First, I've had two sessions done and I've spaced both sessions 6 weeks apart. I've decided to wait a little longer between the sessions because I want to give my skin a chance to heal and I also want to make sure I'm not experiencing any of the bad reactions people have written about. So far, so good and I am pleased with what I see happening to my skin.
Unfortunately, I have not taken pictures of my progress (my doctor's office has though and I may request to see them) so my description of what I've experienced will have to do for now.
I had been plagued with acne for most of my life. Emotionally it was a very devastating experience as it drained most of my confidence and positivity from my life. I remember hiding away from friends, family, work because I literally couldn't muster the strength to go in public. I tried everything under the sun to control my acne and I even tried Accutane (which wasn't a cure for me but may have helped). Some things helped to an extent and some things looking back exasperated my acne. It wasn't until a very progressive dermatologist put me on Spironolactone, that my acne really improved.
After the acne subsided, I thought I would the happiest person on the planet. And I was but my skin still looked scarred. I would put on layers of makeup to hide the scarred skin underneath. Then someone I worked with mentioned Fraxel. I researched the procedure and decided to bring it up to my dermatologist. The first dermatologist I saw suggested that I go for the more invasive repair procedure but I wasn't so sure. I'm only 27 and I felt like if something went wrong I would have a lifelong disappointment to face in the mirror. Then, I went to go see a dermatologist affiliated with the hospital. During my consultation she was very informative and did not try to push me into anything. She was honest and she even suggested some drugstore skincare finds to incorporate into my skincare routine.
When I finally booked an appointment, I was actually more upset with the redness of my scars. Upon seeing me, she suggested I try a vbeam laser treatment. She explained that fraxel would not help the red pigment that I was covering up. So literally last minute, I went from expecting a fraxel treatment to getting a vbeam.
Both fraxel sessions have been more or less the same with the recovery. The second time may have been a little easier.
Results thus far have been really good (knock on wood). Once the skin exfoliates. I have new skin underneath. And the scarring doesn't look as pronounced. My skin texture and tone just look a lot better than before. Some people claim that it's the swelling that causes the scars to look better and I agree that the first couple of weeks that's probably the case but there's definitely been a point where I can see my face and skin and know that there isn't any swelling and my skin still looks better than it did before. This procedure hasn't performed miracles- I can still see the scarring in my skin. But it's to the point that it looks more blended if that makes sense. I can look at myself in the mirror and not point to the exact depressions as it's evened out a lot more.