With age comes wisdom, and alas, the much dreaded wrinkles. A pair of crow’s feet stamped stubbornly at the eye’s corners can add years to a face, while a permanent ridge beneath the brows can give off an unfriendly and unapproachable air. So it happens that along with age and wisdom, comes the search for the perfect anti-wrinkle product. For the woman seeking an effective, frugal solution, the Palovia Skin Renewing laser is a viable, try-able option.
Released in December 2010 by Palomar Medical technologies, the FDA-approved, at-home laser is touted as more efficient than creams and salves, and as effective as costly in-office laser treatments. At $499, it is pricier than a $14 dollar jar of L’Oreal Revitalift Cream, but cheaper in comparison to Fraxel fine laser skin rejuvenation ranging from $750 to $1,000 per treatment (4 to 6 treatments, spaced between 3 weeks, are considered necessary to achieve maximum results.
Does PaloVia Work Like Fraxel?
The laser works much like Fraxel fine, going below “skin deep” to target the skin’s bottom layers. A non-ablative laser, the Palovia heats the underlying skin layer with micro-fine light, stimulating the production of collagen, a connective tissue that supports the top layer of skin and creates a smooth and youthful finish. Unlike ablative lasers, Palovia does not burn off the top layer of skin, a painful undergoing that leaves the face raw, sensitive, and resembling something out of a horror movie. Nor does it shine the continuous light associated with ablative lasers; it uses fractional, evenly spaced lasers that promote healing instead.
Is PaloVia Easy To Use?
Perhaps even more astonishing than the immense technology built into the small, scanner-like apparatus is the relative ease of use and its incorporation into every nightly routine for a fresher morning face. The recommended laser treatment plan is divided into two parts: initial phase and maintenance plan. The first month of the plan requires daily usage, once a day for three to four minutes. After the first month, maintenance mode kicks in, with only a biweekly treatment.
Is PaloVia Safe To Use At Home?
Although the Palovia resembles an innocuous, handheld barcode scanner, many skeptics express doubts over its safety features. No doubt most women fear zapping their eyeballs, or chasing after children firing lethal zaps at one another. With this in mind, the creators have installed several foolproof mechanisms: the laser only fires when all four corners of the window are in contact with gel-slicked skin, and a built in sensor shuts down the laser for 8 hours after 25 fires, most likely to prevent overzealous users from abusing the product and to account for misfires. And with three available settings – low, medium, and high – the laser’s intensity can be adjusted according to the skin’s sensitivity.
According to instructions, the Palovia must only be used on eye wrinkles. Many women, however, are trying the laser on mouth lines, the neck, and even on broken leg capillaries. As the skin around the eyes is the thinnest, and the laser is not as strong as an in-office Fraxel fine, you’re probably better off focusing on the eyes and face. Before buying the Palovia, it’s important to keep its intended target area in mind.
The Palovia laser is another great stride in medical technology, but it is important to remember that its effects, like those of any in-office laser, are not permanent. Normal wear and tear of collagen and elastin will create more wrinkles and cause old ones to reappear. Like any other beauty venture, the use of the Palovia laser is a constant process. And like any other body part, wrinkles require constant maintenance.