Be Prepared for Recovery After Treatment - Maple Grove, MN

My background: I am 37 years old, however a lot of...

My background: I am 37 years old, however a lot of people commented that I don't look my age. Some people thought that I was around 30 years old. I attribute it to the fact that I never used tanning beds, never smoked and I started using anti-aging creams since I was 25 (the first time I was not carded in a bar :)).

Nevertheless, I did have couple of things I needed to take care of. I had enlarged (a lot) pores on my nose, which would get clogged the week after extraction treatment I do every month. I also started to form fine lines around my eyes and a smile line on each side of my mouth. Those were very fine lines. In addition, I had freckles from my early childhood. Other than that, I had pretty good skin - no lines on my forehead or anywhere else.

 I had combined microdemobrasion/IPL/Profractional Treatment on March 4th. The cost above is the total for the entire treatment (they are running special for this combination).

I was pretty scared and I asked a lot of questions. The technician who did my treatment told me that the only person she burned was herself and it was on purpose because she wanted to know how it feels on both ends - kind of how the electrologist learns to do electrolysis. We also talked about my concerns of losing pigment after profractional - this happens if the laser goes too deep. We agreed that it is better to undertreat than to overtreat and have that side effect.

The IPL treatment was somewhat painful - like a rubber band hitting on your skin - similar to laser hair removal pain. It was very quick though.

Before I had profractional, the very strong numbing cream was applied to my face. Because of that, the laser treatment was not painful at all.

After each treatment the tech showed to me what I looked like in the mirror. So after profractional I noticed that she did not do much under my eyes. She told me it was because I was so worried about all the side effects that she wanted to go easy on me. Because one of the reasons I wanted to do profractional were lines under my eyes I asked her to go a little bit higher. She warned me that the numbing cream might have wore off somewhat and I might feel some pain, but I told her to go ahead. She did what I asked and I don't think it was painful at all.

My treatment on the face was 100 microns and 50 around the eyes.

Anyway, after the procedure I spot bled and I looked horrible for the fist 24 hours before I washed all that blood away. I followed all the post-treatment instructions. I've been told that recovery time is 2-3 days, however on day 4 I still had grid lines all over my face, so I panicked and emailed the center about my concerns.

The technician called me and said that she thinks I am just a very slow healer. She said that she will mail me elta cream because I might need more moisture in my skin than what I get from the moisturizer.

On day 5 some of my grid marks went away and I realized that I panicked a day too soon. The grid marks are completely gone today - day 10.

These are the improvements I have so far:

1. Much lighter skin complexion. My freckles did not completely go away, but they are much lighter. This is effect of IPL.

2. Smaller pores on my nose. They are still larger then what I would prefer, but smaller than before.

3. Smoother skin with less fine lines. The lines did not completely go away, but the skin is much smoother.

I was told in advance that the first treatment will not take care of everything and I will need one or two more. I think I will repeat one more combo in couple of weeks and then will decide if I need more treatments.

My husband commented that he sees a lot of improvement and he might consider this treatment for himself.

More things to note:

Until day 6 I could not put make up on - it did not stay on and I looked worse with make up than without.

I could barely sleep the first night, because I was trying to sleep while propped up on the bed and it was very uncomfortable.

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Hi lerkin,

Welcome to the community. I completely understand freaking out early, I would do the same thing. That's really great of the technician to send you cream so you didn't have to leave the house. I'm glad everything went so well. Do you think you will have the procedure again? Are you comfortable with sharing pictures? We'd love to see them. Please keep us updated.

Thanks so much for the review, 

-Britt

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Next on my list is to do IPL on my chest, back and hands - to match my face. I am thinking of scheduling something within a week or 2. I am planning to repeat IPL/Profractional combo on my face in the middle of April.

One important thing is to manage expectations. I do still have enlarged pores around my nose, fine lines under my eye, and freckles on my face. But everything is to a lesser degree and my face looks so much younger. I went to a wedding this weekend and people commented how good I looked.

I am not comfortable to post pictures - I don't really want people to know I've done it.

Completely understand about pictures. That's great that at the wedding people noticed. Please post how everything goes with your chest, back and hand. Are you going to the same person I would imagine? Please keep us updated.

Thanks,

-Britt

Yesterday (March 23rd) I went to IPL treatment on...

Yesterday (March 23rd) I went to IPL treatment on my back, chest, and full arms. The treatment cost was $550.

The treatment was so much more painful then IPL on my face. My tech even asked me if I wanted to proceed with my chest.

At the end of the treatment I decided not to wear a bra - my back hurt so much. I waited about 20 minutes before leaving - my body was on fire. By the time I got back to work, I felt much better (and was able to put my bra on before anyone saw me :)).

Today (day 2) my shoulders till hurt a little. My skin looks horrible - but this is a temporary condition - I think within a week or so all the "coffee grounds" will fall off and I will get the results I wanted.

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Believe it or not it took 17 days for all coffee...

Believe it or not it took 17 days for all coffee grounds to fall out. The good news - I see a lot of improvement. The bad news - I have to repeat the procedure to get rid of the freckles completely.

Next on my agenda is to repeat IPL/Profractional combo on my face. After this is done, I will repeat IPL on my chest/arms/back.

I am doing only one procedure a month so that no to stress my skin too much.

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So about 2 weeks ago I had another...

So about 2 weeks ago I had another profractional/IPL combo. This time around profractional went a little bit deeper (but I forgot to ask what depth).

I believe this experience was a little bit more painful than the first one, but I am not sure.

This time around they gave me ELTA cream to use instead of aquafore. This resulted in completely different healing experience. First, I started to peel like crazy on 2. The skin was extremely raw for the 5 days. In addition, my eyes (and face) swelled on Day 4 to the point that the eyes were completely shut and the gunk was in my eyes (which was Sunday), on Monday I called the clinic and emailed them the pictures.

The called me back and told me to discontinue using Elta, apply aquafore, take antihistamine and call them back on Tuesday.

I must point out that at this point, the pain around my eyes was unbearable and when I applied elta around them, the skin would become dry within 10-15 minutes, so elta did not work as moisturizer.

After I stared following clinic's new instructions, I felt better on Tuesday (swelling subsided significantly) and after talking to the clinic decided to just continue monitoring situation instead of coming to the clinic. I must point out that after swelling subsided the eye lids were extremely wrinkled for the next couple of days. I was told that it will go away in couple of days (and it did).

I also had unusual amount of breakouts this time around.

Now, 2 weeks later I feel and look much better.

I believe we did achieve wrinkle reduction around the eyes and pore reduction around my nose. Are they completely gone? - No. But at this point I think I am done for a while. Since, the maximal results are achieved after 3-4 months, I decided not do any more prorfractionals for while and wait and see what develops.

I also might say, that the biggest bank for a buck was IPL. My freckles are almost gone and it makes such a difference in how the skin looks without make up.

In 2 weeks I am planning to repeat IPL on my upper body to take care of what is left there. I will update my post after I do that.

I updated cost of the treatment to reflect 2 IPL/Profractional treatments on my face.

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So, it's been about 1.5 months since my last...

So, it's been about 1.5 months since my last profractonal.

During my last IPL for my back my tech took new pictures of my face. I put them side by side and I was amazed by the change. I did not realize how bad I looked prior to my profractional treatments. The changes are subtle, but significant.

Because of possibility of skin thinning, my tech recommended to come back in August and take a look at the progress - this is when the full effect of profractional will be seen. At this point, we will decide whether or not further treatments will be performed.

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I hope someone sees this in the next couple of days because I need to decide fast!
Theirs a livingsocial deal on profractional laser for $550. I'm on the fence and can't decide if I should do it. So far it looks like everyone on this site is against it. Would it help get rid of these pit scars I have on my cheeks? Is it really worth it considering how I'm only 18? Advice would be really appreciated!!!
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Hi ladies, I am 35 and just had my first profractional laser 2 days ago. I had a zero downtime treatment because I couldn't find any day off. Eventhough she didn't go deep on my face but I can still see some bleeding, redness and swollen. Those things don't bother me that much since I had informed about the side effects after the treatment. But yesterday I got moderate break out on my chin. I don't know if that is normal? I'm kind of freaking out and I can't call the clinic since it's the Thanksgiving weekend. My physician told me that I need 2 more of the treatment but I think I will wait to see if I'm happy with the first result and to see if my break outs are gone. I'm so worried about my break outs T_T
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Minnetonka, MN Age 59 I just had my second profractional/micro laser in yesterday. I am 24 hours out now and look like a real goofball.... red burned looking and gooey Yes it really hurt but so what. I was amazed by the results from the first and its fair to think I will find number two even better. I am interested in communicating with the woman who got hers done in Maple Grove.Wondering about her cost and her IPL Lilly
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