Two months ago an oculoplastic surgeon performed ptosis repair, and upper and lower eyelid lifts for me. After the surgery I still had some tiny bumps and wrinkles around my eyes. I was told to go to Dr. Amron's office in Beverly Hills for laser resurfacing. His medical group is well known and they are often on TV shows showing before and after patients and patient makeovers (I never saw the TV shows). On my own I consulted with a couple other doctors who do laser but felt Dr. Amron was more knowledgeable, experienced and his price was more affordable than others doing the same procedure. Other doctors doing this same procedure require patients to be put under by an anesthesiologist in an operating room, which shoots the price up to be nearly double. Dr. Amron explained to me before the surgery that the CO2 laser reconstructing is a serious procedure and wanted to make sure I understood the 7-10 day recovery period and what the laser would initially do to my face. He told me for 17 years he did this procedure in an operating room with an anesthesiologist but for the last 2 years with this CO2 machine they are able to do the procedure in his office. Sometimes patients are given Demerol but I had nobody to drive me home so I took no painkillers.The beauty of the CO2 machine is that only one treatment is necessary but the recovery time is 7-10 days. Other lasers require 3-4 treatments but the down time after each treatment is much less at 3-4 days. I felt I wanted the best and most thorough available so I opted for the one treatment CO2 machine.
I had absolutely no preparation prior to the surgery. A very friendly assistant applied numbing cream all over my face and I had to wait an hour.to numb my face. I would be lying if I didn't say the procedure definitely is painful and I can understand why some people with a low tolerance for pain should be under a general anesthetic or at least take a pain killer like Demerol or Vicodin. The good news is Dr. Amron is an expert and performed with procedure thoroughly and completely and was extrememly reassuring to me throughout the one hour it took to laser my entire face. The laser is like a needle with heat and Dr. Amron makes a pattern and dots the entire face with the laser, making sure to blend by the neck and ears so there is no line when all heals. I truly felt I was in competent hands throughout the resurfacing.
Immediately Dr. Amron finished, my face just looked red and felt dry. Ice cold towels were put on my face for approximately an hour to help with the heat feeling in my face. No pain at all after this procedure but definitely feels like a very bad sunburn. I woke up the morning after the laser with a very puffy face and my eyes can barely open because they are swollen. I specifically had asked Dr. Amron to focus on my eyes since that was my initial reason for the laser restructuring.
Dr. Amron is an outstanding physician with an expertise in the revolutionary CO2 laser. I am so happy that I found him!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!