CO2 Laser: Worth It But DON'T DO BOTOX/DYSPORT at the Same Time - Sarasota, FL
- updated 11 months ago
I had a CO2 laser treatment under my eyes to firm...
- 18 Dec 2012
I had a CO2 laser treatment under my eyes to firm and smooth my skin and reduce crow's feet. I felt some pain/discomfort during the treatment (especially the multiple shots for the local anesthetic - OMG! Not fun!) but the laser part was tolerable. My face stung pretty badly for several hours afterward and I was very swollen and red/bruised for the first several days. The skin sloughed off by day 6 and revealed wonderfully smooth (though raw) new skin in the treated area. I still see some swelling (it's been a month) but the worst was over at about two weeks. I am very happy with how my eyes look. BUT...(There is a but...) I now realize I should not have agreed to my PS’s recommendation to use Dysport to help maintain the smoothness where there used to be crow’s feet. I could kick myself! In my case, the swelling from the laser treatment has apparently caused the Dysport to migrate to the muscles that control my smile/upper lip. I woke up on Day 7, and I literally could not smile or make any expression with my middle or lower face. I normally have a very expressive face and I’m a friendly, happy person but you would never know it. I do not look like myself and I absolutely hate that I can’t smile. It is extremely disconcerting to know that I am going to look like this for two or three more months until the Dysport wears off. Bottom line, my eyes look 10 years younger and that portion was well worth it – but I would NEVER recommend doing to the two procedures at once. I desperately want my smile back.
It's now been 9 weeks and though I finally started...
- 23 Jan 2013
There are times I find it seriously distressing (and depressing) but I try to stay hopeful things will continue to improve in the coming months. Normally a strong extrovert who laughs easily, I have definitely not felt (or looked) like myself. I am beginning to come back out of my shell but let me tell you, this has been a long couple of months.
I am satisfied with the laser work under my eyes. They still look smooth and I am completely free of the redness now -- to the point where I could easily go without makeup.
This site is a great source of information -- I wish I'd have investigated this particular combination of procedures here before giving the green light. Live and learn, huh?