You’re over 40, the wrinkles have started to pop up out of nowhere, your eye cream doesn’t seem to work like it used to, you have that tired aging look around your eyes, Botox or other injectables aren’t on your radar for whatever reason, but you’re tired of looking older than you want to. Sound familiar?
Have you ever had a laser treatment on your skin or considered a home laser treatment? About a year ago I went to my dermatologist and had some broken capillaries lasered off with amazing results. It wasn’t as painful as I had anticipated, except the spot right under the nose where the nostril meets the skin above the lip. Ouch! So when I was asked if I wanted to try the PaloVia Laser treatment for wrinkles around the eye area, I was up for the challenge. This is the first FDA cleared, at-home laser clinically proven to reduce fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes. Lasers can stimulate collagen growth below the surface of the skin, plumping up the wrinkles and fine lines. On a rare occasion I was home from work one day and was watching The Doctors TV show and they were talking about this device. I was instantly intrigued.
Above shows the kit contents; the hand-held unit, the pre-treatment gel and the charger. The box is nice and sturdy, so it stores nicely without worrying about the box falling apart.
The hand-held unit has a LCD screen on the backside of it which indicates the strength of the laser, which is adjustable from low, medium and high. It also indicates how many applications are remaining on the hand piece before it automatically shuts off for 8 hours. It resets itself to 25 after every 8 hour period of non-use. It also indicates the remaining battery strength. At the bottom of the unit is the purple on/off switch, and below that is where you plug it in to charge the unit.
Here you can see the treatment window at the top of the unit. This is where the laser emits the light when activated. You can also see a strip that goes around the circumference of the unit. This lights up blue when the treatment window is in full contact with the skin, indicating that the laser is ready to use. This flashing light is NOT the laser, but just a “ready” indicator.
When using a home device such as PaloVia, ALWAYS read the instructions carefully before beginning. Assume nothing in order to be safe. You don’t want to mess with your skin or your eyes.
I am going to be using this and sharing my results with you throughout the treatment course. It is recommended that the first 30 days it is used every evening. After those 30 days maintenance is recommended two-three times as week. I will update you weekly with images for 4 weeks in a row. At the end of my 4 weeks, we will be giving away a unit to one lucky Fab Over 40 reader!
Below are my “before” shots and a closeup of the eye area as well. As you can see, I am not “heavily” wrinkled, I do not have on any skincare treatment (eye cream), any makeup nor have I ever used Botox or any other type of injectable, and these tired eyes will be 49 in a couple of days. You can see I’m not scrunching my face or forehead to give a false “before” shot. It’s the real me! In fact, I think most days my eyes look worse than this!
To use, wash and dry your skin. Then apply a light layer of the PaloVia Pre-treatment Gel around the eye area to be treated. The treatment process only takes about 3-4 minutes. They recommend you “map out” a treatment plan so you don’t overlap the area that is being treated. Approximately 6-8 areas are lasered, depending on your needs. Each spot takes 3 seconds for the application and it is recommended that you use the highest strength of light that you can tolerate. My first day I started on low, but I think I will move up to medium. I do have an unusually high tolerance for pain, just for reference.
It’s really that easy to use!
Is this expensive? Yes, it retails for $499. But, when a single laser treatment at the dermatologist can cost a few hundred dollars, this in the long run is well worth the expense if it works. I hope you follow along with my progress to see where my results are in one month!
This will be a great series of articles to read. I appreciate your honesty and willingness to share your thoughts and ideas. Thank you!
I can’t wait for the giveaway!! I’ve always wanted to have laser hair removal.
I will be paying close attention, as I am curious if this works. Thanks for being our test subject!
Oh boy….waiting on your results with this one. Sounds hopeful…
This is kind of exciting – an at home laser treatment? If it results in visible improvement (though you have hardly any wrinkles to improve), I think it would be worth the price tag. Good luck with this!
I can’t wait to see how it goes, although your eyes already look unbelievably young!
This will definitely be an interesting series to follow. I love lasers in general and think they are great for so many things. I go in once a year for IPL and V-Beam maintenance to take care of any blotchiness and broken capillaries that have cropped up. It doesn’t hurt, there is no down time, it keeps my skin looking homogenous. I’m in and out in 30 minutes. I love lasers!
The only down side I can think of to this at home set up–and it is considerable–is the that it requires a huge investment of time, both initially and as part of on-going maintenance. If the results replicate fraxenated resurfacing; however, it mightl be worth it.
Now this is exciting, can’t wait to see the results. Is the eye area the only place you can use it?
Does the literature say anything about eliminating broken capillaries or old acne scars? That would be incredible, to be able to take care of those at home, instead of having to make expensive repeat trips to the esthetician.
It is only FDA approved for the eye area, so nothing is mentioned about other uses. However, I have wondered the same thing too!
Does it work on the deep lines around the mouth (the infamous “bracket” lines that go from the nose to the lips)?
I am not sure. This has only been approved for around the eye area, so that is the only area I am testing at this time.
I had a laser treatment done under my eyes at the PS office a couple years ago..lots of downtime and results were great but only temporary as there was no ongoing maintenance. I can’t wait to hear (and see) how this works for you!
As an esthetician for many years doing facial treatments, I’ve wondered about the results of these home units and would consider purchasing for resale to my clients. I only recommend things I fully believe in. Would be nice to see test on someone a bit older, say 53 or 56. I’ll be following results!
Ill be watching Kari! And thanks for mentioning the fake scrunch! It makes me nuts when they do that for before and afters…Hope you like the results. I’ll be next