I know it has been awhile since my last update but I wanted to wait until I was completely healed from my first ProFractional Laser Resurfacing Treatment before writing about the experience. WARNING.. it is long!
I went in about two weeks ago and my first SkinTyte and ProFractional treatments. I had a numbing cream applied and had to wait 45 minutes before the treatment could be done. Here is a little information about both procedures from Couture Laser Clinics website
“SkinTyte II uses Infrared Deep Heating to Tighten Skin Tissue by Increasing Collagen and Elastin Fibres. SkinTyte II effectively reduces the look of sagging and wrinkling on the face and body. This procedure causes soft tissue coagulation and deep tissue heating that initiates the body’s natural healing process, leading to increased tissue firming. SkinTyte II offers fast, safe and effective treatments without downtime.”
“ProFractional Laser Resurfacing Treatment is Used in the Treatment of Wrinkles, Acne Scars, Stretch Marks and Body Scars. The ProFrac System uses MicroZones of Heat to Resurface a Fraction of the Skin, Increasing Collagen Production and Restoring the Natural Tone and Texture to the Skin. This action initiates the body’s wound healing response, allowing the untreated skin to rapidly remove the treated skin and replace it with healthier skin tissue. The benefits of ProFractional Laser include increased comfort and shorter healing time than other resurfacing lasers. ProFractional Laser helps to build new collagen and elastin fibers to lift and sculpt loose skin while smoothing out fine lines and wrinkles.”
The SkinTyte was painless (probably thanks to the cream). All I saw were the little flashes of light and felt a mild warmth to my skin. The ProFractional treatment was a little bit uncomfortable at times during the procedure. Near the end I could feel a warm sunburn kind of feeling start on one side of my stomach and kind of flood over to the other side. The worst part of the treatment in the clinic was when they put an antiseptic on.. it STUNG bad. After that was applied the ladies quickly coated my belly with vaseline and used hand held fans to cool the are off before overing with plastic wrap.
I was able to drive myself home ok and made myself a quick lunch before laying down. I fell asleep for a couple of hours and when I woke up I went to go rinse the area off with warm water. As soon as I got into the bathroom I felt very light headed and dizzy. I went back to my room and laid down, thinking I had stood up to quickly. I stayed in bed for about another hour before trying to get up again, this time getting out of bed slowly so I wouldn’t feel dizzy. I started gently rinsing my belly (there was a bit of blood) and then the room started to spin, my ears were ringing and I felt like I was going to vomit. So back to bed I stumbled. A little while later I got up and was going to try and shower. I headed down (slowly) to the kitchen to get some juice and as soon as I got there I was dizzy AGAIN.. room spinning, ears ringing ect but worse than the first two times. I sat in a kitchen chair but then had to move myself to the couch. Feeling a little scared and a lot miserable I sent a text to the ladies at the clinic (and an e-mail) explaining what I was experiencing and right away had a phone call from one of them. I was told that I may be experiencing some sort of shock from the procedure and to drink plenty of water. I was advised that if I felt I needed to, to head to the ER. I didn’t feel like sitting in the hospital for hours feeling the way I was so decided to wait it out at home. The ladies were calling and texting me to check in all through the night to make sure I was OK. A friend brought me some electrolyte powder and that really helped and I had my amazing hubby helping me. I went to bed and woke up the next morning feeling just a bit uncomfortable and the first thing I did was mix some more of the electrolyte drink. It took about 4 days before I felt 100% and could walk around without discomfort. My stomach felt itchy for a couple days due to the skin healing.
I am pretty sure I have to do another one of these treatments in about 6 weeks. What I have learned is to make sure I am SUPER hydrated before the procedure and to continue drinking a lot of water and electrolyte drinks afterward. Possibly having the kids stay somewhere for the night afterward would be a good idea also. Wondering what I have noticed since having this done? Well a lot of my stretch marks were extremely deep and since having ProFractional done they have kinda filled in and levelled out quite a bit. I am looking forward to the end result after treatment #2.
I have posted a few photos below. Warning they are kinda gross, a little bloody and kinda looks like a bad case of road rash. Please don’t leave any nasty comments regarding my belly.. I have had three kids, give me a break LOL.
- Photo of the machine 2. Belly right after I got home (top pic) 3. Stomach about an hour after 4. Stomach pretty darn swollen next day 5. 3 days post treatment.
I will update with current belly photos shortly.
Thank you for following along on this journey with me!