HAd these 2 treatments in 1 visit i month ago. Am 47 w/lt hyperpigmentation on left cheek (I had Aura lasers to remove mod hyperpigment all over 8 yrs ago;which worked v well)l also lt-mod (?) acne scarring, beginning crepey areas on cheeks,sl nasolabial fold, fine wrinkles around eyes,sl frown lines,etc. I wanted some gen freshening up! I used the topical anesthetic cream 2x before appt as directed. I feel I have a pretty high pain threshold (had Restylane severl x's under eyes w/o any anesthetic), but MAN it was a painful procedure & even worse immediately afterwards while I was still in the office!!! I was quite surprised & dismayed by the pain. I told the nurse to recommend a Xanax to patients right before the procedure! Used fan on face the 1st nite, took tylenol 3, ice paks,etc.
Much swelling & redness, which I expected. But, every 6-8 hrs (after the first day) the swelling goes down & the skin peels off; mine in light layers. It is really something to see oneself heal so quickly. I have v oily skin, so keeping the vaseline-like ointment on the face for 4 + days was also a trial. The 5th day my skin looked fantastic! But even that tightening effect disappeared & at the end of a week, I wasn't sure how much difference I could see. You MUST wear high sunscreen after this & most other treatments! Dr recommends another treatment in the fall (2 micropeels are ideal for older folks I've read) but I'm not sure I want to go thru that much pain again for such small results. My skin is a little smoother & firmer, wrinkles around eyes R less, crepey(sp?) cheek is a little better. I have to add the laser to remove the hyperpigment areas worked v well, they r all gone. It's the microlaser one that I had higher hopes for. I will post again if I get a 2nd peel later this year.