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I had Fraxel Re-pair today and it was not as painful as I thought it would be. The Dr. used the lidocaine gel for numbing and then injected lidocaine underneath the surface of the skin. Also, 5 mg Valium and 2 Percocet. I had the full face, eyes, etc. The most painful area was above the lip. My face has been oozing a lot but I have been using the vinegar/water washes every 3 hours and coating my face with Elta hydrovase and Aquaphor. Using ice packs also. I am very excited to see the final results. I am 48 years old and have had a very tired look for quite some time. I also have acnescars. Better get back to the ice packs!
The fraxel repair was just approved recently by the FDA. It's more effective than the other fraxel lasers that were used before. Since it's so new there arent many people who have had the experience of having it done. So I'm trying to find some input from people who have done it before I schedule an appointment.
So after a few months of thinking I have scheduled my Fraxel Repair laser procedure for July 22. Been waiting for this day for a long time, I hope my expectations are not to high and my recovery goes smoothly. I will try to keep you guys up to date on my progress.
I am encourage hearing about your good results. Do you know what level that your doctors used? How many treatments have you had? How long was your face red?
I am seriously thinking about Fraxel. I had a test patch done on my chest area. I am worried about potential fat loss resulting from the Fraxel or loss of skin resiliency. Did you notice anything like that? Is there a trade off for the smoother skin?
TheMuse - My apologies for not having responded sooner; I keep forgetting to look on this site! Anyway - I am 11 weeks post-Fraxel Re:Pair today, and continue to be very pleased with my results. I had the Re:Pair procedure (the ablative, CO2 one), which requires only a single treatment.
My settings were moderate to average: face at 40mj/40%, neck at 30mj/30%, and eyes at 20mj/20%. My face was an oozy, weepy mess for the first couple of days, then got very dark & scaly for a couple of days. Once I was able to discontinue using the Aquaphor (I hated that stuff!), the scaliness escalated to peeling. The worst of the peeling was over in 2 or 3 days, and that was followed by the emergence of fresh, smooth red/pink skin. The redness persisted for about a week, then abated a bit to more of a pink color. I began wearing makeup on Day 9; I used YoungBlood Liquid Mineral Foundation, and liked it very much. I never thought I'd be able to say this, but I actually think I look better without foundation now than I do with it!
Relevant to possible fat loss and decreased resiliency, I noticed exactly the opposite of your concerns; my skin looks and feels firmer, "plumper", and more "refined" (smaller pores, MUCH smoother texture, uniform in color), and definitely has more elasticity than pre-FR.
I had some issues with volume loss and a "hollowed" look in my undereye/tear trough area (from a previous overzealous lower bleph) prior to my FR. A couple of weeks after I had the FR, that area actually looked even more hollow than before, as if it had lost additional volume. A facial specialist suggested to me that there was likely no additional volume loss, but that the FR had simply tightened up the skin under my eyes (as it was supposed to, of course), thereby making the orbital rim more prominent. Not what I wanted to hear, of course, but a perfectly logical explanation. In recent weeks, the area has actually begun to fill back in; it is now at least as plump as before my FR (and probably a bit moreso), but now without the crepe-y, wrinkled look. Yay!
I would have to say - for me, anyway - that the "trade-offs" were the crazy pain of the procedure itself, the significant amount of time and commitment involved with post-procedural care, and, last but certainly not least, looking really, REALLY freakish for 7-10 days. If it ever became necessary, though, I wouldn't hesitate even a second to do it again.
Thank you so much for your lengthy explanation. A setting of 40 is quite strong. Did you only have one treatment? Has all the redness gone away? I am curious about who your doctor was? I am very encouraged by hearing your success. To go without foundation is a goal of mine. I have been a slave to makeup for 25 years. As we get older the make up seems to settle in the fine lines and wrinkles and makes us look older. I can't seem to find a make up that gives me really good results anymore. Make up seems to amplify the acne scarring and bumpiness of my skin texture. Even mineral powders have a slight shimmer which I don't like on my face.
Do you think that you will have another treatment? Or do you think that you have achieved good results from just this one Fraxel? Do you know which machine was used- Reliant?
You mentioned that you have photos. Do you have a link?
It is my understanding that 40%/40mj for full-face is actually moderate to average for Fraxel Re:Pair. (?) Since the Re:Pair is hailed as a "one and done" procedure (as opposed to the Re:Store, which requires multiple treatments), I wonder if perhaps you are inquiring about the Re:Store, while I am going on and on about the Re:Pair?
Either way, I believe I know precisely what you mean about makeup intensifying every facial imperfection... I felt much the same way before my FR. I really do like the YoungBlood Liquid Mineral Foundation, but as I mentioned previously, I actually feel like my face looks better now with no foundation.
I was VERY red for about a week, then vivid pink for about another 4 days. After that, it pretty much looked like I just had a mild sunburn for another week or two, and that diminished steadily through about week 8. After week 2, though, the pinkness was easily camouflaged with a moderate layer of foundation.
My skin is not perfect now, but it looks darned good compared to pre-FR, and not bad overall for a 39 year old. It was definitely the Reliant-manufactured Fraxel Re:Pair laser used for my treatment, and I am satisfied with my results after a single treatment. (Incidentally, Thermage purchased Reliant a couple of weeks ago, which I find interesting, to say the least; I found Thermage to be a total hoax).
I do have photos, and will PM you the link in just a moment. Thanks, and have a great day! ~allie
So its been 6 days since I had my Fraxel Repair done, swelling has gone down. The results are ok so far but its too early to tell since it takes time for the collagen to fill in the scars.
From what I read Fraxel Repair usually takes 2 treatments to get the best results so we'll see in the next couple months if I wanna get another treatment. Take care all, I'll post some more updates in a few weeks.
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