I just had Fraxel Repair done on 6/7. I also had two other lasers, V beam and Gentle YAG, done at the same time on the same area to treat a red birthmark on most of the right side of my face. I was pretty swollen (I was bleeding some and oozing too) right after and the day after the surgery, however, my swelling seems to be going down by the hour and seems like it will be mostly gone in two days. I am at the itching stage now.
I would tell anyone having this done that you MUST get all of the following in order to avoid pain: Valium, Demerol and nerve blockers. My pain was MAYBE a 2 on a 1-10 scale. Dr. F did the Fraxel last, it was strange to actually sort of feel the skin coming off but not realy feel any pain from it. Sorry to be so graphic ;-) there has been no pain at all following the procedure.
I will keep you all posted on my progress. I'm hoping I can come back change my answer to worth it and excellent once its all healed. For now I have to say undecided.