I had the Pearl laser four days ago. It was painful, even with the numbing cream, and my face felt hot and tight for the first 24 hours. I took Benadryl due to itchiness and to help me sleep the first two nights. For the first few days you have to keep your skin very moist with Vaseline or something similar. I looked pretty scary for a few days, and I still don't want to be seen in public! But overall, I think it is going to be worth it. My skin is starting to slough off today, and the skin underneath is pink, but looks great so far. You just have to prepare yourself for at least 4 days of social downtime.