I am doing my second round of the Fraxel Co2 laser. Just wanted to get some feedback from people here that have already been through the procedure. My treatment is exactly two months away and this is my second time. The first time I couldn't get through the entire treatment because it was too painful. Why am I doing it again? Because something has to give. About four years ago when I was 24 going on 25, my face just decided to break out uncontrollably. I always had pimples here and there but this time they were cysts. It took me three months to get into the dermatologist and by the time I did, the damage was already done. The derm put me on Accutane for 5 months which helped significantly. I know people have different opinions about this drug but in my own opinion, it was the best thing that could have happened to me. I cringe at the thought of what my face my look like right now had I refused this treatment. Anyway, there is still some pretty bad scarring. The majority of it is on my cheeks under my eyes, the left side being the most affected. I know that some of you can relate to how it effects my every day life. I no longer enjoy social gatherings. No one even bothers to ask me anymore because they're probably sick of listening to my lame excuses, which are always lies. If I have to been in a position where I am out with people, I position myself away from very bright lights and always sit with my right side towards people (since its my left side that's horrible). I dread even having to go to the supermarket or to the laundry mat. I feel like everyone is looking at my scars. Even while I am getting ready for work in the morning I don't stare into the mirror longer than I have to. This is just tearing me up inside knowing that I used to be beautiful, almost flawless, and now I can't even stand looking into the mirror. It's almost like that movie "Big". I woke up one morning and was in a body that didn't belong to me. I can go on and on about how deeply this has impacted me, but enough with the pity party. Has anyone had this treatment before? Were the results what you had envisioned? How long did you wait to go out into the sun again?
I didn't wait too long after my first treatment to enjoy the beach again. Although I didn't make it through the whole treatment (he might have done 2, maybe three passes at the most) I was still badly burned my the laser. This may have been mistake #1. I din't get the results I wanted either. It seems like the right side of my face, which was treated more severely according to the Doctor, is a little bit better. All in all I cannot notice much of a difference.
I know that some of you can relate to this in a way that my family and friends (whoever's left that I haven't pushed out of my life) cannot. Please... i am open for any suggestions or advice from those who have had this procedure or anything like it done before. Thanks!