Dr. only did a portion of my birthmark today. He said he wanted to see I responded to the laser. He did my upper arm and upper back today.
First, it was not exactly the best feeling in the world- it hurt. When Dr did my arm he had the laser on a 6, and that didn't really hurt at all, but when he did my back, he bumped it up to a 7 and that hurt pretty bad. He finished up with a 6.5 on the rest of my back. (I really have no idea what these numbers mean- other than a 7 hurt worse than a 6).
Right after, it was really "stingy" and the spots were raised- and I have just been told the spots are called purpura. I have been putting ice on the purpura all day, and it helps. Right now I feel like I have a really bad sunburn.
The purpura will last for up to 2 weeks and I will be ready for another treatment in 3-4 weeks. I can't wait to see what it looks like when the purpura fades- and even with how painful it was, I am looking forward to the next treatment, I know (or at least I hope) with every treatment, my birthmark will get lighter and lighter and smaller and smaller.
In case you would like to see, pics of "after" the treatment: (these were immediately after so I am swallen)
You can clearly see the difference between the 7 (on back) and 6 (on arm), I am hoping that with a little better pain management that I can have it all done with a 7 next time.