Palovia Skin Renewing Laser: Final report with before and after pics

Well, it’s been four weeks since my first report on using my PaloVia Laser.  I started out using the laser every night, but had to move to every other night half way through because it just made my skin too dry.

Here are my previous posts:

Initial Report

Week One

Week Two

Moving to every other night was much better for me, I didn’t have any dry skin issues after that.  However, I had a bad reaction to a new contact lens solution that made my eyes so swollen I couldn’t use the laser for about five days straight.  So you could say that my experiment was far from perfect in terms of how often I was able to use the laser.  And when you keep that in mind, I think my results are pretty mind blowing:

PaloVia before – left eye

 

PaloVia after – left eye

Yup, it works.

What I find interesting is that when I smile, my wrinkle lines are still there – my face muscles and skin still work the same way, so it’s not like Botox where there is no movement and NO lines.  But when I am not smiling, the depth of my fine lines and wrinkles is dramatically improved after using the PaloVia laser.

Since I had to take almost a full week off, I think I will continue to use the laser every other day for another two weeks, then move into maintenance which is twice a week.  I have to say that after a month of my very imperfect usage record, I am very, very happy with my results, and I definitely think this laser is worth the investment.  – Lisa

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PaloVia Skin Renewing Laser: Week Two Report

Well, week two was a little more rough than week one (you can read that report HERE). I did move up to the middle level in terms of laser strength, but then I started to experience so much dryness and skin peeling that I looked pretty nasty.  I wish I could say that I was so confident within myself that it didn’t bother me, but…it bothered me.  Trying to cover up the dry, peeling skin made it look even worse, and leaving it uncovered looked horrible.

I didn’t want to move back to the lower level, so instead I took two days off and slathered on the eye cream.  My skin especially seemed to love the aloe-based Replenishing Marina Mask ($32) by Madlyn Rose.

Image from www.madlynrose.com

Then, I started to alternate days, doing a treatment one night then skipping the next.  I think I have found my ‘happy medium’.  I am not going to get results as dramatic as I would doing a treatment every night, but at least I don’t look like a dry peeling mess.

One more tip, a truly great foundation for skin that is going through any sort of treatment including laser treatment is Classified Cosmetics ERA Foundation.  This is a spray on foundation, I spray some on my Beauty Blender and pat it on and it looks terrific.  They first formulated this foundation for burn victims, and now it’s the first choice for people undergoing any sort of skin treatments.

I hope my third week is a little easier, I will be sure to give you a full report!  – Lisa

PaloVia Skin Renewing Laser: Week One Report

I just finished the first week of my 4 week trial of the PaloVia Skin Renewing Laser.  Here are my thoughts so far:

1.  I started off at the lowest setting and used that for the first four days.  Then I went up to the middle level, and I hope to get to the highest level in a few more days.  The higher the level, the better your results.  It’s not painful, I think that getting my eyebrows threaded actually hurts worse than this.  For me it’s more of a fear thing – psychologically it’s just difficult for me to do a treatment that close to my eyes.  But as I get used to it, I get more brave and the treatment gets easier and easier.

working my way up to HIGH

2.  I am shocked by how quick the treatment is each night.  It only takes about four minutes from start to end, it’s much less time and effort intensive than I expected.

3.  I always do my treatment session at night because it does leave my eye area slightly red and swollen.  By morning the swelling is completely gone.

4.  I am experiencing a lot of dryness around my eyes.  Apparently, that is a side effect for about 22% of people who use the laser.  It’s not a bad thing, it’s a sign that the natural healing process is working.  I have been using a lot of eye cream and moisturizing masks to keep my under eye area comfortable and hydrated.

I do think it’s working, and I am really excited about the possibility of some fabulous end results.  I will check back in a week with my thoughts about week two.  – Lisa

Real wrinkle reduction? PaloVia Skin Renewing Laser initial report

One of my favorite things about blogging is the opportunity to be a human guinea pig.  Today I am starting a month-long trial using the PaloVia Skin Renewing Laser ($499), which is an FDA-cleared at-home laser treatment for the wrinkles around your eyes.  I have my ‘before’ pictures today, and I will post weekly updates as well as my ‘after’ pictures in a month.

PaloVia

There are several bloggers participating, which is pretty cool because you can compare the results.  Lasers are clinically proven to reduce wrinkles, but you have to see a professional and spend lots of money for the treatment.  The PaloVia Skin Renewing Laser is an at-home laser that has some pretty impressive studies behind it showing it is very effective at reducing wrinkles around the eyes.

In the past, I have tried tons of eye creams, microdermabrasion, and Botox to get rid of my eye wrinkles.  I have had good success with Retinol products, although whenever I stop using them the wrinkles come back.  Botox makes my wrinkles pretty much disappear, but of course it wears off and it’s very expensive to get the shots every four months.  Microdermabrasion definitely made my skin smoother, but I didn’t like spending all the time and money for the treatments.

Before – right eye

My main wrinkle issues are absolutely around my eyes, and it’s worse on my left side for some reason.  Maybe it’s because that side of my face is exposed to the sun more from driving.

Before – left eye

When I look at photos, the one thing that has changed on me over the years and has made me look older are those pesky lines around my eyes.  So if this laser works for me, I am going to be one extremely happy (and younger looking) person.

PaloVia Kit

The kit comes with a very detailed instruction book, a Treatment Gel, and the handpiece plus the charger.

inside the kit

The charger is inside the little box pictured above.  This laser is only for the eye area, the periorbital wrinkles (sorry forehead wrinkles, you will be tackled another day!).

Treatment Gel

I am starting the treatments tonight.  The first step is to apply one pump of the Treatment Gel around the eye. The Treatment Gel reminds me of the stuff the doctor puts on you for an ultrasound, just not as thick.

handpiece

This is the actual laser handpiece.  It fits right into your hand and seems easy to use.

treatment window

Pictured above is the window that the laser comes through.  You can adjust the strength of the laser between low, medium, and high.

screen on

The screen shows that the strength is on high, I have 23 applications left (it starts at 25 but I did two test applications on my forearm), and the battery is fully charged.

The treatment plan is to use the laser every night for 30 days.  The laser is placed over an area, and you press the button which activates a 3 second application.  On my arm, the application feels like a prickling sensation.  It will be interesting to find out if it’s painful around the eyes.  You then move the handpiece and do it again until you cover each part of those wrinkles, which should be around 6 to 8 times per eye.

I am very excited about the trial, and I will tell you all the details about my experience. Plus, I am really excited that in one month Beauty Info Zone will have a PaloVia Skin Renewing Laser giveaway, so stay tuned!  – Lisa