I was very surprised to see I had so much skin damage. And I'm not gonna lie.....I was a little terrified to have the lightening treatment done. I've heard the stories from my older friends/family about having skin cancer spots burned off. It didn't sound pleasant. But let's be honest....does anyone think that having lasers shot at your face is going to be a pleasant, relaxing experience?!
I opted to have a full skin lightening done, with special attention to a few darker spots that had appeared in the last year or so. From what I understand from the lovely technicians at Elase, you can opt for spot treatments and it's not nearly as painful. Either way, I highly recommend using Dr. Numb. Not only does it help with pain management but, if you're like me, it will make your lips go numb which you will find absolutely hilarious in your pre-appointment nervousness.
Elase are very professional and move through the treatment very efficiently, while still allowing you to get your bearings if the pain gets to be a bit too much in a specific area. Right after the treatment they had me apply aloe vera gel and it really helped soothe the skin.
The day I had the skin lightening done, my face felt like I had a bad sunburn but as soon as I would put aloe vera on I would feel immediate relief. By the next day I didn't really feel any discomfort at all.
Over all I have to say that the most painful part of the process was having to take pictures of myself every day. I took a "before" picture and then another picture each day to show the progress. I took many pictures of myself people! For you! And I'm just not a big fan of taking selfies. I would have to really psych myself up to take those blasted pictures. Sometimes I would even go the extra mile and put on lipstick. Just to take the picture. But I did it so that we could all see the difference that it made.
So now I present to you my adventure in awkward self photos.
When all was said and done, the darker spots by my left eye are completely gone and even quite a few of my lighter spots are gone as well. Although the actual treatment wasn't painless, the recovery pretty much was painless. I usually forgot about it and then would be surprised to see black splotches on my face. But they were pretty much gone in a week so even that wasn't much of an inconvenience. There was one time when I went out in the sun without sunscreen (you're not supposed to do that) and I started freaking out like a vampire caught in the sunlight. Other than that, smooth sailing......
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