Had Fraxel Repair done 11/12/11 and I am doing okay. :-) Grateful the procedure went well and the week is over. I am 40 years old with a mix of ice pick, box and rolling scars. Been on Accutane twice. Accutane saved me. I was very lucky I did not experience any side effects. Last time on Accutane was 12 years ago.
The actual procedure was cake. :-) My amazing Nurse Nicole from PA was incredible because I went to my treatment feeling a lot of emotions...excited, nervous, vulnerable...etc. This was big for me since I never did anything like this before. I was given a nice cocktail of antibiotics, predisone, valum and valtrex. Every step was explained to me throughout the process. Then Nicole covered my face with a numbing gel. A little while later the Doctor came in and gave me nerve blockers which made me very happy. Just shoot me up I don't care. The more the merrier. I don't like pain. In fact I felt nothing. No pain :-). After the actual laser procedure...my Doctor told me I did very well and told me to come back in three days for follow up. Nurse Nicole applied wet gauze and then put some ointment on me and then finally a lovely white cotton mask to cover the entire face. The mask is hilarious.
Followed the post laser instructions...antibiotics and valtrex for the next 6 days. Also, I got one more dose of predisone for the second day to help with the swelling. Distilled water- soaks, aquaphor. When I got home and removed the mask all I had was a little swelling, some pin point bleeding. Not bad. The second day was much more swelling, more pin point bleeding, redness. No pain. In fact I didn't take any tylenol- did not need.
On the third day went back for follow up and told my doctor I was concerned that I looked okay. I just thought I was going to look like a truck had hit me. She explained she went as aggressive as she could with my skin color. I am Greek not olive but rather medium. For a greek I am light. Natural beige foundation is my color. She mentioned a Fitzpatrick level but cannot recall. I guess I wanted to see results and felt like...the procedure didn't do much. I still see my acne scars but maybe there is about a 20% improvement. Not sure...have to wait for the micro swelling, redness to go down. My nurse took several photos of me pre-procedure. I am hoping they will take new photos at next appointment end of December so I can see if there is any improvement. Improvement in scars, overall skin.
I keep reading improvements are seen 3-6 months after treatment because the collagen is repairing itself.
All in all, my doctor told me I will be happy with the results. She is confident so I will stay optimistic. In addition to the meds I also took my multi and extra vitamin C and drank lots of water. The one thing I should have had and did not was a humidifier. If you plan to do this during the cold months or even in the summer with AC running please get a humidifier. Your skin will love you for it. During the healing period it is important to keep your skin moist. Looking forward to my follow up end of December. Happy Holidays!