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01-08-2010, 03:43 PM
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Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: New York
| | re: How many laser treatments...
I had a full-face laser resurfacing and I've had Fraxel about 3 times. The laser resurfacing (done in the 90's, with anesthesia and about 2 weeks down time) made some difference - slight, but I was desperate for even a slight improvement, so I'm thinking of doing it again. The Fraxel did nothing. I don't know what your skin is like, but I've done a lot of research and tried a lot of things, and I am sorry to say that I think the truth is that nothing will ever fully get rid of them - only somewhat soften them, depending on your situation. There's a great forum at acne.org on acne scars.
I am a very light skinned white person, so supposedly I am a perfect candidate for these things. But I don't think anymore that my skin will ever be smooth. PLEASE be careful as an African American, because I hear that you could get a lot of discoloration.
Sorry to be kind of negative, but I was told with every procedure I've done that I would come out with smooth skin, and it was all lies. EVERY PERSON WHO DOES THESE PROCEDURES LIES. I'm sorry to say it, but they want your money. It doesn't mean you shouldn't do it, just know that they are lying and that your skin won't be smooth - just smoothER (and maybe not even that). For about a week or two, your skin will look wonderfully smooth - but that is only the swelling. That's when they take the photos, so it looks miraculous. The photos should be at least 2 months from time of procedure to give any kind of accurate difference. They will lie and say the photos are from months later. Plastic surgery is not a business that attracts ethical people.