Since this forum has turned more into putting urine and other crap onto your face rather than actual medical devices, thought I would detail my experience.
Some other good threads on lasers:
Had pretty bad acne in teens that left scarring as I didn't really do anything to treat the active acne. Mainly boxcar and icepick scarring. Scarring was localized on only the cheeks and that was a major factor in finding a doctor - one who would agree to only treat the cheeks. Also wanted a doctor that would go as aggressive as possible.
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Was given pain pills, valium type injection, valtrex and an anti biotic. Was also given a blood thinner as the plastic surgeon believes more blood = better results and it prevents blood clots. Was pretty loopy for the procedure.
Was given ~10 local injections on the cheeks. No numbing cream was used. He did light settings on the outside of the cheeks and a strong setting with multiple passes on the inside where the scarring was.
Pain - 3/10
Swelling - 9/10 (eyes were almost swollen closed). I assume this is mainly because of the injections rather than the laser. I was frozen up pretty good
General Discomfort - 3/10
Immediately post procedure had a tiny bit of pain, intense swelling and cold compresses were applied. Was sent home around an hour later with some polysporin applied to the face.
Post procedure/day 1:
Have just been applying aquaphor. There is just some mild residual pain and bad swelling but otherwise nothing else to note.
Edited by acnescar123, 27 June 2014 - 10:52 AM.