Tria Age-Defying Laser: Eight Week Update and a Q & A

Tria Age-Defying Laser: Eight Week Update and a Q & A

For the last eight weeks I have been using my Tria Age-Defying Laser five nights a week and am continuing to see fantastic improvements in my skin.

In my last post I shared my initial progress photos and all the reasons why I love my Tria. Today I thought I would not only share my recent progress photos, but also answer some of the many questions I have received since publishing my first Tria post.

Let’s begin with my Week Four photo, taken shortly after my last post. Here, my forehead is beginning to feel more taut and appears to have been lifted a bit, making me look less tired and not so ‘frowny’. My childhood scar on my left cheek next to my nose is becoming less noticeable, and the flesh on my face is plumper. My skin continues to feel smoother and the skin tone looks a little more even.

Tria Age-Defying Laser - Week Four

At Week Five, I had been on level 3 for several days. Level 3 is a ten-minute treatment, up from the four minutes I had been doing on level 2. I do notice that this level makes my skin pinker and it feels more burned, as if I had a sunburn. Thankfully both the redness and the discomfort fade by morning.

Tria Age-Defying Laser - Week Five

I often will grab a hand mirror and do my level 3 treatment while watching the evening news with my husband before bed since it’s a 10-minute session.

Tria Age-Defying Laser - Level 3

At Week Six, I noticed an even smoother forehead. Like many people, my deepest wrinkles are across my forehead. I use them as a beacon of sorts to monitor my progression. I also notice a more plump chin area.

Tria Age-Defying Laser Week - Week Six

And finally my latest photo, taken this morning at the Week Eight mark. I notice diminishing lines on my forehead, a bit more plumpness in my cheeks and shallower smile lines.

I also notice that I need to be more careful about re-applying sunscreen now that the sun is more intense and longer days are upon us. Using sunscreen during the treatment process is very important as your skin becomes very sensitive and your dark spots will darken if not protected.

Tria Age-defying Laser - Week 8

Since my initial post about my experience using Tria Age-Defying Laser, I have received a large number of inquiries about the device. I thought a Q & A would be a great way to publicly answer some of the great questions I received.

 Q: How old are you? What are your primary skin issues?

A: I am 46-years-old. My primary areas of concern are the creases on my forehead, my nasal labial folds (smile lines), dark spots on my jawline, a childhood scar near my nose on my left cheek, acne scars, and lines around my eyes.

 Q: Will the Tria Age Defying Laser harm my vision?

A: The Age-Defying Laser is designed to be used to treat skin around the eyes and you won’t be able to harm your eyes or vision.  The device has special safety sensors to ensure the laser will not fire if it is not in contact with the skin and gliding across to new areas. As a rule of thumb, place the device and treat only where you can feel bone beneath the skin; you should not treat your eyes or eyelids or aim the device directly into your eye.

 Q: Does the Tria Age Defying Laser cause skin cancer?

A: The Tria Age-Defying Laser has FDA clearance for safety and is clinically proven to be safe and effective. Non-ablative fractional lasers were cleared by the FDA in 2003 and have been available in physician offices since. At this time there have been no known reports of cancer associated with the use of non-ablative fractional lasers.

 Q: Can it be used both in summer and winter?

A: You can use the Tria Age-Defying Laser year round. You may get color or tanned in the summer months due to increased sun exposure, but this is not connected to the Age-Defying Laser. Tria suggests using an SPF of at least 30, daily, in order to prevent and shield from the damaging affects of the sun. If you experience a sunburn, Tria does not recommend treating with the Age-Defying Laser while your skin is red and/or irritated.

 Q: Can I use it if I have rosacea and will it help my rosacea condition?

A: The Age-Defying Laser was specifically designed to reduce fine-lines and wrinkles, however, many users have seen an overall improvement to the texture, tone and clarity of their skin. For good measure, you should consult your physician before use if you have a preexisting skin condition such as rosacea.

Q: Is it safe to use along with my Retin-A regimen?

A: You can, but it is important that you do not begin both treatments at once. If you have already been using Retin-A, Tria recommends waiting until any redness, dryness, or flakiness subsides. This is to prevent any interference with the Age-Defying Laser and make clear what results are coming from the laser treatments. Tria does not recommend that you begin a new skin treatment, whatever it may be, at the same time as beginning the Age-Defying Laser

Q: Once I have completed my 12-week program, may I continue to use it?

A: Treatments are 5 days a week for 12 weeks. Users should take at least 1 month off from using the device, between 12-week treatments

 Q: I have read some reviews about problems with the device charging. What’s the status of that issue?

A: Tria has let me know that they have identified an issue with a small percentage of power supplies (which is the plug that goes into the wall).  This does not impact the device itself, but it does prevent the battery from consistently charging. They have a new power supply that remedies the charging issue. If you experience issues charging your device, you can contact their Customer Care department at 877-567-6231 or and they will send you a replacement power supply.

 Q: How much dryness and redness should I expect?

A: I have experienced very little dryness. Occasionally my skin feels a little rougher than normal but that only lasts a couple of days. I have had no flaking except around my nose, which is an area I do not treat with the Tria ( but I could if I wanted to). My redness has been minimal and has always appeared after my evening treatment. When I wake up in the morning, it’s gone – save for a little pinkness. I apply Tria’s serum directly after my treatment before bed, which soothes and calms my skin.

Tria just repackaged their cleanser and serum. Not only are they now more sleek looking but they contain twice the amount of product than the older models did.

 Tria Age-Defying Cleanser and Serum

Q: Do I have to wear more sunscreen than I usually do? What kind do you use?

A: I do wear more than usual, even on cloudy and rainy days. I apply more frequently especially now that we are well into spring and the days are longer and brighter. I use Coola SPF 30 organic sunscreen. The people from Tria sent it to me and I love it, although it does give me a bit of a white tint. I simply apply some foundation on top if the white tint is bothering me.

Q: Is it really worth $500?

A: I think the Tria Age-Defying Laser is worth its price tag for a few reasons. A laser treatment at the doctor’s office will cost about $900 to $1000 per treatment and most people need about three treatments total. And there is no down-time with Tria. I also think that the Tria Age-Defying Laser is much more effective than topical anti-aging creams, oils and serums which are often expensive and can really add up but not deliver the results they promise.

Q: Does it hurt?

A: While it is not without discomfort, it does not hurt. It feels like many tiny pin pricks at once. It’s not exactly pleasant but not intolerable either. I actually like it because I know it’s doing something!

Q: Do I have to start on level one? Can’t I just get right to it?

A: Tria and I advise that users start on the first level. It’s a great way to get yourself familiarized with the way it feels and how to use it. It also prepares your skin for the next level. I think if I would have had more redness throughout the treatment program had I skipped level one.

Q: Do you feel it tightened up your skin on your face?

A: I do! I used to feel that my brow was heavy, sort of weighed on my eyes and gave me a frown. It feels like my forehead has been lifted up a bit, a difference I not only see but feel. I also notice more fullness in the flesh of my face, especially on my chin.

Q: Do you use it on your jawline and neck?

A: Yes, I use it on my jawline. And no, I do not use it on my neck. Tria is not designed for use on the neck area.

Q: Do you travel with your Tria? 

Tria Age Defying Laser comes with a darling travel bag to keep your Tria device, charger, cord, user guide and your cleanser and serum. It’s easy to travel with and keeps everything you need for your Tria in one place.

 Tria Age-Defying Laser Kit

I hope that Tria and I have been able to answer the questions you may have about the Tria Age-Defying Laser. If you have any additional questions, leave them in the comments or contact me via email at I will have another update at the end of my Tria treatment in about four weeks.

You may purchase a Tria Age-Defying Laser at Tria and at the following retailers: Amazon, Sephora, Selfridges and Bloomingdale’s.


 I will be back soon with lots to tell you about our Bloggers in Napa Valley trip!

Make it a rich day!




Disclosure: Tria gave me a Tria Age-Defying Laser to review and keep. All opinions expressed about Tria Age-Defying Beauty are my own. I use affiliate links in this post which may produce commission for The Rich Life (on a budget). 


  1. Kathy
    April 18, 2014 / 2:39 pm

    I do notice a definite difference in your skin in the tautness and plumpness, which is great. I don’t notice that much difference in coloration, but maybe you do when you do your makeup. Even a 3 time Fraxel at a dermatologist’s office, will not do much about “smile lines” – lasers are for fine lines, plumpness and discolorations, but there is a slight difference in yours. I don’t know if Tria mentions this, but your skin should keep improving even when you’re having a month off, as most lasers do “wound” you a bit, to help layers under the top layer, build more collagen. Do they say why it can’t be used on the neck or chest? I’m curious about that. Congratulations, you look great.

  2. April 18, 2014 / 3:58 pm

    You look great without makeup, A! I love to hear about non-invasive procedures like this one, I am paying close attention. xo

  3. April 18, 2014 / 5:33 pm

    I understand that you so not use the Tria on your neck but what about the waddle area?

  4. josep-maria
    April 19, 2014 / 3:19 am

    Adrienne, I knew you were a beautiful and elegant woman, now I see that you are brave and without complexes. Congratulations.

  5. April 19, 2014 / 2:49 pm

    I can personally attest to how gorgeous your complexion is looking! I’m a few weeks behind you with my Tria, but already see an improvement in my dark spots.

    • Alysa
      January 23, 2015 / 3:51 am

      Hi- just curious if u are still happy with tria results? Is ur completion more even ? Thx!

      • Adrienne Shubin
        January 23, 2015 / 6:33 am

        I have not used my Tria in many months.I don’t know if the results I achieved have gone away by now or not. It’s hard to tell!

        • Alysa
          January 23, 2015 / 7:42 am

          Did u stop using bc u didn’t like it? Did u notice less sun spots? Brighter skin?

          • Adrienne Shubin
            January 25, 2015 / 10:40 am

            It didn’t do anything for my sun spots, unfortunately. What I did notice most is a tightening of my skin and it felt plumper.
            I have been meaning to start up a round again but have just been so busy with other stuff. I keep forgetting!

        • K
          January 25, 2015 / 10:21 am

          Lame. Would have hoped that it’d have spurred collagen formation which would show by now. I’m seeing mixed accounts regarding its effect on acne scars but am wondering if it’s worth the optimism. If you’ve interest in getting rid of yours, I’d love to know. Not that you would, but figured I’d put it out there. 🙂

        • Alysa
          January 25, 2015 / 12:16 pm

          Thanks for the reply. I’m gonna give it a shot. Have 60 day or money back 😉

  6. Lynnae
    May 2, 2014 / 8:45 am

    Is it possible that the slight improvement you are seeing is caused by inflammation? I have done a lot of reading about lasers and every bit of research says it takes at least six months for new collagen to form. So this doesn’t mean that the Tria doesn’t work, but it means that you shouldn’t be seeing real changes in your skin after only six weeks. It makes me think you’re seeing swelling from the laser rather than actual collagen formation, and that when you stop using the Tria your skin will go back to “normal”. What do you think about that?

    • 4Maria
      May 4, 2014 / 7:00 pm

      After using the Tria for a little over a year I still say that I love my Tria. The improvements keep me looking fresh and healthy. My skin is very dry so I always use rich creams at night and moisturize during the day. A high SPF is very important. I have always used level 3 and it is very comfortable for me now. I am not even experiencing dryness that I used to earlier on.

  7. November 26, 2014 / 5:05 pm

    Hello Adrienne,

    I enjoyed your blog about the Tria Laser. It was informative and honest. As an early adopter of the Palovia laser, I understand your comments. The Palovia is good as well however restrictive concerning the amount of time used. I have used it off label to treat areas such as for chin and mouth issues, with impressive results. I’m interested in upgrading to the Tria as it is more inclusive, but am wondering why using it on the neck would not be appropriate. Perhaps it has not been tested for that use and is not FDA approved. That being said, lasers at doctors offices do treat neck areas routinely. Obviously you cannot condone such use, but just a comment.

    Best, Catherine

    • Adrienne Shubin
      November 27, 2014 / 10:19 am


      You are right – it’s just that it has not be FDA approved.
      Thanks for the kind message! Let me know if you have any other questions.

      • darcy forbes
        February 7, 2015 / 7:45 pm

        I meant to ask why you couldn’t use it on your neck or chest.

        • Adrienne Shubin
          February 8, 2015 / 10:11 am

          You can if you like- it just hasn’t been cleared for use on the neck by the FDA.

  8. Debbie
    December 18, 2014 / 7:06 pm

    This is my second go around with the Tria Age Defying Laser. My first attempt was followed as instructed by Tria ending on level three by the 12 week end with great results. I then took off approximately two months and restarted at level three right away and this time I have slight burn marks around my mouth and between my brows. The wrinkles around my mouth are more pronounced and very red. I started on 12/7/2014.
    What do you make of this?
    Thank you.

  9. darcy forbes
    February 7, 2015 / 7:43 pm

    why can’t you use Tria age defying on you neck and face?

  10. sharon
    April 24, 2015 / 8:43 am

    can you use the tria afteryou have had Voluma fillers

    • Adrienne Shubin
      April 24, 2015 / 8:46 am

      Sharon, I have no idea. I would try calling Tria or ask a medical professional. Sorry I can’t be of more help!

  11. Maribel
    February 17, 2016 / 9:48 am

    Hello, do you recommend this laser for under eye bags? I noticed there’s two lasers for sale the tria age defying and trial eye corrector laser. I’m not sure which would help with under eye bags.

    • Adrienne Shubin
      February 17, 2016 / 10:04 am

      Hi Maribel,
      I have never used the Tria for eyes so I can’t answer your question fully but I do recall that you’re not to use the regular Tria on your eyes.

  12. Annie
    May 13, 2016 / 7:05 am

    One week to go and I’ll be finishing by 12 week treatment regimen with Tria. Then one month off and back to another 12 weeks for maintenance? I find the 12 week session to be rather grueling — like, that’s a long haul. Has anyone tried/discovered a different maintenance schedule — like maybe 3x a week ongoing or one full week every month? I called Tria but, of course, they’re going by their written word. I do have to tell you that throughout this 12 week period I’ve been doing my face, neck, declotte and hands — amazing results in all areas but extremely time consuming.

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