My At-Home Laser Wrinkle Treatment, Part One
How lucky am I to receive the PaloVia Skin Renewing Laser to test and write about? Somebody knew I was a sucker for trying anything that might erase wrinkles, firm anywhere on the body, plump up anything sunken, or reduce fat rolls.
"New Beauty" magazine called the PaloVia home laser the most innovative at-home beauty device and named it one of the best products in the Winter 2012 issue. The editors said, “One of the most unique anti-aging tools on the market. It really helps to fight aging eyes by improving the quality of the skin.” It’s the first FDA-cleared at-home laser clinically proven to reduce fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes.
I’m not that concerned about the wrinkles around my eyes. In my opinion, crow’s feet are a measure of how much you smile. I have other wrinkles that are much deeper and that I worry about more, causing them to be that much deeper, like the ski tracks between my eyebrows.
I hope that by testing this laser for eye wrinkles, Palomar Medical Technologies, maker of the PaloVia laser, will be that much closer to getting FDA approval for a laser to be used on lines all over the face. In fact, I’m not quite sure why this laser can’t be used on other areas of the face and will ask and report the answer in a later blog.
The plan is to use the laser at bedtime every night for a month, and then twice a week for a few weeks. In a clinical study, a panel of doctors specializing in dermatology and plastic surgery saw a noticeable reduction in wrinkles in 92 percent of participants after one month of daily treatments. This is the same technology as the fractional laser that has been used by dermatologists for over a decade.
The PaloVia laser works below the skin where wrinkles form. The short pulses of micro-fine laser light treat the skin’s support structure of collagen and elastin fibers.
I’ve had Botox, Juvederm, Restylane, and all sorts of fillers, as well as advanced microcurrent lift. The instructions warn of a prickling or stinging sensation, but I’m tough.
I’ll let you know how the first few treatments go. In the meantime, visit www.palovia.com to check out the hand-held laser. It sells for $499; not unreasonable when you consider what office visits for fractional laser might cost.
Let’s see where this goes.