Unhappy and Worried with Fraxel So Far

I am 41 years old and have been unhappy with the...

I am 41 years old and have been unhappy with the way my eyes have been aging (crows feet, dark circles,fine lines).  I went to a very reputable laser MD and had one very aggressive and expensive treatment.  I actually flew from CO to NY to visit this doctor.  I had a limited amount of time in NY, so this was the reason for the 1 agressive treatment.  I had awful swelling, oozing and crusting for about a week, which got visibly better day by day.  It has been 2 weeks,  and the swelling around the eyes is what is worrying me now.  There are 2 rows of "bags" under one eye and one bag under the other.  My eyes look like they have rings under them.  Every day I wake up and hope to see just the tiniest bit of improvement, but they remain unchanged.  I wish I knew that this was temporary.  I could deal with the puffieness if I knew for sure that I won't have these bags permanently.  At this point I am thinking my old eyes weren't so bad and wish I had them back.  If anyone could offer an explanation or give comments they'd be MUCH appreciated.    Sue

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Have you looked into Cortisol / Adrenal Glands as a stress problem for dark circles, and also allergies?
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Hi, I have melasma and tried IPL in the past which seemed to bring the brown tones to the surface even more. I have a Fraxel appt scheduled, however, not too psyched about it since hearing the negative issues associated with the laser. Any suggestions you can offer or pics or info 1 year post procedure may help me decide. My face is 65% covered by melasma. Kojic acid combined with 2% hydroquinone fades the discoloration but only with continuous use. I am also reading that HQ is not safe for long term use. Thanks, Ya'll
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you would have to use hydroquinone for the rest of your life and they are saying it causes cancer. The Laser created my Melasma!!! the Damage and stress of it all on my skin.
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I did one session of restore with blue dye..and didn't do anymore..
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I'm 20 months and gets worse research radiation burns... the raised white skin is dead and they turn into deep ulcer sores in the following months years...My experience..Happy to share pics so you can see what happened to me its a raised white months later ulcer sore....It gets little better than worse, little better and much worse....it will drive you mad..see a burn specialist...and have special imaging done uv spectra.... This can turn into skin cancer that can be severely disfiguring if not already.... I'm going to Johns Hopkins...Will keep informed and appreciate any input or treatments to reduce/prevent damage...Already seen the best here...This procedure has ruined my live...
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I would like to see pictures..I feel terrible for you. What settings were the Fraxel set at?
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To Awalk, sorry to hear of your misfortune with the laser. You are courageous to share your story with all of us who are seeking answers. I sincerely hope that you find help and answers through the medical community. I guess we weren't really meant to do some of the things we do to ourselves. I have tried IPL and my face is much worse after the experience. I know it is difficult for you. Try to remember that your real beauty is within and the people around you know that..as well as all of us who read your story. Best of luck to you
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my face was totally pink after 3 weeks too, but now after 4 weeks the pink is fading; doc said this might have been provoked by vitamin A cream too.
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oh yes and the dermatoligist said the the vitamin A skin cream i was using could be irritating the skin and i should stop that. i did. i avoid salt, avoid the pool, thinking the chlorine could irritate the skin and i put teabags on my eyes a few nights. actually i was dancing very intensely and aerobic-ly yesterday evening and the burning off energy and sweating seems to help eliminate.
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i went back to the dermatologist and she admitted that i had dark circles under my eyes but not the wrinkles. it has continued to improve over the past week, so possibly it will totally improve. i went to see my generalist today to ask him his opinion and he said he did indeed see dark circles and more wrinkly skin than before. i then went to see a free legal adviser this evening and she said that there's no way that i could prove any wrong-doing as it's just too subtle, not like a huge scar or something. the generalist said that since the skin is burned that it can take months to heal, which i know was true when i had some warts burnt off. all wrinkly at first, but now the skin is fine. so i hope it's the same with the under eyes. not totally sure, but i see improvement from last week(now it's been 4 weeks). i can do nothing, so i accept and hope and learn from my mistakes.
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I am now 20 days post fraxel repair and having the same issues. My eyes are baggy underneath and that was never a problem for me. My skin is kinda reddish brown. I too had problems with breaking out until I found the right face creme. I sleep sitting up and am careful with salt...... Hope things improve
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Wow! This is so informative - I am so fed up with how the skin under my eyes look and was researching the fraxel treatment but now am having second thoughts after reading this. Have your results gotten any better since this last blog?
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The skin under my eyes are a little better. The puffiness seems to be receding gradually. My face is still pink - not bronze or red. It seems better. It is now 33 days. I am hoping it will all resolve over time. Regards, Robert
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Both of my eyes were swollen, but after about the 7th day, were pretty much back to normal. On 8/12 it will be 2 weeks...that's tomorrow. I'm not sure if this is normal, but my face is completely broken out with little pimples, especially on the left side of my face, next to my cheek, near my mouth, my forehead, and the sides of my face near my eyes. I'm 44 and never in my life has my face ever broken out like this...it's embarrassing! I can't see that it really did anything wonderful. I'm going for my 2 week check up tomorrow and hopefully they can give me something to clear it up. If it's true that results occur over time, I'll be a believer, but if not, I'll feel like a fool...a poorer one at that!

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It has now been 18 days and they seem to get a little(barely noticable) better each day. The other parts of may face and next look much better. I guess I need to be patient and see where they are on my next visit to the doctor on August 22. Regards Robert
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I will 4 weeks post FR on the 25th and I'm still going through the same thing. My doctor says I'm healing fine. My entire face and neck are still bronze/red and healing seems slow. I don't have any open wounds or anything, it's only the color of my face and the issues around my eyes that concern me. Robert, did you appear bronze too? Carla
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I have the same issue. Each eye is totally different. I was curious what your doctor said. Has there been any improvement? Regards, Robert
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Hi Robert, Nope no improvement yet. Mornings are the worst for me now, since I have to put ice packs or tea bags on my eyes before I consider going out. Funny, because puffy eyes were never an issue for me. I haven't called my doctor yet. I am going to hold off until I am a month out. He is in NYC and I live in Denver, so I can't go to get looked at which is more frustrating. When did you have your treatment? Sue
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Sue, Did you have Fraxel Re:pair? I'm two weeks post Re:pair today and I still have some swelling also. My eyes are also the last area to heal, but they are getting better. Just at a slower rate than the rest of my face.
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Hi! Yes, I did have the Re:pair. Did you only have one treatment? Do you notice your eye swelling getting better on a steady basis? The thing with me is that they don't seem to be improving, almost like they've hit a plateau. It's crazy because today, I woke up to find the less swollen right eye with bigger water bags than the left! I am so nervous that I paid 4,600 dollars to look like my grandmother. Thanks for responding! Good luck with your healing! Sue
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Sue, They healing seemed steady at first, but then it kind of slowed down. I had one treatment, but my settings were high. My entire face and neck are still the bronzed/reddish color. I too have felt the concerns you decribed, but after talking to several others that had it done, I've learned that it's normal. Some days the "track marks" from the laser are gone and then the next day they reappear. Same thing with the swelling. Except the swelling in my eye area does not come and go...it's always there. I see my doctor again Monday and I will be happy to share with you what he says. Good luck with your healing also, I'm certain it will improve.
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Thanks so much for the reassurance! It makes me feel so much better knowing I am not alone in my experience. I would be so greatful if you would pass on what your doc has to say! Thank you! Sue
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