InMode Fractora RF Review: Personal Experience & Photos Days 1-4

I recently underwent my first Fractora RF (radio frequency) treatment and I thought I publish a Fractora RF review and my personal experience for anyone considering the treatment and looking for objective information from a person having undergone the procedure.  Fractora RF is the most advanced procedure and claims it can deliver results comparable to CO2 laser skin resurfacing with less downtime.  Complications are not commonly reported with Fractora RF and it’s doesn’t require incisions or surgery.  It’s a non-invasive procedure for skin rejuvenation and since 2011 it has received multiple FDA approvals.  I agree with all this 100% except we need discuss down time in more depth later in this post and what that means!

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What is Fractora RF?

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Let’s begin with the official explanation of Fractora RF from InMode.  I’ve taken this quote directly from the manufacturer’s website.

“Fractora delivers targeted bipolar RF energy to various selectable depths in the skin. Fractora meets and exceeds the results of fractional CO2 without the associated downtime, prolonged redness, and pigmentation drawbacks. Fractora achieves full-scale treatment depths with customizable fractional energy to improve superficial skin tone problems (photo damage) to deep textural concerns (rhytids and tightening). Clinicians can select between variable depths, densities and energy levels for results that were previously unattainable without excisional surgery.” – Inmode.com

This is an excellent article from Invasix, the manufacturer of the device, and something I reviewed before deciding to proceed.  It clearly explains the benefits of Fractora RF and how it’s fundamentally different than the various lasers on the market today used in skin rejuvenation.

So, let’s move on to my personal experience with Fractora RF!  As I write this, I’m post procedure day 4.  I’m still in hiding, therefore, I have plenty of time to blog!

Day 0 – Fractora RF Treatment Day

Inmode Fractora Review
No glasses were big enough to hide my face! This is the biggest pair I could find!

The cosmetic surgeon’s office I go to didn’t candy coat anything and tell me this procedure wouldn’t hurt.  It can be rather uncomfortable and the stronger the settings on the device, the more intense it can be.  I had no idea what to expect never having done this before.  However, I do have a high tolerance for pain.

I arrived an hour before my procedure and numbing cream was applied to my face.  It needs an hour to take effect so I just read and relaxed while I waited.  I was also given one Percocet (7.5 / 325) and 10 mg of Valium one hour before the procedure started.  Fifteen minutes before we began, I was given an additional Percocet and Valium.  I knew these medications would have little effect because pain medication and benzodiazepines don’t affect me the way they do most people.  Why?  I have no idea but most people would be flying high after being given that medication!  For me, I felt nothing from the medication.

When it was time to begin Fractora, the numbing cream was wiped away and my skin was cleaned.  I requested to add Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) to the procedure so my blood was drawn and prepared while the first two passes of Fractora were done.  I held onto a tube that blew cold air and I could direct that anywhere I felt I needed to in order to cool off my skin.  The head of the device was pressed flat onto my skin (we started around the lower jaw) and once I heard it a beep that section was done and the next section of skin was targeted.  I was feeling pretty good at this point, I didn’t feel any pain.

But then!  I started to feel stuff!  Depending on the area, the feeling was quite intense.  My cheeks and around my eyes hurt the most.  It felt like someone stapling my face and right at the moment of intense pain, I felt a sensation of twisting and pulling at the skin.  It wasn’t enough to make me tear or think of stopping but I can see some people not being able to tolerate this.  On a scale of 1-10, I rated the worst pain as 4.  Child birth was an 8 for me.  I certainly felt this and it hurt but nothing I’d consider unmanageable.  Just when you think “oh my god, this is getting bad”, it’s over or the device is back to an area that isn’t as sensitive.  Some medical providers offer nerve blocks.  If you are very sensitive to pain, ask about that because it might be a good option.

The other thing I noticed was a burning smell.  I thought maybe it was the peach fuzz on my face but nope!  It was skin (yum yum)!  After a while, I didn’t notice it anymore and  it didn’t bother me too much.  Two passes were completed on my face before we took a break and that took about 15 minutes.  My blood was ready now to incorporate for the final passes.  The PRP was massaged onto my skin and the stamping process resumed but the head was replaced with a different pin configuration.  Once everything was done, the last of the PRP was massaged into my skin and I finished.  I specifically requested PRP to be incorporated but this procedure is often done without it.

Reality check: My husband drove me home (horrified by the blood smeared all over my face).  No one wanted to sleep with me that night, except the dog and Noah, my 8 year old.  Gigi, my Yorkie, thought I smelled delicious.  I should mention, Noah insisted on going along for the procedure and watched the entire time.  He was positively fascinated and wants everyone to know that he removed a dead bloody lizard from the house one day (with gloves) and he can handle anything that comes his way! Go Noah!  Perhaps, that’s a future surgeon in the backseat!

Fractora Inmode treatment
Ditched the glasses – proudly wearing my blood mask. My 8 year old watched the entire procedure.  He was thrilled he got to come along.

After the procedure my skin was bright red but hard to see since I wore the blood plasma mask until the next morning.   This is the best I’m going to look for the next few days.  I kept reminding myself,  no pain no gain.  I slept in my blood mask and I there was no pain that night.  Actually, I slept quite well.

Medications prescribed post treatment:

  • Methylprednisolone 21 Day Pack
  • Valtrex 2g / 2x per day (They give this to everyone whether you get cold sores or not – I never had a cold sore but took all medication as prescribed)

Post-Fractora Day 1 (Saturday)

Morning after Fractora RF InMode
This is the “oh shit” moment when I saw my bare skin the morning after.

The day after the procedure, my skin felt warm and tight.  It was comparable to a moderate sunburn.  In the morning, when I woke up, I gently washed the dried blood off my face with Cetaphil cleanser and applied Aquaphor.  I’d recommend something other than Cetaphil because there is fragrance in it and it bothered me. I was sort of shocked as no one has posted day after photos so I didn’t have anything to compare my results to.  My skin was red and I was bit concerned over some of the marks I saw on my face.  I thought it may have been bruises coming in or superficial burns.  If you’ve ever had even a minor burn, it’s extremely painful.  I didn’t have pain so I didn’t think the marks were burns.  I sent photos to my esthetician and she said everything looked as expected.  That gave me comfort and I proceeded through my day applying Aquaphor and hiding from the rest of the world.  (Be kind if you comment, it’s not easy to share photos when you know you look horrific!)

Swelling and side effects after Fractora RF
Day 1 – Morning after with significant swelling present, redness, abrasions, tightness, and skin feels warm. Some areas are raw.
swelling after Fractora Inmode procedure
Day 1 – More swelling appeared under my right eye than my left.  Nothing ever swells symmetrically which adds to the feeling of horror.

By the end of Day 1, some redness subsided but the marks on my forehead and cheeks were scabby and very prevalent.  They looked and felt like abrasions and you can see the orderly pattern of pin pricks when you look closely at the skin.

Fractora RF recovery
Day 1 – Close-up abrasions on forehead (pretty?)
Close up view skin after Fractora RF
Day 1 – Close-up view right cheek (I see this and I think, there’s going to be some real progress when this heals!)

I stayed inside the house and I hear most patients do during this early stage.  I should also mention, my whole face itched.  Even my ear lobes itched and they weren’t treated.  I took some Benadryl hoping I’d fall asleep and itching would subside by tomorrow.  Benadryl never stops anything from itching for me and it doesn’t make me tired so I did my best to ignore the itching.  I’d like to add that I’d rather slowly burn up in acid than itch.  ITCHING IS THE WORST SENSATION AND IT’S ABSOLUTE TORTURE TO ME.  If there’s one thing that I struggle with, it’s itching.  I’d choose pain over itching any day.

Post Fractora – Day 2 (Sunday)

Invasix Fractora healing and review
Day 2 – Swelling and redness persists. Itching is pretty bad!  The sensation caused me to itch my chest and ears where I wasn’t treated.  (Like I said, I’m not good with itching!)
Invasix Fractora review
Some light bruising is appearing on my cheek. Let’s hope for a better tomorrow!

There wasn’t much of a change since Day 1.  I had hoped for more.  My skin really red but it wasn’t warm anymore.  There were abrasions  everywhere as you can see in the photos.  It’s as if though more showed up out of nowhere!  My husband is making up his own words to the tune of Phil Collins “Take A Look At Me Now” adding some creative lyrics about what a “f-in mess I am”.  You can hear it now, right?  Mmm hmm, real cute.  If you’re reading this and feeling a bit down about the side effects, I hope I made you smile.

My skin was still itching really bad.  I noticed the swelling subsided as the day progressed.  Swelling is usually worse in the morning after any procedure.  Sometimes sleeping with a treated area elevated can help minimize swelling but I can’t get comfortable and go to sleep unless I’m in my usual position.  There was still no pain but I looked a bit worse as there was some minor bruising on my cheeks that appeared on the second day.  The uneven swelling also made me look a bit distorted.

redness and swelling after invasix fractora
Day 2 – Evening. Not much change and redness is persistent as is swelling under my right eye. Took a photo thinking I might see progress since the morning. (A desperate moment)

Post Fractora – Day 3 and 4 (Monday & Tuesday)

Skin Care after Fractora RF
Day 4 – I think it’s a little bit better today! Less redness and swelling is down. This was taken just after waking up so major improvement with swelling.

Nothing appeared to look worse on days 3 or 4 but let’s clarify down time now!  To me, down time is the period of time someone else can easily detect you had a procedure done.  My skin was fully in tact and I could head out with sunscreen to do anything at this point but I didn’t want to.  I thought I looked like I was mauled by a bear so I considered myself to be experiencing down time.

Reality Check: Down time and appearing to be healed is not the same.  When planning procedures, you really have to clarify down time versus the time you can successfully hide what you did with makeup, clothing, etc.  Skin is in tact and can be protected with sunscreen so the reality is, I’m no longer down and could be out and about.  But let’s be honest.  Nothing could get me out except Einstein’s coffee and wheat bagel toasted with Nutella.  Other than that, I wasn’t going anywhere!

On the evening of day 3, I did speak to a representative from Invasix (InMode) to confirm if the abrasions were typical and should still persist.  I couldn’t find any reviews or photos of anyone showing the healing process.  Was I right on the mark?  Worse than usual?  Better than usual?  I had no idea.  The customer service for Invasix is outstanding and they responded to me immediately.  And yes, they confirmed abrasions are common especially in areas that are boney like the forehead and chin.  And that’s exactly where I’ve got them.  So, I felt everything was normal and I was pretty comfortable with where things stood.

I still can’t hide anything with makeup because the surface of my skin isn’t smooth.  Also, I really didn’t want to put anything on my skin other than what is necessary because I didn’t want to irritate it or prolong the healing.  There are still abrasions everywhere but redness has calmed down, swelling has significantly improved, and by the end of day 4… I think the itching is nearly over.

skin care after Fractora by InMode
Day 4 – Evening.  Clean bare skin.  I’m about to publish this post. Finally starting to look like I’m healing. YAY! (Oh and THANK GOD I have bangs to hide my forehead!)

I wish there was a way to get the abrasions to heal faster.  My esthetician recommended TNS Skin Recovery Complex twice a day but I ran out of the product and it’s quite expensive.  I started using another recovery cream called A-Derma Epitheliale A.H Duo.  I just happened to have it on hand and picked it up in Canada last year.  It’s for use after minor dermatologic procedures and is supposed to promote faster healing of damaged skin.  It didn’t burn or make my skin red after applying it.  It’s very moisturizing and not greasy.  I’m actually loving this cream so I’m continuing to use and adding a light layer of Aquaphor over the top.  You can find it on Amazon and it’s about $25 a tube.

A-Derma Epitheliale


So, this is where I currently am in the healing process and I’ll be back next week to report progress.  Have I noticed any positive changes?  Yes…. I am very sensitive and critical of how the skin looks under my eyes and right now, that skin looks smoother.  It’s possible what I’m seeing is minor residual swelling but I think it’s the effects of the Fractora.  While my skin is red, I can tell the tone is becoming more even.  This is evident to me after I wash my face and have no products on at all.

It’s going to take a couple weeks for my skin to completely clear up.  It also takes time for collagen to rebuild so the full results won’t be seen for a few months.  At this point in time, despite looking like something tried to scratch my eyes out, I’m glad I went through with the procedure and will likely plan a final treatment 6 months from now.  It must be properly timed with cosmetic fillers so I’m planning fillers in 2 weeks and Fractora 6 months later.  That’s the current plan!

Whether I like it or not, tomorrow I have family things planned since my kids are on fall break so I’ll be out in public.  If you hear of anyone claiming to have been mauled by a bear in Phoenix, Arizona, that’s probably me.

Stay tuned for more updates!  Have you had Fractora RF or been interested in this procedure?  I’d love to hear from you!

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50 thoughts on “InMode Fractora RF Review: Personal Experience & Photos Days 1-4

  1. I had Fractora done seven months ago and it has ruined my skin beyond repair. I had flawless smooth skin before. Now I have scars, pits, pin holes all over. It was done by a reputable dermatologist so I think it is just it or miss with this procedure. And I’m not the only person who was damaged. The mfg doesn’t want this info to go public. Be aware of the facts before you undergo these treatments.
    Faceobsessed

    1. It took a while for my skin to fully clear up and I was prescribed Luxamend. Have you heard of that? It really helped with the abrasions on my skin and they healed well once I started using it. Maybe you could ask your doctor about it. What was the response from the dermatologist? Did they offer guidance or any solution or help? I’m so sorry to hear this happened.

  2. Hi,
    Thanks for sharing! I like to know as many other women’s perspective on the Fractora treatment and their insight into the whole process. This post was really informative and in depth.

    1. I’m really glad you found it helpful. I put it out there exactly for this reason. I have a treatment coming up in July and I’m thinking of doing Fraxel on my face but Fractora under my eyes. Not sure yet. Are you planning a procedure soon?

      1. Hi, I would really love to know if you went back for the fractora. Ie even thou you got results was it worth the pain and downtime? Thank you very much for sharing and being so open.

        1. I did not go back and do it again. I got good results and I could cover up the marks it left on my skin but it took a couple of months for them to go away completely. I didn’t want to have to wait that long again if my skin responded the same way the second time around. I have been doing Fractional ResurFX and IPL every few months. Even with that, my skin reacts weird. I get hives from the heat of the laser on my chest. So, I think my response to the Fractora was not typical, it’s still downtime I couldn’t risk with working full time.

          I really like the results from Fractional laser and IPL (and there’s only a day or two of downtime). Unless you are me, and get hives (but that is not common!)

          1. Hi,
            thank you for answering so honestly.
            What about your complexion? Is it easy for you to tan again? Or did it take some time?

            Sandra

            1. I don’t tan at all. The sun will cause me to get a rash but I always used sunscreen on my face. I’m not sure how long you may have to wait for tanning. My complexion is completely clear now but it took about a few months for every mark to be completely gone. But everyone can respond differently.

  3. I had factora in Dec 2017. It left me with scars, pitting and hyper pigmentation. The first treatment was fine. The second was a nightmare I’m still dealing with. Left my smooth skin with an uneven bumpy surface. My Plastic Surgeon said he is seeing more burns like this on very thin women. Everyone should use caution when considering this treatment. It is not without side effects.
    Faceobessed.

    1. Oh this sounds awful. I’m so sorry. It’s been 5 months for you? Has it improved at all? It did take the marks on my face a while to completely go away. My dermatologist prescribed something called Luxamend to help improve the skin.

      Did your plastic surgeon suggest anything to improve the side effects?

  4. I am scheduled for this Thursday and am so nervous! I’ve never done anything to my skin. It’s pretty sensitive. Would love to see before and after pics and definitely updated pics to see improvement.

    1. I have done a lot with my skin so I don’t know a before and after would be 100% accurate. I’m constantly doing filler, botox, Fractora, peels… However, you should notice a BIG difference with this procedure. And it gets better as the months go by and you produce more collagen. You saw how I had those abrasions? Those are completely 100% gone and my skin is very smooth but it take a while for those to fade. I think it’s less common for that to happen with people. I just had an aggressive response. As long as you are going somewhere that has been doing the procedure for a while, you should be really pleased with your results! If you go to my Instagram http://instagram.com/abeautifulwhim – you can scroll back to where I had the procedure and then move to current and you’ll see photos with an without makeup to give you an idea of how well the skin turned out.

      1. Thank you so much for putting this information out there! It was so helpful to see your blog! I have been researching different treatments in hopes of greatly softening the lines that have recently developed around my eyes when I smile. I am strongly leaning toward Fractora (instead of Fraxel or something of that type), but dreading it! Especially since it’s recommended I have up to 3 treatments. Did you have any wrinkles that it improved? Also, you mentioned you have to time out filler (this has not been mentioned to me). Do you have to time out Botox as well? Thanks again for your input. You look beautiful! 🙂

        1. My biggest struggle is exactly what you describe. The lines around (under) my eyes when I smile. I found Fractora did help but my reaction was aggressive as you can see in the photos so I haven’t done the treatment again. I did Fraxel recently (non-ablative) and with that I noticed some improvement but the improvement was more with overall skin tone as opposed to those really hard to address line from the muscle movement under the eye.

          With Fractora (any laser treatment), my practitioners have stated that doing it too close to having filler may cause the filler to break down more quickly. I have personally not experienced that. Also after any laser treatment, your tissues do swell a little so my physician likes to wait a few weeks to ensure there isn’t any swelling from a laser treatment before doing filler.

          Yes, I do botox too. Botox is pretty good at softening those lines around the other rim of the under eye and of course, crows feet. My biggest battle is with the fine lines that radiate outward from the inner part of my eye and are accentuated when I smile. I’ve tried everything and I’ve gotten some improvement but just recently I had a highly diluted amount of botox injected superficially there to relax that muscle and THAT got rid of the lines. However, that’s a very risky thing to do because just a little too much and your could droop. It’s only temporary but that would be devastating. I have a highly experienced injector so this is not something she often does. I nagged so much, she decided to do it, and it was something that turned out exceptionally well for me.

          1. I’m learning that those darn smile lines under my eyes are really difficult to treat! I also got a doctor to put a little Botox under the eye. I was nervous, as I had heard this is a bit risky, but it did help…temporarily! I will continue with that, but now hoping Fractora will help. Thanks again for your input.

            1. The under eye lines are just brutal. I did like the effect of the Botox. I have always come around under the eye but this was the first time I had the Botox injected in the corner (inner part of the under eye skin). I was very pleased with that but I really need Botox to last longer!! =) I’m curious to hear about your Fractora and how you like it.

              I don’t know if you saw my Votiva post? It is also technology from Inmode and Fractora-V is essentially the treatment to tighten and rejuvenate the outer vaginal area (without surgery). I found it made a huge difference. In general, I really like the Fractora technology.

        1. I took some photos and I didn’t find time to create another post. I believe I have them on my phone if you’d like to see. It took about 5-7 days to completely hide everything with makeup. It took over 4 months for the abrasions and red marks to fade completely and I used a prescription product from a dermatologist to help the skin heal. So, it ultimately healed up fine with no long term issues but it was a lengthy process.

    2. I have done a lot with my skin so I don’t know a before and after would be 100% accurate. I’m constantly doing filler, botox, Fractora, peels… However, you should notice a BIG difference with this procedure. And it gets better as the months go by and you produce more collagen. You saw how I had those abrasions? Those are completely 100% gone and my skin is very smooth but it take a while for those to fade. I think it’s less common for that to happen with people. I just had an aggressive response. As long as you are going somewhere that has been doing the procedure for a while, you should be really pleased with your results! If you go to my Instagram http://instagram.com/abeautifulwhim – you can scroll back to where I had the procedure and then move to current and you’ll see photos with and without makeup to give you an idea of how well the skin turned out.

  5. I just had my treatment yesterday. Post treatment day 1, I woke up swollen and literally look like I have a bad case of the hives, only square. I’m taking Benadryl which is helping a little. I am using Aquafor for moisturizing my face. I would love to see your after pictures. Your profile picture is beautiful.

    1. If you go to my Instagram, scroll down a bit, I posted a photo of the day I had the Fractora done and then there are photos from that time to just last week.
      http://instagram.com/abeautifulwhim

      You can see in my photos on the blog, I was pretty swollen! But that came down after a few days. Do you have the square marks where the tip of the device touched your skin? My marks faded within a week and it’s been 4 months now, you can barely see where some were without my makeup. I am using Luxamend to get them to fade completely.

      1. Hello! My name is janine (not Christi). I’m very pleased with the results but it was a long term healing process. The claims that there is no down time simply can’t be predicted because so many factors can come into play. I had a lot of down time and for months I had to cover the red marks left on my skin. By now, they are all gone though.

        1. Thank you Janine for answering so honestly. I have got some other questions.
          Will you do it again? Is there any fat gone? Do you have already noticed any signs of aging after 5 months? How does your skin change?
          Thnak you for answering.
          Sandra

          1. Yes, I would do it again. I’m flopping back and forth right now between Fraxel (repair, non-ablative) with IPL versus Fractora. There is no fat gone from the Fractora but you do need to talk to the practitioner as it could break down filler if you use that. Not that it will, but I’m informed it “could”.

            I have noticed continuing improvements over the course of 6 months. The process gives you some immediate results but then your body begins to produce more collagen and most people look optimal at 5-6 months. I’m thrilled with the results. If you go to my Instagram, I have several photos (recent) that I have posted with no makeup so you can see my skin. http://instagram.com/abeautifulwhim (it did take several months for some of the red marks to completely fade but they did go away and I used Luxamend to help speed up the process)

  6. I’m having my first treatment next week. Thanks so much for your post and pictures. I’m nervous as hell as I have a low tolerance for pain and I’m a real estate agent and can’t take much down time! I hope I don’t chicken out!

    1. They will use a numbing cream on your face. That will make a big difference. Some areas might hurt but it will be over quicker than you know and the pain doesn’t linger. It’s just that second they do it and some areas you may not feel it at all. You’ll be pleased with the results!

      1. I had it done 4 days ago, I found it the most pain I had ever experienced, and usually I can stand any pain, I had injections and numbing cream, but it did not help, after that It was fine just a warm feeling, just waiting to see end results,

        1. Oh wow! I wonder if they settings can make a difference on the intensity of the pain. I found the numbing cream to be pretty effective (although I could still feel some zaps) and I didn’t get any injections. Do you have any abrasions or anything? Is your skin just a little swollen and red? How is the after part?

  7. I am booked to do this in two weeks and wondering how you know how aggressive the treatment is. I have a 3 day recovery time. I would love to see b4 and after pictures. I was quoted 500 a session in Canada how much was this in the US?

    1. I never had the settings of my treatment. If you want, I can ask what they were. But what you might want to do, is show my photo to your technician or doctor and let them know you are concerned about recovery time but still want an effective treatment. Then they can tune the settings and also ask them how they can minimize lesions like I got. My before and after is not a true representation because I regularly do laser, filler, botox, and now Fractora. So, every 4-5 months, I’m touching up my skin and I’ve been doing Fraxel for about 2 1/2 years. I have a photo of the skin under my eye before I ever did anything (taken about 3 years ago) and there’s a massive difference. But I have done quite a few thins to correct the area and there’s trade-offs as well with all of it. In the US, I paid around 900 US and I added platelet rich plasma that I kept on overnight. Without the PRP, it would have been around 500 US.

      1. Hi, I just sent another reply with a few questions re: Fractora…but I just read that you’ve had Fraxel in the past as well, and that you noticed a difference in the eye area. This is exactly what I am trying to treat, the lines around my eyes when I smile. If you had to choose, which treatment do you think would be most effective for that area? I have done a ton of research, and am still confused about which is more effective! Also, how about the downtime of Fraxel compared with Fractora?

        Thank you so much for putting the information out there. It is really helpful!

        1. It depends on so many factors. Everything from your skin type (as some skin types are not ideal for certain lasers) to how much down time you are willing to take, cost, and what’s really going on in the area. What I can tell you about Fraxel is I love it, but I love it most for the radiance I get after the treatment and almost no downtime. I always combine Fraxel with IPL. I have also done Erbium laser resurfacing (that was a good week of downtime and then redness for a couple months).

          Fraxel (non-ablative) will make you look like you have a sunburn. The next day sort of pink, maybe a little puffiness. But I don’t really have downtime with Fraxel. I have read someone people have zero downtime with Fractora – for me I had a good 5-6 days before I could hide everything with makeup.

          I think the best thing for you to do is to research dermatologists and cosmetic surgeons in your area. See who has a significant offering of different types of lasers and treatments with a good reputation and have them evaluate you. Often they will recommend a combination of things as everyone is so unique. If you are in the Arizona area or Los Angeles area, I can recommend a few offices to take a look at. The majority of anything I have done, I do in Arizona.

          I hope this helps. =)

          1. Thanks for the input! I have met with several doctors and they all have different opinions on which is better-Fraxel or Fractora for me. But I have researched extensively, and I’m leaning toward Fractora. One more consult today, and I’m hoping to move forward and get it over with! Again, my skin is pretty clear, so all I’m after is to reduce those smile lines around eyes! 🙂

            1. They are very different treatments… Do you know if they were talking with you about an ablative or non-ablative Fraxel treatment? Fraxel is the brand but they have different types of laser treatments.

              1. Which treatment do you think did the most for your under eye area? The one I’m considering is Fraxel Repair, which is ablative, but while it wouldn’t be superficial, he wouldn’t go really deep either. He would go a bit deeper around eyes. Downtime estimated 3-5 days. I met with another doctor yesterday who has both Fractora and Smart Skin CO2 laser, which is also ablative. He felt CO2 laser would give better results than Fractora, under the eyes and he also said he could get closer to the eye with CO2 than with Fractora. Again, it would be 3-5 day downtime, with a second treatment 2 months later. I’m confused as to which way to go, as everything I read online about Fractora says that it’s just as effective (some claim even more so) than CO2 lasers, without as much risk of pigmentation issues, which is of concern to me. I am fair to medium, but have seen so many women looked washed out after laser treatments (I am told this was mainly a problem with the old lasers). Also, I live in a desert area where there is lots of sun, and the nurse trying to sell me on Fractora said sun sensitivity is less of a problem than with laser.Anyway, I’m just going to sit with info for a few days before making decision. Sorry this is so long!

                1. Personally? I’d probably go with the Fractora if you have ANY concern about pigmentation from the laser treatments. After 6 months, if you aren’t happy with the results, you can prep for the CO2 laser with a hydroquinone product and hit the area again. If it was my decision, I’d probably try the Fractora first and then a touch of Botox to polish it off. If after 4-5 months, I wasn’t happy, I’d consider the CO2. But keep in mind, you can also seek out a Oculoplastic Surgeon who deals with EYES only. They have amazing input and since all they deal with is eyes, they understand the area so well and can recommend very customized solutions to meet your needs. =)

                  1. Thank you so much for taking the time to give me your opinion. I really appreciate it. I’ll let you know how it all turns out…it may be a month or so, as I’m having a hard time finding a “good week”-like there is such a thing- to get it done due to the required down time.

                    1. You are so welcome! I know that feeling – I always tried to incorporate long weekends like Presidents Day or something so I didn’t have to take off as many work days. Fortunately, I can also work remote so that was a big help.

                  2. Update/another question for you if you don’t mind: after several consults (of course I got different opinions), I scheduled my Fractora for later this month. However, one thing keeps popping up in my mind about Fractora vs. Co2 laser (or Fraxel) that is making me second guess myself…that is that one doctor who does both recommended Co2 because he said he could get closer to the eye with Co2 laser, could not get that close w/Fractora. Did you find this to be true? Meaning, did they get more of your undereye area with Co2? Because that is really where my wrinkles are. I guess I shouldn’t be so worried about hypopigmentation w/Co2, as I am pretty fair. Thanks again for your time!

                    1. With the Erbium laser, they were able to get VERY close to my eye. I had the Erbium CO2 done when I had upper blepharoplasty done and I was under general anesthesia. I only did the CO2 under my eyes and it took a really long time for the redness to go away. I could cover it with makeup though.

                    2. Thanks, Janine, for taking the time to give me so much input. I really appreciate it. There’s nothing like getting opinions from someone who has already been through these treatments. Have a great day!

                    3. I totally understand that! I always want to hear from someone who isn’t trying to sell anything and isn’t making a commission off what they say. Sometimes it’s hard to find and that’s why with this treatment I put my posts out there (as hideous as I looked) in hopes it would help people. Overall, I have had 3 different procedures with InMode technology and I’ve really been happy with my results. Please come back and share how you are doing and your results too! I know readers would love to hear about people’s experiences. Thank you so much for stopping in! XOOX

  8. So I’m considering Fractora in a couple of months. I found your blog great! You are the only one I have seen that took us through the process. I would have loved to have seen more pictures over the next week.

    I appreciate you educating and sharing your story. Thank you.

    1. I meant to post a few more days out. I do have some photos I took if you would like me to send them to you. By about day 10, things looked very good. However, the red abrasions are vaguely visible in the right light with no makeup on (still) and this is 4+ months later. They will eventually fade completely but what I learned in the process is… to make sure the treatment isn’t too aggressive and that the head of the device is making good contact with your skin. This is just based on a very experienced person doing it. I hope this helps. Let me know if you’d like a few more pictures. Overall, I’m happy and I will do it again but I will ask that the treatment is less aggressive and the larger head is used (which tends to make better contact).

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