This morning, however, I woke up to a face that looked sunburned, with dry patches, and tiny scabs that can be side effects of the treatment. A swollen eye and cheeks, however, is true evidence that Dr. Gerstner had increased the power of the Fraxel laser.
These things are exepcted, so I’mn ot upset about it, but , it certainly doesn’t look nice. Luckily, I’m not going anywhere special today. These side effects should diminsh today and be gone within a few days.You know the old saying: “no pain, no gain.” While I’m not sure that’s true for everything in life, when it comes to the Fraxel Laser, I was warned before my first treatment that my skin would look worse, before it looked better.
I’ll be moisturizing like crasy (with a light moisturizer) and using at least an SPF30 sun block whenever I go out. Also, I’ll be wearing a hat with a huge brim. Since it’s still Summer, I blend..sort of. But the key is to keep your skin protected from the sun at all times. I never realized how much my skin is really exposed when you aren’t deliberatly sunbathing, until I began to focus on it while walking to the subway, sitting in cars, stopping on the street to talk to someone on my Blackberry..etc.
I am very optimistic about how I’ll look in a few days to a week…I know the “good stuff” is coming!
More reports, to follow.
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