I am 53 but look 30's. I had very good, light skin. Was starting to see a little sagging and wanted to remove fine lines around eyes and on forhead.
I am entering my third day post treatment. All is going as described by P.A. that administered treatment. She was excellent, by the way. Skilled, knowledgable and professional. I felt very safe with her.
Anticipation was the biggest problem for me because I had nice skin going into this and was afraid that the procedure would change my complexion. Still worried. I can say that the wrinkles around my eyes are gone. I had a skin tag on the side of my nose that is gone. My skin is also tight.
The procedure was much less painful than I imagined. I was most sensitive around my lips and eyes. I thought the the worse was the hour after the procedure. My face was so hot it scared me, but the pain was gone in about an hour. No pain after that.
I did not require any pain medication except for the gel that they use before the treatment. They left it on over an hour which probably helped alleviate the pain during the procedure.
I am now around 56 hours post procedure and am still quite red. The redness has faded quite a bit though. It first started to fade on my forehead and is working its way down to my neck.
I did have quite a bit of swelling on my cheeks. That has gone down and I have developed some swelling between my eyes and nose. Not sure if is due to an infection of the tear ducts or just a standard swelling. No signs of an infection such as redness or pus.
I did have a lot of oozing of blood and liquid in the first 24 hours but that is all gone.
My provider was smart to put me on an Antiviral drug 4 days before treatment and 3 days post. Even if you do not have cold sores you must take this medication! This is very important! She also had me on an antihistamine before treatment and then post treatment. I am still taking 50 mg of Benedryl twice a day. As soon as swelling goes down, I will stop.
I started to itch last night and it was very uncomfortable. I decided to soak my face in the vinegar solution and then wash it. I removed a lot of flaked off skin. After that, the itching stopped. The dead skin was causing the itching!
I did get some of those white dots, which look like giant pimples. Mostly on my chin. They tend to wash away. I don't think that they are infections because they are not painful and there is no redness present. I think that they are part of the procedure and may have a lot to do with the occlusive ointment.
The most important things that I have learned so far are:
1.Do not panic!
2.Take an antiviral!
3.If you are prone to acne and breakouts, take an antibiotic!
4.Keep you skin moist with the Eucerine for at least 4 days. Plaster it on. Do not let the skin dry out!
5.Wash your face 3 times a day with the Cetaphil.
6.Buy an antibacterial handsoap and use it often AND ALWAYS before you touch your face during the washing sessions.
7.Definately use the vinegar soaks. Use sterile gauze with the soaks. The soaks are soothing and will help to keep your skin sterilized.
8. Eat healthy foods to strengthen your immune system and take vitamins such as E and C. I have been eating lots of green and orange vegetables, plus apples. Also, protein from Greek yogurt and eggs. A good source of protein is important.
9. Get plenty of rest.
10. Sleep on your back with head elevated above your heart.
11. Drink plenty of water and start several days before your procedure. You want your skin hydrated for the procedure and then after procedure.
12. Buy a wide brimmed hat. You will need it for your drive home and then post procedure.
13. Have someone drive you home. You will be too worried to drive. The pain is manageable but the stress before and after will make driving dangerous.