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I interviewed the distinguished Dr. Eric Bernstein on my show this past Monday in much anticipation of learning about the new-on-the-consumer-market, TRIA laser, the only personal laser hair removal system available in the U.S. and cleared by the FDA for at-home use to treat unwanted hair on the bikini area, legs, underarms, arms, backs, and stomachs.  

"It's been FDA approved for use anywhere below the neck," declared Dr. Bernstein." My wife is also a physician, and I brought one home a few months ago for both of us to use. She likes it so much, I haven't seen it since."  

This patented medical-grade diode laser is based on the same technology that pioneered medical office-based treatments more than 10 years ago and still remains the gold standard.  TRIA is based on the principle of selective photothermolysis: gentle beams of laser energy absorbed by the dark pigment in the hair follicle and converted into thermal energy, causing the hair to gradually fall out.  

Hair grows at three different stages – anagen (active), catagen (transitional), and telogen
(resting) thus repeat treatments are needed every 2-4 weeks for up to 8 treatments to reach all hair follicles at the ideal (anagen) stage when the follicle has a high degree of melanin. The TRIA should be used every 2-4 weeks for just 6-8 treatments per area to achieve long-lasting hair reduction and soft, smooth, radiant skin.

Laser hair removal is the #1 aesthetic treatment for women under age 35 and 2nd only to Botox for women over 35. The total hair removal industry, including professional laser treatments and waxing, represents $10Billion in consumer spending.

Is it really safe? Is it for all skin colors?  

Friday I'll share in Part 2 of my column Dr. Bernstein's answer to this very important 'hair-raising' question.

Life is Beautiful,



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      Lois Stern & Patty Kovacs wrote Jun 11, 2008
    • Hi Patty,

      What an informative article! And very interesting. I know a number of people who would practically die for a Tria home laser, if it works as reported. I wonder if aestheticians and spas will be selling them. Might be practical for them to do so.
      Do you know how much they cost? Readers would probably like to know. Or maybe you plan to share this info later in the week. I’ll be watching!

      Your co-columnist,
      Lois W. Stern

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