Was your fraxel painful?

  • Janet
  • Seattle, WA
  • 7 years ago

Anyone willing to share whether their fraxel experience was painful? worried it will rival my laser skin resurfacing experience (white hot pain!)

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Absolutely not compared to waxing!
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So I went back for a second treatment of Fraxel Restore on my TT scar. 1 1/2 hrs before the treatment I lathered on a thick layer of LMX4 topical anesthetic cream - it's 4% Lignocaine cream and then I covered it with cling wrap and went to the salon for treatment. I was scared but the treatment was barely felt at all, so leaving it on for longer worked much better as I could barely feel anything even hours later it was only a tiny bit sore. I had 8 passes over my entire TT scar.
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Hi. I'm thinking of having same treatment on same area. How's your tt scar looking now? Thanks
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I can't believe some people experience no pain and others are in agony, I don't believe restore is supposed to be so painfull? I wonder if they treated me with ablative one without telling me , pain was so bad each time and I swelled massively, also skin was red raw immediately. Not a little bit pink , I had to cover my neck with scarf each time because demarcation line was red on white skin, I had deep red pink face and white neck it was so obvious.
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Funny (strange) that we all seem to repeat each other's "mistakes" but I still see no signs that any of us have explored the pain relief issue of this process. My own experience, which I have shared in the past, was that the "numbing cream" did little or nothing to reduce my pain level. If anyone out there knows of a Doctor in or around the State of New Hampshire that performs this service and uses an effective pain reliever, please share!
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I had the Fraxel Thulium done last week. In the past 15 years, I have had a nose job and a mini-lift. These two procedures were easier on me than the Thulium. I had 6 passes with the Thulium. It hurt a bit, but the pain was manageable. For the next 2 days, my face was all swollen, and it started to peel. The peeling isn't all gone as of today, but for me, the worst was the itching. It prevented me from sleeping at night. Even if you are not supposed to remove the peeling skin, it is hard not to do so by scratching the itchy skin. I still feel kind of a sunburn after a week. My new skin is beautiful, though still red. I use the post treatment cream they prescribed as often as 6 times a day. Still the itching and the sunburn feeling. I will take extremely good care of my skin from now on and avoid the sun at all costs, because I don't think I can go through a Thulium treatment again.
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No pain no gain? I can't believe some doctor out there isn't smart enough to combine this very effective treatment with a decent pain killer so we can all enjoy the great results without the crazy pain that goes along with it !
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I've started a new thread about what you wish you would have known before undergoing Fraxel.  I think this will be really helpful for our Community Members who are considering it.  If you have any advice, please click below and give your two cents!  Thanks

http://www.realself.com/forum/asked-before-fraxel

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I grit my teeth and a couple times kicked my feet but held everything else very quiet and still. Of course it is uncomfortable even with the numbing cream but I wouldn't have imagined it wasn't. It is more or less a slow controlled burn of the skin. I had my face, neck and décolleté done in one sitting and I found that my forehead and neck were the most sensitive areas. If you expect no discomfort you would be wrong but if you expect "white hot pain" it doesn't happen.
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The redness is gone but my skin is extremely dry. I was not aware that this could be a result. I apply a light coat a Vaseline twice. Day like moisturizer. Not a big deal. My neck and décolleté itches quite a bit so e Vaseline helps there as well. Procedure was 7/26 so it has been just under a month.
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I had the Fraxel Restore and I knew the number of passes because the provider doing it started on the right side of my face and went in a pattern. When she was done the pattern, she would start on the right side of my face again and repeat. it has been over a year since I had my procedure and I was bad and have not been as diligent with sunscreen and such since then. I have gotten better than I was in my early 20's, but I still forget sometimes to put on sunscreen. So, some of my freckles have come back, but not the age spots and I had two tiny red spots from birth that looked like broken blood vessels, they have been gone since the procedure too. Would I do it again? If money was no option and I had more down time, I would do it again, but nobody can expect great results after just one time unless you take care of your skin. I was absolutely amazed after one session and I still am amazed at how much better my skin looks but don't expect one session to clear every problem you have up. I would buy a package, use better products, wear more sunscreen and be a lot more mindful of how I treat my skin. It's a waste otherwise. I certainly would like to try it on my hands next!
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Ok i never even knew there were such things as passes until i started searching this website for my problems. My skin look amazing after first one aswell, but I should've left it there. Did you experience lots of pain and swelling too?
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I had a ton of pain during the procedure and what felt like a bad sunburn when I walked outside, but once I got home, I didn't have any and didn't need any ice or pain meds. I had no swelling either. If you look at my previous posts, there are pictures of the day of the procedure and 4 days later. It really wasn't that bad at all, minus the pain
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do you remember your settings at all? I am baffled as why I swelled up like a balloon, I thought it was normal as they warned me about that.
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I don't remember at all and am not sure I knew even then...
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I had a lot of pain too even though I had plenty of numbing cream left on for 45 minutes before the procedure. It hurt the most up by my forehead when she did so many passes. Like you though the pain had subsided by the time I got home, a 15 minute drive. I did look sunburned and used a petroleum based ointment. The red skin went away quickly too, took maybe 2 days max.
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And How could you tell the passes? How could you tell what was one or two? I never knew or realised what they were, for me it just felt like she started from my forehead and went clockwise around my face and then did freckles with the 1927.
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can you guys possibly tell me your settings if you had Fraxel Dual? How much did it hurt? I thought it was very painful each time even after face numbing cream and happy gas during the treatment. I had tears in my eyes and had to really suck in the gas, it really felt like tattoo needle and fire touching my safe at the same time. I also could smell the tissue burning eww. This was every time and I swelled up pretty bad after each session. However my treatment settings that have been given to me only seem to relatively lower than what others have had done... My third was the strongest though: Fraxel 1550 30Mj @ LEVEL 6 x 8 passes, total 5.46Kj Fraxel 1927 10 Mj@ LEVEL 3X 2 passes, total 0.11 Kj
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I had Fraxel Dual set on 1927 - on a pain scale it was a 3 - there are different types of Fraxel lasers that do different things with different settings so it's hard to judge the pain level. As a semi-pro athlete I know how to deal with pain (I've also had bleph surgery and a mini lift - neither really that bad) I am very disappointed in the fraxel dual 1927 - I'm on day 2 - swelling is almost gone - face is rough, dry, and bronzing. I'm a fast healer so it's really no big deal for me. my skin is very fair, blue eyes, euro descent. So far I see absolutely zero reduction in pores and wrinkles, and am hoping I didn't waste my money. My friend got the Pearl (ablative) yesterday - she is a filler and botox tech - she is in a lot of pain and beet red to boot. We plan to compare laser surgeries once we've healed. but I have to say if I don't see any improvement in skin, pores, or wrinkles, I am not paying for another one.
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I have had five Fraxel treatments--the last of which was done a couple of years ago now--and I am glad I did it. I had (still have) severe pervasive acne scarring--not just pock marks here and there, but an overall breakdown of collagen on both of my cheeks; it looked, essentially, like the texture of Seal's (the singer) skin. My dermatologist said I'd likely see a 60-80% improvement because I am so pale--which in short meant that he could crank up the power all the way without needing to worry about affecting my pigmentation. That said, the first treatment wasn't too bad--maybe a 2-3/10. He turned it up to the highest level, just below ablative, for the second treatment, and the pain was significantly higher, starting at a 3-4/10 and by the third passes probably reaching close to an 8. He said most men would rate that level as a 10/10, and honestly, the only reason I didn't is because I can imagine that *something* must hurt more. (By the way, he said most women consistently say the pain is under 5 for any level.) The first couple of passes felt very hot, but the third at that level felt like a red-hot razor blade being dragged across my face over nad over. The third treatment was the same level and, to be honest, the last two hurt severely but I was used to the feeling by then and knew it would be over as soon as the actual lasering was done, and so I just tried to distract myself during the procedure. As soon as it is over, it feels like a bad sunburn, and by day two, the pain isn't half as bad. I do think individuals have individual pain thresholds. My mother, for example, has had two major medical emergencies--one of them a ruptured appendix that she didn't find out about for months until it had formed a huge abscess in her abdomen--because, she says, she just has a very high pain threshold. She says childbirth was a breeze and has had dental work done without anesthesia (the thought of which alone makes me want to pass out).

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I had my first treatment today, with no numbing jell or pain killers. The level of pain was nowhere near as bad as I expected it to be, especially after reading some of these posts. The actual 'zapping' was no pain at all, however around 5 minutes after my treatment began I did begin to feel a burning pain. No where near as bad as getting your eyebrows waxed though! I was given an ice pack and for the first few hours after the treatment my skin was very red and swollen and it felt like I had a mild sunburn. Now, only 5 hours after my treatment, my skin feels back to normal, though it is still fairly red. I believe that anyone considering having this treatment done should not be put off at all by the pain. Hope this has helped.

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Like some others have said, pain really is subjective. I had my first Fraxel Dual on 1927 with 8 passes a week ago. Numbing gel first plus two mild codeine tablets. I felt the scratching feeling as the tip was rolled over but not overly painful at all. I'd give it a 1/10 for the first 5-6 passes and a 2/10 for the other 2-3 passes. The small extra passes made just under the eyes hurt the most. However, for 15-20 mins after treatment, the pain increased to a 4/10 for me. The cooling fan helped with that though so I'd suggest that cooling fan immediately afterwards. But within an hour of leaving the office, I barely noticed the residual heat. By 3 hours post treatment my face felt similar to that tight sunburn effect. I was given a moisterising gel to apply frequently for the following 3 days, this really helped because I'd forget that I had it done...until I looked in the mirror lol. The pink face looking back at me reminded me though. Everyone's different but honestly I could think of a thousand things more painful.
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Well its been 3 month since my initial post and I have to say that all the pain I went through was worth it.
I am very happy with the results, since I have had 1 other laser treatment but this time instead of the Fraxel I had the Affirm fractional laser and this one was a lot less painful with almost none of the swelling and downtime and I got the same results. Also with the affirm I did not need the numbing cream and was able to tolerate the whole session.
I will probably need 2 more treatments and I do love the results...
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I have to tell you all, I had it done yesterday, and I wish I hadn't read all this scary stuff! It was NOTHING. I"m sorry, I"m a wuss, too, and I found it ridiculously easy and painless. All I felt was a tingling when the laser was on, kind of a needles poking sensation, but it wasn't anything like I imagined. It did NOT hurt. It was quick, it was simple. AND, the next day, I had very limited swelling - it was like I had a cold or allergies. I'm sorry for those that had bad experiences, but I think it's all what you make it. I cannot wait to get the rest of them done.

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Well, reading the scary stuff still didn't stop you, so good for you! I am glad it didn't hurt you and hope the rest go just as smoothly. Maybe people who read this can see that there truly are differences.
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