Just wanted to share my experience. After cystic acne and a bout of accutane I was left with severe scars on both sides of my face. I read about Fraxel: Repair and it sounded like a dream come true. I visited a plastic surgeon and he recommended me do both entire sides of my face and my forehead as well (strange considering I have no scars there). I was younger and more naive, so I went along with it. What a mistake. I think he used a lighter setting on my forehead because it healed fine, but the sides of my face are a different story. For at least a year afterwards my face was constantly red and my skin texture was hard and rough. I have to mention the dryness as well. My face had seemingly lost its ability to produce oil. All this was restricted to the areas he lasered, the skin along the edges feels normal (supple and soft). I have to say that two and half years later these problems have dimished somewhat with time, but the skin texture will never be as supple, soft, and moisturized as it was before the procedure (now it feels kind of like paper). If I look very closely I can see the holes where the Fraxel laser hit me. If you do some searching on the internet you'll see that many others have been effected with these problems from all types of lasers. To top it off I didn't get much improvement to my scars, so it wasn't worth the textural and coloration problems to the surrounding healthy skin.
This isn't me, but it's an example of what I mean by texture damage from laser. It's referred to as "orange peel texture". This picture was posted by another person damaged by Fraxel, although she had the less intense Restore done. See the holes where the laser hit her face? There's a stark contrast in color and texture between the lasered skin and the healthy skin on her neck.http://dkm80tng5uqm9...4741-178584.jpgEdit:
Decided to post pics of my face. Note that the scars are from severe acne, not laser. However the texture of the rest of the skin is messed up in some way, bumpy and rough. Not smooth like the skin on my neck. Anyone can tell upon first glance that something is "not right" with my skin. If I could grow a beard to hide my skin I would.
Edited by sverd, 14 November 2012 - 02:51 PM.