I bought a package of 6 fraxel laser restore treatments and had my first one last Tuesday.
It hurts a little in some places, but it's not as bad as some people are claiming it to be, maybe they had restore. Make sure the freezing gel is applied an hour before they start the procedure! I have acne scars and have tried dermabrasion (not micro-dermabrasion) in the past and was not pleased with the results. I am here to help other people in my journey. I will be honest about my results and will answer any questions you make have.
My first treatment was done at a level 15 because she didn't want to scare me with the pain. A few minutes in to it she increased it to over 30 in my bad areas because she new I would be okay. Driving home I was really hot and even turned on the air conditioning to cool down my face. As stated in all the reviews it feels like a really bad sunburn, almost to the point of you questioning why you did this to yourself. Don't worry it calms down. I didn't have much swelling the next day so I went out and looked fine, but had to put makeup on to hide the redness. It was the 3rd and 4th day that was hard for me because your skin flakes and you can't really put makeup on to cover it for it would look like a mess! So far I'm happy and I do see a little improvement in some of my scars, which I did not expect on my first treatment. The lady doing my laser is claiming that I will see 80% improvement, which I'm not holding her to, but she is adament! The place I go to is one of the first to carry the new fraxel machine in Toronto, I've seen articles on it.
I know the feeling of wanting nice skin, so please don't be discouraged by the bad reviews on here. Some of the reviews are very old and Fraxel has since been revised. Some people are talking about discolouration, which I think is due to not enough sun screen being used. This needs to be applied every 2 hours if you're in the direct sunlight...VERY IMPORTANT!
So good luck and I will keep you posted on my progress.