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Hello everyone, I just received my first pearl fractional laser treatment today. I was really looking forward to this laser treatment for so long. Because I was between skin types 3 to 4, I was not elgible for CO2 or fraxel laser of any sort. They were too scared of me having hypo/hyperpigmentation issues. This pearl fractional targets water under our skin instead of melatonin which gives color to our skin. Anyways enough of the boring facts haha, I took alot of pictures because "pictures are a thousand words" hopefully this would be of use to someone that would be interested into this type of laser treatment. I will post pictures of when I had the face numbing cream on, so you can basically get a good idea of the acne scarring I have from those pictures. I did 2 passes all over my face with this treatment, but they upped the power near the cheek area of my face because that is where most of my acne scarring was. I asked them to be as aggressive as possible, and they agreed to be as aggressive but still in the safe area. I took the antibiotics/antiviral medications 2 days before the treatment. I took hydrocodon before I went in that same day. The first pass was nothing to sweat, the second pass was a bit more painful. It really isnt that bad to be honest. I've had chemical peels that were worse. Okay I will post pictures now, so if anyone has any questions or comments please post :).

Hmm sorry it says pictures are too big I can't upload through acne.org, so I'll try to use tinypic to upload

All these pictures are just from the first day of the procedure. I have to constantly keep removing the vasoline with vinegar+water mixture, and reapplying the vasoline 4 to 8 times each day.

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good luck man! im surprised tho ur doc didnt want to do fraxel repair on u..o well i guess this laser is good enuf..also rememeber be patient it takes months for collagen to grow and u may need more than 1 treatment to get the tremendous improvement u want..p.s thnx for uploading pics!

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went through that myself awhile back. Obviously all that damaged skin is going to slough off andregenerate. Please post back with pics down the line. All the best and eat a lot of green leafy veg!

I'm asian and I did fraxel repair and no hyperpigmentation here. Although another dermatologist said that the prolonged redness was hyperpigmentation but I reckon that was bullshit. good luck

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All the best! I had C02 smartdot laser done 5 weeks ago for rolling, boxcar scarring and went through a similar recovery to you but maybe not as hardcore!! Goodluck and please keep us all updated...and yes, stay away from the sun

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I did a fraxel before but I'm really interested about laser esp since i have asian skin that easily scars too. Good luck!! keep us updated on the recovery :)

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