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Intense - Johnson City, TN

Today is the second day and I haven't taken a...

Today is the second day and I haven't taken a picture yet, but will update as the days go by. I had my entire face done including my eyes. The procedure itself was very painful even though I had the numbing cream and numerous injections. My face is very swollen. I have taken a week and a half off from work and I hope it's enough time!

If I hadn't seen the pictures on RealSelf of...

If I hadn't seen the pictures on RealSelf of others who had had this procedure done I would have been really, really scared the first time I saw my face. I neglected to attach a before picture, which really doesn't show the issues that I was concerned about, but at least you can see I looked pretty normal before...lol...

Day 3 - the swelling is much worse than I thought...

Day 3 - the swelling is much worse than I thought it would be. I iced my face three times yesterday and once so far today. It feels very fat and tight.

Today is Monday, 1/16/12 and I saw my doctor today...

Today is Monday, 1/16/12 and I saw my doctor today. He assured me that everything is the way that it should be - a big relief. I had a 20 minute LED light treatment which is supposed to help with healing and have additional LED appointments for Wednesday and Friday. I was told to continue the vinegar washes and Aquaphor but could switch to a lighter lotion if I wanted to. I want this to be over with!

Today is Wednesday, 1/18, 2012. I had the second...

Today is Wednesday, 1/18, 2012. I had the second LED light treatment today. The swelling has gone down slightly. I'm attaching a picture taken right after I got home from my doctor's office. Very slow progress...

Day 9, 1/20/12 - I had another LED light treatment...

Day 9, 1/20/12 - I had another LED light treatment today and am feeling so much better!I do have some 'break-outs' I am attributing to the Aquaphor but my doctor's office has emphasized that I don't want my skin to get dried out.

Tomorrow will be two weeks since I had the Fraxel...

Tomorrow will be two weeks since I had the Fraxel Repair. My doctor says I will continue to notice improvements.

If I'm counting right (lol) I am 18 days...

If I'm counting right (lol) I am 18 days post-Fraxel repair. I will change my rating to Worth It - it just keeps getting better and better.
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Was it worth it after all done ??? I'm considering it above my lip! U Look great!! Just want to know if its worth it??
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hi, I want to get fraxel reapair done. could you please
give to me the address and name of the doctor
thanks
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Blurry after pictures with no close-ups of your skin, and not a single before picture in detail really does not give an accurate representation of Fraxel treatments. Fraxel ruins the skin and give considerable premature aging. Fraxel reviews were so bad, the company started counter-reviews with fake reports to reduce the volume of bad reviews.
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I am having CO2 laser treatment on face & neck; eyelid lift and neck liposuction on March 23, 2012 and am very apprehensive about the laser treatment. I will post before and after when surgery day comes
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i for one do not think there was any change in my fraxel repair. I am being told now what I thought were scars are cyst. They are so old and dormant expect for sometimes a bit of build up. I had thought they were scars and got build up like pores. I am told this after the fact. In addition, I do not look any younger or different.
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I'm sorry you are not happy with the Fraxel repair. It's not an easy thing to go through and then not have the results you expected. What does your doctor say?
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Please tell me if you are satisfied. I will do my Friday this treatment and do not know what to do. I'm afraid.
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I don't blame you for being afraid after seeing the pictures - I think I looked like a burn victim and it is very scary to look in the mirror and see this wondering if you have ruined your face. Yes, I think it is worth it and would probably even do it again in the future! Let me know how you are doing. TERESA
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Hi Do U still think it was worth it?? I want it done so badly!! Did it work, I just want it done on my upper lip wrinkles!!! Help????
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That is simply amazing! Thanks for sharing the pictures! You look fantastic! I'm not sure I am as brave as you are - but I need to have it done! Just too scared!

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I did look pretty bad, didn't I? My friends said they would not have recognized me! My skin is definitely softer and smoother. I may have a Lifestyle or Biltmore Lift next and probably will do another Fraxel Repair one day, too!
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I see a difference in the texture and color of my skin and have heard that it is estimated you will see the ultimate results using the following formula: for each decade of life = one month of healing, so for me that would be 5 1/2 months - I'm 55. Sunday will be the one month mark for me. I don't regret having it done, but it was a much bigger deal (for me)than my doctor's office led me to believe. Send me a private email if you would like. T
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I am so nervous I am schedule for 02/23/2012 for the treatment. Do you really feel it took 5 + years off your face? I am 43 and just let my self go. I went to the dermatologist for my yearly skin exam and was going to just get some Triluma fade cream for my melesma and botox and my dermatologist told me about the new CO2 fraxel. I am scheduled but very very nervous.
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Wow - looks great!! And love that big smile :)

Good point about the sun in the car...we all can use the reminder of how important sunblock is!

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Hi Teresa,
You skin looks gorgeous! I am amazed at the difference from day one of the procedure. I don’t know what your skin looked like before the procedure, but do you see improvement from before? It certainly looks great now.
I am on day 8 and finally just peeled. I still see my scars, so I am not sure if new skin growth will help diminish them or if ijust did not work for me. Thank you for showing your day-to-day pictures…it helps others get an idea of what to expect and not be shocked. Kudos! And you look fabulous!
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Agreed, you look great in that picture! Would love to know how your skin is feeling and if it is sensitive at all.

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Thanks, Dusty. I'm looking forward to seeing your pictures, too, and hope you are doing well.
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My skin is still a little red and feels hot sometimes, which my doctor says is normal. I still have some peeling and itching, too. It is a big relief to look normal again. I would say my skin is a lot more sensitive than it was before. The makeup I was wearing was 15 SPF and now I wear 50 SPF suncreen under the 15 SFP makeup, which is what my doctor recommends. I still haven't decided whether it was worth the pain, time off from work, and two grand..lol...
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Yeah, that is a lot of time & money...then all the discomfort you went through :( I'll be really interested to hear your thoughts when you decide one way or the other!

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Alright Teresa, I know its back-to-work Monday for you. How did it go getting ready? Were you able to cover the remaining red with make-up ok? Also, if you did, did it feel ok to put make-up on??

 

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Hi, Megan, yes, I went back to work today. My face is slightly pink and still just a little bit swollen. I put on 50 SPF sunscreen and then I used Bare Minerals makeup and it looked okay. I didn't get any stares, anyway! I saw my dermatologist today and he says everything is great and I can go back to everything I used to do (color my hair, use Latisse on my eyelashes, work-out, etc.) I will post more pics soon. Thanks for asking!
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Well I am officially on day 2! I think my experience is pretty normal after I have read many others' experience of the procedure. I have also had 2 laser treatments for healing - it was a yellow light and I'll have to ask them what they call it. They did it right after the procedure and yesterday at my one day post procedure visit. Thanks Teresa for being a good "poster" it helps us all!
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that is great improvement for 9 days! It looks like you area healing fine.
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There are still some red streaks on my right cheek that you can't see, but yes, I am so thankful that I am looking somewhat 'normal' again. Hopefully when I go back to work on Monday I will be able to cover it up with makeup.
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Oh yes, I did not realize when I read this message it was from that(your) post. Yes, I had the bloody face then day three I am swollen beyond knowing. I posted a blog with my story and some pics but I don't think it has been released by realself yet. Thanks for sharing it makes others going through the same thing feel better knowing this is what supposed to happen.
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