I had my first fraxel treatment done on 12-29-2010 in Jacksonville, Florida. The total cost is $3060 for three treatments. Pain went away an hour after treatment but I was slightly swollen and pink.
The next morning I woke up extremely swollen (my eyes almost swollen shut) and extremely red. I am currently on my third day and I woke up only slightly swollen, pink but flaking. During my procedure I didn't have any numbing gel applied or any pain meds prescribed. I asked about the numbing gel and was told by the nurse that she has had the procedure done on herself both ways and she stated that the numbing gel is a waste. I was told that the next procedure will be longer and more painful.
So now I'm having aniexty about it. The first treatment was painful and I always thought I had a high tolerance for pain. Is it normal not to have numbing gel? The verdict is still out whether this procedure was worth it or not. I'm hoping that by Sunday that the swelling will be completely be gone and I can cover up any redness with make up.