I just finished my 3rd (out of 4 scheduled) Fraxel Re:store a couple days ago. Definitely more swollen this time around than after the first two treatments. Redness, pain about the same.
My primary goal is to get rid of melasma and anything else it will help with (brown spots from sun/acne, wrinkles). I'm in my early 40s with fair skin that tans easily. The settings they've used have been low since they're treating melasma, but they've gone up a bit each time.
I've noticed an improvement already with the clarity of my face and hope to keep seeing improvements. No longer feel like I need to wear makeup, just a little cover-up on the melasma above my lip.