more overview details at:http://www.geocities.com/vulpresults/tria.html
Years ago I had commercial laser on my arms and legs which gave me permanent results. I purchased a Tria in July to do my chest, stomach, shoulders, and other areas, after weighing the cost of having these done professionally (around $200 per session, per area).
My hair is dark brown on Type III skin. When I shave, hair becomes noticeable stubble within 12 hours, and if I wax, it regrows in 1 week.
It's been 3 weeks now since my my 3rd chest session and I have what I feel is completely bare skin (at least for now). A couple of hairs have grown here and there which I attribute to previously dormant follicles.
One of the nicest things about the Tria is that you can treat hairs the moment you notice them growing. No more waiting for a clinic to squeeze you in for a touchup or your next appointment.
My stomach, shoulders and lower back have responded the same way. My underarms look like they'll need 5 sessions to get bare. I'm trying not to get too excited in case these results aren't permanent, but it's really encouraging.
I'd also like to quickly comment on Tria customer service. They checked up on me a week after my purchase, and when I called about a possible issue, they sent a FedEx pre-paid return box. Once they received my suspect unit, they overnighted a brand new one (covered by their 1 year warranty). I've never had such a great customer experience with a company.
So, my results so far are that if you use a Tria on its highest setting, and you have dark hair on light skin, you will see long-lasting hair reduction after 3 - 5 sessions.
I'd also like to point out their 90 day money-back warranty. Considering how great their customer service has been, I wouldn't see a problem buying a Tria for a trial to see how your hair responds.
If you're using or have used a Tria before or have questions about it please post.