Does it Work? Tria Age Defying Laser Review

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Tria Age Defying Anti-Aging Laser Review

Have you seen the Tria Age-Defying Laser yet? Recently I've been getting a lot of emails from readers asking me about this anti-aging laser, so I started to look into the technology. The more I read about it, the more excited I was about it! When they asked if I would want to try it out, you can bet I excitedly emailed them back immediately!


Tria Age Defying Anti-Aging Laser Science


At the top is a quick peek at what comes inside the box. It's pretty simple, there's the handheld anti-aging laser device, a small information booklet and a small cord that plugs into the stand up base.

The info on the device is very straight forward in the booklet, but basically you turn it on and there's an LED indicator at the very top telling you if you're on level 1, 2 or 3. It’s recommended to start on level 1 to adjust to the sensation. Then you can choose to increase the levels as your treatments progress, I worked my way up to 3 but you could stick with level 1 or 2 if you want. More on the levels later.


how to use the Tria Age Defying anti-aging Laser


Once the device is turned on, it won't start shooting the laser unless it is against your face (there are sensors so it will know if it is against your skin or not). There's a little map that Tria has created to show the areas of treatment, and it really is easiest if you just follow it. It is best to use the Age-Defying Laser right after you wash your face, and I recommend waiting a minute or two to ensure that your face is really dry, gliding is much easier on very dry skin. Run the laser back and forth over your skin, you'll hear the fan and see the purple light on the side illuminated indicating the laser is on.

The Age-Defying Laser will automatically time your treatment, beeping at you when it is time to move on to the next zone. When you're finished it will automatically turn off. I recommend keeping the laser in the charging base between uses, it really does use up a lot of energy and when you get to the higher levels you'll only get 1 or 2 uses in between fully charging the device.


Tria Age Defying Anti-Aging Laser How it works

How does it work?


The Tria Age-Defying Laser is a non-ablative, fractionallaser, and is the same technology available in a doctor's office.

The Age-Defying Laser is 1440 nm, and depending upon the level will put out 5, 10 or 12 J/pulse. As you go up in levels each zone will be treated for longer periods of time and the laser will create more MTZs (Microscopic columnar thermal zones, I'll explain those below). So, the Age Defying Laser has the same wavelength as many professional devices, quite a bit of energy, and it creates little things called MTZs.

how does nonablative laser resurfacing work?

When treating your skin with the Age-Defying Laser, the laser energy goes into the skin, down through the epidermis and into the dermis. The laser actually creates very small areas of damage (those MTZs, Microscopic columnar thermal zones). The damage is due to heat and coagulation of proteins, and it is in very discrete areas. Each MTZ is created to be very small, and while it is in both the epidermis and the dermis, it leaves the very outer layer of the epidermis (the stratum corneum) intact. Which means while your skin has been treated by the laser, on the outer surface you won't see a wound!

The MTZs are small enough that in less than 24 hours, skin cells from surrounding areas come into the damaged areas and start repairing the skin. As the skin starts to repair itself, there is an increase in collagen production, which is great for those of us with any wrinkles. In addition, damaged cells are shed within 3-7 days


 Tria anti-aging laser science background

After the Age-Defying Laser has been used, you'll have these small areas of MTZs that have healed, and due to the skin turning over those areas will be smoother. The dermis has created more collagen, so skin will be firmer and your wrinkles will be diminished.

While I've shown a few MTZs near each other in the skin, the idea is that over time as the MTZs accumulate and heal, your skin will continue to improve and you'll notice a big difference when you look in the mirror. Tria says that you can start to see a more youthful, radiant and refreshed look in as little as two weeks, and based on my experience, they're right.


Tria Skin Care, priming cleanser and nourishing serum review

Working with a dermatologist, Tria created some great anti-aging skin care products to go with the Age-Defying Laser. While there isn't anything really "different" about these products that prevents you from using other products, I really did like them a lot and recommend trying them out. You'll get samples of the products when you purchase the laser, you can buy them on your own as well.

Note that when using the Age-Defying Laser, your skin will be more sensitive to the sun, so using a full spectrum sunscreen everyday is even more important than usual!


Before picture Tria Age Defying Laser Tria Age Defying Laser 3 weeks of use

Here you can see my before and after pictures, which are taken after only 3 weeks of use. The images are huge, so they're shrunken to fit more easily on the page. Click on the images to open them much bigger in a new page.

After 3 weeks of use I had:
• Smoother skin, I felt this was especially seen on my forehead
• Fewer fine lines around my eyes
• More even skin tone


Tria sent me their clinical data, and after reading through their (very well done) study, I'm not surprised that these were the results:
Tria sent me their clinical data, and after reading through their (very well done) study, I'm not surprised that these were the results:
• 93% of users had significant improvement in the smoothness of their skin
• 82% of users had significant improvement in periorbital wrinkles (around the eyes)




Tria-Age Defying Laser is $495, and is available at TriaBeauty.com.

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This post was sponsored by Tria Beauty and Style Coalition, but all opinions are honest and my own!

72 comments

Amy in StL said...

No offense, but I had a hard time telling the difference between the before and the after shots. I saw no wrinkles or uneven skin in either! For the price of this, it would be nice to see some definitely unretouched photos of some real differences!

Julie said...

Thank you for this informative review. I ordered it on Sephora with my 15 percent VIB Rouge discount and I am glad the product works. Can't wait to receive it!

Christine Mikesell said...

Amy- My pics are unretouched, and I SWEAR there are skin issues there, but I'm just going to be happy that you don't see them! LOL I've been looking around but the other bloggers in the program that I can find haven't published such big pics. I'm watching my friend Teri from Beautiful Makeup Search, she's planning on posting more before and after pics soon!

Jules said...

Hmmm...interesting. This seems like a great one to try out. But I guess I have to see more photos to really convince me to try it out.

Candace Seymour said...

I am loving your blog. Is this laser pregnancy safe? Thank you!

Christine Mikesell said...

It isn't unfortunately.

Anonymous said...

I began using my Tria on April 6 (day 1 - training mode, day 2 - 6 level 2, and from then on at level 3) I can absolutely feel the texture of my skin changing, but expect to see the biggest changes during the 'resting period' when the collagen starts to rebuild. I chose to do the Europeon and Canadian schedule (7 days a week for 8 weeks and then take 4 weeks off) Are you following the US schedule of 5 days on, 2 days off for 12 weeks?

Christine Mikesell said...

The US schedule, I REALLY was excited about my days off each week :D

Kelly Fitzgerald said...

Any other comments/updates on this? I'm still considering it but at that price, want to be sure!

Christine Mikesell said...

Definitely worth it! I like it so much, I think I'm going to buy their hair removal laser soon.

Steve said...

I have been using the laser for over a month and am having excellent results. Unfortunately, a tooth cracked and I'm having a crown replaced. The dentist asked if I had been having radiation treatments because of the way my teeth look. Is this something anyone else has heard of? I want to keep using the product but...

Christine Mikesell said...

The energies are really very different between radiation and the laser, it can't penetrate beyond the dermis. The laser is unrelated.

Anonymous said...

What are the reccommended ages?

Christine Mikesell said...

They don't specify any recommended ages.

Anonymous said...

I am 59 and would like to know if the Tria Age Defying device would be beter than botox and with a slight rosacea would it aggravate this.

Christine Mikesell said...

It's hard to say, really. Everyone's rosacea is different, mine is mild and this didn't aggravate mine. However, if your skin was more sensitive, this would probably aggravate it. Botox is definitely effective, I think it is likely worth talking to a derm about either a non-ablative laser treatment (professional) vs. Botox. You could also do some pro treatments and if they go well do some touchups later on with the tria.

Anonymous said...

I have melisma on my cheek and was told that some laser treatment could make them even darker. Could the Tria be used to lighten them up?

Christine Mikesell said...

Some treatments could make it darker. In theory, this treatment should treat it based upon what the pro-level treatments do, but I would go for something like Kiehl's Clearly Corrective instead.

quickfix said...

I used the Tria for 3 months found it easy to use. Level 3 a little stinging but gone the next day. Dryness was not a problem in fact my skin looked radiant and plumped. But unfortunately this has caused tiny broken capillaries all over my face and jawline. I am now having to pay a dermatologist to remove them with V beam.( Very expensive indeed) Shame about the Tria I thought it was the answer to my prayers. :(

Anonymous said...

Hi,
Looking for something to treat upper lip lines and under eye bags, would the anti age laser be of any benefit?

Christine Mikesell said...

It would definitely help with lines, not so much with bags. Check out this post for help with bags/puffiness:
http://www.15minutebeauty.com/2014/02/hiding-undereye-bags-puffiness.html

Doe3 said...

Does the Tria Age Defying Laser help with tiny facial spider veins?

Anonymous said...

I started using this product Sept 9th I am on week 2 and I really don't see a difference yet. The laser on level 2 really burns my face. The machine cuts out. At first I thought I was moving it too slowly so I moved it faster but it still cuts out. Also it does not move across my face smoothly it is rather rough. I am going to continue for a least another week.. I will probably give it another week to see if there is improvement. Regardless I will be sending it back as it continues to stop and start. Too much money for an imperfect product. If it works I will reorder when they improve the product.

Marlene said...

I have been using the Tria Age Defying for about a week. My periorbital wrinkles actually seem to be worsening. Is it normal for these to look worse before they start to diminish?

Christine Mikesell said...

It does take a few weeks before you'll start to see results, simply because of the way in which the laser works. It goes in, damages very small areas of skin, then the skin heals itself. It can't make wrinkles worse, in fact if it was irritating your skin you'd see redness, but the inflammation would pump up your skin and make wrinkles look better.

Anonymous said...

Hello,
I'm a 37 year old woman and seem to have a similar skin type as you? I'm fully aware that as we get older our pores become larger and the skin becomes thinner which make us more vulnerable to the UV rays damaging effects.
My question is will this help reduce the pore size in any way?
You also appear to be in my age range? Any thoughts on your personal results in regards to my question? Are you still using the device? Do you know the stats on the device/ Derm visit, cost comparison, such as cost of device/ cost of each visit and so on?
Hopefully you can enlighten me with this knowledge! If you know then it's less work for my overworked brain? If you do not know it's quit alright!
Either way, thank you for your time and commitment to woman/ men and endless youthful beauty!

Christine Mikesell said...

I'm also 37, and I have some but not a lot of signs of aging (in person I'm often mistaken for 5-10 years younger, I credit lots of sunscreen for this!) I do think that the laser was helping for the 3-4 weeks that I used it, but I had to stop because I discovered that I'm pregnant (I'm at 35 weeks now as I type this), but I do plan to restart using it once I've delivered.

The device can help with skin texture, hyperpigmentation and fine lines/wrinkles, but your pore size is mostly determined by genetics. You can make your pores appear smaller by keeping them cleaned out (mud masks are great for this) as well as exfoliation and hydration. Those new blurring creams are also great to minimize pore appearance, even if you don't wear foundation over them.

The laser is $495, but I can't comment at all on the cost of a derm visit and similar non-ablative fractional laser treatment at the derm. The cost varies widely even just in my town (Ann Arbor, MI), let alone between different areas of the country. A laser treatment like this probably wouldn't be covered by insurance, but often a derm visit can be if you're there for other reasons as well, such as a mole check. Having the treatment in an office would likely cost thousands of dollars, though your results would be faster and the laser treatment would be stronger, so you might get more benefits from a pro treatment.

Hope that helps!

Anonymous said...

Can the laser help me tighten the skin on my belly? I had a baby 1 year ago, I'm very skinny, but my belly skin is a little loose.

Christine Mikesell said...

No, that kind of tightening really is only from a tummy tuck. Sorry!

Anonymous said...

Does this product help with neck and chin areas to help prevent getting turkey neck or gobbler?

Christine Mikesell said...

It will have some effect on wrinkles and skin tone but won't really tighten the skin like that. The neck issue is because that's very thin skin with a very thin layer of muscle underneath. People tend to ignore it, but really any anti-aging products you put on your face should also go there. To really have any effects on treating issues there you need to see a plastic surgeon.

Anonymous said...

I am 58 and considering plastic surgery for the marionette lines and forehead lines and number 11. when i asked the plastic surgeon what he thought about laser he said my lines are too deep. what do you think . plastic surgery 9,500 dollars. plus risk of surgery

Christine Mikesell said...

I'd double check with a good cosmetic derm before doing surgery. Lasers can do some great things and I've definitely seen my share of botched surgeries (I used to live in the OC, So Cal was an interesting place to people watch at the mall!)

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the more in-depth medical explanation of what this device is doing. Be glad that you didn't have wrinkles to begin with -- however, with you as the subject, obviously the before and after pics can't show any of the claimed anti-wrinkle benefits.

Anonymous said...

just checked your friend, Terry's blog and sadly she only posted one photo that showed any wrinkle diminishment. Kind of weird.

Anonymous said...

Well, I can see comments aren't promising, sadly....

Anonymous said...

I have a lot of age spots on my face and the dermatologist recommended laser to treat them. They are very stubborn due to autoimmune issues. Will the Tria be as effective as a professional laser for the age spots? I realize it may take longer, but will the results be as good?

Christine Mikesell said...

The laser a derm uses for hyperpigmentation is a bit different than this one. While this will help hyperpigmentation, it's really meant more to increase collagen production, etc. You'll get better results from the derm for sure.

Anonymous said...

May I continue to use my prescription retinoid nightly while using the Tria laser?

Christine Mikesell said...

You can, but I would apply it after the laser and use it only as your skin can handle it. You might need to back off to every other or every third night.

Anonymous said...

I want to order the Tria laser, I am 73 years old and quite thin. I notice more wrinkles all the time, would it help me?

Anonymous said...

i am into week 3; i do see my skin a little plumper; am 57; am going to alternate level 2 MWF and level 3 on Tues/Thrs only because of time constraints; it is a commitment - both time-wise and monetarily - and i can only hope for the best; hope it does more to the crows feet and nasolabial creases......maybe after 12 weeks & during rest period? thanks

cstonevaughn said...

can you use it on your legs and chest to remove any sunspots or scaring?

Christine Mikesell said...

Anon- I'm not sure I'd use it with very thin skin, I'd check with a derm first!

cstonevaughn- It's mostly for wrinkles, so won't do much for scars or sunspots.

Ginger Grove said...

I use level 3, and this is my third 12 week series of treatments. This time I am waking up at night with severe itching, especially around the jawline. This has not happened before. What is going on?

Christine Mikesell said...

It's hard to say. The treatment damages your skin and then it comes in and repairs itself to increase the collagen in the area, and that might be the issue. I'd stop using it for a while and then work your way back up later.

aam said...

hi Christine, I am interested in purchasing one of these but I am nervous about the reviews I have read about the device not working after the warranty expires. I was wondering if you have had any issues with your device so far?

Christine Mikesell said...

I haven't had any issues. I'd try to purchase from a store with the best return policy you can find, like Sephora!

mjcole2003 said...

Are men using this? I would like to get rid of my crows feet and a few minor lines but I don't see any reviews from men.

Anonymous said...

have been doing this religiously for 4 weeks. My facial skin seems smoother, but my eyes seem to have more wrinkles

luv2garden1 said...

I read above about using this 5 days on, 2 days off. I did read that in the book, however the sales clerk at Sephora told me to use it for 3 months, take a month off! Now I'm really confused! I'm in week 2. Help!!

Christine said...

Do both! Your skin needs time to recover. 5 on, 2 off. I'm pretty sure I was told by Tria (when they sent this to me) to do 3 months on, 1 off. The cycling is good.

luv2garden1 said...

So....do 5 days on, 2 off for 3 months? Then take a month off? I'm sorry, I'm not following what you're saying! :)

Christine said...

Yes, that's exactly what I mean! You're injuring the skin, though in a very selective way. You want it to rebuild itself.

luv2garden1 said...

Thank you Christine, for clarifying! I'll do just that, starting tonight! I have such oily skin, however I'm very very dry! I've stopped using the Tria products and gone back to my own! I also use a .1% retinol product. I'm wondering if I should back off, or work through this stage. Questions, questions, questions!

Anonymous said...

Can men use the Tria on their face like women? Will the laser kill their facial hair as a result?

Christine said...

It can be used by men, it's a different wavelength than that used in laser hair removal.

Ark said...

Can I use it on my neck ??

Christine said...

You can

Cat said...

I bought the tria recently. is it made in Korea? I heard it will cause indentation in the skin as I scarred easily I only used it once and scared to death when I saw my face got some hypopigmentation immediately after the use and seem to see a few small dented scars.

Christine said...

I believe it is made in California, which is where the company is based. You may be seeing your normal pores, a scar would be unable to form that quickly

juanitathomas10 said...

I am 61, but my skin is quite good, however, I would love to get this and address the few issues that I do have.

Anonymous said...

Can this be used for brown skin. Will it leave blotches?

Christine said...

It doesn't target the melanin so should be fine, but if you're worried I'd do a patch test somewhere first

Traveller said...

Can you take it in an airplane, or a trip? I want to take mine with me but don't want it confiscated.

Christine said...

It doesn't appear on any TSA lists at all, I think you certainly could take it with you.

Anonymous said...

I am almost ready to purchase this product. However, I recently had a filler (Juvederm) on my cheekbone and my marionette lines. Can I still use this product in spite of having had fillers

Christine said...

I'm not 100% sure, I'd check with your derm

Anonymous said...

Can the Tria be used to plump the lips?

Christine said...

No, it doesn't do that.

Anonymous said...

HELLO! Can you do botox while using the tria? thanks!!

Christine said...

You can, but I've heard that you should wait a few weeks before and after botox for doing treatments like this. I would ask the doctor who does your botox for sure!

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