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Fraxel Re:Pair results?

  • schom15
  • Irvine, CA
  • 5 years ago

Are the results progressive with Fraxel Re:Pair. I know that they say that with the Fraxel Re:Store that results continue to get better as the months pass after the procedures. I am wondering if the Re:Pair results get better as well with time. Thanks

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Cristine, My opinions are as follws: If you plan to file legal action, please don't wait so long as to let the statute of time limitation run its course. It's usually 2 yrs in many states, but it's only 1 yr in some states. Also, did you file a complaint about the doctor with your state medical board. Regardless of his "niceness" and willingness to help (he was probably too scared not to help, in my opinion), he burned you deeply enough to cause visible scarring and mottled skin color - just like anyone else who suffers 3rd degree, full-thickness burns, it scars visibly. This guy, in my opinion, had NO business wielding that laser on anyone if he didn't know how to do it correctly. They guy should have had enough medical knowledge to know what effect those settings and duration would have on your skin. In my opinion, the laser company, your doctor, and the doctors who are posting on this board defending this modality should be ASHAMED. (The latter strike me as vultures playing "good guy" looking to drum up business.) Moreover, I certainly hope you gain at least some monetary satisfaction in addition to maybe stopping the people in their tracks (pardon the pun). It won't wipe out the scars, but it's better than nothing, and you might even help someone else from this kind of maiming. Oh, but the money these doctors and laser companies make...
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Hi, I have been reading all of your posts regarding Fraxel, which I also have had 3 times. I am also familiar with 'needling' which I did not do, because it seemed like a very crude, almost archaic way of trying to rebuild collagen in the skin. I recommend Total FX, which is a combination of Deep FX for scars, and Active FX for fine lines and pigmentation. I had Fraxel 3 times for these problems last year, and they did not improve my skin at all. Last week I had Total FX in Los Angeles at Dr. Ava Shamban's office (she is the Extreme Makeover dermatologist), and the results were AMAZING. You can see pics of before and after, here: http://www.realself.com/review/july-24-2008-just-had-total-fx-have-had-3-past-fraxel-treatments
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You must have had the Fraxel re:store. The Fraxel re:pair has not been approved long enough for you to have had 3. There is no comparison between the re:store and the re:pair. The deep and the active FX are good lasers and are very comparable to the Fraxel re:pair. The density can be higher with the Fraxel re:pair and I believe that the penetrations are smaller with the Fraxel re:pair(microablative) than the FX which means more refined ablation.
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Skingirl, How is injuring tissue with a needle any more archaic than injuring via a burn? If anything, the needling modality is less archaic in that it's much more conservative. LASER is an acronym for Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation. From a physics standpoint, it's basically focusing certain wavelengths of light. With the CO2 lasers (whether fractionated or traditional), the wavelengths used are attracted to essentially the water in the dermis, heating it up sufficiently to cause a burn. Very archaic. In my opinion, you seem either really naive or perhaps you're a shill for some doctor somewhere.
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Hi Nancy, You are completely correct. Occaisionally the needle from the nerve block can temporarily cause parasthesia (weird nerve sensation). With time the nerve will usually return to normal. Good luck with a rapid recovery from your Fraxel repair laser treatment. Be well. Dr. P
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Hi Dr Persky, Could the parasthesia explain the 'numby' feeling I have in my forehead as well? I do feel hot and cold. It just feels like there's a thin layer of rice paper over the skin. Thanks in advance, Deanna
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Deanna, I agree with Carla concerning the "prickly" feeling. I had my 7 day followup doc appt yesterday and was told I will feel this burning/pin-sticking pain after applying any kind of product for a few more days. Around day 12-14 after the fraxel repair treatment this feeling will be gone and makeup can then be applied. I was told that I will know when I'm ready to apply the makeup. I also have a numb spot on my check and I'm guessing that's due to the nerve block given. Hopefully it will return to normal soon. My face and neck are finally showing signs of normalcy and I think I'm going to be very pleased with the results of fraxel re:pair. Everyday is a little better than the day before. Good luck with your progress. Nancy
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Neil - So glad to hear you are still happy with your post-FR eyes... yay! Thanks for the update. ~allie
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Hi Everybody, I am one month post fraxel re:pair results and I am still extreemely happy. If you remember I had my eye area done - for under eye crepyness and lines around my eyes. If I get a chance - I will be taking some photos. My doc is Geronomous in NYC. Neil
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hi neil glad all is well with you and getting better. i was a patient of dr.kim in geronous office. i had the old fraxel done 3 years ago 6 treatments.i have acne scars they did improve but i am hoping the new fraxil repair can do the trick.it will cost 6,ooo i was told for full face and neck.if it can tighten and smooth scars im in.the pain from the fraxel 3 years ago was not too comfortable im assuming the pain will be even greater with repair i found pictures of you once but i can find them again let me know how to find them.any insight will be greatly appreciated.hoping for the best.grivas
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Thank you all so much for all the wonderful information you share here! I am 9 days post Fraxel Repair. I have had many of the same issues as everyone else to this point. I am still very pink with the splotches and streaks of whiter skin. I have the itching that I have used steroid cream and benadryl on successfully. My neck has been the worst area of all as I have had quite a bit of pain there. The creases were raw and much redder. The neck area is starting to finally feel better today so I have hope. My one issue I have not seen addressed is that I have prickly spots all over my face and neck. It feels like I have slivers of fiberglass under my skin. It is painful and not itchy when I rub the creams over my face. Also, my forehead has a 'numbed' feeling and I don't really understand why. Has anyone else experienced this? Thanks for any help. Deanna
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Deanna, I'm on day 7 and I am feeling exactly what you described. I'm told it is normal. I would describe it as nerve pain, as the areas in which it hurts the most, are not the areas that "appear" more sensitive. If that makes any sense..... The tightness to me is still a major pain also. I'm still red as heck and still swollen, but I am healing well. I think it just takes time. My settings were high and my doctor told me my recovery time would be longer. On the brighter side, I think I'm going to be happy with my results. Hope this helps and you feel better soon.... Carla
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Carla, Thanks for the feedback! I'm glad I'm not the only one. Nerve pain makes sense. I hope that it clears up on it's own. I'm still dark pink and splotchy and I do have a great deal of tightness in my neck and forehead. I think I still have swelling in my forehead and eyebrow area. During the day it seems to clear up as the day goes on, but first thing in the morning it is most pronounced and my eyebrows feel 'heavy' and my upper eyelids 'double up' from puffiness. My forehead has an odd 'numby' feeling still but it seems to get a little better each day. But I just need to be patient a little longer. Overall I do like the results especially the area below my eyes. Thanks, Deanna
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DeannaM- I hope you start to feel better and see results soon! In the meantime, please consider writing a review. I think other RealSelf readers would love to hear your story. You can update it at any time as you start to make progress and see your results. Click here to write about your experience with Fraxel. In fact, if anyone has an experience with a cosmetic treatment or procedure, we also want to hear from you! Go here to share your story.
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crb101169... What were your setting for the Fraxel Re:pair??
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Hi D, I wanted to answer your question that you addressed to me from 7/3/08, but when I clicked on the link, it led me to the top of this page, so as Steve Martin used to say, "excuse me" for answering your question here. I thought that it would be my shortest RealSelf answer ever, "Yes". Your question was whether the "rice paper" parasthesia feeling on your forehead was related to the nerve block. Hopefully by now and after heavy drinking over the Fourth of July holiday weekend (just kidding, everything in moderation including Fraxel repair laser) your symptoms are resolving. If not they should soon. Be well. Dr. P
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Thanks for the recommendations. I'll try the steroid cream for the itching. On day 4 following the Re:Pair I started using Aveeno Ultra Calming foaming cleanser and Neocutis Bio-restorative Hydrogel followed by SkinMedica hydrating moisturizer. Still using distilled water when washing face and neck. I think I'm going to try a different moisterizer cause my skin is so dry. I'm to start using a lightening cream next week. I didn't know there were settings as discussed in some of the earlier posts but I think I had intense treatment. The corners of my mouth crack and bleed when I brush teeth or eat. I'm going to ask about the settings tomorrow at my appt. After 6 days still feels like cellophane wrap pulled tightly across my face. I'm sure some day I'll be glad with the results - it certainly beats surgery. To CMC - yes, I really think this website is very informative and glad to hear about follow-ups and recommendations from others.
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It does sound confusing, now that you mention it. Another way to say it is: If you go too high on the settings when the lower eyelid has a lot of laxity, you can risk pulling the eyelid down. All the more reason to go an experienced laser physician, who can recognize this, and adjust the settings appropriately (or not even do the lower lids as I have done in a couple cases).
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I would have to say that under the eyes are one of the areas most improved with the Re:pair. I don't think that any other technology is better. Typically, lower settings are used around the eye and it's common to see differences in redness there. If you have lax lower eyelids, you can't go too high in the settings because you can pull the lower lid down even more, and then end up with ectropian. the area should continue to improve over several weeks. If not to your satisfaction, doing just the lower eye area has very little downtime and I would do that prior to any other technologies. Steve Weiner, MD Facial Plastic Surgeon Destin, Florida
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Dr. Weiner, thank you for your helpful answer. I just want to clarify what you said. You said "you can't go too high in the settings" or did you mean to say "you can go too high in the settings"....can't or can? In context, I believe you meant "can go to high". Thanks!
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Hello Dr. I am just wondering as someone with brown skin am I a possible candidate for fraxel repair?
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Dr. Persky and/or Dr.Weiner, I had the Fraxel Re:pair done on my face and neck about 4 weeks ago. I'm particularly pleased with the results around the eyes (perioorbital area); however, I don't think the doctor treated the area under my eyes (or it wasn't a very aggressive treatment there) because my face was red but the skin directly under my eys was white. At any rate, I want to address the lax skin directly under my eyes. Can the Fraxel Re:pair treat this area? Is there another laser that is more effective in this area? Since the skin under the eye is very thin and close to the eye, how is this procedure done safely? Right now, I don't want a lot of down time since I just had the Fraxel Re:pair 4 weeks ago. What do you think of the N-lite or Titan for under the eyes and other less agressive treatments? Thanks! Del
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Hi Del, I agree with Dr. Weiner. Speak with your physician. We can safely treat right up to the lash line of the eyelids (with stainless steel corneal protectors over the eye itself). There should not be much downtime for the small area treated, plus the settings are usually lower for the thinner skin of the eyelid. I too have not seen as good results with other technologies. If there is too much redundant skin of the lower lid after the Fraxel re:pair by Reliant, then an in-office "skin pinch" procedure under local anesthesia will do the trick. Be well. Dr. P
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I'm on day 5 and having itching problems too. It's awful! I had my first follow-up yesterday with my doctor and it was the first time I had put on sunscreen because I had not left my house. I did not want to introduce a product to my face that I had not used before, so I put on my Sun Damage Prevention SPF 30 by Nia 24. The Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide kind of made my face look a little purple (temporary), but it was very soothing and seemed to really calm my skin. My skin did not itch again until after I soaked and went back to the lovely aquaphor. My doctor really likes the NIA 24 line, but had never used it with Repair, but he said if it calmed the skin that much, he did not know if any reasons why I shouldn't use it. I've used it today too and while it's not pretty, it feels really good. Does anyone know of any reasons why it would be contraindicated with re:pair? Carla
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Try a topical steroid cream for the itching.
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