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SmartXide Deka Laser Resurface Done by MD - Broomfield, CO

Well... today was the day. I have been home just...

Well... today was the day. I have been home just a few hours. I am still loopy from meds and plan to keep taking them. I had 1mg of xanax, 100mg of tramadol and a steriod Medpro pack before the procedure began. They numbed my face twice with topical anesthetic lotion. The procedure did hurt. I stayed as still as a board.... the medical assistant said ppst procedure she actually checked my stomach a few times to make sure I was brwathing cause I was so still. I saw no choice but be still or something very bad could happen!
After the procedure it hurt soooo badly. Soooo much that for about an hour I didnt know what to do with this horrid pain as I bkew ice cold air on my face with a fan labeled smart cool.
I took a third tramadol and the medical assistant put some more numbing cream on me and I was finally able to get up and leave.

I feel a lot better now...its 3pm and we started at 9 am. I look soooooo swolen. Pray for me and a speedy beautiful recovery.

Day 2. blind as a bat

Today was day 2. Pain was down. Swelling seemed the same. I took my steroids. I couldn't get contacts in or wear glasses. Since I am super nearsighted (-10) this was big. Aone small flaking of yellowish junk came off in the regenex and aquaphor. Yick.

Day 3 am

Day 3 mid day

Day 3 afternoon

Day 3 before bed

Tonight I feel itchy sensations in my face. I am not touching it. Just applying everything as I have been instructed.
Im more red..but less swollen. Its crazy to look in the mirror as I get a bit anxious looking at all the laser dots. I feel like time is moving ever so slowly. I am excited to see what changes tomorrow brings.

freckles on my fingers.... yum

Finally. Last night my face was tight and unbearably itchy. No touch no touch! This morning I washed with Cetaphil for the first time. It felt nice to wash my face even though it was a very gentle quick rinse. When I applied my goop I was pleasantly surprised to find about a half dozen disgusting little freckles on my fingers. So I am not "peeling" but skin is definitely shedding! So far so good. Swelling was down enough for my contacts to go right I to my eyes Today swelling isnt an issie either. I am more red and brown than I was yesterday.

pinky winky

My new baby skin is peeking on through. More and more dead nasty skin comes off in my lotion. The aquaphor is keeping it so moist that I don't feel it happening. The new skin is sensitive and feels a little stingy and raw but as long as it stays covered as directed it is fine. Not sure how many more days it will be till I can leave the house but right now I am very happy with the progress I have.

looking good

No more zombie face ;)
I am happy to report about 80%+ of the lasered area has shed.
The skin does look quite pink and isn't as snooth as I had anticipated. I do hope it continues to smooth out as it heals.
What a crazy procedure this is. I am so happy I can leave the house soon.... no follow up appt till 12/23.

Aloe juice feels great!

I switched from spraying with cold filtered water to spraying with 100% aloe vera juice. I love the way it feels. Last night the new skin under the aquaphor was screaming. It was burnibg and itchy and it was so so hard to leave alone. (But I did!!). Anyway, a lint free disposable cloth soaked in aloe juice as a compress really calmed the skin down and felt heavenly. I had to follow with a reapplication of yicky petroleum aquaphor to keep it moist through the night. I have been spraying all morning ;)

woo hooo

Looking better than I expected. What crazy is so many discolorations have disappeared yet the one that I initally wanted to gwt rid of is just sitting there. CrAZY. It was darker than others..... but it almost looks likenit didnt even lighten or peel. Maybe it's just taking its time. The spot I mean is iver ny right eyebrow towards the end of the brow.

I am so sensitive. I need cetaphil...aquaphire...aloe juice Spray..water spray...every 30 min to 1 hour. I keep alternating just keeping the skin moist like the doc said. I did not expect thebfinw lines and texture to actually improve like this. I did expect all the spots to go away. Still cabt go out. Standing near a closed window makes my skin tingle in a scary way. I am thinkinvgi have at least 3 more days indoors.
My face couldn't handle sunscreen now if I tried. Very sensitive.

Regenica feels good!

Face is loooking good. It's Tuesday night one week after the procedure. Regenica by obagi feels good. It absorbs really fast though and I am still needing more moisture than it provides. I hope I get less red fast!

They said I might break out...

And I have. We interupt this new skin breakthrough with a ....ZIT...or two...or three....do I see four? Yes, I do. So....now we wait ;) I still havee a sun spot on my forhead. Skin feel a kittle rough and I am hoping that will resolve as well. So happy I an healing well.

Day 9 pm

Looking red. Can't wait to be able tp go out. ..make up....and enjoy my results. I never could have done this and gone back to work in 5 days as some suggest they do. I still dont feel ready to go anywhere. My hair is SOO greasy from the last week of goop. I have been using a clarifying shampoo and still my hair is nasty. Eyebrows too.

Day 9

I am so nervous...is this normal?

Today I don't feel hardly as confident as I did yesterday. My skin is red....expected. I have some crazy zits showing up everywhere....expected. I look like two dark sppts are coming back stronger? Or just didn't leave? Maybe I am paranoid. I've had no sun exposure and am kinda surprised.
Mostly... I'm worried that the new skin feels more rough than my face preprocedure. Maybe its still just part of the healing stages.... but it feels corse (under regenica and aquaphor). WWhen u look in theblight you can still see the grid mark of the laser. ...its like a zillion pores in perfect alignment. I almost would say it looks like fine gauze or a cheescloth. Ugh
Appointment is in 3 days.... Monday moorning. Maybe by then it will look different. The skin feels like a kittens tongue. ; (
Panicking a little.

Before Pictures

Still housebound

I guess technically I could go out at night if I wanted to. I am kinda goopy, greasy, and gross. I haven't trued any makeup or anything. My skin is still so sensitive. Current routine is water compresses (cold) a few times a day. I follow those with a bunch of aquaphpr which is the only thing that really feel comfortable. The skin is tight. I have a follow up on Monday. I just need to be reassured that I am healing properly.

rough looking

My face is looking tight and firm. The skin unfortunately looks rough. And it feels rough too. I am dependent upon the aquaphor to keep it softened all day. I still wobt go out because I look greasy with the aquaphor and feel dry if without it wven for 5 minutes. If this doesnt fill in more smoothly I will cry cry cry. I j ust keep trying to keep my thoughts positive and wait wait wait. Maybe I am still healing and it will take longer? ? :(

Faith Restored! Looking Good!

I wish I had insisted to see my doctor sooner. I spent a long time suoer anxious for no reason. I saw my doctor yesterday. Stopped using cetaphil, put some aloe on, allowed my skin to rest partially dry and made up my face. OMG I look wonderful. I believe I am still a little swollen cause my face looks fuller.
When Dr. Janowski saw me I told him it was brutal and I would never have done it had I known hw horrible I would feel. When he pulled up mg before pics and then thebones he took yesterday and he zoomed in- I ate my words. Wow.
I think we need to remember we don't always see ourselves the way we really look to others.
I told my doc the Cetaphil made me seem more red. He said stop. .... duh...I feel and look better.
I will post some pics with makeup later.
Anxiety was making me appear to look bad and freak out. My face is actually beautiful. I think I look a lot younger. I am happy I did this. And if anyone wants to know.... yes, I would do it again!

Rough texture and a gauze look

Ok.. so I look good. But I hate the large pore like laser holes I still see. My skin looks rough and red. As long as it continues to improve I will be ok. I am still nervous. But it does look really good in a lot of ways. I look younger and really tighter all over. I was hoping for more in treatment of discoloration but I cant even really say that yet because I am so red.

Looking good

My grandma says I look 26 since I had my "facelift". Obviously I was right and my face is much tighter than before. The texture may be evening out. Its too soon to tell. I ordered emu oil fromI amazon and after reading up on it I feel foolish for not having it from the start.
Dr. Lawrence Janowski

Dr. Janowski's has my trust. His office staff is kind, honest, caring, respectful, and competent. I have had multiple services and am beyond pleased. I am even getting Vitamin B shots there now! Never do these procedures unless you have an experienced MD.... and if you can...use Dr J!

5 out of 5 stars Overall rating
5 out of 5 stars Doctor's bedside manner
5 out of 5 stars Answered my questions
5 out of 5 stars After care follow-up
5 out of 5 stars Time spent with me
5 out of 5 stars Phone or email responsiveness
5 out of 5 stars Staff professionalism & courtesy
5 out of 5 stars Payment process
5 out of 5 stars Wait tmes
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Did the emu oil break you out? I'm 2 days post and have been using Bio2 recovery ointment (I can't use Aquaphor since it has Lanolin in it which gives me a rash).
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Nope. The aquaphor sure did. The emu oil has been great. I dp have some milia now...not a great thing. I haven't had much in acne since I healed. I do still have redness and it has been about 3 months.
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If you look at safety and side effects, it is noted that Tramadol should not be mixed with Xanax or any tranquilizer because it can cause depressed respiratory problems (difficulty breathing). You should always check out medication side effects before blindly taking something. Unfortunately doctors do not always have this information.
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Hey there, It's so great that you're sharing you're journey with everyone. How do you feel a month after? Are your track marks improving and are you still breaking out post procedure? Thanks a bunch.
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Do you mind if I ask your age? You looked young in the before photos, and even younger now. But am curious as to your actual age. I suspect that I'm quite a bit older than you, LOL. Thanks again for sharing your experience.
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I just turned 40. Can you tell me if you would have guessed older or younger? I want an honest opinion. I will say I have never been as self conscious of my age as I have been since this birthday passed.
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When I look at your "before" photos, what I *don't* see (forehead wrinkles, wrinkles & depressions under eyes, deep nasal labial fold lines, hollowness in cheek area) is what made me think you were likely in your early thirties. You have none of the wrinkles or the beginnings of disappearing facial volume that one would expect at your age. So, you looked young for your age even before the laser peel. And now that your skin is glowing, it adds even more to your youthful look. I think your skin makes your face look like someone in her late 20's. You look fabulous. I do hope, though, that the "pores" continue to even out and eventually go away. They are still obvious in the "after" photos, but they don't detract from your overall youthful look and beauty. BTW - You have gorgeous eyes/eyebrows. :) Alas, at my age, my poor eyebrows have all but disappeared, LOL. Thanks again for keeping up with your posts, and for answering such a sensitive question. Most ladies don't like revealing their age. :)
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Oh how I love you. ;) Thank you so much for the feedback. I do hope it all evens out and will post a new photo with makeup and without very soon. Thanks also for the eye/brow compliment. Somehow all the attention to what I do and don't like in my results has made me very critical of myself. :)
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We're women... sadly, it's in our nature to be self-critical. Why else would we be torturing ourselves like this, LOL. :)
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Wonderful results :) you are glowing! Do you have a before photo you could share with us?
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Thanks Eva. SONEWHERE in the 500 pics I posted are two before shots. One looks like a mug shot from jail but I am wearing an orange shirt and it was taken with no makeup on at the Dr.s office before the procedure. I am pretty amazed by how much different it looks.
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Ok, I will look again, sorry I I missed it :) Would be great to see a side by side if you can.
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Firstly, thanks so much for continuing to post photos and comments. It's really appreciated by those of us who are considering this same procedure. I will be extremely interested in finding out how much tighter you think you skin is once you're fully healed, as well as whether or not the "pore-like" holes disappear. I had researched the procedure a couple of years ago, but was really afraid of doing it due to all the reviews that said that they also ended up with the holes and track marks on their face. But most of those people never followed up after they had completely healed, so I don't know what the end results were. So, I opted for a TCA peel. My skin was truly amazing after that. It's been two years and only the slightest signs of freckling is returning to my cheeks. But, as fabulous as my skin looked (and still looks), the problem with the peel is that it does not tighten the skin. I'm 51, so am on the hunt for something to tighten my facial skin w/out having to go the route of a facelift. Anyway, thanks again for continuing to post.
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I do think I am more happy with the tightening than the color change (I hadn't realized anything was loose until I did this! ) the spots that seemed so porous may be getting better. I am noticing people looking at my face longer and more directly when I speak to them. Maybe cause I look good ...maybe cause they are looking at me funny! I am thinking you will enjoy the resukts if uouvare looking for tightening. The area around my eyes is much more youthful
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Well, maybe when you're fully healed you can try a TCA peel. I had a ton of freckles, sun damage, etc. and my skin looked like a baby's behind after the peel. Zero freckles, sun spots, etc. It's been two years, and only the faintest of freckling has begun to return. Hands down, the best thing I ever did to improve my overall look. I had never, ever had spot-free skin in my life before the TCA peel. I'll probably do it again in another year, just to keep the spots/freckles at bay. But, I'll definitely go back to a professional to get it done. I've read the horror stories of the DIY'ers who burned themselves, etc. Just not worth the risk, IMO.
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I am so happy to hear that your results were so positive with the TCA. I do think that would be great for me when this is all done. I will see my doctor tomorrow and post the pics his office takes.
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Hopefully I didn't miss this in your review, but it is my understanding that healing time will depend on how vigorous the treatment was, and what depth the laser was set at - do you know what your setting was? 
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I don't know. I will ask when I visit again in 3 weeks. I don't believe it was super deep as I do still have some discolorations and it doesn't appear that there was a massive change in the few acne scars I had. The one acne scar that bugged me most is now smaller in diameter and looks smoother. I do think it will take a bit longer to heal. Makeup makes you feel a hell of a lot better when you can hide that red glow!
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What type of acne scarring do you have? 
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Tfdavid I have noooo idea. Im so sorry
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Thanks for keeping the community posted, appreciated!! So glad you healed well :) Do you have another session, or is it only 1 treatment?


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I am hoping just this one treatment. If any brown spots or sun damge remains I may opt to try a I PL or other photofacial to finish them off. My doctor says this should be good for 3-5 years. I don't want to do it again ;) it hurt. I will demand more pain meds if I do it again! But yeah...I am loving the results already.
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I hope that you continue updating until your face has completely healed. Then show a "before" and "after". The rest of the reviewers quit posting photos (or just quit posting altogether) long before they are completely healed. They don't come back and say whether or not they feel they received a real benefit from the procedure. I hope you'll follow up as it's sorely needed on this site for this type of procedure. Thanks for posting and all of the photos.
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I totally intend to keep posting. ;) it is great to known it's being read. I read and reread every review here before the procedure. I was so scared by the negative reviews and issues others have had. I am happy to share and have feedback. I will also post my true before with and without makeup. ;) and after ;)
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Your healing process should be going on the right track, nothing compared to what happened to my face with a laser CO2 stupid procedure 9 months ago.
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