Submitted by guest writer, Jewel R.
This past February marked the four-year anniversary of my divorce. It also marked my 42nd birthday. But even though I’d made tremendous strides since divorcing, even though I felt happier and more confident than I had in years, when I looked in the mirror all I could think was, ‘blah.’ My skin looked tired, blotchy, and wrinkley; my face didn’t properly match the Inner Me. So I decided to buy myself a gift: a Pearl Laser Treatment.
What sold me on trying this particular procedure (which basically zaps off the top layer of one’s epidermis) was:
a) it yielded significant results: ie, it evened out skin tone, reduced fine lines, helped erase sun damage, and gave the overall face a ‘lift’ from renewed collagen production
b) it didn’t involve surgery or too much pain (so I’d heard through a friend)
c) it only required about 4 days of ‘social’ downtown.
Day 1, Treatment Day, 9:30 a.m.
An hour before the procedure, a nurse gave me some pain killers (advil) and applied a topical anesthetic to my face. Good and numb, I then proceeded to have the laser treatment which took about 30 minutes. How would I rank the pain? I’d have to say about a 6 out of ten – ten being the most painful. I found some parts of my face hurt more than than others – ie, along my hairline, my forehead and my upper lip. Moreover, after a facial part was treated, there was no denying the slight ‘burning’ sensation that remained in the wake. The smell of burning skin took a bit of adjusting to as well.
The doctor then covered my face with a protective balm and handed me a mirror. I basically looked like I had a bad sunburn and had covered my face with vaseline. I headed out of the clinic wearing a large-brimmed hat to protect me from sun exposure and carrying a skincare case of goodies I was to apply over the next few days.
Later in the Day, Day 1
Though I wasn’t in excrutiating pain by any means, I felt like my face had been severely sunburned. I was, however, able to find some relief by using the cleanser, oxygen spray and protective balm in my aftercare package and by covering my face with a cold facecloth. Just after dinner, I could tell I had a fever and was getting the chills. I decided to block it all out…and went to bed early.
Not a particaurly comfy sleep but managable; I didn’t want to lie on my side and press my hot, goopey cheek onto the pillow. My first glance in the mirror was rather shocking – my face looked crusty and swollen, particularly under my eyes. My skin, though still reddish, wasn’t as bright red; it had darkened and was hardening as if it were forming a scab. Up close I could see a honeycomb pattern emerging across my cheeks. I looked pretty damn scary! But I felt fine. I spent the rest of the day hiding in my house.
Besides another uncomfortable night’s sleep, I felt totally fine today. A new itchiness on my face started up in the late afternoon. But that’s because I’d started peeling. I kept washing my face with the kit they’d given me cause the doctor had said that would help. I got the first stirrings of excitement: the skin underneath, though pretty pink, was as fresh and smooth as that of a baby.
I felt like a reptile with all the skin slothing off my face. But most, if not all of it, came off today. Yes the shedding process was itchy as all hell. But I was ecstatic with what I saw: the lines around my eyes were hardly visible and the texture of my skin was smooth and soft. No more blotchiness either – everything was the same glowing shade of pink.
One Week Later
Though I continued to peel here and there all week and my skin was still more pinkish than normal, I was thrilled with my results. In addition to the reduced wrinkles around my eyes and evened-out skin tone, the once-giant pores on my cheeks had shrunk to the size of pin-pricks. A small scar that once grazed the top of my right eye-brow had seemingly diappeared. I became rather paranoid about sun exposure though cause my new skin will darken and damage easily if I don’t meticulously wear an SPF 30 moisturizer at all times.
One Month Later – Present Day
I feel and look fanastic!. Countless friends and colleagues have commented on how beauitful my skin looks, some even asked if I’d started using a new makeup line or found myself a new, hot lover (blush!). I feel younger, more glowing, and like my face now properly represents how I feel INSIDE. I recommend this procedure with a five-star ranking and hope my sharing my experience is of use to other divorcing women out there; I wish I’d gifted myself with it sooner!
Jewel R. is a divorced single mom of two teenagers who lives in Canada. She highly recommends you stock up on movies, books, and chocolate almonds for the downtime following this prcedure.
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