First off, I’ve read this forum up and down, and actually have a few questions for specific members, so if they turn up I hope they don’t mind answering a few.
Down to business, I don’t plan on a ton of hair removal, but I do epilate my chest. However, I am a very fair skinned male with very dark, deep-rooted hair, which in certain spots is still noticeable beneath the skin. I find it irritating, but not worth paying for and scheduling around office visits when all I want is a reduction of the darker hairs in addition to my usual epilation.
However, I’ve done 10+ ipl treatments to remove my facial hair because it tends to get ingrown (starlux system, which isn’t the best, but not bad) and to get good results on my chin and jaw the tech has had to go up to the limit in terms of energy that they’re comfortable using. Which odd given my combination of pale scandinavian skin and very dark hair. But the male beard is stubborn anyway, and other areas of my face responded slightly better.
If those in the know with this home system think from experience that Tria would work even moderately well for some chest hair on someone who had stubborn-ish facial hair, I would not hesitate to take the plunge.
And even the lower energy settings at the clinic did provide temporary thinning and reduction, which I would be perfectly happy with if I could accomplish this on a few small areas on my chest at home. I expect areas other than my face to respond much better anyway. (The treatments worked wonders on my neck from the very start, even though that wasn’t the primary target area)
If Tria would at least lessen the parade of thick dark hairs which become visible under my skin long before I have the opportunity to yank them, I would consider it the best $500-ish I have ever spent.
Pain is not an issue. At all. I’ve handled every energy level my clinic felt was safe to throw at me without numbing cream or even an aspirin. To give you a gauge of my pain tolerance, before I went in for laser I had resorted to epilating my full face to try to avoid the number of ingrowns I was getting from shaving. Yep. Full male beard. Heavy thickness, and coarse, deep hairs. If there’s a glimmer of hope for results, I will put up with anything.
So in short, I hope somebody here can give me some idea about the efficacy of the Tria (or Silk’n if that has worked as well) for a 20-something male who, while not having a lot of body hair, has very dark hair that is easily visible below the skin. The problem area I’m most keen to treat is just around the areola, since that’s the fleshiest and it’s hard to get at short hairs. Thanks for any help here.