Well, I had my third fraxel treatment done yesterday. It is getting less bothersome because I know what to expect. She still uses the highest setting for my cheek areas and kicked it up from 50 to 55 for the rest of my face. My eyes are really swollen today along with the area around my mouth. My lips are pouting! I now know how I would look with lip augmentation. lol
I am really red and puffy but feel just fine. This is my weekend to stay indoors until Monday when I have to go to work. I never go outside at all for the first two or three days. Then, when I start to venture out on Mondays I use Neutrogena Face sunblock every single day. I still avoid the sun as much as possible. I never stand in the sun. I always look for shade. I have read too much about having bad results due to sun exposure. It's all good.
I will upload a pic later on this morning. So far so good!
Good morning folks~
This is the morning after my second fraxel treatment and I am redder than the first but have about the same amount of swelling. The doctor decided to go up to the highest strength this time because I tolerated the procedure so well last time. If you read my blog you can see she was almost at the highest level last time already.
This treatment didn't bother me as much as the first one because I knew what to expect and how bad it was going to get...or not. I knew the down time, etc. so the fear of the unknown factor had been removed. My eyes are watering a lot like last time but I think it is due to swelling. For some reason I swell the most around my eyes. I am not in any pain at all but not likely to go out shopping today that's for sure.
I will upload pics later today. So far I am loving the treatment results. The entire texture of my skin is different and better just after one treatment. Oh...also, I read the comment below on the Baylor College of Medicine site regarding the particular type of laser treatment I am receiving:
"The risks of scarring or skin discoloration are extremely low as this technology is very gentle on the skin."
That made me feel much better!
Take a look at my albumn to see my progress. Nothing to report really besides the overall texture of my skin is completely different. Not rough but smooth! I continue to improve daily. Each day my skin looks smoother. I couldn't be happier with the results.
Still have a bad pock mark on my cheek. I had a cyst surgically removed and it left a scar. If it does not go away by the last treatment I will have a filler done on it.
I am loving the results of fraxel so far. Huge improvement after just one treatment.
I did as I said I would for work. Went in and closed my door and mini blinds. Everyone was really considerate. They started closing their too! lol Of course as luck would have it they had a meeting in the conference room and couldn't get a connection to the internet and needed my help. Ug! So, I had to come out of my shell and help.
I took a care kit to work with me. It had my face wash, wash cloths, prescription cream, lotion, and SPF 45 Sunblock. I used it all day today so I am really greasy. My hair is greasy. Yuk. While I was washing my face the skin started to come off! Yah! I will be glad when I finally do the peel and get it over with. It looks like I am growing a beard or something. My face is really itchy too.
I will upload another pic tomorrow. That's all for now, folks!
I am at work with the mini blinds closed and door shut. Everyone being very considerate, so that's nice.
I am less swollen today in the eye area and not as red. My skin is turning brown like it is dying and ready to come off. Wish it would peel already! It is itching really bad. I brought my care kit with me to work. Have to keep moisturizing and cleaning, etc. all day. I used SPF 45 Sunscreen before I left the house.
I will post a pic later on. I took one before I left the house this morning. No make up this week, only lip stick and eye make up. Nothing on the rest of my face.
I look a mess this afternoon. I am getting brown pigment all over my face. This is dead skin that is going to be peeling off...be so glad when it does! Yuk!
I have to work tomorrow and I swear I am shutting my door! All day! I am sneaking in early, and leaving late...only problem...bathroom is down the hall. I'll hold it...or not.
I will take a pic in the morning and upload it on the message board. I don't know if I can wear powder or not. Probably not. My face is really red...and now red and brown...not going to mix well and I have to wear lotion all day.
I'll make it somehow.
I will keep everyone posted!
I was a little suprised I woke up swollen again today. The swelling is now generalized and not just mostly in my eye sockets (glass half full). Redness reduced tremendously. No bad side effects on this treatment. My skin is starting to feel like alligator skin so I am guessing it is about to start peeling. Yah..I guess. You can see the generalized dry, flaky look all over my face. I had just mosturized! Soaks it up like a sponge.
I do plan on working tomorrow. I will draw the mini blinds and keep my door shut most likely. I am not really vain, but not necessarily wanting a big display of my Fraxel at work you know. I will probably be sloughing skin all day. I hope we do not have meetings but have a feeling we will. Oh boy.
I will upload a picture a bit later this morning. I am having coffee now and need to get awake a bit more. I am not in pain or anything at all. I am getting itchy though. I really do not like scratching my face so I try to use a rubbing techinque with the back of my hand so I don't put a big scratch on my face.
April 9, 2011
My eyes are the most swollen. My entire face is puffy even if you can't tell but I have a very thin face so this pic is a rarity. Even though I am really red, my face does not hurt. I can tell when I need to apply creams because it starts feeling tight so it is too dry. I think this is as bad as it gets folks.
I will take another pic tomorrow morning and give an update. I am taking ibuprofin for swelling, that's all except for face washes and creams.
Am not going anywhere this weekend, just staying inside in the dark! lol
April 6, 2011 appointment time 3:10 p.m.
My daughter took me to my appointment as I wasn't sure if I would be okay to drive home by myself and I am glad she did. As mentioned earlier, I have a low tolerance for pain and am skiddish about anything to do with hurting. I would have been able to drive home but felt very anxious after the procedure.
Got to my appointment a little over an hour early to sign in and get the topical anesthesia on my face that needed to be applied one hour before the scheduled procedure. My face got really, really numb! Put on goggles to protect my eyes and was given a hose that blew air condition (not just cool air but cold air) to use on my face as the laser was being passed along various areas. My daughter held it for me and followed along while the procedure was being done.
The doctor made 8 passes in each area. The first 5 or 6 were okay, but they last 2 or 3 hurt. That laser is hot and the anesthesia kept it at bay until the last few passes and then I could feel it. Right when you think you are going to yell, "Stop!" the last pass is finished. I have heard people describe it as feeling like rubber bands are being popped on your face. I would not concur with that description. Grant it, my procedure was done by laser almost maxed out so this may be why my description is different but I would describe it as feeling like someone took one of those punch-in-and-get-red-hot lighters that used to be included with new vehicles, got it red hot and passed it over your face.
The procedure itself is tolerable even at the highes level but I could think of a lot of other things I would rather be doing.
Afterwards was the worst. My face was so hot! They gave me an ice pack and it was kind of wierd because I felt like my face was on fire but when I applied the ice pack it was like putting it on someone else's face and not mine. lol Like your nose is itching and you scratch it but it doesn't help. I felt very anxious and wanted to get home ASAP for some reason. I guess because I feel comfortable at home and so I wanted to go there! We had to pick up a prescription for my face that keeps down any infection and promotes healing, and bought a face cleanser and moisturizer over the counter that the doctor recommended.
Face a little swollen, red, and ablaze. After 2 or 3 hours it quit hurting all together. Skin feeling tight but not in pain at all.
I have always had troubled skin which seemed to get worse with age for some reason. My acne scars seemed to increase instead of decrease over the age of 40 and it has bothered me even more in recent years. I turned 50 in September of 2010 and decided I need to try to do something about the scars on my face.
What the heck, right? I mean, everything we own gets older and needs maintenance or restoration so why is it different when it comes to our bodies?
I researched various restorative procedures for acne scars and even went in for consultations to see what would give me the best results. I decided to go with Fraxel Laser treatments. I found a doctor in Galveston, TX at UTMB who is highly recommended and Fraxel Certified. I really, really like her style. She sits down to talk to you about your options and is very articulate.
She told me I would need around 5 treatments about one month apart so I made the first one and was ready to go. But, in the meantime, I did a lot of homework and read numerous reviews form Fraxel patients, watched videos of them on You Tube, looked up before and after pictures and made as well an informed decision as I could. My conclusion (recall this is pre-procedure) was that some people whine a lot, some people did not choose the right doctor, some did, some people really did not have severe problems to begin with and are overly-picky, and others had severe problems, chose good doctors and are really happy with their results. The jury is still out on me. I do have a low tolerance for pain and have severe problems and would be thrilled with any degree of improvement; so here goes: An unbiased opinion. My journey here in print and photos for anyone who is contiplating having Fraxel Laser procedures done on their skin. I will attempt to upload my photos as they were taken thus far with a cell phone camera. Enjoy the ride with me, folks!