I had four treatments 6 weeks apart last year of Fraxel 2. Ther first two the settings were low and I responded well to the pain. I asked the dr. to crank up to highest setting for the last two and then I really noticed the difference. I was able to tolerate the pain w. a small dose of percocet.
My downtime was minimal-swelling that evening and two days prior, absolutely ready to go out the third day. Mineral makeup fine for covering up redness. What I've noticed is invisable pores, a bit of tightness of skin--felt like it put off the need for fillers near the mouth. Better coloring, lightening of freckles, less greasy in perioral area and less dry on forehead.
I recommend it but go for the high power to see the results. I did one treatment at the highest setting a few weeks ago and will probably do this once or twice a year as maintenance along w. suncreen and retina A.