I had fraxel done several years ago with a modest improvement.
I did Botox and juvederm after that. Few times over the next few years. I went in a few weeks ago ( and saw the doctor who had taken over the practice) to have a touch up and was encouraged to have the dual fraxel to help with tone and the brown spot I had developed on the sides of my cheeks.
The recovery was much worse than previous treatments. Instead of being 90% improved on the third day, the swelling was even worse. By the 6 th day the swelling was almost down ,but I had to take the contact out of my left eye as it was dry. The following morning I could not smile raising my upper lip on either side. The left side was almost non existent along with inability to completely close the eye lid.
I called the doctor and was told that he was out of town until Monday. I was told to come in Monday 10 am. Then I got a call at 9:30 saying it was cancelled and rescheduled for Tuesday at noon. I came in then and sat in the waiting room for over an hour. I called my GP s practice (she had moved away) They could not get me in but advised to get immediate care. I went to the urgent care clinic (where I received a call 47 minutes after I left ( 1 hr 47 min after my appt). The urgent care doctor thought it was bells palsy but was concerned that there may be something else since it affected both sides.
After some research I have found that the chance for complete recovery is much better if you are treated within 48 hr. so I missed that window. I am on my 48 th hr of treatment and may have slight improvement on my right side. I have an appt with a neurologist on dec 27.
And those vertical lines on my cheeks are still there
I really believe the swelling brought on this problem especially on the right side. The post op swelling was very severe along my jaw line and cheeks right where the nerve that innervates your upper lip and lacrimal gland travels.