I did this because of my age. I am 50 years old. I...
I did this because of my age. I am 50 years old. I thought I would try the laser instead of using botox or fillers to see if it works. I have never used botox, or fillers. I thought I would start with a small area of my face to see how it works with my skin. This is my first laser treatment.
I had only local anesthesia. They numbed my eye area at least 30 minutes before. Gave me one valium to relax. In the clinic they put numbing drops in both eyes, protective lens over my inner eyes, and gave me several numbing injections around each eye area. The procedure was quick. I did need to take medicine for pain the first few days.
I am now on day 4 and will keep you posted on the result.
Friday Day 5 after treatment.
Starting to itch like crazy. Stopped taking Tylenol for pain starting day 4 the pain is gone. Have some bruising. Just using Vaseline to keep the area moist. Used an experienced surgeon for this treatment. The yellow old skin is peeling and the pink new skin is more and more evident. All the swelling is now gone. It looks just like a sunburn, once the swelling stops. Still red and pink.
Sun, Day 7 after treatment
All the swelling and itching is completely gone. Definitely by day 6 I could put makeup on. There has been no bleeding. I have been using cold sore medication to avoid cold sores. Started these 2 days before the treatment.
Monday Day 8, Laser is a C02 Erbium laser
The laser used was similar to an erbium laser. Because of my age the laser treatment went deep. I was given a moisturizer to use 1 month before the treatment. I placed this moisturizer twice a day under my eye. This was to prepare my skin for quick healing before the procedure. I was able to wear makeup much sooner then planned. Started to use makeup on Day 6.
I was told in my follow-up appointment that I will see the full effect of this laser treatment in 2-3 months. On day 7 I was already starting to see progress. Less wrinkles, the wrinkles showing are not as deep as they were. I am looking forward to seeing the final result.
My review progress is also posted under CO2 laser treatments.
2 weeks later update.
I am seeing big progress with my right eye. Large decrease in wrinkles healing well.
2 weeks later left eye
The wrinkles before treatment were much deeper then the right eye. So far progress not so good. Hoping the wrinkles will fade more with new skin that is forming.
1 month later left eye
10 Jul 2014
2 months post
Left eye is improving. There is several large wrinkles that I hope will soon disappear. They seem less deep. But they are still there. Very hard to avoid the sunlight during the summer. Doing my best.
1 month later right eye
10 Jul 2014
2 months post
Right eye still has some pink skin. Looking awesome.
1 month, still avoiding makeup.
10 Jul 2014
2 months post
Starting to use night creams. The same one I used before the treatment. Avoiding makeup and the sun. Summer is only 4 months long so it is very hard. Will see the full effect in August.
Before and After 2.5 months later
16 Aug 2014
3 months post
I tend to wrinkle more around the eyes when I smile. I guess I squint. It was hard to get the exact same angle in the before and after pictures. I am really happy with the outcome. I think what I like best about Dr. Grace is his honesty and ethics. It is important that you can feel that you can trust your doctor. He doesn't try to sell you what you do not need. He will tell you directly if he feels you do not need a specific procedure. I will definitely do this laser procedure again sometime in the future.
6 Months in after laser treatment around eyes
17 Dec 2014
7 months post
6 months have passed since my treatment. Not all the wrinkles are gone from under my eyes from before my treatment. Especially the left eye area. But they are not as deep as before so they are less noticeable. Some lasers are not good and have had bad outcomes so you have to be really careful. I will definitely repeat this procedure using the same laser.
Getting ready to go for a 2nd treatment
It has now been almost two years. I am getting ready to go for a second treatment this time using a profractional laser.
1.5 years after treatment getting ready for Second treatment
Time really shows outcome. Around a year after my erbium laser treatment new individuals I met started guessing me at a younger age. Because this treatment removes fines lines and makes deeper lines less noticeable it knocked about 5-10 years off my face. Depending on who you ask. The deep lines are still there but less deep. I am now ready to try a 2nd treatment using a profractional laser this time. I guess this is considered almost maintenance. Not sure if the outcome will be the same. But yes the erbium laser was worth it.
You can read my new review of the profractional laser here.