I purchased the laser pixel on a groupon for $99. My friends and I had gone to this medspa before and had great results, (I did IPL photofacial on face and chest, botox ect) so I trusted them. The staff minimized the downtown. I had it on a Friday afternoon at 5:00 and had to be back at work by the next Tuesday, which I assumed would be plenty of time!
The laser itself hurt like hell! I left with the numbing cream on, which soothed some of the pain. They made it sound as if my face would dry up, peel, then by Monday be back to normal. They did give me pre/post care instructions that were more detailed. The next few days my skin was extremely TIGHT and uncomfortable. It was like wearing a clay mask on your face, but you can't take it off!! I wore a baseball hat and layed low all weekend. You definitely don't want to go out in public.
By Monday I called the spa and was in a total panic..was my face ever going to be normal again!!?? I literally had anxiety that I had made a huge mistake and should have gone to a Dr. and I had ruined my skin. It had almost a gridlike appearance, with tiny scab marks on it. Here it was almost four days later and still super tight and uncomfortable. They acted as if I was being dramatic (which I admit I tend to be) but I had to be back at work Tuesday. I looked like a crazy women and was going to call in sick!
The next day when I woke up it actually started flaking off my chin and nose. I did go to work but felt insecure about it. I feel you should know that you need a good 7 days to recover completely. I think if I had known that going into it I would have been more relaxed. It's Wednesday now (I had it done last Fri) The skin has finally started flaking off (VERY SLOWLY) and they were right, the skin underneath is like a baby's butt. It is VERY SOFT and pretty.
My cheeks and forehead are still a little tight with the grid marks. I'm at work and have makeup on. People aren't really noticing. The spa ran a special 3 treatments for $600, which I went ahead and purchased because it was such a great deal, however I don't know that I'm going to be able to give up another week of downtime like this anytime soon.
The results thus far seem to be really nice. The skin that is coming out is beautiful and soft. I'll check back in a few days once everything is back to normal. It reminds me of a snake sort of shedding it's skin, with new beautiful skin underneath. I am a little shocked by how much people are paying for this treatment. I know in Houston if you keep an eye out, and make sure the place is reputable, there are places that run great specials...fyi!