Tria Age-Defying laser review

Anti-ageing benefits 🌸🌸🌸🌸
Smooths fine lines & wrinkles, reduces redness & pigmentation, plumps & smooths skin, creates a youthful glow.
Effort 💧💧💧💧
It’s a commitment. 10 mins daily for 8-weeks, then 4-weeks rest. Best results between 8 to 12 weeks. Repeat the cycle as you like.

Ease of use
Very easy to use, no recurring cost of messy gels. Stings at first but this fades. Skin redness and tenderness after treatments.
Support
Tria give responsive and comprehensive pre and post sales support and offer a 60-day money back guarantees too.
Feedback & results
Lots of love mixed with charging problems criticism. Read this in-depth round-up to get the full picture.
Budget range: £££
Expensive at full RRP (£450) however regular offers are available (around £300)

In this Tria Age-Defying laser review

What is it?

The Tria Age-Defying laser is a small hand-held at-home facial rejuvenation laser. It’s the same, although scaled down, technology doctors have used for over a decade. With clinical tests and FDA-clearance it’s proven safe for all skin tones and for home use.

In the US it’s called the Tria SmoothBeauty laser. And compared to newer home-use anti-ageing devices it’s a veteran because it’s been available since 2013. But its popularity isn’t fading yet.

Photo of the lilac Age-Defying laser lying on its side, and another standing in the small magenta charging cradle

 

Tria Beauty say it gives you youthful, bright, supple and smooth skin by:

  • Smoothing fine lines and wrinkles
  • Reducing pigmentation and
  • Improving texture

 

The UK guidance is to use it daily for 8 weeks then take a 4-week break. Full effects are visible during this rest stage. Start another cycle to get even better results. In the US the guidance is to use it daily for 5 days a week for 12 weeks.

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Keep reading to learn more, including other key differences for UK users versus US, online feedback and pros and cons.

What does it do?

The laser creates teeny columns of invisible injuries in the layers below the skin’s surface. The healthy areas around these micro-injuries start a repair job and so produce collagen and elastin. After each session, you get tiny bits of fresh skin and loads more shiny-collagen doing its thing. Over a few months your skin gradually perks up to look bright and clear and feel smooth and supple.

A hand holding the Tria age-Defying laser and a graphic showing the micro injuries it creates in the skin.

 

What’s collagen and elastin?

Collagen and elastin are the mesh of fibres that make up your skin.

  • Collagen makes your skin strong and firm.
  • Elastin keeps your skin tight.

 

Fibroblast cells found in the dermis layer of your skin produce both.

You’ve plenty when you’re young. But from around 30 you produce less and less each year. The result is fine lines, wrinkles, dull skin, rosy-redness and darker spots. Collagen creams can’t help because the collagen molecules are too big to sink into the skin.

An illustrated diagram of younger skin and aging skin showing the decrease in collagen and broken elastin in older skin.

As you get older you produce less collagen and elastin and so your skin shows sign of aging such as fine lines and wrinkle, dark spots, redness and texture problems like large pores. The Tria laser kickstarts collagen and elastin production in your skin. It works to refresh and repair the signs of aging.

 

The Tria Kick-start

To help, you must kick-start the fibroblast cells into action for a natural collagen and elastin boost. The Tria skin rejuvenating laser does this by creating tiny injuries in the skin. Your fibroblasts produce collagen and elastin to repair them. Plus, a load more that spread throughout your dermis repairing and revitalising. This gives you fresher, younger-looking skin.

But it’s not immediate.

Not immediate results

Because each session affects such a small amount of skin, you need loads of treatments to see visible results. 56 sessions to be precise. That’s once every day for 8 weeks.

During this, all the old, dull and discoloured skin naturally exfoliates away. The micro injuries heal and fresh cells replace them. And you’ve super-charged skin by the ongoing collagen and elastin party in its layers.

Thus, youthful, bright, supple and smooth skin.

So, how does this laser-thing work?

How does it work?

It’s a 1440 nm non-ablative fractional diode laser. That’s how.

And for the non-boffin crowd, here’s what that means.

Ablative vs Non-ablative

First, what it’s not. An ablative laser vapourises the outer skin layer (epidermis). Ouchy. Your skin reacts by producing loads of collagen and elastin to repair and build a new epidermal layer. This ‘resurfacing’ has a dramatic effect on ageing skin by continuously producing buckets of collagen, but it takes weeks to heal and there’s a risk of infection.

The Tria rejuvenation laser is non-ablative. This means the laser beam heats up and damages the outer (epidermis) and lower (dermis) layers of skin, but it doesn’t destroy them. Your body produces a surge of collagen and elastin to repair and renew the damaged cells, which then freshens up the rest of your skin too.

OK, this sounds better. So, what does ‘fractional’ mean?

Fractional vs Non-fractional

Again, this is what it’s not. Non-fractional is where a single, larger beam of energy acts on the whole laser treatment zone.

The Tria Age-Defying laser is fractional and this means it’s a pixelated laser beam, into many evenly spaced tiny energy columns. One clinical study calls them microscopic thermal zones, or MTZs. So, the laser energy acts on a ‘fraction’ of your skin in the treatment zone.

Close up side view photo of the Tria Age-defying laser and the laser opening aperture

 

And because there’s loads of healthy undamaged cells around these MTZs, healing is fast and efficient. With the Tria anti-aging laser it takes under 24 hours.

1440 nm laser

1440 nanometers refers to the laser’s wavelength. Tria couldn’t confirm this for me due to IP restrictions, however based on similar Diode lasers, it’s water in the skin that absorbs this wavelength. The laser heats it, thus creating micro-injuries at the right depth in the skin layers.

So, in combination, this 1440 nm non-ablative fractional laser makes for more comfortable treatments with fast recovery and minimal side effects. It’s perfect for home-use.

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Now that’s clear let’s check how it compares to professional treatments.

How does it compare to professional laser rejuvenation?

In comparison to a doctor’s clinic, the Tria laser uses much less power. The power output ranges from 5 to 12 mJ/pulse. In comparison, a professional grade non-ablative fractional laser is maximum 70 mJ.

The depth the Tria’s laser energy reaches is 450 microns (a micron is a millionth of a metre, so it’s 0.45 millimetres). An example professional grade laser goes 500 to 1400 microns.

This means with professional treatments you need fewer treatments to see results. Most doctors recommend 3 to 5. And there’s a few days recovery before your skin heals and is back to normal. With the Tria Age Defying Laser you need many more treatments, but your skin heals within 24 hours.

Professional grade lasers have professional operators too. They’re medically trained specialists who configure the laser specifically to suit the patient. At home it’s just us, so it must be safe and simple.

So, this is all good stuff. It’s designed to keep us safe, work with minimal discomfort, repair fast and still give visible results overtime. Reassuringly, there’s clinical proof of the safety and results too.

Is there clinical proof??

Yes. There’s a clinical study. You can access a pdf download of the study abstract dated 2011 on the Tria Beauty UK website.

N.B. For readers in the US: Triabeauty.com doesn’t share the study discussed below, or any other study on the website. Keep reading to the ‘For “crow’s feet” only’ and ‘FDA-clearance’ sections below for more information.

The 2011 clinical study

The study of 34 participants lasted 20 weeks. The study was ‘split face’ which means each side of the face received a different 12-week treatment regimen with results recorded for each.

The participants visited the study site and treated their own faces / zones. The regimens for each zone were either x5 per week or x2 per week sessions at different intensity levels. They assessed the participants regularly for 8 weeks afterwards too.

Screen capture of the Tiria Age-Defying laser 2011 Clinical study

Screenshot of the 2011 clinical study extract pdf available on Triabeauty.co.uk. You can see the before and after photos from the study there.

Recording data

An independent and objective dermatologist assessed the treatment zones throughout the study.

To avoid any bias in the assessment it was a blind study too. This means the dermatologist didn’t know the treatment regimen assignment to each facial zone. They merely measured and assessed what they saw.

What data?

Using a 9-point scale, the dermatologist measured improvement in wrinkles, uneven pigmentation and diffuse redness. And with a ‘back-of-the-hand’ method they assessed skin texture too. At least a 1-point improvement was clinically significant.

The participants also recorded feedback during the sessions. They rated tolerability using a 1 to 10 scale where 0 is no pain and 10 is extreme pain. And they noted any side effects too. Periodically, they also answered satisfaction surveys.

The results

The 2011 study shared on the website shows the zone results for 5 daily sessions per week at treatment level 2. It includes three sets of before and after photos too.

The dermatologist recorded:

  • 75% of subjects showed at least a 1-point improvement in dyschromia (uneven pigmentation), diffuse redness, periorbital wrinkles (around the eye), and perioral wrinkles (around the mouth) 4 weeks after final treatment as determined by a dermatologist.
  • 100% of the participants had at least a 1-point improvement in tactile roughness (skin texture irregularities)
Bar chart showing the study results for zones receiving 5 daily sessions per week at treatment level 2.

Subjects that had at least a 1-point improvement 4 weeks after final treatment for: dyschromia /uneven pigmentation (75%), diffuse redness (75%), periorbital / crow’s feet wrinkles (75%), wrinkles around the mouth (75%), smoother skin (100%)

 

At 4 weeks after their last treatment the participants shared:

  • 58% saw improvement in brown areas/spots
  • 67% saw improvement in redness and wrinkles
  • 75% saw improvement in skin texture
  • 92% were satisfied with their treatment
Bar chart showing the participant survey results for zones receiving 5 daily sessions per week at treatment level 2.

Participant survey results: 58% saw improved brown areas/spots, 67% saw improved redness and wrinkles, 75% saw improved skin texture, 92% satisfied with their treatment.

 

The study concluded:

“The study showed that the novel consumer 1440 nm fractional non-ablative diode laser is safe for at-home consumer use and well-tolerated. Blinded physician assessed efficacy showed clinically significant improvement in periorbital and perioral wrinkles, dyschromia (uneven pigmentation), diffuse redness, and tactile roughness. A majority of subjects were satisfied with their treatments and saw improvement in each of the parameters assessed.”

Thoughts on the study

Whilst the study uses fairly basic methods to measure results it’s seems comprehensive and objective enough. 75% is a good amount who saw improvement in uneven pigmentation, crow’s feet and lines around the mouth, but that does mean 25% didn’t.

Regardless, the study does reassure me I’ll see results with the Age-Defying laser, although I’m not certain how dramatic they’ll be.

It’s noteworthy also, the results are for level 2 intensity usage. Based on the higher intensity treatments being more effective you’d therefore assume level 3 will give even better and / or faster results.

So, I can’t help wondering why Tria don’t share the results for level 3 intensity instead. I also couldn’t help comparing the study abstract user satisfaction survey results to those shared on the website. They don’t match so I wonder where they come from too. I asked but Tria weren’t able to confirm based on IP restrictions.

I don’t think there’s anything to worry about here. I just don’t like inconsistencies! I really should stop over thinking these things. 🤯

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For “crow’s feet” only?

The study also notes the Tria laser “is FDA cleared for the treatment of periorbital wrinkles (crow’s feet) which may result in smoother appearing skin in the treated area”.

N.B. In the user manual for US users, it references a clinical study proving it works on “crow’s feet” too. This isn’t in the UK user manual.

This means that whilst this 2011 clinical study shows it also works to fight redness, even out skin tone and smooth out texture problems the FDA haven’t cleared it, or indicated it, for these benefits.

This doesn’t mean the clinical study is wrong. It’s just how FDA clearance works.

FDA-clearance

The US classes the Tria Age-Defying laser a medical device. The FDA governs these and so needs clearance before Tria Beauty can market it in the US.

US Food & Drug Administration logo

 

The easiest way is prove your device is similar or ‘substantially equivalent’ to another approved device. So, Tria Beauty have ‘substantially equivalent’ proof compared to other 1440 nm non-ablation fractional diode lasers already with FDA clearance.

And because they’ve clearance for smoothing “crow’s feet” only, that’s what the Tria laser also has.

This explains why the reported benefits and claims of the ‘Age-Defying laser’ differ noticeably in the UK to the US SmoothBeauty laser.

This is relevant for readers in the US where Tria promote it for a smaller range of anti-ageing benefits. More on this next.

UK vs US promotion

Tria Beauty use user satisfaction scores to promote the benefits of the Tria laser. And for the most part they’re identical for the US and UK. Both show high satisfaction scores for a reduction in fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes, in fine facial lines and wrinkles, smoother skin, and agreement it’s as effective as professional laser treatments.

Age-defying laser vs SmoothBeauty laser

But there is one key difference.

Tria Beauty UK claim the Age-Defying laser can even out pigmentation issues. They show a user satisfaction score too:

“80% of users reported a reduction in discoloration.” Triabeauty.co.uk

The 2011 clinical study supports this with results where 75% of subjects had at least a 1-point improvement. And as the FDA governs within the US only, Tria Beauty UK can promote this benefit without FDA approval.

However, Tria Beauty Inc, can’t make this claim. Instead they say:

“87% of users say their skin looks more radiant and youthful’.
Triabeauty.com

Sounds just as good to me. So, in conclusion the  Tria laser can also give even-toned and radiant skin, as well as smoothing wrinkles.

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Next, let’s look into what it’s like to use.

What’s it like to use?

The device laser comes in a neat white box. It’s smooth and sturdy with silver embossed Tria logos. It looks expensive.

Beautiful packaging

The layout is clean and spacious with a feminine and classy feel. The lilac laser is on 3 sides of the box with an almost life size version on the front. My UK version is in both English and German with clear and neat typeface in dark grey and magenta.

Photos of the Tria age defying laser box front and side

 

On the front there’s a silver embossed ‘clinically proven’ stamp. The side briefly explains this is to “be safe and effective for smoothing fine lines and wrinkles, improving skin texture and minimising discolouration.”

The same side also lists the reasons you should not use the Age-Defying Laser (more on this later). And there’s a very favourable quote from a very qualified Dermatologist.

Close up photo of the dermatologist quote on the outside of the Tria age defying laser box

The testimonial read: “the professional anti-ageing results that only laser treatment can provide are now available at home, stimulating the skin’s natural collagen regeneration processes to reduce wrinkles and improve skin within just a few weeks” Zakia Rahman, M.D., Board Certified Dermatologist and Stanford University Clinical Assistant Professor of Dermatology

 

photo of the inside flap of the well-designed Tria Age defying outer information sleeve

 

There’s more information in the open up flap too. It briefly explains how the laser works to generate collagen and highlights key user satisfaction scores from the clinical trial. It briefly shows the safety and helpful features of the laser and the 3 simple steps to use it daily in minutes. There’s another doctor’s quote thrown in for good measure too.

It’s attractive, well laid out and concise. It does a very good job of selling the Tria Age-Defying Laser.

Inside the box

The information sleeve slides off with a bit of wiggling. Beneath is a smooth white and beautiful magenta colour box.  Remove the white lid to see the lilac device nestled in a white plastic mould.

photo of side view of the compact magenta box with the laser inside and the slide-off white box lid next to it

The compact box is beautiful with a silver-embossed Tria logo. It measures 15 x 25 x 10 cm. Keep it to store the Age Defying Laser in when not doing a treatment cycle.

 

Multiple photos of the Tria box inside showing the magenta pull ribbon on the plastic mould, laser in the mould and contents underneath

There’s a magenta ribbon you can use to lift the mould, and underneath see the user manual, quick start guide, charging cable and small charging stand.

 

Photo of the Tria Age Defying laser box contents

What’s in the box? The Age-Defying Laser, Charging stand, Charging cable in a small magenta cardboard box, User manual, Quick start guide

 

First impressions

The Age-Defying laser is light-weight, smooth, cool to the touch and fits comfortably in my hand. It’s easy to lift and manoeuvre and is pleasant to hold. I grip it naturally on the handle where it curves up to the flat-sided business end.

2 photos of a hand holding the Tria Age Defying Laser at various angles

 

3 photos of the Tria age defying laser laser opening slit

Here you can see a small slit opening about 22 mm high and 2 mm wide. This is where the fractional laser energy exits. It has skin tone sensors inside the device (not visible) and has two small motion ‘displacement’ sensors either side of the slit that check the device is moving over your skin.

 

There’s a single power button on top with other light-up logo indicators . It’s a simple design that’s not in the least bit scary.

To use it you must charge it for 2.5 hours. The charging cable is 145 cm long so you need to charge it close to a power outlet. Choose somewhere where it won’t be accidentally knocked over, kicked or dragged off a shelf. Once you’ve found a secure spot get it going whilst you read the user manual.

Photo of the Tria laser charging in the charging cradle with the user manual booklet in front of it

 

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User manual

It’s quick to read the UK version. There’s just 16 pages in the English section.

The booklet is small and neat, well-laid out and written. There’re plenty of diagrams to acquaint you with the device and understand how to operate it.

It’s in a logical order. First what the key components of the kit are, and how to operate and charge it. Then, how to divide your face into zones and how to treat each, the different intensity levels, what to expect, and tips for use. It runs through how to clean and store it and has a troubleshooting guide.

Close up photo of the warnings page in the Tria laser user manual booklet

 

Warnings and precautions

The warnings and precautions are at the back of the English section. Most of them area common sense. The warnings are to prevent potential skin injury. They say:

  • Don’t treat your eye or eyelids or shine the laser in your eye
  • Don’t treat tattooed or damaged skin
  • Don’t treat an area more than once a day and don’t treat the next day if your skin is still red or swollen
  • Stop using it if your skin appears to darken, or else it could darker and take more than 3 months to clear
  • If you’re pregnant or under 18 it’s not tested for your use so don’t use it
  • If it’s damaged or wet don’t use it

The precautions are to prevent device damage or injury. To prevent injury:

  • Don’t use it on other body areas (it’s not been tested safe)
  • You mustn’t focus on one spot without moving the device
  • Stop using it if wrinkles appear to worsen and see your doctor
  • Having professional skin peel, laser resurfacing. Botox or fillers? Don’t use it
  • Taking oral retinoids e.g. isotretinoin. Accutane, or other steroids? Don’t use it
  • Got a medical condition which increases your sensitivity to light? Don’t use it
  • Also, don’t use it if you have a significant medical skin condition, skin that’s unusually sensitive to light, or you easily develop a rash or allergic reaction

To prevent device damage,

  • Store it between -20°C and 50°C,
  • Don’t drop it,
  • Only use the charging cradle provided
  • Don’t open or repair the laser

Side effects?

In amongst them, I see hints of 2 possible side effects: wrinkles getting worse, or skin getting darker.

The manual implies the former could be a result of a more serious underlying condition, so go see a doctor. I checked in the US user manual and it shares more on skin darkening.

It says that if you notice your skin darkening and don’t stop using the Tria Laser it could results in temporary skin darkening. They go on to share some study data.

“In the clinical study, 16 out of 60 participants (27%) experienced temporary skin darkening, 5 of which experienced skin darkening lasting longer than 3 months. Users with darker skin tones are more prone to persistent redness that can result in skin darkening. If persistent redness occurs, discontinue use until it resolves.”

So, it’s something to be aware of and weigh up in your decision to buy the Tria anti-aging laser.

It’s very easy to use the Tria laser. Learn how in the next sections.

Sensation test

Tria advise you to test a small area on your forearm at the level you intend to use. This gives you a heads up on how it’s going feel. They advise you to wait 24 hours to see if you have any side effects. It’s a good idea to understand how it’s going to feel on your face.

Photo of me testing the Tria age Defying laser on my inside arm

Test the Tria laser on the inside of your arm so you can feel what the sensation is like. Wait 24 hours, if there’s no side effects do your first facial treatment at level 1.

 

Night-time routine

Make using the Tria laser part of your evening before-bed routine. It’ll take around 10 minutes once you reach level 3. It’s easy to fit in, but you need to keep at it. Make time for it and don’t skip a night.

“It can be a chore using every night, however it does not take very long and it is not a “messy” proceedure and actually you can do it while watching tv – if you so wish!” Currentbody.com review

How to use it

You’ll need a mirror to start.

  1. First, wash and dry your face
    You can use the Tria Cleanser or your own preferred cleanser.
  2. Choose your treatment level
    Press the power button to cycle through the 3 levels: low (1 light), Medium (2 lights) and High (3 lights). start with low to get used to the sensation.
  3. Treat your face in zones
    Looking in a mirror, start with zone 1 and swipe horizontally back-and-forth all the skin in that area. When you hear the buzz, move to zone 2, then 3 then 4 (see below for zones and technique)
  4. Soothe and moisturise
    Apply your favourite moisturiser and / or serum.

TIP: Always pop the laser back on the charging cradle. That way it’s fully charged and ready to go the next evening.

The following diagrams from the instruction booklet show the correct zones and motion to treat your face.

Graphic from the Tria laser user manual of the 4 facial zones to use the Tria laser on

Divide your face into zones: Start with your left cheek (1), then move to your right cheek (2), then your forehead (3), and finally your chin and around your mouth (4). Around your eyes, only treat where you can feel bone beneath the skin, and don’t treat your eyelid or  above your eye.

 

3 graphic illustrations showing how to slide the laser across the skin in the treatment zones

On your cheeks, chin and around mouth hold the device vertically against your skin and swipe it from side to side.
On you forehead, use the same action or you can rotate the device 90 degrees and swipe it up and down. Don’t press it too hard or hold it on one spot.

A graphic illustration showing how NOT to slide the laser across the skin in the treatment zones.

DON’T move the device in an up and down motion as you hold it vertically. The laser penetrates your skin in an unintended pattern and can cause discomfort and facial marks.

 

Close up photo of the bright pink contact light on the Tria age Defying laser

You must have good contact with your skin for the laser to work. So you know, there are 2 pink indicators on either side of the device that light up when you have good contact and the laser is working. The device also makes a whirring noise as it works.

 

The laser makes buzzing noises to let you know when the timer is done for  a zone so you can move to the next. At the very end of the treatment it makes a ‘fanfare’ serious of beepy-buzzes. It’s like a victory call and it makes me smile every time.

A green tick also illuminates on the control panel to let you know the session is complete.

TIP: Wear a sunscreen (SPF 30+) every day. A tinted moisturiser with SPF doesn’t count! You may not apply enough of that to make a difference. Invest in one that’s going to protect your sensitive skin and prevent future sun skin damage. This is my favourite.

It’s that simple. But there is more you need to know.

Safety lock & charging

There’s a handy safety lock you can activate to stop prying hands playing with your Tria. This is especially useful because when it’s charging, it’s likely to be visible on a shelf or table. So, the lock means any big or small curious investigators can’t turn on the device.

3 photos of the the Tria Age defying laser in the charging cradle next to the power cable, and aclose up of the power cable inserted into the cradle base, and of the European power plug.

You need to charge the Tria laser close to a power socket because of the short-ish power cable. It’s steady in the small charging cradle but easily knocked over if kept on the floor. Try a shelf or table instead. And lock it so curious hands can’t turn it on!

 

To activate the lock, press and hold the power button for several seconds until the lock icon lights up. To turn the lock off, press and hold the power button for several seconds until you hear 4 beeps, then release.

Photo of my finger long-pressing the power button and activating the security lock, shown by a bright blue padlock icon illuminating on the control pad.

The safety lock is activated when the blue padlock icon illuminates. Note: when unlocking it, if you hold it longer than 4 beeps it keeps beeping but doesn’t unlock. 4 is the magic number – release the button after 4 beeps and it unlocks with a happy sounding series of beeps!

 

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Treatment levels

There are 3 treatment levels on the Tria Laser. You cycle through them by pressing the power button. Indicator lights show which level you’re on. Each level lasts for a different duration and has more or less laser power (measured in millijoules (mJ)).

3 photos of my finger pressing the power button to cycle through the intensity levels. The level is shown by 3 small green indicator lights just above the power button.

Start on level 1. It’s the least intense and quickest treatment. Once you’re used to the sensation and feel ready, you can move up to level 2 then 3. These levels give the best results.

 

Tria say start at level 1 and ‘train’ yourself to the sensation.

  • Low lasts for 30 seconds on each zone and has a power output of 5 mJ per pulse
  • Medium lasts for 1 minute on each zone and the power output is 10 mJ per pulse
  • High lasts for 2.5 minutes per zone with a power output of 12 mJ per pulse

The zone timers are there to make sure you don’t spend too long on one facial area. It’s the optimum duration for the energy level to cover your skin and allow overnight healing.

The US user manual shares that levels 2 and 3 significantly improved results for most study participants (for wrinkles around the eyes). So, it follows that you should get up to level 3 quickly.

So how quick can you get there? That leads nicely to…

Does it hurt?

Tria say it’s a mild discomfort like a slight warming or prickling. It’s a bit like sunburn, and it fades shortly after use.

Participants in the 2011 clinical study measured the level of discomfort during their treatments.

“Mean pain scores from treatment started at 2.9 out of 10 for the first week of treatment, declining to 1.6 by the second week, and dropping to 0.1 by the last week of treatment”

And that doesn’t sound too bad. The online reviews confirm there’s a feeling of hot sunburn during and after the treatment. For some it’s more than just ‘mild discomfort’, but it’s bearable.

Your skin can feel tender the following day too. Reassuringly, this gets less and less the longer you’ve used it. It takes about 1 week to get used to the sensation and then move up the levels.

“I was very surprised for the first few days as to how much the process “stung” my face. It felt like tiny needles were penetrating my face while using it. I almost didn’t continue, but after about 5 days, the pain was gone while using. My face never got burned or red or looked in any way unnatural. It just felt uncomfortable for about 5 days of usage.” Amazon.com review

How does your skin react?

During and after the treatment you’ll likely have noticeably pink or red skin, and it may swell a bit too. One online reviewer reports looking like a tomato!

Photo of a bright red tomoato next to the Tria Age defying laser

Sensations and effects on your skin vary by user. For some skin goes pink and stings a bit. For others skin turns red and can even swell up. One reviewer compared herself to a tomato afterwards. But these effects are temporary.

 

You’ll may experience some swelling and stinging for a while afterwards. It feels like sunburn. And that’s not pleasant. Aloe Vera or other cooling gels help. Use a good moisturiser and serum afterwards to nourish the skin.

A few online reviewers won’t use it directly before bed because the stinging stops them dropping off to sleep. It can take anything from a few minutes to an hour or two to fade.

The next day, skin can feel tender and dry. Be gentle when washing and applying make-up. Your skin may even flake a bit. But go easy on the exfoliator.

The user manual also mentions you may develop small brown dots on the skin. These are temporary and should disappear quickly.

Treatment schedule

In the UK, Tria Beauty advise you to treat daily for 8-weeks, then take a 4-week break. The 4 weeks break is as important as the first 8 weeks. Your fibroblasts are still producing collagen and elastin and it’s important to let it balance out.

Tria say you you’ll typically notice some effects on your skin after just 2 weeks of treatments. But expect your best results between weeks 8 to 12. You can then do another 8-week on and 4-week off cycle for additional effect.

So, it’s not immediate and it takes commitment.

“Don’t expect immediate results. It took you a while to get the wrinkles; it will take time to get rid of them.” Amazon.com SmoothBeauty laser review

Be diligent

If you’re on high level, you’ll use it for 10 minutes every evening. So, over the course of one 8-week treatment cycle you’ll spend around 9 and a half hours lasering your face.

A few reviewers comment they’re not sure it’s worth the effort or they have mixed feelings. It demands commitment and a space in your evening routine. And it may seem like nothing is happening because results are subtle and gradual over 12 weeks.

“I have just completed 6 weeks and will be starting my 7th week tomorrow. I sort of have a love hate relationship with this thing. 🙂 There are days I love it and think it does great and other days I wonder about it. But the love days are becoming more than the hate days though. ;)” A comment on Tria laser Amazon.com review

I suggest taking some before photos so you can compare your skin throughout, and at the end of 12 weeks. That way you’ll see results you may not have otherwise noticed. And you can decide if you’ll continue using it for further cycles.

Battery charging & care

Tria say there’s no special requirements to maintain your Tria laser. If you use it regularly and charge the battery after each use, this will keep the battery life long.

In the user manual, it says the Age Defying Laser should work for years. The US user manual says it’s a minimum of 3 years, and probably more. It’s an expensive item, but you can use it for multiple cycles throughout the year.

close up photo of the Tria age Defying laser control panel with the battery charging icon illuminated blue

The battery icon on top of the control panel flashes blue to let you know the battery is charging..
If a fault develops with the battery the icon will show red when you try to charge it.

 

Prices & Buy Now

Customer support

The Tria website is comprehensive and clear. You get FAQs and access to the user manuals. You also get helpful and friendly customer support via email and telephone.

60 day money back guarantee graphic from Triabeauty.co.uk

Tria in the UK and US promise a 60-day money back guarantee period. Whilst it’s not long enough to see your best results from the first regimen, it does allow you to test it and see if you like it.

 

The money-back guarantee is 60 days. This doesn’t match the regimen guidance from Tria i.e. 8-week regimen and 4-week rest period. So, it’s not long enough to see your best results. Tria recently (January 2019) reduced it from 90 days to 60 days. I asked why, but Tria weren’t able to confirm (IP restrictions, again). But 60 days is enough to see if you’ll like using it and can stick with it.

Tria Beauty give a 1-year warranty. Most other manufacturers give 2 years. However, if you buy from CurrentBody.com you get a 2-year warranty as standard. CurrentBody.com’s excellent customer service team assist you with warranties. But note, you may need to pay return postage for your laser. Regardless, I’d be happy with this in return for the extra year’s peace of mind.

Tria Age Defying laser reviews feedback

The average score is 3.3 out of 5. So, there’s a mixed bag of feedback.

User score 3.3

 

There’re almost 150 online reviews dating back to 2015. They’re from Amazon and CurrentBody.com. Since it’s been available since 2014, it seems Amazon removed the earliest reviews for some reason.

The reviews break down into 40% negative 1 or 2-star rated, 9% neutral 3-star ratings and 51% positive 4 and 5-star rated.

Pie chart showing the breakdown of online review ratings for the Tria Age defying laser

40% scored the Tria rejuvenation laser negatively at 1 or 2-stars, 9% gave a neutral 3-stars and 51% scored it positively with 4 and 5-stars.

 

N.B. I’ve excluded Tria website reviews from this round-up. For a few reasons. Firstly, the score shown for the SmoothBeauty laser is actually a combined score for all their anti-ageing products. This is misleading (skip past page 10 and you’ll see the other product reviews). Secondly, Tria authorise which ones to show and they’re overwhelmingly positive. They don’t match the sentiment and content of other non-affiliated sources. So, they’re excluded to give an accurate and fair round-up.

Let’s start with the negative reviews.

The negative reviews

Common themes in the negative reviews are faults, warranty disgruntlement and results.

Charging problems

Just over half of the negative reviews report faults. They share devices won’t switch off and then won’t hold a charge, show an error or simply won’t charge at all.

Photo of the Tria laser in the charging cradle and the power cable unravelled beside it

If you experience charging problems with your laser, Tria Customer service first send out a replacement charger to try. The Tria should last for 3 years but the reported faults in or around 1-year are worrying. Look for a minimum 2-year warranty.

 

The faults start at different times. For some it’s within the first few uses and for others it takes weeks or months. Many can return their Tria under the 1-year warranty, but for several the warranty has already expired. A notable number had one or more replacements with the same fault.

These reports make up around 20% of all the collated reviews. That’s high and it’s off-putting. However, they’re more frequent in 2015 and 2016, with just a few recently in 2017/18. I asked Tria Beauty UK if it’s an ongoing fault or perhaps now fixed an updated model. They shared:

“Tria is always looking to improve its products. Several changes have been made to help customers who were having difficulty with charging.” Tria Beauty UK Customer service team

That sounds a round-about way of saying the fault is now fixed. Regardless, you’ll want the protection of a good warranty.

Warranty

The US user manual says the Tria laser lasts 3 or more years with normal use.  That’s reassuring, but based on the feedback there’s a notable amount saying it breaks within or just after 1 year. They therefore feel the 1-year warranty is too short. And combined with the high percentage of faults, it does seem so.

Therefore, for extra peace of mind, I suggest buying from an authorised reseller who offers a 2-year warranty at no extra cost. Try CurrentBody.com. They give a 2-year warranty as standard on all devices they sell (N.B. you may need to pay return postage). They also offer the money back guarantee.

Poor results

The remaining half of the negative reviews say they see poor results, skin damage or side effects.

Just a couple report skin damage such as scratches and marks. And a few more describe side effects. These include persistent dark spots and wrinkles looking deeper than before.

Of those with poor results, a handful don’t say how long they’ve used it. A few have completed 1 treatment regimen, and a few more are between 2 weeks and 1 month.  They share they’ve not seen any results on their wrinkles and pigmentation. A couple feel the stinging and their red and sore skin afterwards means it’s not worth it so they want to stop. Just a couple used it for at least one cycle.

The neutral reviews

There’re relatively few neutral reviews.

The Tria Age Defying laser online feedback score is 3.3 out of 5A few come from users who are early in the regimen so have no results yet. Almost a handful say it works but the laser developed a fault or they’re not sure it’s worth the effort. Another feels the laser is too weak. And another gives up after 1 week because they find it too painful, even on level 1.

The positive reviews

Just over half the reviews (51%) are positive. And there’s some helpful feedback in there. So, what do they think about the Tria Age-Defying laser?

Easy to use and sensation

A few think the packaging is beautiful and most think it’s easy to use. Several like there’s no messy gels. They like the facial zone timer and compare it to their electric toothbrushes. However, it takes a bit of practise to keep good contact on curvy areas so the laser doesn’t cut out. But it gets better with practise.

Several describe the sensation as like tiny pin pricks, leaving a burning sensation which is more intense on the higher levels. It feels weird at first but is bearable. Some describe their skin afterwards as pink and stinging, whilst others say it’s like terrible sunburn with red skin. So, the sensation during and afterwards differs by person. However, the sun burn sensation fades quickly, usually within an hour.

Most progress to the higher levels quickly, within a week or so. Some simply stay on level 2. Most then say the burning sensation fades till they feel virtually nothing.

Onto reported results now.

Results during the regimen

Over two thirds of the positive reviews say it works.

Some report results but don’t say how long they’ve used it. The majority share their results early on. Several mention they have a ‘daily glow’ despite being just a week or so into the regimen.

“My skin is baby smooth, it is much clearer, and looks more even toned. I’m glowing.” Amazon.com Age-Defying laser review

Many leave their reviews between 3 and 4 weeks. A few receive compliments on their younger looking skin and this prompts them to leave their review. They report seeing some subtle effects of the laser and are looking forward to seeing the full results later.

“My skin tones have evened out quite a bit! The redness I had is fading and some of the sun damage has already disappeared in just a few weeks.” Amazon.com review

Results after one cycle

Reported results are best in the ‘rest’ phase after treatments. Their dedication pays off.

“But because I was persistent the result was amazing after 3 months of use. My skin cleared up of dark spots, the smallest wrinkles disappeared and the “crows feet” became less prominent. My skin also lifted. It feels like I got a lot more “meat” in my skin when I touch it. I also have an even skin tone now without any makeup on.” Amazon.com review

Long-term users

And there’re reviews from longer term users too. They’ve completed more than one cycle or have been using it for several years. It’s a firm favourite in their skin care routine.

“I have used the Tria Age-Defying Laser for four years now and it does improve skin tone, tighten and reduce wrinkles. Results are subtle, but noticeable.” Tria laser review from CurrentBody.com

Users share the Tria anti aging laser results are:

  • Softer, smoother and plumper skin,
  • Faded fine lines and age spots
  • Wrinkles plumping up
  • Softened acne scars
  • A ‘glow’ and cleared skin tone
  • No more red splotches or ruddiness
  • Large pores are now smaller

 

Most first-time users are keen to start another cycle after the rest stage.

Prices & Buy Now

Next, a quick recap of the pros and cons of the Tria Age-Defying Laser from this review.

Pros

  • Clinically proven & FDA-cleared
  • Level 1 to ‘train’ your skin to the sensation
  • Higher levels give better results
  • Quick sessions: 10 minutes max
  • Easily fits into evening routine
  • Very easy to use
  • Safety skin sensors
  • No messy gels needed
  • Could help with scarring (based on online feedback)
  • 60-day money back guarantee from Tria
  • 2-year warranty from CurrentBody.com

Cons

  • Can be months before you see noticeable results
  • Hurts to start with
  • Can cause post-session tenderness and dryness
  • Expensive
  • Mixed online feedback
  • 1-year warranty (buy from CurrentBody.com for a free extra year)

Should I buy it?

Yes, it’s an effective at home anti-ageing tool you can use to get noticeable results. Multiple cycles can give even better results too. But there’s a few things to weigh up in your decision.

Photo of the Tria rejuvenation laser charging in the cradle in front of the white and purple box

 

The Tria rejuvenating laser has reassuring clinical study results. But the study shows after 1 cycle not everyone gets noticeable results for every sign of aging. So, results vary by individual.

And you need to commit to it. It takes 10 minutes every day so it’s easy enough to make part of your evening routine. But results are gradual and it may seem it’s doing nothing. So, you’ll need to be patient and stick with it.

It can sting to start, but as you adjust to the sensation it fades. And you may have red and / or slightly swollen skin afterwards. Dry skin is common too.

Tria Beauty is a trusted brand, but the online feedback reports a worrying number of charging faults with the laser. Based on Tria’s comment it sounds like they’ve fixed the fault in current models. But I think a 2-year warranty is important. Tria give only a 1-year warranty, but CurrentBody.com offer 2-years as standard.

To a degree, the number of faults also skews the online feedback. It’s not necessarily a fair reflection of the results you can get. Many happy online reviews don’t experience any faults and they share positive anti-aging results. These vary in significance. They include:

  • Glowing skin with a cleared tone
  • Faded wrinkles, fine lines and age spots
  • Smaller pores and no more redness
  • Smoother, plumper, softer skin
  • A few reports of reduced acne scarring

Unfortunately, the 60-day money back guarantee isn’t long enough to complete 1 cycle (including rest phase). But it lets you try it and if it’s not for you, you can then return it for a refund.

You can check prices and buy the Tria rejuvenation laser using the links below:

Where to buy the Tria Age-Defying laser

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Tria Age Defying Laser - facial rejuvenation laser for smoothing wrinkles and fine lines, reducing pigmentation and improving texture
Buy from CurrentBody.com: 90-day money back guarantee, 2 year warranty, Free UK delivery, Global shipping
Buy from Tria Beauty UK: 60-day money back guarantee, 1 year warranty, Free UK delivery
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