When I had a chemical peel before I found the downtime was higher than I expected, plus I had some scabby spots that I was afraid would scar (luckily healed fine). The laser peel is supposed to be more even and a better way to remove the top layers of skin compared to the chemical peels. I did not do my forehead because I have some melasma and have been told some laser or chemical peels can aggravate the condition and show up darker than it was originally.
The procedure didn't hurt too much but I was more uncomfortable than the chemical peel. The chemical peel felt like an even heat while the laser was more abrupt. I was more jumpy because the laser sound and initial touch startled me especially when it would start in a place I wasn't expecting or you could see flashes of the laser light (eyes closed protected by metal eyecovers but could sense the brightness around edge) . It reminds me of electrolysis as far as pain level. Uncomfortable but not bad. Around my eyes was more sensitive especially on the 2nd pass so the esthetician gave me some lidocaine gel which made a huge difference. I should have asked for that right away as well as taken a couple ibuprofen and maybe I wouldn't have been so jumpy.
I wasn't too red immediately after the procedure at 4pm but by 6pm my skin was tender, quite red and had increased inflammation. 3 ibuprofen did the trick to forget about it. It felt like a really bad sunburn. By 10pm my face was much less pink and I didn't have the tenderness. In the morning it was even better. The office used the Visia camera before the procedure and in a week or so I'll hop back to see if that camera can detect any changes. Since it is healing so quickly I'm guessing that I may only notice a refreshed look but not much impact to fine lines. At $100 and such low down time, this would be a good peel to do a few times a year in order to make progress on the fine wrinkles without breaking the bank or creating anxiety about the procedure and recovery pain.