Had the Active FX done 10 days ago- don't see much improvement at all, although my doctor did say it would take about 3 weeks to see results. Very capable, consciencious doctor that I trust. He was demo-ing the laser so I volunteered.
Post-healing experience for both of us. Had lidocaine applied prior to proceduretopically (be sure that this is covered with saran wrap as it helps the skin absorb it. And have it put everywhere the laser is going to reach. You will look stupid, but, believe me, it is worth it!).
Even with the lidocaine, pain was an 7-8 on 1-10 scale. Extreme pain 24-36 hours later. Remember, this is like a second degree burn. I discovered that if I used Bactine (over the counter- been around for years!) as an astringent then used Biafine (a prescription cream that is used to treat 1st-2nd degree burns) I was much more comfortable.
Face is a little pink now but nothing compared to what it looked like 4 days after procedure.
I use Olay Complete Defense SPF 30 for sensitive skin as I have found it not to be so greasy. My doctor is in contact with me daily and I have kept a photo record of my progress. I'm not so vain that I wouldn't share them so if you are interested (some are very painful to look at, so be warned!) please contact me