Fraxel Dual for Seattle Man

Fraxel across entire lower face

I had Fraxel done on my entire face, although, I originally only saw the need on my cheeks. As a 40+ year old man, I'm starting to see the effects of sun tanning in my teens and burns when I was a kid. The process started by the technician applying goop that is meant to reduce pain. Turns out that I'm sensitive to the numbing cream and I got very red even before the laser session.

My derm ended up doing the actual procedure. She started with my forehead, running the applicator over my skin (kinda like a vacuum cleaner extension). The first thing I noticed was that it burned more than expected. Once she hit areas that had hair folicles, I went into a "oh my god" that hurts mode. When I got zapped on the upper lip, I began to involuntarily cry. Afterwards my face felt like it was torn off. 3 advils helped reduce the pain to a tolerable hot burn.

For about a week afterwards everyone asked me if I had gone on vacation (my face looked tanned). Then it peeled off in about a 2 day process that wasn't so obvious or embarrassing. For about 6 months I thought I could see improvements. Now its about 11 months post-procedure and honestly, I really can't tell any difference. I'm told that I need to get more than 1 procedure to get the results, but at the cost and pain I'm simply not interested in that route. I'll probably go with a chemical peel for my next shot at improving skin tone.

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I too dont see a difference and was damaged by the laser, luckily you did not see damage like fat loss, hyper pigmentation, indented scars, lines from lasered area, etc. I was a victim.......
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Wow!!!! I can totally empathize with you. I had a similar experience when
I had a microdermabrasion procedure done. I'm a female and can endure A LOT of pain.... High threshold! Still, this pain was something else.... It felt like small cuts all over my face!! I was told it was because I had been on Retin-A in the past and my skin was more sensitive.... I also had some scarring which I was informed was due to my olive complexion.... So I'm with you.... After dishing out $$$ and going through that, I am looking into other options......
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I suppose that's just me guessing at why it hurt so much. My wife said its because I'm a guy, and we dont understand what pain is really like.
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I'm actually thinking about doing fraxel again.....

I'm actually thinking about doing fraxel again...call me crazy, but I've heard several times that it takes often 2 to 3 times to get final results.

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LOL your wife is telling porkies. Guys handle pain better, or maybe they just complain less.

I agree that 2-3 treatments are necessary. IPL needs about 3, fraxel even moreso.
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Wow, I'm surprised to hear you are considering it again. Will you be asking for something other than the numbing cream this time, or just trying to push through it?

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Dr. Reichel is great. Totally down to earth. I didn't like Fraxel so much, but I trust her medical expertise and opinion.

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