Hi, Im a 22year old male, and I used to suffer from bad acne, however I managed for about a year and a half to get rid of it. However due to all the medications used and abrasive creams etc, my skin looks tired. Furthermore I have begun to see expression lines appearing on my cheek.. So I was wondering if I should have Laser Skin Resurfacing done, cause I have heard that it is quite a good way to improve your skin's quality, texture, tone etc, and that it is safer and has less "down time" than e.g Dermabrasion. So, any info is welcome!!!
Hello, Demetrios. My boss' wife and one of my friends had the skin laser resurfacing. Only 26 days ago, I had the laser resurfacing performed under my eyes.
There is a considerable amount of downtime. For about 10 days, you must wash the face every hour, or at least 10 times a day. There is burned, brown skin initially that will clear, another layer of skin will form, and the second layer will peel. The skin is very tender, to put it mildly, and I understand from a friend that the pain can be unbearable. My boss' wife wore a pressure mask to help with the discomfort of air hitting the face. You won't want to been seen in public for about 12 days. I was able to go out by wearing sunglasses to hide my eyes. It looks quite scary. My friend's face was swollen for a long time.
You probably wouldn't want to sleep on the side of your face for at least two weeks, as it will be covered with Vaseline and very tender. Something else that occurs which was difficult to deal with was that within about one week following the procedure, the skin began to "weep" or ooze an amber fluid in tear-sized droplets. It will do this for at least a week or more. I didn't like this most of all. I had to constantly dab the tender skin with a tissue to keep the fluid droplets from running down my cheeks. When I would dab, the skin would become dry and irritated, requiring me to wash again and reapply Vaseline. Every time I would wash, it seemed to stimulate the pores to produce more of the fluid.
On about the 12th day as the skin began to heal, I began experiencing maddening itching, which I could not scratch. I never took my pain pills for pain, but I did take a few for the itching! The itching ended on about the 19th day. My skin was still sensitive to moisturizer this past Saturday (the 23rd day), but within a couple more days, I am now able to wear moisturizer exclusively. My doctor stipulated to apply moisturizer or sunscreen with a 30 or more factor. I have been told to keep the sun off my skin.
I understand the skin will remain red for about 3 months, and will change to pink for another 5 months or so. This means you will probably want to wear foundation to have a more natural appearance.
My friend and boss' wife both have the most beautiful skin now. My friend said she just focused on the end result through all the discomfort. From my own experience, I have decided I would not be able to tolerate the full face laser resurfacing, based on the experience I had with the laser resurfacing under my eyes only. I think you should be well-informed prior to committing to the procedure. I do admit, I believe the end result is probably worth the effort.
Hi, texasfirewheel! Your experience is quite different than my own. I'm really relieved to hear the redness/pink color might clear in less time than I am expecting. I do not wear foundation, and I prefer not to wear it for an extended length of time. I have not heard of the vinegar and ice water soaks. Also, I just passed my 3rd week, and my lasered skin is still red and becomes more so as my activity level increases. When I get up first thing in the morning, it looks nice and calm, pink.
My boss' wife, when hearing of my intent to have the under-eye laser resurfacing following my blepharoplasty, tried to discourage me from doing so. I must say, first of all, that she is so beautiful that I don't think she needed her procedure. She is absolutely timeless. She had a difficult issue with millia developing from her skin, and for that reason, I think she regretted having the full face resurfacing. I inquired of my doctor's patient consultant about the millia, and she simply replied that the millia, if it occurs, is only temporary. Her response quelled my apprehension about the procedure. I, so far, have no millia coming from my lasered skin.
Everyone is different, as are their surgeons' techniques. I am pleased to hear you had an easy time with your recovery. In the experiences of the people I have related, one thing seems constant. All three of the husbands had a more difficult time than the wives. My husband told me he was terrified and was afraid to sleep the night I had my blepharoplasty and laser resurfacing. My friend's husband still relates his feelings with emotion. He told me he asked her, "Why did you do this to yourself?" My boss also had a tough time seeing his wife. She told me she thought he was going to cry when he first saw her.
This is an interesting subject. We can help Demetrios make an informed decision. It would be great to hear from anyone else who had the facial laser resurfacing.
Wow, I want to really thank you all for all the information that you just gave me on the procedure. It has introduced me to quite a few things that I was not aware about. However I think I will end up having the procedure, cause the end result seems to surpass the problems encountered shortly after the accomplishment of the peal. So any more info is welcome, and once again thanks a lot!!!
I think you are making a good decision, Demetrios! It's good to be well-informed by doing your own research and getting informtion from people who have had similar procedures.
Yesterday was one month since I had my under-eye laser resurfacing. I began wearing concealer and dual finish powder on the lasered areas on Saturday with great results! Today I am wearing a slight amount of eye shadow and mascara. The redness is disguised nicely, and I am able to see only the cosmetic effect. I am so elated I can hardly hold my emotions. Rather than dreading looking at my face in the mirror, I am so pleased!
Please tell us how your arrangements are coming along and let us know when you will undergo the laser resurfacing. I can offer some advice and help you along thru the uncertainty of the first couple of weeks. Best wishes.