Review: How the ADVATx Laser Tamed My Rosacea Without Downtime – See Photos
And because ADVATx doesn’t require any downtime, it doesn’t require much preparation or follow-up either. For preparation, you just need to be careful about anything that could irritate your skin. “For all lasers in our practice, I advise patients to avoid getting a sunburn before their treatment and to limit the use of any skin sensitizing agents such as alpha hydroxy acid, beta -hydroxy, vitamin C and retinoids,” advises Dr. Chilukuri. .
Aftercare is all about sun protection and hydration. “We advise patients to avoid direct sunlight for 24 hours after their treatment, apply high-quality sunscreen immediately, and continue to use moisturizers and sunscreen daily,” Forrester says. She applied sunscreen to me after the treatment, which should be standard practice wherever you get yours. Palm and Gohara second and third the use of sunscreen after any laser treatment – you should wear SPF 30 or more every day anyway – and add the recommendation of barrier repair skin care products for soothe and prevent any residual irritation (which in my experience wasn’t a big deal).
Other than that, most people should be able to get back to their regular skincare routines right away, according to Dr. Chilukuri. That’s exactly what I did, without those previously mentioned active ingredients for a few days.
Is ADVATx painful?
Everyone’s pain tolerance is different, and the pain level of this treatment is highly dependent on the condition you are treating, where in your body you are treating it, and the extreme of your condition.
I’m not going to lie, attending this treatment for my face wasn’t the most pleasant experience in the world (and I’ve been known to sit for six hours or more tattooing at a time, so the pain is a bit my forte). It’s a bit like getting a static shock over and over and over again, and the longer you sit there, the hotter your face gets from the inside – remember, even if the surface of the device itself is cold , it still uses ultraviolet radiation to target that redness below the surface and “selectively heat” it to get rid of it, as Dr. Palm described earlier.
For me, the areas where it barely hurt were the spots on my face that aren’t as red or thin-skinned, like my forehead and jawline. However, the most sensitive and inflamed parts of my face – my cheeks, around my mouth and around my eyes – were sore enough that I had to grit my teeth and clench my fists for a few minutes.
I’ve never had any other laser treatment so I can’t give you a first person comparison when it comes to pain – but given Dr Chilukuri’s insistence that ADVATx is less painful than other treatments and the video footage I’ve seen of some of those treatments, I’m going to go ahead and assume that ADVATx is better in the area of overall comfort.
But once it’s over, it’s really over. There are no lingering marks or tingling or anything like that. My skin was a little red and irritated immediately after my first session, and the next day I might have been a little drier than usual, but that’s all about the side effects. With each session (I ended up having four, more soon), the less redness there was to deal with and the less irritation I had right after the treatment.
What results can I expect from ADVATx?
This is another thing that is ultimately up to you: how many sessions you need/can afford, what your skin condition is, how severe it is and where it is on your body. For what I consider quite extreme facial redness, my results were extremely impressive, but it took several sessions over several months to get to the point I wanted (almost no redness).
Forrester says his patients need an average of six sessions to get the results they want and recommended in my first session that I come once a month until I get the results they want. (This stacks with other laser treatments, which Dr. Gohara says typically require four to six sessions for optimal results.) In total, I received four ADVATx sessions throughout 2022: one in March , one in May, one in June and one in August.
The difference in my skin before and after each session was both visible and almost immediate. From the photos placed throughout this story, you can see that my skin was red all over before my first treatment and was swollen and blotchy the next day. But when I woke up two days later, I could already identify patches of my skin that looked different. That was the general theme of the first two sessions: walking in feeling like a tomato, walking out feeling like a tomato, waking up a day or two later completely shocked and much less like a tomato.