4 treatments. Lots of discomfort after, lots of swelling and redness, e.g. couldn't really go anywhere for at least a day, preferably a couple of days (and that's w/constant ice packs, lots of makeup).
After the flaking stage, I actually loved my skin, it looked beautiful. However, about 9 months after my last treatment I went to Florida. Even though I was lathered w/sunscreen and reapplied every 1/2 hours, I ended up with bad melasma typle brown areas--seem to mirror some of the laser passes in shape. These have not gone away, even though it's been 10 months since the melasma 1st appeared. I am leery of spending additional $$$ on fraxel, though my doctor insists that this is the cure for my melasma.