15 May 2017

My Fraxel Laser Experience

Are you thinking about getting your acne blemishes lasered? I suggest you read this post first.

If you're new to my Derma Diaries, click here to read more about the series. This post will also serve as an update to my skin ever since I had my acne allergy and went through the whole healing process.

Want to know what caused my acne? Click here

Okay, let's start!

What is Fraxel Laser?
Fractional laser treatment is a non-invasive treatment that uses a device to deliver a laser beam divided into thousands of microscopic treatment zones that target a fraction of the skin at a time. It is commonly used to treat sun-damaged and aging skin. Whilst ablative laser treatments work mainly on the epidermis (surface skin cells) and non-ablative treatments work solely on dermal collagen (mid-layer of skin) only, fractional laser treatment works at both the epidermal and dermal layers of the skin.

Want me to define Fraxel?
Basically, it's a laser treatment that equally re-surfaces a new layer of skin. It's used mostly for sun spots, aging skin, acne marks, deep scars, and other hyperpigmentations.

Day 1, 3, 5 and 14 after Fraxel Laser

What to expect with Fraxel Laser?
Remember Dra. Hinlo, my dermatologist from Asian Hospital and Medical Center? She has another clinic in SM Mall of Asia called SCS Asia Laser and Skin Care Center. It's right next to SM Department Store in the second floor, and that's where I got my Fraxel Laser done.

I went to the clinic with my fiance, Reg. The staff were okay. They asked my purpose and I answered that I was going to have Fraxel Laser done that afternoon. They asked me to remove all of my makeup and wash my face. I knew this was going to happen so I brought my own makeup wipes. I also brought a cleanser because I'm such a girl scout. I left my things with my boyfriend which was probably the biggest mistake I made during that afternoon.

They asked me to go inside one of the rooms and lay down in a bed as they were going to apply anesthesia cream on my face. The anesthesia cream needs to stay on your face for about 30 to 45 minutes and all I did was close my eyes because I left my phone with my fiance outside. I was super bored guys, so I suggest you bring something to keep you busy while laying down. The anesthesia cream was super cold and I could feel my face slowly freezing up. I was still able to talk and move my cheeks -- so, I'm not really sure if that's normal or not.

After 45 minutes, I went to another room where the laser was. It looked like a pen and the whole lasering process took less than 5 minutes. I could hear elastic breaking and I could smell something being burned which was pretty uncomfortable. It really didn't hurt that much (thank God for the anesthesia) but the sound and smell was really, really bothering me probably because I knew my whole face was being burned. After the process, my doctor applied a serum on top of my face. It's the same serum she used when I had a facial. If I remember correctly, it was supposed to help with redness and swelling.

After the serum dried, I sat up, and the first thing I did was look in the mirror. Lo and behold, my face was super red and still a little swollen. Boyfie and I thought that we could eat dinner after the laser treatment, but all plans were cancelled because all I wanted to do was go home and rest. My face was really red and the anesthesia was starting to wear off. I swear that I could literally feel my face was burning.

When I got home, I wanted to wash my face because I wanted to relieve the burn... BUT WRONG MOVE! It just made things a thousand times worse! No instructions were given to me that I shouldn't wash my face that night or whatever. I was really crying so bad that I regretted getting Fraxel Laser done. I was thinking "What the F did I get myself into?"

Week 1 versus week 2 after Fraxel Laser

Fast forward to results, they always say "Oh it will take a week and it will all peel off" but nope. Mine took about two to three weeks before everything peeled off and a new layer of skin was shown.

Did I see a noticeable difference?
Nothing big. My blemishes were still red and there were still pitted acne scars. I wasn't wow-ed with the whole Fraxel Laser treatment at all.

Left: August 2016 -- Right: May 2017

Skincare Update
My skin has definitely been clearer and I only get major breakouts when I'm near my period. It's really not as grave like the picture above. 

I still have red blemishes but they've become a little faded thanks to the whitening serum and other skincare products I'm using. I can't say that my skin has fully healed... but I think it's recovered at about 80% right now. I still have acne, blemishes, and pitted scars, but I'm not as obsessed in getting clear skin like before. 

Final thoughts about Fraxel Laser?
Do I think it's worth it? Not really. If you were going to do this in a regular basis, I'm sure you'll see results especially if you have aging skin... this is skin re-surfacing after all, and you'd be more likely to see glowing new skin after every treatment. If your purpose is to get rid of acne blemishes, I'm sorry, but it's not the most effective. I would rather use Maxi Peel for a month (which I'm a big fan of) rather than have another Fraxel Laser treatment. It literally burns your skin and your wallet. This isn't a cheap treatment guys, I believe it was about PHP 4,500 or PHP 5,000 last September 2016. Again, not worth it. 

If you do have a different experience with Fraxel Laser, please share it with me as I'd love to hear about it.

1 comment :

  1. joan rafunzel medinaMay 30, 2018 10:42 am

    Super big problem ko yung face ko :( As in. Gusto ko mag consult or magtreatment pero hindi naman keri ng budget. Hindi naman siya tigyawat, Syringoma yung sakin. And nagtanung na din ako ng lazer pero super pricey talaga. Sana kaya din itreat ng Maxi Peel yung Syringoma, haHAHA :)