10th November 2012
Michelle Watts, Born 26/02/67, Aged 45.
Today I went to have an Active FX treatment in Salt Lake City, Utah.
This is my personal experience, please remember that everyone is different so your experience although will be similar will not be exactly the same. This is just a guide so you can gain some insight into what takes place.
I took 400 mg of acyclovir before bed last night and again this morning. I arrived at the clinic at 8.50am, was greeted warmly. I filled out the paper work which asked me about certain past and present conditions like: clotting problems, pregnant, are you taking tetracycline, are you prone to keloid scarring and other questions.
My Doctor came in and we chatted about the procedure and after care. I felt in very experienced hands but I had done a lot of research choosing my Doctor.
I was also given a cleanser and cream (Epionce Medical Barrier Cream) to use after the treatment. I chatted about sun screen and although I do have sunscreen I decided to buy a mineral powder sun protection from the clinic. I was also given a lot of information regarding after care with step by step instructions. Then I took 800 mg of Ibuprofen.
I then had topical anaesthetic placed on my face. This was left on for one hour. My face did become very numb including my lips even though the cream was only put around them. After the hour I was asked to wash my face. Washing a numb face feels a little odd.
I laid down on a clinic couch and my Doctor placed topical anaesthetic drops into my eyes. After a few seconds inter ocular eye shields were placed inside my eyes. These felt odd but did not hurt ( and I'm not use to having anything in my eyes.) The procedure was not as bad as I was expecting but everyone does have different pain thresh holds. Mine I think is quite high I suppose as I have had three babies without using any pain relief, all natural births.
My face did start to feel hot and pulsing. Ice was applied to the area before each section was treated which helped a lot. The Doctor explained that the forehead, around the mouth and under the eyes are more sensitive. The treatment took about 15-20 minutes.
After the procedure was finished my whole face felt really hot and pulsing. Dr removed the eye shields and flushed my eyes. Vision a little blurred afterwards. A thick layer of cream was applied to my face so I looked very shiny. I was given a bag of ice to take with me.
It was snowing outside and I was looking forward to standing outside in the cool air. Once outside I felt no different, face still burning.
Then I got in a taxi to go back to the hotel and the heater was on full in the cab.....my face was starting to become quite uncomfortable with the added heat.
I'm sat on the bed writing this and my face is starting to feel more comfortable. Not burning but still a little hot and tight. In fact probably about 70% better. It has been 80 minutes since the end of the procedure.
I have not needed to use the ice pack.
Will be taking Acyclovir 400mg twice a day for the next 7 days.
I can cleanse my skin tomorrow for the first time but not tonight.
If I feel itchy I will take Phenergan, I will probably take one tonight before I go to bed.
I will need to sleep on my back tonight. I will probably sleep propped up a little.
Dr told me that tomorrow morning my eyes will be very swollen.
I'm going to a friends for tea tonight......I hope I don't look too bad.
It's now four hours since procedure and my face feels fine, no burning at all. I have put some cream on as I'm not allowed to let my face become dry. The skin on my face feels completely dry to touch. By that I mean rough under my fingers. Under my eyes have become more swollen and I'm not sure if I'm imagining this but the areas of pigmentation are looking darker already. I have one tiny pin prick of blood on my left cheek. My face isn't oozing or raw at all.
Was told that tomorrow when I first cleanse that my face will feel bruised.
At the moment my vision is blurry but only because the cream has started to seep into my eyes.
I don't think I look too scary so should be okay to go out later. Just really don't like having a shiny face.
I did go out that evening and was honest about what I had done and my friends were really interested. One said that her friend had it done and she had problems after. This is why it is important to do your research first before choosing a doctor.
She is really looking forward to seeing my results.
Had my 400mg of Acyclovir and 50 mg of phenergan before bed. I didn't sleep very well mainly because I am a side sleeper and you have to lie on your back.
I started off half sitting up to sleep but I was very uncomfortable. Nothing to do with my face as that feels just fine, no pain at all.
Don't yawn with a big mouth, makes cheeks feel very tight!
Would you be interested in me posting my day by day diary with photos? Let me know.