Now the FDA has approved a home-laser treatment that promises to take years off your face, without the big doctor's office price tag .
Roberta Almeas washes her face daily. But, twice a week, she gives her skin an extra jolt.
"It's very easy. It takes less than 5 minutes. It's become a part of my bedtime routine," said Almeas.
Almeas is trying out a new at home laser treatment.. to zap the wrinkles around her eyes. She's only been using it for a few weeks and says she's already noticed a difference.
"The fine lines are definitely much more minimal," said Almeas.
Palovia is the first ever laster treatmwent to be approved for home use. It uses short laser pulses to stimulate collagen production around the eyes.
"It penetrates the layers of the skin where collagen and elastin is formed, and collagen and elastin are those components that give our skin that nice taut appearance," said Dr. Ramos-Genuino.
To make sure you don't over do it. The device is limited to 25 pulses every 8 hours. The energy levels are low. And it won't fire unless all corners are in contact with the skin.
The panel of doctors who studied the device reported a noticeable reduction in wrinkles in more than 90% of people who took part in the clinical trials
The company says the side effects are minimal, redness and minor swelling.
So far Palovia is the only home laser treatment on the market. But similar devices from other companies are being developed.
I think I've earned my wrinkles and I don't want to look ridiculous for who I am
The device costs about $500. An in-office treatment could run a few hundred dollars per visit.