At 55 I have taken really good care of my skin and don't look my age. But still the signs of ageing were starting to show and I could see what my skin would be like in a few years and wanted to keep that from happening. I really did my due dilligence and read up on all the proceedures and saw several doctors. (reading some peoples posts on here it is obvious they did not do this). I knew exactly what was going to happen. I chose CO-2 Fractional which is more aggressive and you only need one or 2 treatments. Co-2 Fractional is NOT 'Fraxel' which is less aggressive and requires 4 or more sessions.
I went to a few offices where the person who talked to me was a office manager. BIG RED FLAG! The doctor preforming the proceedure should be the one talking to you at a first meeting. No exceptions. Also letting anyone but a doctor do this proceedure to you is very foolish. ( would you let your hygentist do a root canal?). I opted for a Doc 45 miles away in DC when there were plenty close to me becouse he had done over 1500 proceedures and he's the only one I got a really good vibe from. Fealing great about you doctor is really important! His price was also very competitive which was quite nice but not a decision maker.
I had my face and neck done with the Mixto laser. The result are VERY good. Very noticable skin tightening, improved skin texture, dead even skin tone, diminishing of fine lines. A general younger fresh look whitout the obvious effect of a face lift. I was saving money for an s-lift that I thought I'd have in about 3 years. But thats definately on hold. I will have additional Co-2 fractional treatments and feel like I can push the s-lift off till my 61st or beyond.
I can say you need to realize that the first week all the things the doc says will happen indeed will! You will swell, peel, perhaps get a few scabs, look pretty bad for a few days to a week. Just be patient this passes fairly quickly. Personaly I took 2000mg of vitiman e daily the first week and I healed amazingly fast. I also switched to aloe vera gel ( with the docs OK) on the 4 day, and I could literally feal the healing effect happening after I applied it. I am very glad I did this proceedure. Particularly now and not 3 years from now when the signs of ageing would have been more pronounced. The consensis is I look about 8 year younger and well, just fresher. Four Stars all around! I will post pics soon.