The battle of the two most popular home hair removal devices… the titanic struggle of laser hair removal against intense pulsed light hair removal…
There is a lot of interest out there regarding the differences and similarities between the Silk’n Sensepil and Tria. These are the big names currently in the at- home hair removal device market and, as such, interested parties want to know how best to spend their hard earned money. We’re going to get to the good stuff and show you what you need to know to make an informed decision.
Basically, the Sensepil and Tria do the same thing. In both cases, the follicle’s ability to grow new hair is disrupted by either laser light (Tria) or pulsed light (Senespil).
And while they basically do the same thing, they also share the same general contraindications (fancy medical jargon for limitations and warnings – reasons why you shouldn’t use it…). Don’t use either one if you have darker skin tones, light hair colour, have been in the sun, have tanned, etc. You can find out more in our Sensepil review. Nothing noteworthy to set them apart so far…
The Tria Hair Removal Laser
The Tria is based on the pulsed diode laser technology that is used in professional spas and clinics, just less powerful – think baby version of the high-end lasers. Technically, laser is considered to be more effective than intense pulse light when used for long-term hair reduction, however, the limitations of the Tria make it much more cumbersome than the sensepil and may, in the long run, encourage improper use and increase the liklihood of the user failing to follow the proper treatment schedule.
Notable Differences Between The SensEpil and the Tria
Looking at the devices, you’ll immediately notice the vast difference in the ‘output windows’ – the spot where the light comes out. The Tria’s is less than a 1/4 square inches while the sensepil’s is about 1 square inch. To cover the area that the Sensepil does in one application, the Tria requires about 15 precisely overlapped pulses. For each pulse, you have to hold the Tria in place for over 2 seconds. Compared to the Sensepil, an application pulse lasts just over 1 1/2 seconds. So, quick math, over 33 seconds to treat the exact same area that takes the Sensepil less than 2 seconds to do. Obviously, this means that a Tria treatment session takes a long time – very long compared to the Sensepil. What makes things even worse is that there is a lot of bulk around the treatent spot on the Tria making it difficult to precisely place the device on the desired spot. So you may not be able to overlap the pulses enough, leaving gaps, or you may overlap them too much and end up irritating your skin.
Also consider Tria’s frequent need to recharge as well. At its highest setting (some people say its most useful setting…) the Tria lasts 250 pulses before it needs to recharge for about 2 hours. Going back to our mathematic example, this means that you’ll only be able to treat about 16 square inches of your skin before you need to recharge. Depending on who you talk to, the average human body has anywhere between 1500 to 3000 square inches of skin. Taking your head into account and other parts of your body where you don’t need to treat, lets stick with the lower number of 1500 square inches. So, if you were to do one full treatment of your body it will then take you around 180 hours to do. That’s a long time.
We Pick The SensEpil!
All things considered, with the prices, effectiveness, and contraindications associated to these devices being very similar, why would you pick the Tria over the Sensepil, unless you have endless time available and you want to spend it Zapping yourself with laser light?
I don’t know about you, but while I want hair free skin, I would prefer to get it done in as little time as possible. I don’t want to be zapping myself when i can ultimately achieve the same results in a fraction of the time.
It seems pretty clear to us that the Sensepil is the better choice. The Tria is a decent product that does what it says and ultimately gets results similar to Senespil, but when compared to the Sensepil, it just takes too long to do it!
UPDATE – May 12, 2012
Amazon.com has lowered their price for the SensEpil to about $364. That’s the cheapest we’ve seen now, hands down. You won’t get the on-going benefits like you would ordering from the official site, but maybe getting it for that price is worth it. Check out the Silk’n SensEpil at Amazon here.