I really had no clue what I was getting myself in to so I came to my appointment about an hour early to begin the numbing process(as suggested by my doctor), in hindsight I wish I would've taken a painkiller more potent than Advil also. The process itself was INCREDIBLY painful. I have 10 tattoos(some located on my sides and inner arm) and this did not even compare to hours long tattoo sessions, which I honestly have never thought hurt worse than stubbing your toe. So yeah, it was pretty brutal and the smell was ungodly, but it only lasted about 4 minutes for the lower 3/4 of my face.
The healing process wasn't so much painful as it was uncomfortable and tedious. My doctor instructed me to soak my face in vinegar/water mix and whole milk about every 3 hours(a little longer if I kept it covered with saran wrap) followed by aquaphor. This process was just annoying, my face felt very tight, and I looked like packaged lunch meat wrapped up in all that saran wrap.
It's now 4 days post treatment and my skin is looking and feeling a lot better, my treatment wasn't nearly as severe as I've seen in some of the youtube videos, thankfully. I went in for my follow up appointment where my doctor did microderm abrasion and let me know that the only reason I was still seeing the grid marks was because I don't drink nearly enough water.
I'm looking forward to seeing the true results in the coming months, most importantly in my engagement photos, so I will be able to judge if this was all worth it. I mean seriously, it hurt like a MF.