Today I went in for my first fraxel laser...
I was really freaked out by some of the reviews, but all of my friends who have done it say nothing but great things.
With regard to the pain; yes, it is hot. It's more discomfort than actual pain (I guess I must have a high threshold for pain). I was really just daydreaming the whole time and tried not the think about it. That certainly helped.
The fraxel laser was done at a level 6, and passed over 8 times. The laser used was applied in a continuous motion, unlike the zap (cube like) laser that I saw all over youtube.
Certain areas of my face were hot for a few hours, but overall I feel absolutely fine.
I know it will take at least 3 more sessions to reduce the malasma, and I am excited to see the difference.
A good friend worked at this clinic for 3 years and she highly recommend going to Bellair for this treatment because the have high standard of care, and use registered nurses to perform these types of treatments rather than technicians.
I will keep you all posted on my results.
10 hours later
I also have no puffiness, so I can hopefully go to work tomorrow without feeling overly self conscious. My skin texture is now a little rough, but that's just part of the skin sloughing process.
I also had thermage done on my eyes and I already see a difference! I was told it takes 3- 6 months to notice, but they already look less droopy.
end of day 2...
My skin feels quite tight and I can see little white milia coming through on my chin and forehead.
Earlier in the day my skin felt like sandpaper, and that has lessened significantly and it hasn't even been 48 hours.
Almost day 5
My neck still has all the same scaring and the malasma on my cheeks, forehead and above my lips has not subsided.
Hoping session 2 & 3 really make a bigger difference.
7 days post treatment
If you can deal with the bad before it gets worse, than I really recommend this treatment.
3 weeks post
My breakouts are a wee bit better, but it might also be because I started using benzoyl peroxide products a few days ago.
The melasma has been significantly reduced, and that is only after one treatment. I can't wait to do the next one and see the results.
As for skin tightening, it feels tight the first week but after that, I haven't seen an improvement in the elasticity of my skin
I really love their service!! They are all warm, friendly, and knowledgeable. The greet you with warm towel, citrus fruit water, and a variety of belgium chocolates. The cost was reasonable considering this is a high end clinic in the most prominent neighbourhood in Toronto. The also had a special going on at the moment, so I highly recommend that you take advantage.