Matrix CO2 Laser for Acne Scaring - Cenntenial, CO

So I finally bit the bullet and purchased a...

So I finally bit the bullet and purchased a groupon for Laser Asthetics of Colorado- skin-resurfacing and tightening treatment. After biting said bullet, i finally made an appointment...
But first, some background...
i've had acne since i was about 16- constant and annoying, yes, earth shattering and soul-crushing, no. BUT, i hit about 22 and the proverbial excrement hit the air conditioner. CYSTIC, terrible, horrible acne, mostly on the lower part of my face- chin and jaw. it was terrible, painful, and just gross. of course, i tried to self medicate and just made things worse. i finally went to a derm and he got me on Accutane. the stuff was a miracle, EXCEPT the initial purging, which brought scarring to my cheeks. Cleared up the cystic stuff asap, though. Doc never told me to wear sun screen or anything like that. Just take that and two forms of BC... fine. I was on that for roughly 6 months (?) and had to go one it for a little while a few years down the road. So, here I am, 34, and i have acne scarred skin.
I've tried sooooooooooo many things. Ematrix was the first- that was a huge debacle and i don't even want to start. I only had one treatment. I had ben researching microneedling for years- like 10 years- and finally decided to give that a go. I did 3 treatments and should have done more. I went to a plastic surgeon's office and had pretty good results. The laser chick kept saying that i should really consider laser, that ematrix sublative crap was total BS, and i should shoot for the CO2. at like $3500 a pop? nope. sorry. Not a possibility. Anyway, she gave me Riffissa and sent me on my way.
I had pretty good results- and yes, it does take about 6 months to hit it's full on potential. the Rifissa on the other had was making me look so OLD! wrinkles galore (which really haven't been too big of an issue)- scars were connecting and creating lines, ugh..... i don't care how many times i read that Retin-A only improves things- it did not for me. my skin never adjusted to it, either.
So, on the the present. My groupon. this is how it has unfolded so far.
I called the place to set up a consult, assuming they would want to see my skin before making any decisions... Nope! Consultation is over the phone! WHAT? um, ok... I said i was using it for acne scars and she siad it usually takes about 3 treatments and to expect a longer down time... Ok- i've heard all of this before. I asked about side effects... Fat loss, thinning skin- she suggested that i do research. um, i did- that's how i knew to ask about it... She said that there haven't been any issues and the most side effects are swollen, red skin. Ok. Well, I said, what kind of machine are you using? Matrix CO2 laser- abalative. Ok, cool. She didn't get more specific and apparently she wasn't in the office, so i figured she didn't know the make of it off hand. She told me to get Cetaphil and take some Tylenol before the procedure and nothing about antibiotics, numbing cream, etc...
It's making me a bit nervous that she doesn't need to see my skin first...
This place seems to have good reviews and the Doc who runs the place is Board Certified Plastic Surgeon and Surgeon (but derma?), so that's good, but I believe that someone else is doing the actual procedure (I spoke with a woman named Susan).
So i researched and i found a great review of Susan specifically, but that's all I have found. I'm really, REALLY nervous about it. I'm considering just doing a consultation even if they charge me just so i can get some reassurance. I also asked her about prices on microneedling and TCA peels, in case i have to spit out that bullet and try something a bit less invasive...
I'll keep everyone posted and post some before pics once i do the deed.

Chickend out

Well, i ended up changing my mind about the CO2- too many risks and I cannot afford the recommended three treatments anyway. I also can't afford trying to fix side effects if they occur. I'm sticking with microneedling, a retinol product, and peels. So this review with this title is pointless. I will do one under the microneedling category instead.
Laser Asthetics of Colorado

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