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I am all set to do Fraxel Re-Pair on my face and Active FX around my eyes. The procedure is Oct 23rd. The Dr. says I will need to do vinegar washes. What does that entail? Just put vinegar all over your face?
You will be given an instruction sheet for post-op care. Some doctors use different solutions, but it will be so many parts vinegar to so many parts water---cool to lukewarm. You will dip the gauze pad(s) in, wring out the excess water and place/drape the pads across your face. For me, it was just lower lids, so easy to do for the most part.
They were very soothing, just annoying having to do them so often but do exactly as your doctor says. It will help the healing a great deal.
Put vinegar soak in ice box so everytime you use it it cools off your face. I just had Pearl laser and yes the vinegar soaks are a pain but it is vital to recovery and positive results. I love my results. Good Luck Jasie
Just put the vinegar solution in ice box it really helps the face cool down. I was in no major pain just totally red and swollen like a severe sunburn.Its a pain in the butt to sleep while having all of that gook on your face. You must keep it lubricated 24/7 for at least most of the skin peels off. This was the most annoying part for me it took way to long. Dont believe the doc when thay say 2 -3 days no way no how. But Iam happy I did it and now I have beautiful refreshed new skin plus new lower eyes. Jasie
Hi jasieteves ,
Thanks for the tip to put the vinegar in the refrigerator. I will definatly do that! How many days did you do the vinegar for? Did you have to get up in the middle of the night to do it?
I'm glad you had good results. I cant' wait. I have had wrinkles under my eyes since I was 16 - I'm 47 now -
Oh my gosh Jasie, if I had put the vinegar in the freezer and then put it on my face I would have had so much pain that I would have gone through the roof! But I had CO2 so maybe that's different? My sister actually warmed up my vinegar/water solution in the microwave for a few seconds first before putting it on the gauze pads and before placing them on my face. And I also had to take a percocet ahead of time for the first few days, but I am a wimp.
I had to do the vinegar soaks every 4 hours for the first week. It got tiring setting my alarm and getting up around the clock.
Hi I had fraxel re;pair on Sept 25th 2008. My doc told me this
Buy a new bottle of white vinegar
16-16.9 oz bottle unopened water
Tupperware smaller with lid and sterilize it by washing with soap and hot hot water
sterile gauze pads.
Measure out 2 tbspns water out of water bottle n discard
Take 2 tbspns vinegar put in water bottle. Shake to mix... and shake everytime I use.
I put mine in the fridge it felt great wouldn't put it in the freezer though cause it won't pour out.
put gauze in tupperware.. take out water soak gauze in water vinegar mix put on lid and make sure all gauze are saturated . You don't need that much just enough to make sure each are fully wet
place gauze on face and press don't rub doing each section that was lasered
discard gauze and rewash tupperware and put bottle back in fridge the cold water feels awesome and it didn't sting me and I had the re;pair on the high settings on my face lower settings on my neck
thats it but your doc should give you that info prior to procedure. Good luck and be patient. It took me 11 days and now my face n neck look amazing unlike my old skin never had skin that looked like this. Went through 5 days of horrid zits once my skin peeled off and was very frustrated but now omg I am thrilled. I will post pics soon. Hopefully by next weekend. (((HUGS))) Steff
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