The first session with the home laser went off without a hitch. I set the device on the lowest intensity which produced a very mild sensation. In fact it felt so mild, I was surprised to see the treated skin become a bit reddened. The skin felt strangly tender and remained pinker for several hours. Even the next morning, I could see faint pink splotches.
I waited a few days before my next home laser treatment. Before my next session, I reread the brochure because I still was not sure how many times I should zap the skin per treatment. From the illustrations, it appears that I am expected to treat six slightly over lapping areas /laser treatment. Good to know. For the second try I cranked up the intensity to medium, spread on the special gel and zapped that same general area on my arm. This time the sensation was stronger– not yet uncomfortable, but close to it.
I moved and zapped thee device six times on my forearm. Almost immediately the skin developed red and somewhat raised welts. The redness faded to pale pink, but the welts were still there three hours later. The skin felt pretty tender, sort of like a sunburn. And here’s the most interesting part– the home laser also seemed to take of the fine hairs on my arm. Now that’s what I call “value added” — a home laser that reduced wrinkles as well as unwanted hair. Although the Palovia device is simple to use and not painful, it still has a clearly visable impact on the skin. According to the manufacturer, 22% of people report redness and 5% experience swelling so my reactions are not uncommon. There are also reports of skin darkening that can occur up to thirty days after a treatment. Since hyperpigmentation is something we all want to avoid, I’m going to continue testing on less visable areas of my skin.
Next step will be to try the device at its highest level. Bring it.