Jump to content
Acne.org
Search In
Find results that contain...
Find results in...
trident

fraxel laser

Recommended Posts

off of the antibiotics, i will get one or 2 regular size pimples......the pimples are just a sign that the skin is still affected from the laser and is still healing underneath......i think that after a few months when the skin is totally healed the pimples will subside and my skin will stop breaking out......

personally i would never be afraid of fraxel or trying ANYTHING that would possibly help my skin.......if u wait another 3 months, i will be able to tell u if my acne has indeed been resurrected or not.......

Link to comment
Share on other sites

WTF, no wonder your skin is breaking out because your skin has been abused after 11 fraxels. BTW, how bad are your scars? If your scars are moderate-mild and you haven't reached atleast a 50% after your 11th session then your doctor is doing something wrong and you should consider going to someone else.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

the doctor said that as the skin heals the pimples will subside......i do not have any pimples on my face, but if i stop taking the antibiotics i will get a couple......

as far as performing soo many fraxels on one person, i didnt ask how they felt about it.....fraxel is very NEW technology, and medicine in general is not an exact science......i dont think the doctors themselves know what the result of 11 fraxels will ultimately be, but the only way to find that out is for someone to do it, and im happy to be a guinea pig......

i do not think that fraxel bothers the glands, i dont think u can LOSE sweat, oil or follicle functions......but losing sweat and oil glands can only help to reduce acne u know....

Link to comment
Share on other sites

holy crap... 11 fraxel sessions??????????

wow you must be rich. haha..

i thought most people just did 5 and settled with that. any reason why you happened to do so many?

has your skin improved much over what i'm presuming was over a year of fraxel-ing? what scars did you have?

wow

No....i am not rich.....in fact fraxel has made me VERY POOR......i have not been fraxeling for the last couple of months so i have some money now again, but when i was fraxeling once every 2 weeks it was costing me a approx. 800 dollars every 2 weeks......and my salary is a little over 1000 every 2 weeks......so i took in a roommate to reduce my rent and i stopped buying clothes and shoes and i basically lived hand to mouth......

i would NEVER "settle" for only 5 sessions if there is a chance that more would benefit my skin.....i would never pass on anything that could help my skin over cost......i would always find a way to pay for any new technology comes out......

i had red marks and ice picks all over my cheeks......the color is 80% improved and getting better each day......the ice picks have gotten tinier also.....and one thing ive noticed thats really weird is that i look like a 20 year old now (im 31)......

it is not the actual fraxel that helps the skin, its the healing that comes afterwards......the months after ur last fraxel are when u finally start to see the real results......i will not do anymore fraxels though, if i laser again, it will be the fraxel RE:PAIR.......im going to wait for another 3 months though, see what my skin looks like and then make a decicion about it....

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Dealing with scars is a thing i do EVERY moment i am awake in this life.....i have never been able to fully live, like everyone else, and i never get to fully enjoy anything.....ever......i am always aware of them, and i feel robbed of this life..........i feel like i am less than other people, not worth as much as they are.....

Link to comment
Share on other sites

@effu:i could understand you somewhat.be strong as much as possible. :D

do you satisfy with the result after 11 fraxel sessions?(you said you look like 20 now,does that mean you satisfy?)i heard that settings are important for fraxel treatment,do you ask your doctor anything about the settings he set for you?

@all:how do you define ''50%'' improvement?that means 50% of your scar is now almost disappearing,right?

Link to comment
Share on other sites

I was at the Laser Dermatology Institute in S. California and they quoted me $8,000 for 4 full face Fraxel treatments ($2,000 each). And that was their "special" price.

Can anyone recommend somewhere that's cheaper? I don't mind traveling a 100 or 200 miles to get it done. I'm in the Los Angeles / Orange County area in California.

That is absolutely ridiculous! BUT I just checked thier website and they don't offer Fraxel. The have the Fractionated CO2 Laser which is a different machine. That's probably what you were quoted on. I have no idea about what that costs or it's effectiveness.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Dealing with scars is a thing i do EVERY moment i am awake in this life.....i have never been able to fully live, like everyone else, and i never get to fully enjoy anything.....ever......i am always aware of them, and i feel robbed of this life..........i feel like i am less than other people, not worth as much as they are.....

we are always so hard on ourselves. the ironic thing is that when i see someone else with scars i don't look at them the same way i look at myself. we are always much more forgiving of others flaws and imperfections but sooo hard on ourselves. trust me that people are not looking at you and having the same thoughts that you are having of yourself.

there is the odd asshole out there but who cares about them, they're assholes! lol. :box:

Link to comment
Share on other sites

i'm not buying that.......ive been robbed and im bitter that i have to deal with this while others get to be free and happy and flirt and love and live.....and when a guy so much as looks in my direction my eyes start to tear up im sooo humiliated

Link to comment
Share on other sites

.....all of the red marks and ice picks are still there but they are faded......the red marks are very much faded (but they are still there) and the ice picks are smaller (but still there)......

im definitely better off for having done fraxel, but im not perfect....and i still hate my skin.....like i said before, im going to wait another 3 months to see the rest of the healing from the fraxels and then if im still not happy (and i know i wont be) i will do the fraxel RE:PAIR.....and let me see what thats going to do....

Link to comment
Share on other sites

.....all of the red marks and ice picks are still there but they are faded......the red marks are very much faded (but they are still there) and the ice picks are smaller (but still there)......

im definitely better off for having done fraxel, but im not perfect....and i still hate my skin.....like i said before, im going to wait another 3 months to see the rest of the healing from the fraxels and then if im still not happy (and i know i wont be) i will do the fraxel RE:PAIR.....and let me see what thats going to do....

So after 11 fraxels all you got was "faded"? Did any scars disappear?

Link to comment
Share on other sites

nothing completely disappeared.......

give me a % of improvement if you don't mind. Thanks. And while you're at it I like to get your thoughts on Fraxel Re:pair.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

was thinking about having the fraxel laser done, but wanted to know if anyone who has done it before thinks it is worth the money?

I've had 4 Fraxel's and they hurt like hell, cost a lot of money, and show hardly any improvement. It actually caused a condition called milia that I've never had in my entire life and they won't go away. I totally regret wasting my money

Link to comment
Share on other sites

was thinking about having the fraxel laser done, but wanted to know if anyone who has done it before thinks it is worth the money?

I've had 4 Fraxel's and they hurt like hell, cost a lot of money, and show hardly any improvement. It actually caused a condition called milia that I've never had in my entire life and they won't go away. I totally regret wasting my money

Go see a doctor regarding milia, it's as easy as that. And what kind of scars did you have?

Link to comment
Share on other sites

was thinking about having the fraxel laser done, but wanted to know if anyone who has done it before thinks it is worth the money?

I've had 4 Fraxel's and they hurt like hell, cost a lot of money, and show hardly any improvement. It actually caused a condition called milia that I've never had in my entire life and they won't go away. I totally regret wasting my money

You need to give more information than that...What were you settings? How severe are your scars?

Fraxel is known to cause breakouts after treatments. I broke out until about 6 months after my last treatment.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

did u take antibiotics for the 6 months ur face was breaking out? because i am on antibiotics now, and im pretty sure that i will need to take them for a couple of more months

Link to comment
Share on other sites

i dont have any before pics.....and im really psychologically warped and weird about posting pics of my bare face without any make up.....i know that by doing so i would be helping others......but just knowing that their is a pic out there like that of me would probably cause me to have some sort of a major panic attack.....but ill think about it, and possibly.....

ive spent my whole life going to MAJOR lengths to hide it.....i dont know..

Link to comment
Share on other sites

As far as percentage goes its hard to tell and here is the reason why:

because ALL the red marks and ice picks are still there, but they are faded....but i can still see them......the ice picks got very small, (even thought they are still there) and the red marks are all very faded (but i can still see them).....everything is maybe 50% improvement......

but it hasnt completely erased anything......

As far as fraxel Re:pair goes, im going to try it.....ill try ANYTHING that will help my skin.....i dont know if it will improve me, but if there is the slightest chance that it could im willing to try....i will probably do it in summer when i have some vacation time......there are pics of before and after results of the Re:pair on my doctor's website right now....the site is:

lwww.laserskinsurgery.com

u can look and see if u think its a good idea......im not sure anymore about any of these fucking treatments...im kind of depressed tonight about everything....

Link to comment
Share on other sites

i dont have any before pics.....and im really psychologically warped and weird about posting pics of my bare face without any make up.....i know that by doing so i would be helping others......but just knowing that their is a pic out there like that of me would probably cause me to have some sort of a major panic attack.....but ill think about it, and possibly.....

ive spent my whole life going to MAJOR lengths to hide it.....i dont know..

you could just do what i did and block your eyes out of the photo's so no one knows its you....

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Dealing with scars is a thing i do EVERY moment i am awake in this life.....i have never been able to fully live, like everyone else, and i never get to fully enjoy anything.....ever......i am always aware of them, and i feel robbed of this life..........i feel like i am less than other people, not worth as much as they are.....

OMG...I feel the same way. My face is ALWAYS on my mind. Not only do I have scarring on my cheeks but my skin is VERY oily so it makes them appear 100x worse. Make up doesnt work and dealing with this problem becomes very expensive and insurance does nothing for it although this is probably one of the most emotionally crippling disorders a person can have. I have been dealing with acne for the past 10 years and now I am dealing with scars..will it ever end?

Link to comment
Share on other sites

was thinking about having the fraxel laser done, but wanted to know if anyone who has done it before thinks it is worth the money?

I've had 4 Fraxel's and they hurt like hell, cost a lot of money, and show hardly any improvement. It actually caused a condition called milia that I've never had in my entire life and they won't go away. I totally regret wasting my money

I had ipl and lasers done after 3rd treatment my face was completely cover in milia...I am not exagerating either! Actually called and had to go back to doctor and he never saw anything like it before! Now its almost a year since my last treatment and I dont have acne anymore but I have scars on my cheeks. My face is still very very oily and if I could afford to have more treatments I would but those 5 cost me 3500.00. I am thinking of restylane injections for scars.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Date: 04.01.08

Fraxel re:pair Laser System Long-Term Clinical Data to be Presented at American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery Annual Conference

Reliant Technologies Introduces Two New Surgical Handpieces to Expand Capabilities of Fraxel re:pair Laser

KISSIMMEE, Fla. – April 1, 2008 -Reliant Technologies, Inc., the pioneer of fractional resurfacing and market leader of aesthetic laser skin treatments, will present long-term clinical data supporting the safety and efficacy of itsFraxel re:pair laser system during a roundtable of leading experts and through multiple podium presentations. Physician investigators will discuss their clinical experience and long-term data from more than 500 Fraxel re:pair treatments performed over the past three years of clinical study. The presentations will take place during the 28th American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery (ASLMS) Annual Conference in Kissimmee, Fla. Reliant Technologies also announces pending U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clearance of two new surgical handpieces for the Fraxel re:pair laser system. The new incisional and bulk ablative handpieces will expand the capabilities of the Fraxel re:pair laser, a breakthrough device that has been clinically proven to improve wrinkles, rhytides, furrows, fine lines, textural irregularities, pigmented lesions and vascular dyschromia.

“With more than 500 procedures performed to date, theFraxel re:pair laser is a breakthrough device for significant tissue tightening, wrinkle reduction and textural improvement, both on and off the face, with no delayed onset of hypopigmentation in subjects evaluated at nearly three years post-treatment,†said Roy Geronemus, M.D., director of the Laser & Skin Surgery Center of New York, New York, N.Y.

Reliant’s clinical roundtable will take place at the Gaylord Palms Resort on Friday, April 4, 2008 at 8:00 p.m. Expert panelists include Christopher Zachary, FRCP, chair of the Department of Dermatology, University of California at Irvine; Roy Geronemus, M.D., director of the Laser & Skin Surgery Center of New York, New York, NY; Richard Fitzpatrick, M.D., former president of the American Society for Lasers in Medicine and Surgery, La Jolla, CA; Zakia Rahman, M.D., clinical instructor of dermatology at Stanford University in Palo Alto, CA, and medical director of the Fraxel® Laser Clinic; and Jill Waibel, MD, of the Palm Beach Esthetic Dermatology and Laser Center, who will perform a live Fraxel re:pair treatment at the conclusion of the roundtable.

Continuing to expand the capabilities of the Fraxel family of products, Reliant has developed new incisional and bulk ablative handpieces for the Fraxel re:pair system to provide physicians with a complete skin resurfacing and surgical treatment option. The surgical capabilities of the incisional handpiece will allow physicians to use the Fraxel re:pair system to perform laser blepharoplasty, also known as eyelid lifts. The bulk ablative handpiece will enable physicians to safely remove or excise soft tissue for the treatment of a variety of dermatological conditions. Both handpieces are now pending FDA clearance. By adding the surgical handpieces to the Fraxel re:pair system, physicians will be able to offer patients a complete cosmetic solution, addressing multiple skin conditions conveniently and safely.

“With the new surgical handpieces, we will have the flexibility to safely treat multiple skin indications during just one Fraxel re:pair procedure,†said Howard Conn, M.D., ocular & general plastic surgeon and fellow of the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. “Adding surgical capabilities to the system will provide physicians with a one-stop treatment option for superior tightening of the skin, lifting of the upper eyelids and improvement of lines on the lower eyelids.â€

Clinical podium presentations and workshops about the Fraxel family of laser systems during the ASLMS annual conference include:

* ldquo;My Approach to Skin Resurfacing,†by Suzanne L. Kilmer, M.D., director of the Laser Skin and Surgery Center of Northern California, on Thursday, April 3, 2008 at 12:15 p.m.

* “Retrospective Analysis of 877 Cases of Nonablative Fractional Resurfacing with a Second Generation Erbium Doped 1550nm Laser,†by Vic A. Narurkar, M.D., founder of the Bay Area Laser Institute, on Friday, April 4, 2008 at 3:48 p.m.

* “Quantitative Assessment of Skin Improvement Post Ablative and Nonablative Fractional Resurfacing: A Primos and Visia Imaging Study,†by Zakia Rahman M.D., clinical instructor of dermatology at Stanford University in Palo Alto, Calif., and medical director of the Fraxel® Laser Clinic,on Friday, April 4, 2008 at 4:29 p.m.

* ldquo;Ablative Fractional Resurfacing for the Treatment of Moderate to Severe Acne Scarring,†by Roy Geronemus, M.D., director of the Laser & Skin Surgery Center of New York, New York, N.Y., on Friday, April 4, 2008 at 5:30 p.m.

* “Periocular Rejuvenation,†by Brian S. Biesman, M.D., founder of the Nashville Centre for Laser and Facial Surgery, on Saturday, April 5, 2008 from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

* ldquo;Skin Rejuvenation Expert Panel,†by Brian D. Zelickson, M.D. director of Zel Skin & Laser Specialists, on Saturday, April 5, 2008 from 9:15 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

* “Light Emitting Diode Photomodulation as an Adjuvant Treatment to Fractional Photothermolysis,†by Zakia Rahman, M.D., clinical instructor of dermatology at Stanford University in Palo Alto, Calif., and medical director of the Fraxel® Laser Clinic, on Sunday, April 6, 2008 at 9:00 a.m.

"Reliant Technologies is dedicated to fulfilling the needs of all clinicians and patients by continuing to develop revolutionary new products,†said Anja Krammer, vice president of marketing for Reliant. “Through our commitment to research and development, we continue to improve upon the safety and efficacy of Fraxel laser systems to provide patients with the most advanced skin rejuvenation laser treatment options.â€

Link to comment
Share on other sites

So guys....i had 2 fraxels two years ago, but went on accutane b/c I started breaking out with cystic acne (not caused by fraxel, have always had it. i've been dealing with acne since I was 12-now 25 and have brief periods of clarity...I just decided to do accutane to get rid of acne..it's a whole lot better now. i haven't had any cystic pimples, just tiny ones that go away pretty quick..pretty happy with it).

And now I am ready to return to dealing with these goddamn scars. I've read the past few pages and can empathize with people who feel like scars have taken over their lives. I feel the same way. Anyway, I have an appointment with Dr Rohksar friday morning. I think he just got the Fraxel 3 machine so hopefully I will get to do that one since I have pretty serious acne scars. Will definitely keep you guys updated. I really hope I will look decent in 3 days b/c I have to work--i'm asian too so hopefully no pigmentation problems. Anyone experienced fraxel 3 yet?

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.



  • Personalized Advice Quiz - All of Acne.org in just a few minutes


×