I had the Dot Smartxide laser therapy 5 days ago on my face, neck and chest . I am 41 with some acne scars on my cheeks, some slight wrinkles around my eyes and a little sun damage on my chest. I thought this would be a great way to look a bit better.
I must say the treatment went well some stinging around sensitive areas such as eyes,nose, mouth and on the chest. When the treatment was over I did feel really sunburned and they put ice packs on my face and chest which did help a lot, although my eyes were really swollen I think that bothered me the most. I drove myself home and continued to swell and turn more red, but really no pain just a little sensitive. I continued to use the ice packs as much as possible to try to reduce the swelling around my eyes and top of cheeks.
The next couple of days I stayed in and began to worry that I made a mistake, the swelling was not really going down as much as I wanted, still very red and the grid marks began to show.
On the 4 day the swelling went down dramatically I began to peel and the Dr. told me not to pick or peel at the skin but that I could wear make up on day three ( impossible ). On day 5 it was the first day I was attempting to try makeup which did not work because the peeling was so bad and with the foundation I lookED awful I was just devasted. I went to bathroom to try to wash off the makeup but the skin started coming off. So I decided against my Dr.s advise and took a steam shower I stayed in for 30 mins. and started to gently rub the dead skin away and was surpriseD to see slightly pink, fresh and glowing skin. I haven't seen this skin since high school although I must say my skin has never looked better and I am 41.
In the beginning I thought I made a huge mistake, was scared of the recovery time because you do look bad you go from red, swollen to brown with grid marks almost snake like skin and your trying to put on all the lotions they give you so that you keep your skin moist which I was putting on constantly because your skin does get really dry and itchy. I know that the exfoliating that I did is not recommended, but I had to go back to work and did not like the way I looked still freaky.
I am glad I did this and it worked. Just make sure that you steam a good 15 mins. before you touch your face so the skin is easily removed without force, the dead skin should come off really easy. So day 5 and I love my skin my neck and chest are starting to peel now but those areas I'll keep covered a couple more days.
I just wanted to give some hope to those who are going through the recovery stage or thinking about it. It was worth every penny, the only thing I would suggest is doing it when you have a couple of extra days off of work, it took me five days and I am not completely peeled.
I hope my story helped. Good luck!