I admit, I almost cancelled my appointment after reading some of the horror stories on this board, but I decided to forge ahead. I had my first fraxel treatment today. Yes, it was a little uncomfortable in spots, like around the lips and the upper eyelids, where it felt like nips of static electricity. But I hardly felt it on the rest of the face.
It's now 6 hours later and I can hardly see that anything was done to my face at all, except for a little redness. And the technician told me she was pretty aggressive for my first treatment. The other reason I'm glad I went was that I got my first really close look at my own skin, after they took the photos and showed them to me.
My gosh -- at age 55, I have a lot more sun damage than I really appreciated. I lived for a number of years in the tropics, and always used sunscreen, but I guess it wasn't enough.
I have a lot of pigmentary changes plus some fine wrinkles around the eyes. But mostly, what I seem to have is incredibly dry and inflamed skin. The technician (she works in a practice supervised by two M.D.'s) spent a lot of time after the treatment emphasizing preventive skin care, and I came home with a number of moisturizing products, plus a recommended sunscreen.
After half a century of pretty much ignoring my skin, I'm now going to be scrupulous about taking care of it. Anyway, so far, I'd consider Fraxel a breeze. I'm going for the full five treatments. (They told me I need them. And I agree.) I know I'm supposed to answer the question: "was it worth it?" It's too early to say. But for now, I'll just check "yes."