Hello. I was curious, how confident are you in insisting the highest energy use on the Fraxel re:store (SR1500) while staying safe?
Hello. Glad you asked the above. I requested to use the higher than 45MJ energy level to my previous doctor after my 3rd Fraxel, and I was very confident that my skin could take the higher energy well. At that point, I'd already had 3 Fraxels at 35MJ, 45MJ and 45MJ, respectively, and I experienced no discoloration issues. I didn't ask her to use the max energy (70MJ) but did definitely asked her to go up (i.e. 55MJ or 60MJ). And like I said, she refused.
how do you feel with the energy levels? purely, more the better?
With regards to acne scar improvements, yes, I believe the higher the better. The higher the MJ, the deeper the laser reaches into the skin. The higher the treatment level, the broader the area the laser covers. So yes.
she said she would start off on my skin at 30mj to 35mj.
Yes, I can understand that. She wants to see how your skin would react to Fraxel Restore since you've never had one, and it's understandable. However, if she wants to continue to treat you with 30 to 35MJ after you have one/two testing sessions, I honestly don't think you'll be satisfied with results after, say 5 Fraxels, assuming that you have moderate/severe acne scars.
Above you said how the new doctor you went to didn't hessitate on the max energy. Im wondering why they hell the machine even has different energy levels in the first place. Also what percentage (roughly obviously, but do conservative estimates) did you see improvement?
The reason why Fraxel has different energy levels is that Fraxel wasn't created to treat one and only condition. It's made to treat various conditions, such as wrinkles, enlarged pores, melasma, acne scars and even surgery scars, etc, and different energy level is used for each condition.
20days after my 8th Fraxel, I say 60-65%. After 5 Fraxels with lower settings, I said 30-35%. I was pretty happy with 30-35% improvement then. But 3 Fraxels I had with Dr. Rokhsar have really really done wonders for my skin, and I cannot help but being impressed with what Fraxel Restore can do to your scars when used correctly. I've never ever thought that I could have this skin that I have right now. I cannot thank enough to those that developed Fraxel Restore.
Like what is the worst case scenario of using the highest energy on Fraxel Re:store?
The worst case scenario would be (I'm not a professional so this is only my guess):
-Continuous breakouts from Fraxel Restore and potentially get new scars due to these breakouts (but stay on antibiotics and this most likely won't happen)
-Forget to put on sunscreen after Fraxels, go out in sun barefaced, and get melasma/discoloration.
-Empty bank account
That's all I can think of right now.