Fotona Laser

Multi-application laser technology that offers superior results for variety of conditions.

Fotona laser technology is recognized as a world leader in aesthetic treatments. Innovative solutions are available for a wide range of aesthetic applications including skin resurfacing and rejuvenation, wrinkle reduction, minimization and removal of veins and scars, vascular and pigmented lesion reduction and removal, permanent hair reduction, as well as treatments for snoring, brittle and infected nails and women’s health.

Two Laser Wavelengths = Greater Precision & Better Results

First introduced by Fotona in 1994, the dual laser wavelength system combines Er:YAG and Nd:YAG laser wavelengths in a single treatment. This combination optimizes the unique laser-tissue interaction of each laser wavelength. The complementary system dramatically improves the outcome of laser treatments, resulting in superior results.

The Er:YAG laser light is used for shallow or superficial tissues in treatments such as skin resurfacing or “facial peels.” Nd:YAG laser light is used for deep tissues, penetrating deep into the skin to selectively target structures such as veins, hair follicles and fat tissue.

Another unique feature of the Fotona laser is its variable pulse duration, which ranges from a few microseconds to a few seconds. The laser works to “heat” the target structure, and the heat is delivered in these pulses. The time between pulses allows the skin to “cool” so that it is not damaged from overheating. Different skin structures have different “thermal relaxation times” (TRT), or “cool down” times — the time it takes for the structure to cool enough between pulses until it is safe to apply another pulse. As such, having the variation in pulse length is what allows us to use the Fotona laser for so many different laser skin treatments.

Benefits of Fotona Laser:

  • Greater precision in tissue selectivity
  • Lower cost
  • Less invasive, safer treatments
  • Shorter downtime
  • Greater client comfort
  • Superior results and client satisfaction

Below is an overview of the treatments we can perform with the FOTONA laser.

Treatment for Active Acne

For active acne, we use Fotona’s Nd:YAG laser beam. The Nd:YAG laser penetrates deep tissue to selectively target and destroy the overactive sebaceous glands that cause acne inflammation and reduce the likelihood of further acne flare-ups.

Additionally, the Nd:YAG acne laser treatment also helps the healing process by stimulating collagen remodeling. Collagen remodeling, along with proper diet and a daily skin-care regimen, is an important component in the long-term treatment plan for acne.

Treatment for Acne Scars

For acne scar treatment, we use Fotona’s Er:YAG laser beam for gentle ablative scar revision. The Er:YAG laser is very precise and can be controlled to work only on the affected top micro-layers of the dermis. Also known as “laser skin resurfacing,” the process vaporizes the top scarred tissue layer to reveal the healthy underlying and unscarred tissue below.

The process also stimulates the production of new collagen in the dermis to improve the appearance of acne scars.  Laser skin resurfacing is a safe and simple procedure that works quickly and involves minimal downtime.


Fotona’s Nd:YAG laser can be used to treat toenail fungal infections. Laser treatment for toenail infections is a great alternative to chemical, topical or oral treatments. The laser targets the infected area to safely kill the parasitic fungi that cause the infection but leave surrounding tissue in tact. The process is safe, minimally invasive and involves little to no downtime.


Fotona laser technology can be used to treat warts. Combining both the Nd:YAG laser and the Er:YAG laser we can target both deep and superficial structures that contribute to the wart. The Nd:YAG laser is used to selectively target the blood vessels to cut off the nutrient supply and kill the wart. The Er:YAG laser is used to ablate (kill and remove) the wart superficially.

Laser removal of warts is a great alternative to topical medications, and reduces the possibility of recurrence. The ability to precisely target the wart means that no additional tissue needs to be removed. The procedure is patient friendly, requires no anesthesia, and involves little to no post-procedure downtime or after care.

Benign Lesions

Benign lesions can be treated with Fotona laser technology. The procedure uses Fotona’s Er:YAG laser to selectively target the superficially affected area. The laser ablates (removes) the affected area but leaves the surrounding tissue untouched.

Laser removal benign lesions is a great alternative to alternative solutions, and reduces the instance of recurrence. The procedure is safe for all skin types, requires no anesthesia, and involves little to no post-procedure downtime or after care.

Permanent Hair Reduction

Using Fotona’s high-performance Nd:YAG laser, we can quickly and effectively target both small and large areas to remove unwanted hair. Fotona’s FRAC3® laser technology selectively hair follicles in your deep tissue while leaving surrounding structures and tissue unaffected.

Permanent laser hair removal with Fotona’s laser is safe for all skin types. Clients can expect a drastic, uniform reduction in unwanted hair, Additionally, future hair growth will be thinner and lighter.

This laser treatment is fast and effective for both large areas, such as the legs, back and chest, and small areas such as face, arms and bikini area. As such, it is one of the most cost-effective solutions for long-term hair reduction. We will discuss recommendations for treatment sessions at your consultation or appointment depending on the size of the treatment area.

Scar Revision & Reduction

Fotona’s laser scar-revision treatments are minimally invasive which means they are patient-friendly and offer and faster recovery times.

We combine Fotona’s Er:YAG ablative laser for gentle removal of your scar tissue. This laser wavelength also activates collagen remodeling leading to generation of new tissue. The Nd:YAG laser is also used in some cases when deeper tissue penetration is required, such as for deeper scars or scars in certain locations. The deeper penetration also helps “cut off” the vascular supply to the scar tissue, killing off only the affected area in favor of new, unscarred tissue growth.

Fotona laser scar revision treatments are very precise. This means that we can target only the affected areas and leave the surrounding, healthy tissue untouched. This leads to better results, faster recovery and results and little to no downtime.

Restore Your Skin’s Natural Beauty

Laser Body Sculpting and Skin Tightening

Fotona TightSculpting® is a unique dual-wavelength, non-invasive laser treatment used to sculpt and tighten skin. The procedure is fast, safe on all body areas and has minimal downtime. It is an effective, non-invasive alternative to liposuction.

Procedures are performed in two steps:

Snoring and Apnea Treatment

Our Fotona laser is an effective, non-invasive treatment which targets a major cause of snoring: a weakened palate. The treatment is an excellent alternative to other snoring reduction alternatives such as bulky head-gear, machines and invasive surgeries.

Fotona’s NightLase® therapy uses the Er:YAG laser to gently deliver heat into the deep oral mucosa tissue to tighten the collagen in your throat. The result is reduced amplitude (volume) of snoring, and also reduces effects of sleep apnea.

For the best results, clients will receive three separate treatment sessions over a six week period. Results last up to a year at which time treatment can be repeated.

Removal and Reduction of Spots, Pigmented Lesions & Skin Tags

Our Fotona laser can treat many skin mark conditions, including pigmented lesions, vascular lesions, sunspots and skin tags. We can treat both superficial lesions and deeper lesions by precisely targeting the specific pigments cells causing the marking and leave the surrounding cells untouched. We use both the ablative and non-ablative laser modes depending on the treatment and desired effect.

Veins, Spider Veins & Other Vascular Lesions

Fotona’s long-pulse Nd:YAG laser is perfect for non-invasive treatment of many types of vascular lesions, from spider veins to port wine stains. The laser can penetrate deep into the dermis without damaging surrounding, healthy tissue allowing for highly effective treatments and a dramatic regression in the lesion.

The heat delivered through the laser is absorbed by the blood in the vein then converted into heat. This causes destruction of the targeted veins walls, thus ablating the vein. Your body’s immune system will then clear away the dead tissue. The laser also ablates the underlying vascular feeding system, ensuring long-term efficacy of the treatment. This procedure is safe for all skin types and an ideal alternative to invasive therapies.

Women’s Health & Vaginal Tightening

We offer many female health services for women in varying stages of life. Through various aesthetic treatments, our goal is to help women reclaim, relish, and fully revel in their femininity.

Vaginal laxity can be caused by overstretching of the vaginal canal during childbirth but is also part of the natural aging process for women. We use Fotona’s IntimaLase® laser procedure to tighten the vaginal canal. The treatment is also used to help correct urinary incontinence.

The procedure is minimally invasive and helps stimulate collagen remodeling. The treatments and results may include:

  • Stronger vaginal muscles
  • Tightened vaginal canal
  • Greater sexual satisfaction
  • Improved aesthetic appearance
  • Better urinary continence
  • Treatment for vaginal atrophy
  • Treatment for dryness

The procedure is safer, faster and more comfortable than alternative solutions. There is no preparation needed and little to no downtime, meaning you can return to most normal everyday activities. We’ll go over specific post-procedure restrictions based on your lifestyle. Two to three sessions may be necessary to achieve desired results.

Wrinkle Reduction

Fotona unique laser system works wonders for smoothing and restoring the natural beauty of your skin. We use different modes of both Er:YAG and Nd:YAG laser wavelengths to target from deep to superficial structures within your skin. The duality of the system is unique, allowing precise targeting of skin structures while leaving healthy tissue in tact.

We have different procedure options depending on your skin and your goals. These include TwinLight® Fractional and the 4D Fotona4D® Facelift. Fotona’s 4D laser treatment is most commonly used for wrinkles. The process works to rebuild your own collagen two tighten and add volume to your skin.

Wrinkle reduction with Fotona is ideal for clients who prefer to avoid more invasive treatments, but can also be combined with injectable treatments such as Botox and Dermal Fillers.

Luminous You Laser Skin Medispa | in St. Paul Minnesota

Dear Clients,

Luminous You is currently open and you can book your consultation or next appointment online!

Please note we have only one location in St.Paul MN. However, we offer Virtual 30-Minute Consultation/Evaluation Sessions for clients outside of the state and work with you to development a non-invasive, comprehensive treatment plan for your face and body. Learn more about Virtual appointments on our Appointments page.

Our COVID-19 Safety Plan includes everything you need to know for your upcoming appointment and can be found on the Appointments page. Here are a few highlights we are asking all clients adhere to:

  • Masks are required to enter the building, in the waiting room and during some treatments.
  • If you are feeling unwell, reschedule your appointment. There are no penalties for rescheduling appointments, however we do ask you notify us as soon as possible to open the space for other clients
  • Come alone. Please do not bring any additional people with you, including and especially children. Please make childcare arrangements as it is unsafe for children to be in our clinic.

We can't wait to see you all, and hope you and your families are staying safe and healthy during this time!

In health,
Valery Argo
Owner, Luminous You
updated 07/23/2020