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Please Help, Life is Ruined From Fraxel Laser

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Please help. I do not know what to do anymore. I come here in need of answers. Fraxel Laser completely got rid of the definition between my eye brows and now I look cross eyed. No matter what I do, what lotion I use, the amount I tan, it doesn’t come back. This is so sad, my life is ruined, people can’t even look at me anymore. I tried everything. I tried the caveman for months multiple times to no progress. What can I do? How can I get the area in between my eye brows back. I used to be so attractive and now I’m not. No one wants me for dating, no one will hire me because my face and skin is too much of a distraction. This procedure destroyed my life. I get treated horribly every where I go because people don’t know the background, they think I’m wanting to look like this. No I’m not! I want my skin to be normal, but because of the laser it’s not! I can’t help what it looks like. I’ve tried everything. I got the procedure on March 13, 2018 and ever since then my life has been horrible. It’s the biggest regret of my life. I’m convinced it made one eye higher on my face than the other eye and it made my nose ridge where it connects to the forehead look all wide versus before and made my eyes look too close together. I hate the guy who did this to me. I’m going to post pictures even through I don’t even like to go outside and face the public because it’s so bad. I’ve even heard other people say under their breath and to themselves “it’s so bad.” I’m so sad. I would rather be almost any other person on the planet, I swear. What should I do? Who else has had this done that may have had similar experiences? I want my old face back. How can I go back to before?

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What do you mean by lost definition? Is there fat loss or a pigmentation issue? It's hard to see in this picture. Maybe a close up on the concern or a picture in different lighting. 

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I think it’s the lighting. Yes a loss of pigmentation. The red arrows are the pigmentation loss or broken skin that won’t go back to normal color. The black arrows are the definition in between my eye brows. The definition that everyone has. That I now do not because laser ruined my life. 

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@regretfraxel  Ruined your life? I get it, you want to improve something that bugs you. Let's step back here. I see your skin type all the time, many movie stars have similar issues. Do you realize you say laser ruined your life and your pointing to a tiny area on your face, mountain out of a mole hilll? I think lots of people on here with their life was ruined like yours and they had no severe acne scars. Perhaps the picture is bad, but I am not seeing it in both versions you're provided. The above pics you provided look the same, different lighting used, different aging and grooming. 

Your skin is better than most of the severe acne scar cases that come here.

Everyone has big pores, a bit of hyperpigmetnation, some skin issues etc. Lots of photoshop of movie stars and fake filters on Instagram.

Why do you want to treat this. 

I would have to take a magnifying glass to find the issue. I see issues that you didn't even mention with your skin (with my highly critical eye). So again 

You have hypopigmentation (I think your telling me in those tiny areas), read the FAQ - pinned to the main scar treatments sub, goto the skin texture and hypopigmentaiton section. In my oppinion, it's not worth the cost or the bother to treat microscopic areas. You will age and have skin issues naturally like everyone else. 

I do feel this is a form of BDD or body dysmorphia, look into counseling with an app like Talkspace on your smartphone. There is an underlying issue here and I am afraid you will never be happy if it's ruining your life (something that is normal)

Wear concealer or some tinted sunscreen, many men and women do sunless self tanner.  

 

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@regretfraxel Ruined your life? I get it, you want to improve something that bugs you. Let's step back here. I see your skin type all the time, many movie stars have similar issues. Do you realize you say laser ruined your life and your pointing to a tiny area on your face, mountain out of a mole hilll? I think lots of people on here with their life was ruined like yours and they had no severe acne scars. Perhaps the picture is bad, but I am not seeing it in both versions you're provided. The above pics you provided look the same, different lighting used, different aging and grooming. 

Your skin is better than most of the severe acne scar cases that come here.

Everyone has big pores, a bit of hyperpigmetnation, some skin issues etc. Lots of photoshop of movie stars and fake filters on Instagram.

Why do you want to treat this. 

I would have to take a magnifying glass to find the issue. I see issues that you didn't even mention with your skin (with my highly critical eye). So again 

You have hypopigmentation (I think your telling me in those tiny areas), read the FAQ - pinned to the main scar treatments sub, goto the skin texture and hypopigmentaiton section. In my oppinion, it's not worth the cost or the bother to treat microscopic areas. You will age and have skin issues naturally like everyone else. 

I do feel this is a form of BDD or body dysmorphia, look into counseling with an app like Talkspace on your smartphone. There is an underlying issue here and I am afraid you will never be happy if it's ruining your life (something that is normal)

Wear concealer or some tinted sunscreen, many men and women do sunless self tanner.  

 

It’s the fact that it’s in between my eye area and it looks like I’m cross eyed as a result. You can’t see it in pictures but in real life, it’s really bad. I sometimes wish I could just go back to having acne and just have my aesthetic be boy with acne. I’m trying jurgons sunless tan lotion today but I think it’s more about that area being damaged and not even accepting moisturizer.

 

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I wish I could show you all in person. The Fraxel did something to my face that’s permanent. It gave me this fake looking plastic skin that’s really puffy and my eyes look so close together as a result of it. I swear. I’m currently putting Rogaine in the area in between the eyes to make myself look normal again. My skin looks puffy fake and over processed. I’m not making this up. It doesn’t look like real skin anymore and I used to be browner it completely got rid of all the pigment in my face and when I tan, I don’t tan only the scarring tans! It pushed my eyes together. My aunt looked at it and she said “it’ll go down” but it’s been almost 1 and a half years and it hasn’t returned to normal yet!

 

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On 7/23/2019 at 7:26 PM, beautifulambition said:

@regretfraxel See a Psychologist to deal with the internal scarring from the treatment (Talkspace) on a smartphone is an option. Secondly, see a few board-certified Dermatologists and see if they can do anything for you.

I hope you get hypopigmentation in between your eyebrows and see if people can look at you. 

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Honestly, you do not look cross eyed at all. I really feel like if it was that big of an issue to the point that it's ruining your life, it'd be visible on camera. :/

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On 7/25/2019 at 3:26 AM, acne_skin_queen said:

Come on now mate. Your face looks great. IF you have hypopigmentation, whack on some fake tan, wear tinted moisturiser, invest in a good CC cream, get a slightly darker foundation to dab on. IF you think your eye now sits lower there are still things you can do about that, targeted botox to lift the brow etc. I think you may be looking too closely at your face. You will find on closer inspection that most people have slightly differing left eye and right eye shapes. I know for certain that my right eye is slightly lower than my left but it's nothing to be bothered about at all! 

Have you tried posting on reddit/skincareaddiction. They might be able to suggest a better topical product routine for you if you say your skin looks puffy and plastic.

All the best on your journey.

Any cream, lotion or anything I put on my face looks like makeup.  So I can't use any of that. I've been tanning using the tanning beds and everywhere tans except for that damaged spot in between my brows. So sad, and yes it looks puffy and plastic. 

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Why not to go and see Eye Specialist(Ophthalmologist)? May be Fraxel damaged one of the nerves lines which leads inbetween the brows. Also your skin is very tight(burned inside) so the tension is high and you unconsciously trying to make it straight and for this your you frown and move your eyes the certain way... Also get Dermatoscopy and the scan of the layers of the skin, it shows the damage. If these both things would be ok then it is mental. 

I answered because I hate fraxel and remember that awful plastic dead feeling it gave to my face for a year or so..

Zero for the scars. 

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Honestly, your skin looks good. Compared to most people on this forum, it looks great. Your skin is certainly better than mine. I'd love to have such smooth, youthful looking skin. On your first two pictures, I don't notice any obvious scarring. On the latest one, I notice a few scars below your eye bags, but your skin still looks good overall. Plus, that lighting makes imperfections appear easily. I don't even want to think about what I would look like in such a picture (let alone in a few years, as my acne is still active).

 

This seems to be a self-confidence issue more than anything. We're all used to our appearances, and slight adjustments drive the mind crazy. I don't notice anything wrong with your eyes or eye bags tbh. If you have the requisite skills, I see no reason why someone shouldn't hire you.

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On 8/5/2019 at 1:45 PM, Sibel said:

Why not to go and see Eye Specialist(Ophthalmologist)? May be Fraxel damaged one of the nerves lines which leads inbetween the brows. Also your skin is very tight(burned inside) so the tension is high and you unconsciously trying to make it straight and for this your you frown and move your eyes the certain way... Also get Dermatoscopy and the scan of the layers of the skin, it shows the damage. If these both things would be ok then it is mental. 

I answered because I hate fraxel and remember that awful plastic dead feeling it gave to my face for a year or so..

Zero for the scars. 

Exactly. Did yours end up going away? It’s been 1 year and 6 months for me. 

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Yes, the skin healed fully in about 1,5 year. May be yours will take more time due to more severe procedure. I read about this nerve damage with lasers and it is what you could have. Inside inflammation. The place inbetween your eyebrows look like after the bad sunburn- pinkish tight and puffy. 

 

Dazzed: He is not a drama queen. He feels that something is major wrong under the skin and can not figure it out. It is not about scars, he does not have scars. 

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Well if it's not about the scars why post on the part of the forum that specifically deals with acne scars?

I don't want to come across as harsh, but I really dislike people with near perfect (and sometimes completely perfect!) skin posting in here, especially when they say their life is ruined. Just adds insult to injury for the most of us, I'm sure. Had to get this off my chest.

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I don't see a difference and your eyes don't look cross eyed. Not trying to invalidate your feelings, but it seems like the general consensus here is that you suffer from body dysmorphia than a bad result from fraxel. good luck

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On 8/7/2019 at 12:31 PM, Sibel said:

Yes, the skin healed fully in about 1,5 year. May be yours will take more time due to more severe procedure. I read about this nerve damage with lasers and it is what you could have. Inside inflammation. The place inbetween your eyebrows look like after the bad sunburn- pinkish tight and puffy. 

 

Dazzed: He is not a drama queen. He feels that something is major wrong under the skin and can not figure it out. It is not about scars, he does not have scars. 

Yes exactly. It’s not the scars. It’s this weird skin texture that just doesn’t look like other peoples. And it’s very apparent. I hate it so much. Yea I always felt like I got nerve damage from the Fraxel. He went too hard on the right side of my face and it hasn’t felt the same since. I feel like I don’t have as much feeling there anymore and it looks swollen. 

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It did something weird to my face. It made my eye inward or something. It destroyed my skin. It has this ugly weird texture and tone now and I can’t even be in the sun for 1 second without becoming red and becoming red with brown skin looks burnt, not glowing, so it’s worse. It destroyed my life, the guy who recommended this to me destroyed my life. No ones going to hire me, my dating life is over. I kept telling myself for a year and a half now, no it’ll get better. I’m a week away from realizing that it’ll never get better or go back to normal and I’m stuck with this ugly shit procedure forever. If I could do it all over again I would go back to just have acne and be a pizza face and not done anything ever and just have had acne and have that be my aesthetic. My life sucks and is ruined. DESTROYED MY LIFE! I should’nt have even been allowed to get it in the first place. Sure I had body dysmorphia before but it wasn’t nothing NOW it’s actually something. I hate myself for this and it consumes my life and no ones going to hire me because my skin is too much of a distraction and I’m running out of money bc school is almost over and I have no more refund check and I’m going to have to start working in 2 months and MY SKIN STILL ISN'T BACK TO NORMAL. 

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I wish I could just go back to having acne. It gave me character and I didn’t even care about my face because it looked shit all the time and I just focused on gym and academics. I miss this old face. I don’t even care about acne. Acne is good it gives you character. Don’t even try to change it. It means you have a lot of testosterone so just work out and balance the acne with having a nice body. 

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I would say you should go see a high rated esthetician or dermatologist. If you want to improve texture and tone they can help.

We can't see much with the pictures, it doesn't capture well. That's not to say your texture issues don't exist, but it is minor. Set up appointment with a skin specialist and get some help from an outside perspective.

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5 hours ago, Kay24 said:

I would say you should go see a high rated esthetician or dermatologist. If you want to improve texture and tone they can help.

We can't see much with the pictures, it doesn't capture well. That's not to say your texture issues don't exist, but it is minor. Set up appointment with a skin specialist and get some help from an outside perspective.

Do you see the second “AFTER FRAXEL” photo. It’s so bad. 

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Tbh, I don't see why you had Fraxel done in the first place. I genuinely cannot see what you were trying to fix. That alone can speak of body dysmorphia, which is emotionally painful as well, but in a different way, needs different kind of treatment, and doesn't really belong in this part of the forum. It will just create conflict here.

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10 minutes ago, freshman said:

Tbh, I don't see why you had Fraxel done in the first place. I genuinely cannot see what you were trying to fix. That alone can speak of body dysmorphia, which is emotionally painful as well, but in a different way, needs different kind of treatment, and doesn't really belong in this part of the forum. It will just create conflict here.

Yes I know. It’s not fair. I got taken advantage of. That’s why I did the Fraxel it’s the biggest regret of my life. 

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I wish I could be anyone else in the world. It’s so unfair. Look at my skin! I didn’t do anything to it. I rinsed it and took a wet rag and wiped everything off of it yesterday at 9pm. I slept and woke up, and this is what it looks like today at 11am! Why me, of all the people in the world why me. Why does my skin look like this? It doesn’t look like normal skin. 

I’m 27 and I’m going to post some pictures when my skin was normal. Before the accutane before the Fraxel Laser. I hate america and their push for over medication and pharmaceuticals. Everything is overdone here, I can’t stand that I was born here. 

LOOK AT MY SKIN!!! ITS LOOKS SOOO BAD. HOW CAN I GET MY NORMAL SKIN BACK!!!

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Ugly weird plastic texture and feel and look. It’s insane how badly I get treated now because of this terrible decision. 

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