I'm 36 years old with fairly good skin. I decided to do this for preservation & maintenence. I had some age spots and a few chicken pox scars and a slight amount of tiny wrinkles. I've had three children with serious weight gain and loss associated with that. I was concerned with the laxity of my skin. The Dr. said that this would restore my skin to my early 20's.
The numbing cream was applied for almost an hour. Then she came in and wiped it off and cleaned my face with alcohol and something that smelt like acetone. I was immediately taken to the laser chair where they allowed my hubby to hold my hand during the procedure. He started and about a quarter of the way through I could not handle the pain so the Dr. gave me a shot of Versed(sp?). The smell of burning flesh is pretty bad. I don't remember anything after that. When I regained my conciousness I was at home and 2 hours had passed. Wheww..
For the next 3 hours my face burned like HECK! I thought I made a really bad decision. The 4th hour it just stopped burning. I was so thankful. I immediately started to swell. My face was a hot pink color and swelling rapidly. The grid marks started to appear 6 hours post laser. I kept my face moist with the cream/salve and iced it on a hourly basis with the cold packs the Dr. provided. I must say that frozen peas in a zip-lock bag works wonders also.
I'm taking Zovarax to make sure I don't get a fever blister. It's important to finish the whole bottle of that. The Dr. told me that if you've EVER had a feverblister you really need Zovarax. I was also told not to let my face dry out.
It's 48 hours post laser now and I am in NO PAIN. None what-so-ever. My face is starting to itch and it's driving me crazy. There appears to be the formation of crusting in small areas. I guess the peeling will begin. The swelling is still pretty bad but seems to be dinimishing a bit. I'll update more later.