Fraxel Re:pair for Scarring - La Jolla, CA
- updated 5 months ago
I had a fraxel repair session done for acne...
- 27 Jan 2013
I had a fraxel repair session done for acne sacrring on my cheeks (went ahead and did my upper lip and chin to help it blend better once it's all healed).
Day One: Thursday 01/24 at 4:30p.m. Went in with no makeup they put numbing cream on my face for about an hour gave me valium and a shot of something else to relax. They followed with idocain ( I think) shots into my face to numb the areas. Because I had the laser right below my eyelids they had to put in metal contacts to protect my eyes, not uncomfortable at all but it did feel strange to not be able to see anything at all.
Pain on a scale of 1-10 was a 3 overall. There were tiny areas that I could feel more than others( right by my ears) but then some areas I really didn't feel at all ( my upper lip area). My doctor and his staff were amazing! One time near my ear I must have flinched or something so they stopped and injected more lidocain so that I couldn't feel the laser. My doctor did say that I had a fair amount of bleeding ( I do tend to bleed easily). Post pocedure NO PAIN at all of any kind. Very mild bleeding continued for a few hours after and I started with vinegar soaks as they instructed followed by aquaphor.
Day 2: still no pain what so ever. A LOT of swelling made it a lttle tough to eat things I had to open my mouth very widely for ( so maybe plan accordingly. I loaded up on tons of healthy foods and orange juice etc to help promote healing
Day 3: A LOT OF SWELLING, when I do the vinegar soaks I am using ice pack gently layed over the soaked gauze and that's helping. DRINKING A LOT OF WATER to help reduce swelling and promote healing.
Day 4: slept elevated last night and it made A BIG DIFFERENCE much less swelling but still swollen. Some of the dried blood is starting to come off on it's own. My doctor told me not to rub or wipe or anything like that.
The main reason I wanted to post on this site was to be able to show progressive pictures because that's what i wanted to see when I was researching so i will upload my photos now. Unfortunately I was a bit out of it immediately after the procedure so the first photo I took was about 5 hours post procedure. I will do my best to update as I go
6 Month Review ( Almost 6 Months)
- 18 Jul 2013
Another great perk I have noticed is that for some reason I hardly ever break out since having this procedure done. That in itself has been worth it for me.
I had a Fraxel re:store session with Dr. Groff (who was referred to me by my doctor) in July 2012 and was thrilled with the results but I was eager to see more improvement faster so he suggested Fraxel Re:pair. I cannot say enough about how great Dr. Groff (and my results are). I have read so many reviews on here about below average results etc. and I think the largest factor is the Dr. you choose. I couldn't be happier with my choice of Dr. I would highly recommend him!