Thursday, May 29, 2008

Broadband light laser skin treatment Before and After

Here are the before and after pictures of my broadband light laser skin treatment. The first picture is before, the 2nd is after. These totally look like mugshots!! I wish I had a better camera or way to take a clearer picture, because the results are much more dramatic than they appear. I am SO happy with them, that even though it hurts like a mother, I would do it again. My skin is freckly and gets sun spots easy, so I was a good candidate.
Procedure details:
They put goggles on you (think tanning bed goggles), put a cool gel on your face, and the nurse stands to the side with a vacuum looking device that continually blows cold air while the doctor is treating you. Going into this, I had no clue this would hurt. I started to get worried when the doc told me that everyone jumps when the use the laser because of the sound and light that fills your sinuses (huh???!). She also told me to let her know if I needed a break, but it would only take 5 minutes or so. (uh oh, now I was really starting to panic). Let me preface the next part by saying I have a strong pain tolerance. I birthed two children and never complain about this or that hurting. Giving blood is no big deal. I couldnt even feel the botox injections I got. However, I was not prepared for the BURN sensation. No topical anesthetic was used. They turn the laser on and off all over your face. It snaps really loud and shoots the laser on your skin. It feels like a match is being held to your face. They do this a million times all over your face. It hurts. Me no likey the feeling of my skin being burned off. It is not warm, or even hot, it is a burn! OUCH! If I shell out another $350 some day to do it again, I will definitely being seeking a topical anesthetic to help a bit. Or a few pre treatment cocktails might take the edge off. The spots on your face immediately turn very dark brown. They last up to 2 weeks and then fall off, leaving nice skin. My face looked like it was dirty or just super freckly for about a week, then they all fell off. Has anyone else ever had a laser skin treatment? What was it like and were you happy with the results?