It's been 2 months since I've had fraxel laser on my face and my experience was nothing short of a nightmare.
I am a 42 year old northern asian and I belive everything that could have possibly gone wrong went wrong with me. After 2 weeks when I should have been healed, I was left with terrible burn marks as well as ugly square grid textures. My face looked like a madras patch quilt about 5 shades darker than my skin color, or as my son put it "grid marks steam pressed into my face".
I was devastated and wanted to die. The doctor (plastic surgeon) was unbelivably cold and made me feel like I was over reacting saying that it had been only 20 days into the procedure. He gave me a tube of hyrodquinone and sent me out the door.
When I came home I searched the web to find out what could be done to heal my face but there was nothing reassuring. I truly thought the damage was irreversible.
I have been using the Obagi skin bleaching line as well as the obagi retin-a and my skin is slowly coming back. I had the Obagi from 2 years ago and although it lightened my skin I had to stop using it because back then it caused terrible breakouts, but because I was so desperate I went back to it. It has helped significantly and I now see the light at the end of the tunnel, I'm not there yet but I belive I will get there.
When I think of the hell I was in the past 2 months it makes me angry, angry at the industry and angry at myself for my vanity. Thank god I have a kind and caring husband who was supportive the entire time.
I can't tell anyone what to do, but common sense should tell you that burning your skin is a dangerous gamble. I hope my experience helps someone.