Fraxel II: Before and After

Had one procedure and not sure yet if its worth it...

Had one procedure and not sure yet if its worth it yet but my pores are smaller and the swelling has subsided...

That said, here is the progression so far. I had the procedure done in Rancho Bernardo ($600) The procedure was administered by a nurse and they recommened a series of 3 treatments but there was NO pressure to buy a package up front which was great. The procedure was Thursday morning. I arrived one hour early so they could numb my face with cream for one hour. My face was very numb but it still was uncomfortable and it felt like getting a hot match tattoo all over my face. The pain was only when the laser was active - once it passed the area it didn't hurt. She did 6 passes.

On Friday night, the skin around my mouth and chin broke out in tiny pimples. I called them and the said that this is normal, particularly for those who have had acne or if this is their first procedure. They advised me to use my regular acne products. I bought some Neutrogena Rapid Clear gel that that helped subside the breakout and reduce the redness overnight - it wasn't completely gone but it was much better in the morning.

I am taking pictures every day to see the progression and will update about each week or so.


Had one procedure and not sure yet if its worth it...

Had one procedure and not sure yet if its worth it yet but my pores are smaller and the swelling has subsided...

That said, here is the progression so far. I had the procedure done in Rancho Bernardo ($600) The procedure was administered by a nurse. Procedure was Thursday morning and felt like getting a hot match tattoo all over your face.

Saturday the skin around my mouth and chin broke out in tiny pimples. I called them but haven't been able to get a hold of them to find out what can be done.

I read a lot of the reviews and wanted to comment on a few things:

  1. I noticed is that many of you are referring to Fraxel II but I noticed that in one guy's video it's not even a Fraxel machine. It's a Palomar machine which is different.
  2. Esthetician (at least in California) is not licensed to prick the skin - that is go beneath the first layer. Shame on that gum-chewing broad for suggesting that is even a HINT of being okay...
  3. If you got burned there is something seriously wrong -like the person was not trained or they are using an inferior machine. Go to a doctor's office for serious laser procedures - not an esthetician.


Results are not super significant but the...

Results are not super significant but the orange-peely texture and fine lines are reduced after one treatment. It takes a few months to see the results. I have my second treatment first week of April.

My skin's texture has improved - not super huge...

My skin's texture has improved - not super huge but lots tighter and less pebbly. If you get this done take before and after pictures to see the difference. I also went back to using Rhonda Allison skin products which in the past have made my skin totally glow. They are expensive, but you only use tiny amounts so they last a long time. I am using: - Pumpkin Cleanser (Daily) - Growth Factor Serum (morning and night. its magic, I swear!) 1x per week - alternate between masks: - Beta Refine Mask - Pumpkin Parfait Mask

I will have to say that it IS worth it...

I will have to say that it IS worth it now. I took pictures for before and after. I've had one treatment and will have my second next week. The results took a while to happen. In addition, if I hadn't take photos I wouldn't have realized that the lines and pores were greatly minimized.

 PROACTIVE IS MY SECRET SOLUTION. I had a...

 PROACTIVE IS MY SECRET SOLUTION.

I had a bad breakout from my first Fraxel. This time I went out and bought a 30-day supply of Proactive (cleanser, toner, repairing lotion, refining mask) just to give it a shot.

I started using it at the very first sign of the breakout - about 20 hours after the laser. I think if I would have used it before any signs of breakout I wouldn't have had any... Even so the pimples were SO minimal.

The Proactive didn't dry out my skin any more than the Fraxel did, it helped keep the redness down and the toner felt soothing and hydrating.

It REALLY helped keep the breakout down to about 95% - I BARELY got any pimples - not nearly as severe as I did the first time which lasted about a week. I used the Proactive for 5 days until the urge to break out subsided.

I'm a new fan!

DermaCare, Rancho Bernardo CA (Dr. Jeff Birchall)

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