I decided to get Fraxel after giving up on all sorts of lightening creams and products that are meant to treat melasma pigmentation. After I finished nursing, I went to the dermatologist who introduced the idea of using Fraxel.
It was the first time I had heard about it, so I said I would think about it. Brochure in hand I researched for more information and testimonials of others who had fraxel for pigmentation.
Online I saw lots of comments about other treatment like Intense Pulsed Light which sounded way too painful and not entirely effective.?
There wasn't much out there about Fraxel (hence my reason for sharing!). I learned that fraxel was really effective and had fast recovery time--important to me. I went for it.
In total I had 5 sessions. Let's just say I was lulled into a sense of "ah, no big deal" after my first 2 visits--spaced apart by 2-3 weeks. My dermatologist suggested I take valium before my 3rd session. I ignored him.? Oh how I regretted that. The pain for this session was intense. Tears flowed from my eyes. I would have yelled out if there wasn't anyone around. At the next dreaded two sessions I got pain meds which helped.
In each case I had swelling the day after and red skin. Some skin flaked off too...but not so much I couldn't be seen.
After all of this effort I can say it really did a great job on removing the pigmentation plus gave me much smoother skin texture.