Fraxel I wouldnt recommend it - Brisbane, AU

My motivation and treatments prior to fraxel.I...

my motivation and treatments prior to fraxel.I wanted to reduce the pigmentation on my neck and chest ( polkaderma). I have a pigmentation patch on my face and had had laser on this before (not sure what type) but I was really happy with the results. I have also have V Beam for surface veins which once again i was really happy with apart from around my nose which a nurse treated, I feel she "zapped" me to many times in the one spot or had the settings to high and have been left with scarring in the fold on my nose but I can live with that its not to bad. I have also had IPL treatments 3 on neck and chest prior to fraxel. so i booked in with my Dr to have fraxel on my neck and chest and touch ups with the previous lasers used on my face unfortunately in my eagerness to have this done and living in a remote area i agreed for a nurse to perform the procedure as my Dr was anyway on holidays and i was visiting Brisbane for only a short time. anyway so Dr did a plan for me via email and photos and nurse was to perform procedure i didn't really plan on having fraxel on my face but Dr recommended it. I had a total 12 passes on my face, neck and chest. The procedure itself wasnt to bad and directly after wasnt to bad either but as the hours went on my treated ares got hotter and hotter i was told not to use ice packs only cool damp clothes. so the first 2 days my skin was extremely red and hot days 3 still very red in places and still hot. I ended up putting an ice pack on my neck. day 4 started to peel things looking good. Day 5 extremely itchy as for days 6 and 7 redness fading but to my horror i notice pores where i never had visible pores before on my face only (pretty impressed with results on my neck and chest) where i am now is day 17 still a little redness on all areas some itching oh i forgot to mention my skin on my face got really oily. Happy with neck and chest wishing i didn't get it done on my face. I wonder if i am noticing the pores more because i am looking at my skin a lot closer but i know on my forehead i never saw pores before and now i do wondering if its from the fraxel as some of the pores and in a nice neat straight line. do i look younger , i dont think so but it is only day 17 ..................... pigmentation is improved on all areas.

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Oh no- the dreaded enlarged pores/orange peel texture. Please read my post about pores under fraxel. Do not do anything harsh to your skin. it's early, you should heal.
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Was this at westside dermatology?
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Was this at west side dermatology?
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skin looks worse

I would have to say that the only improvement on my skin is most of the pigmentation on my face is gone, and there are other way to remove that other than fraxel, over all my skin texture is worse than before. fingers crossed it will improve as its still early days

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Thank you for the update - how long did the doctor say it would take for you to see the full results of the treatment, I understand that it is usually 6 months.
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I have nothing against my Dr there or the Practice, They have only had the fraxel laser for 6 months so I guess they haven't seen or dealt with all skin types/ problems yet. I have been extremely happy with my treatments their in the past when the Dr has performed the treatments.

4weeks post treatment

Blah having a bad day today wish I never had it done now especially on my face as i was happy with my face in general. Still very red, pin holes very noticeable, now noticing white bumps on my neck guess I should be thankful they arent pin holes too. its kinda like chicken skin.yuck. I am now noticing scars that i had before but could barely see are quiet visible now too, did anyone else notice this ?I will need to emil my derm and see what he says but i feel disheartened before i even hear his response and i should base it on how you guys were treated ......

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Sandra how are you doing now?
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So sorry this happened to you! I recommend trying the natural remedies first and save the harsher things like peels for a few months at least. It's been almost 4 months for me and still dealing with bad orangepeel texture. Sometimes I think it's getting better, sometimes I think it's getting worse. My skin looks much like yours.
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Yes its the same for me too Janey sometimes i think oh its not so bad its getting better then other times i think Holy C**p what have i done to my once smooth skin. a lot depends on the lighting ..sadly another friend commented today "whats going on with your skin she said your skin was always nice and smooth now i see pores all over your face" :( ........... where did you get yours done and how many treatments and how many passes did they do ?
emily hyde

Very good, bad timing due to the holiday period. My advise dont do thing like this over the holidays periods

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