I had a complete laser resurfacing 6 days ago and so far it looks fantastic. I chose to have it with twilight anesthesia since I was also doing my lower eyes. My doctor used the Total FX laser. I am just under 50 and wanted to diminish fine lines and scars from cystic acne.
After the surgery I was extremely swollen - chipmunk face and eyes were barely open. The anesthesiologist recommended that I take benadryl and Tylenol PM to sleep and reduce the swelling. I went to sleep for 4 hours and after that started the regimen of icing for 20 mins per hour plus washing with cetaphil 6 times per day and application of Aquafor. No vinegar soaks for this laser. I also used Arnica tablets (available at a homepathic pharmacy) for 2 days prior and 2 days following to reduce swelling and bruising around the eyes. For icing I used a herbal beauty mask from Earth Therapeutics which I put in the freezer for 30 mins. It felt fantastic.
After 2 days the swelling was way down and I started to turn very red from the laser. Days 4 and 5 everything peeled off easily. Even though Aquafor does keep in the heat it really helps keep skin moist and aids the healing. It is now day 6 and I look almost normal just a little pink in areas. I also used Calendula gel under the Aquafor and took homeopathic calendula tablets which is a remedy for burns.
Between the laser and eye lift I have no lines around my eyes and my skin is very smooth. The acne scars are diminished but the deeper ones are still noticeable to me. They do say though that it takes time for the collagen to rebuild.
Overall I am very pleased so far and will report back in a few weeks.
Note - this is a serious procedure, make sure you go to a great doctor and give yourself at least a week to recover.