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!
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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!
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)