Get Rid of Sun Damage/Mouth Wrinkles with Fraxel repair - Redding, CA

I am 54 years old and have always work outdoors...

I am 54 years old and have always work outdoors and never thought much about sun protection until recently( as you can tell by the pic). I have researched fraxel repair for 5 months and have gone to 3 consultations with 3 different doctors and have decided to go forward and have a full face and neck done. I am very comfortable with the doctor that will perform my treatment and can not wait for the results. My doctor will be doing an aggressive treatment so I know my recovery will be longer than the average that has been posted. I am posting a pic as i look today and i will post pics and update the healing process as it happens.

Welcome to RealSelf.  We will be anxious to hear back from you on your results.  Please keep us up to date and post some after pictures.  

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This morning was the day of the Fraxel repair. Had...

This morning was the day of the Fraxel repair. Had a microdermabrasion on my face to help the numing cream to absorb better. after 20 minutes my doctor came in very reassuring and gave me a Norco and 2 mg of Ativan, and later a shot of toradol.More numbing cream was applied and I was ready for the treatment ,Everything went great. I was calm and the pain went up tp a 2/3 at times out of 10. Only bad result is the medication, feeling nausea and vomitted. Face is in no pain, just scary looking. The whole time waiting for the numbing cream and pills to take effect I was with one of the techs who carried on a great conversation. going back to sleep. will update later

Today went very well. Pain during procedure 2-3....

Today went very well. Pain during procedure 2-3. had loratab, Ativan 2 mg, toradol injection and numbing cream. no pain now, unable to keep food down because of medicine. Face is oozing. follow up tomorrow. So far everything is going as planned.

24 hours after Fraxel repair and I feel great....

24 hours after Fraxel repair and I feel great. Went to post op appt. this a.m.. Everything looks good. Very pleased with how this has gone so far. Procedure was with minimal pain. Most of the time it was a 1 or 2 on a scale of 1-10. Once it felt like a 3 around my mouth but that is where I have deep wrinkling. I was given 1 Norco and 2 mg of Ativan with a shot of Toradol. And of course the numbing cream. No Dental blocks at all. Will post again tomorrow.

So far so good. Face and eyes are swollen, some...

So far so good. Face and eyes are swollen, some itching is starting to happen. Can't wait for redness to go away. I am excited to see the final results.
Wow, that looks so painful. I have been thinking about doing this procedure but do not tolerate pain very well. Can you please tell me how painful it really is? I will wait until your final results are posted before I even decide. I live in the same area as you and it is good to hear we have a competent doctor in this area that can preform this procedure. Please keep up the posts and pics. Would love to see the final results and hear your opinion as to was it really worth it
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Still swollen , getting little white bumps around...

Still swollen , getting little white bumps around mouth area. Was cultured as a precautionary. Skin is sloughing off. No longer doing vinegar cleanses. Using a very mild skin cleanser. and moisturizing with a hydrating lotion.

Day 4....skin is peeling and itchy...some swelling...

day 4....skin is peeling and itchy...some swelling still. beet red color is fading to a bright red. can see new skin . white bumps are gone. I can't believe how fast it heals.
Swelling has gone down alot and lip line wrinkles are back, about the same as it was before the procedure, hopefully it fills in some.. Eyes and cheeks are still wrinkle free, hope they stay that way. I do have that orange peel texture on my face that I have read in other post, but I hear it disappears
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The pain for me was 2-3 during the procedure and there was no pain afterwards though the pictures would make you think different. My expectations are to get a softer more even color in my face. I know I have very deep wrinkles around my mouth and to get 50% improvement there would be awesome. I've never had porcelain skin so that is not what I'm expecting, Doing a lot of research and checking into different procedures, talking to a doctor about what I am looking for in my final results helped me make a decision on what will work best for me. Good luck on your search and I hope you get good results on whatever procedure you decide on.
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Day 6.. getting better every day, still red and...

Day 6.. getting better every day, still red and have dry patchy spots, My lip lines are back but looks like I have a 50 percent improvement there, the rest of my face looks smooth. I'm breaking out, hope it doesn't last long.
I can totally see the differance especially the freckles and hyperpigmentation!
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Yes, thanks, I agree. My skin is getting smoother every day, especially around the mouth now. My doctor informed me that the mouth area will take longer to heal and to see results bc it was treated more intensely there.
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It may be a bit early to tell, i do think your skin looks visually smoother.
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As of today it was well worth it. Love the way my...

As of today it was well worth it. Love the way my face is looking!!!!
I had a fraxil laser on my face and neck Friday. This is my second treatment. The first one was FREE, as part of a cosmetic procedure pkg. Well I think they had it on the lowest possible setting. My results were minimal. So I decided to go for it and fork out $1,500 and have another one. I am having a totally different experience so far. My face is very very swollen. This morning my eyes were almost swollen shut; bridge of nose and under eyes were also very swollen. I am very red. Using Skin Medica products; sensitive cleanser and healing ointment. Moisturizer and sunscreen after I heal. This treatment was much more aggressive, per my request. Luckily I am able to take off work this week. I work in retail and there is NO WAY I could show up for work looking like this. The first laser helped a bit with pigmentation but that was it. I wanted this one to also target texture and resurfacing. I do have tiny white bumps on my chin. The gal who did the procedure is very supportive. I am texting her a photo daily. So far so good. She says I am perfectly normal; lots of swelling and bright red. Skin feels very tight. I will keep everyone posted.
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Hi Susiecat, sounds very typical of my first days after treatment. On day three or four you'll start noticing bronzing and peeling of the skin. I had a pinkish glow to my skin for about 7-10 days. I'm hopeful you'll be happier with your results this time around. Keep us posted.
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Did you have the fraxel repair or the fraxel restore? I also got the white bumps on my chin but they soon disappeared. It took 9 days for my swelling to go down to normal and go out in public. I had the fraxel repair which is the most aggressive of the fraxels. I absolutely love my results. Just posted a 3 month after pic. Hope your results are what you have expected. Sounds like all is going well for you. Good luck and continue posting.
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still loving the results..over a year and a half after

with make up 1 year 8 months after

update 02/15/2014

have not had any more procedures done.....I use sunscreen religiously ( applying a few times a day, everyday) . When I look at my before picture the results still amaze me!
Hi. I am new to this site. But was hoping you could update me on your procedure. I have a consultation for Fraxel Repair in a few weeks. I am 52 with sun damage. You look awesome. My plan is to have my whole face done. Did you have it done under your eyes?
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Hi and Thank you. I did have fraxel repair done on my whole face including under my eyes with more intensity around the mouth area because that is where a lot of my wrinkles were. When I look at my before pics it still amazes me as to the difference. Good luck on your procedure and I hope your results are amazing also.
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@Cali lady- Thank you for responding. :-)
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2 years after fraxel repair

You look incredible. I am having Fraxel on Friday 10-3-2014. I have acne scars and sun damage. I'm 53 years old. You gave me lots of hope.
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I must add it looked very painful at first.
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You look so beautiful!!! Did the procedure hurt at all?
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Dr. Elizabeth Stratte

Going to consultation, researching and talking to past patients. Was referred to doctor by the Fraxel website.

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