One treatment to remove a few lines in between my brows. Or so I'd thought. Treatment was (so I've been told) within recommended range of joules /pulses. Not sure I believe it. But I never would have expected the outcome with this type of laser. After 4 days, my pores opened up like I'd never seen in my life! And they weren’t just pores, they were wavy scaley HUGE pores. I had been using Dermablend matte makeup for years and now I couldnt even put it on because it was like painting an orange peel. I threw it out. But my damage got much worse. I had intense heat in my face and scalp that was imaginable for weeks, and it continued to the point I thought I was going to die. My head was not just melting but heating up ice packs.
My doctor took zero responsibility - in fact tried to tell me I had hyperthyroidism? What?! My internal med doc said I could have gotten nerve damage, which explains the heat and unregulated temperatures in my head.
And still the damage continued... pin prick scars, white scars, depression in the left of my nose, crepey tissue like skin on my once smooth forehead that would not ever hydrate. I couldn’t fix anything, treat anything, hydrate anything. I went on a raw diet to heal from the inside out, but it didn’t really help. I could only splash cold water on my face FOR A YEAR because everything else I put on it felt like ACID. A year of no makeup, cream, anything! Imagine having to splash cold water on your face several times a day to help with inflammation and pores because there was no other treatment. It was only until a year or so I started using a cream to help “fix” the damage. But nothing can fix this… maybe time can lessen it. The inflammation and heat have gone away, but the texture damage remains. My scaley pores, dry skin, scars. One treatment with a “non invasive” “safe” laser. Don’t believe the hype. There is no magic bullet to anti-aging and here you are putting a laser to your face. The risks outweigh the benefits in this scenario tenfold.
DON’T DO IT. I wish I could go back to that day. I wish I’d never heard of this doctor. I wish… But we can only move forward and hope that time will lessen the appearance of the damage. If you want nice skin, use sunscreen, eat raw foods, and find a good skin care regimen You’ll see results. It may not be overnight, the magic bullet, but do you really want to live with the regrets? I suggest before you check out ANY laser, to go visit the ipl and laser damage site. Google it. There are photos. There are stories. Be informed. This is a dangerous industry with no accountability. When something goes wrong, your doctor will not be there for you, I guarantee it. You will be blamed or told it’s in your head or always was like that. I have the before/after photos. I have the witnesses to the horror and the aftermath of me becoming a hermit for 6 months until I eventually left my job and moved across the country. This has been my cross to bear.