Day one (1st full day after laser): Continued with the protocol of my PS and I was in little discomfort. You have to remember he did a 7 depth on part of my face and also did my eye lids which are delicate and usually very painful...but at day 2 : I'm okay. Could not wait to get into the shower and wash my hair. Hairs was full of the post-laser balm and my head itched from the grease. Could not wash my face until day 2. Still spaying THERMAL SPRAY WATER every hour and I have to recommend this to anyone having this procedure. It is great to relieve the tightness. I have had Active FX 2 other times (but never this deep) and the "Thermal Spray" is the best relief for the tightness.
Day two: I couldn't wait to get into the shower to wash my face. Jumped in the shower first thing and took a mild soap as prescribed and gently rubbed off some of the dead skin. It had just began to peal. Sprayed the Thermal Spray and Re-applied the Post Laser ointment I would say about every hour. It was beginning to itch. I wanted to begin to "pick" but resisted. Starting to get real uncomfortable: not from pain but irritation. Tired of just laying around with ice packs (frozen peas are the best on the face) and just "uncomfortable"...
Day three: this was the worst day in terms of pain and itching: Jumped in the shower first thing at 6am and washed my face with the gentle cleanser given to me and just let the water run over my face for a "long" time. I have no idea how long but it just felt good and let the water soak the skin and then "gently" rubbed my face with a soft wash cloth and rubbed the DEAD skin off. Not really too painful...just irritable. Day 3 and 4 are the worst pics and they were the worst as far as pain. These I was told were my "HUMP" days and the days my face would be the worse red and swollen...and they were RIGHT!!! Had trouble sleeping these nights.... Wanted to PICK.. and I must admit I did : "PICK" skin off..I know I should have not but could not resist.
Day four: This is the "OVER THE HUMP DAY". This was the day I experienced finally a diminish in the itching and pain. I took Benadryl as recommended by the Doctor and probably was the hardest day for pain. But not intolerable. Child Birth is MUCH worse.. LOL!!! I was fine; just uncomfortable and restless. It is hard to explain; some pain, tightness from the swelling and I think I was just tired of laying around. I had a hard time resisting "PICKING" and I did do a little picking :-))) Too hard to resist!!
Day five: Pain is subsided but still really red. But remember: doc went really deep so I did not expect full recovery in 7 days.. Happy with the progress.
Day 6: Picture is fuzzy but progress is about the same. Still slathering on Post Laser Balm and Thermal Spring Water. Most are expecting to put make up on - on day 7 but I knew as deep as the Doc went I would not expect make up for 2 week. I was fine with that.
Day 7: Still red and pealing...but no pain...Just waiting for skin to heal and keep pealing. I trust my PS so this is not a big deal...
Day 8: and back to work. I am still pealing ..no pain just look like I have a sun burn. No make-up yet. I do not want to irritate the skin...
Day 9: and day 2 back to work: still no makeup and still using post laser balm and Thermal Spray. At this point I could care less what I look like and going for the maximum results.
Day 11: Still using Post Laser Balm and Thermal Spray. Usually it is just a week (7 days) ...but I think because doc went so deep I am taking a little longer before I completely heal and wear makeup.
Day 12: Still red but makeup on... I'm happy with the results so far...U be the judge!!
Day 15: Still a little red. Pours are not as tight as I would like but in all fairness to the process: from what I have read and researched, there is really nothing that will shrink pores....and this has done the best.
Day 17: Almost 3 week part post op. I will take pics in a month or two. My PS offers a complementary facial after each laser and I will have that this week. I'll give it another week and post pics... Opinions Please? Was it worth it...??