Well gals, I can’t begin to tell you how impressed I am with the Fraxel Dual Laser treatment that I’ve been doing to get rid of my pigmentation/ melasma.
For years I’ve suffered with very prominent pigmentation on my whole face, specifically on my forehead and have never found anything that worked. That was until I had my first Fraxel Dual Laser Treatment at Skin Renewal in Irene.
Earlier this month, I went for my second treatment and today, four weeks following my laser, I’ve got the before and afters to share with you…
It’s been 11 weeks since I first started Fraxel Dual Laser, and can honestly tell you gals that it’s the best thing in the world! The results so far have blown me away, and this coming from someone who had melasma for about 10 years and had thought that I would have to live with it for the rest of my life.
If you read my first post on my pigmentation story, you’ll see how bad it was. I mean, seriously bad! The closeup’s show that there wasn’t an inch of my face that wasn’t covered in horrible, blotchy brown patches. I used to pile on foundation to try and cover it and it would still show through. It’s such a tough, stubborn thing to mask, and a condition that really dampens your spirit and your confidence.
I’ve only been for 2 sessions (and I have another 2 to go), but my results so far have been phenomenal. My skin is so much clearer and believe it or not, younger. I know this may sound a bit weird, but if you don’t have pigmentation you can’t really understand what a downer it is, so I’ll try explain it here quickly. When your face is covered in uneven, patchy blotches (that seem ‘abnormal’), even if your skin isn’t wrinkled or “old”, the patches make it look grey and dull, which ultimately make it look aged and uncared for. I’ve always followed a good skincare regime, but despite my efforts, I couldn’t fight the pigmenation from appearing. When I first noticed it, I honestly didn’t know what it was. It was a complete alien on my face that nobody in my family ever had. I was alone. Blotchy, patchy and very self conscious.
Now, although I still have pigmentation, it’s so much lighter and nowhere near as prominent as it was. I don’t feel as though it is taking over my face! People around me don’t stare at my forehead wondering why I don’t bother to wash it and in the last 11 weeks, I haven’t had anyone offer to give me tips on their “Grandmothers cure for patchy skin”, which was quite common – I once had someone tell me to apply vinegar to it and it would just “rub off”. Of course this old wives tale didn’t’ work in the least, not to say that I didn’t try it!
But in any case, I think those days are behind me, since the Fraxel Dual Laser has been the answer I’ve been looking for and the only thing that has given me true and noticeable results.
On the left is what my skin looked like the day before I had my first Fraxel Dual Laser Treatment on the 4th Jan this year. On the right is a pic I shot yesterday (using the same camera and settings), four weeks following my second Fraxel Dual treatment, which I had done on the 15th February 2016.
Can you see what a difference it’s made so far? If you just glance at the after pic, you don’t even see it. I mean, it’s there yes, but it’s not shouting out LOOK AT ME over a megaphone. I know you’re leaning in to take a closer look 😛
So here’s a close up look for you on the area that bothered me the most, my forehead.
The difference between the first and second pic is quite noticeable. But the last pic, is really starting to show some drastic improvement.
Look how deep and dark the pigmentation looks, or rather looked in the first solarzied pic. It’s like a solid patch of dirt and that’s exactly what it felt like when I looked in the mirror. As though I had just finished work in the coal mine. In the second pic you can see how it’s lightened and in the third pic, notice not only the lightness, but the pigmentation seems to have broken up.
I am definitely getting results, and I can’t wait to see what the final afters will look like when I complete my 4-session Fraxel Dual Laser treatment at Skin Renewal. Unfortunately, it is a long road to completely getting rid of the pigmentation, but it’s a huge bonus to have instant results along the way and these instant results are motivating me to keep going.
My first session was done at 20% power of the Fraxel Dual Laser to introduce the laser to my skin, see how my skin reacts to the treatment and if it could recover correctly. I was lucky that it did, so for my second Fraxel Dual session, Dr Lawn (my amazing Skin Doc at Skin Renewal in Irene) upped the power to 40%. It was definitely more intense, but I could handle it and my skin recovered well, so for my third one we’re taking it up to 60% yay!
I really wanted to try the1550nm Restore wavelength laser head to boost my collagen at the same time, but pigmentation is still my biggest concern, so I want to do everything I can to get this sucker gone for good. Even though Dr Lawn only used the 1927 Thulium laser (for pigmentation), my skin condition, apart from the colouring has improved. My pores are much smaller than they were and truly, makeup holds so much better on me these days.
This time around, after the second Fraxel Dual, my face felt a bit more swollen following the treatment, as well as into the first day. But the “recovery & repair process” started almost immediately. For instance, the bronzing started almost straight after the laser treatment. I also noticed more lines (from where the laser had mowed over my skin) and it felt very hot. Thank goodness for the cooling pipe attached to the Fraxel Laser machine.
When I got home, my face still felt quite puffy and hot, but it wasn’t sore in any way. I managed to cool it down by spritzing it with Eau Thermale Avène; a thermal spring water aerosol spray that I mentioned in this post. Then, for the whole week following my recovery, I was again loading up on my Filorga Neocica cream.
By day 2 the redness and puffiness had gone down quite a bit, but my skin looked really rough – almost like sand paper and it was a bit more intense than the first treatment. I had to remind myself not to touch it. Luckily I read my Fraxel Dual Laser Diary from my first treatment post which reminded me of the whole process.
By day 3 my whole face was bronzed and I had a bit more serious scaling than after my first treatment. By the 4th day, I had beautiful, new skin showing. My scaly skin washed off in the shower (without scrubbing it) and my forehead was crystal clear! There wasn’t a single sign of pigmentation and it was so round, I felt like a teenager. I had a few errants to run, so I dabbed on a bit of Filorga BB Perfect Cream using a dry beauty blender and OMG, my skin was flawless!
Once my skin healed completely and started regaining it’s normal colouring, I started to notice faint traces of pigmentation when I got up close into the mirror. I knew that it wouldn’t disappear after only the second Fraxel, but like anyone really, I had hoped! Regardless, it was so much lighter than when I started, and noticeably less prominent even more so than my first Fraxel.
When I look at my first before pictures, I can’t believe the difference! Since you look at yourself every day in the mirror it’s hard to notice change. While I do certainly see a huge reduction in the pigmentation, looking at the before pictures reminds me of how much of a negative impact it had on my life.
Good skin plays such an important role in how you feel about yourself, and thanks to the amazing Fraxel Dual Laser treatment, my confidence has been lifted like you can’t believe! I no longer avoid photos – which, being a blogger is a difficult thing to do. I used to be terrified of other people taking photos of me at events, since my pigmentation would really jump out on camera.
Now, when I look in the mirror or see myself in photos, besides my awkward “Dear in the Headlights” stance, my skin looks normal, sometimes even better than normal. When I do spot my pigmentation in the reflection, it doesn’t bother me and I used to be so self absorbed into thinking that was the first thing people would see – after all it was the first thing I would see when I looked in the mirror.
The Fraxel Dual Laser has literally changed my life! I know how corny that sounds, but seriously it has! If you suffer with pigmenation, you really don’t have to anymore thanks to this amazing treatment! I had it for such a huge portion of my life that I had forgotten how nice it was to just leave the house with a bit of mascara and eyeliner, instead of piling on a ton of makeup.
The effect the Fraxel Dual Laser will have on your mood, your self esteem and your confidence is worth every penny, not to mention how much you could save on using less makeup and not buying into disappointing lotions and potions that don’t work!
I’ve got my third session coming up in April and I’ll be sure to keep you gals updated on my pigmentation progress. If you have any questions on the Fraxel DUAL you can see more details Skin Renewal’s website, but if you want to know more about it, maybe I can help? Let me know in the comments below.