By Stephanie Stahl

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Getting younger, better looking skin with lasers. It’s a popular treatment.

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. Health Reporter Stephanie Stahl takes a closer look.

Roberta Almeas washes her face daily. And twice a week, she gives her skin a jolt.

“It’s very easy. It takes less than five minutes. It’s become a part of my bedtime routine,” said Roberta.

Roberta is trying out a new at-home laser treatment to zap the wrinkles around her eyes.

“The fine lines are definitely much more minimal,” said Roberta.

PaloVia is the first laser treatment that’s FDA approved for home use. The maker says the laser stimulates collagen to plump up the skin.

“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. Elizabeth Ramos-Genuino, a Family Medicine Specialist.

To make sure you don’t over do it, the device is limited to 25 pulses every eight hours. The energy levels are low. And it won’t fire unless all corners are in contact with the skin.

Roberta likes the subtle results.

“I think I’ve earned my wrinkles, and I don’t want to look ridiculous for who I am,” said Roberta.

The company says the side effects are minimal and include redness and minor swelling.

So far, PaloVia is the only home laser treatment on the market.

The maker says a panel of doctors that studied the device reported a noticeable reduction in wrinkles in more than 90 percent of the people who took part in the clinical trials.

The at home laser costs about $500.


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