could you please give any details regarding the TCA-Cross treatment? I´ve recently done one and I´m a bit discouraged since still nothing has happened (the scabs just fell off a few days ago). I´´ve heard a lot about being patient because the main improvement is to set in only within one month after but can you confirm this?
Do you think it would be beneficial to help inducing the collagen production by applying a peeling topically (only on the scar itself) even if it´s still healing?!
Or is there any other way to annoy the scar or is this not to be recommended as it´s too dangerous and might cause a depression again (I mean it´s still a wound..)?
And secondly how did you start doing these peelings? Did you just buy them via the web? Did you let your skin get used to them by applying weaker peelings first? Or did you start with the strong peelings straight off? What other tips are there?
yeah, I think it´s very likely that the prolonged bruising is due to the suctioning. The other way round this means that the suctioning had to have at least SOME effect whatsoever. Thus this could mean that the suction-procedure has been successful and that the current scar level is probable to be durable because it apparently works. Isn´t it so?
But I think the critical phase has to be over after two and a half weeks, don´t you? I remember you fearing the same thing after two weeks and things turned out good, didn´t you?
Did you apply anything solely on the subcised scars or are nothing but time and the skin itself healing the best?
Or should I need anything more than zinkcremes and a very healthy diet that supplies me with a lot of vitamins?!
Thanks for your expert replies so far and I´m looking forward to your next one !
Hey Matt, it's me again. I have had done another round of subcision on two of my scars. I actually could be quite happy with the results because in a lot of different positions and light situations in front of the mirror my scars are virtually invisible. But there are always some perspectives where you can't be sure if the scar is still there or not. And this gets me really frustrated because I still don't know if to be happy or not. What's to do? In addition: The treatment is 14 weeks and a half ago. How safe is the current state? Can there still be microswelling? Can the scar still reappear?! Moreover the subcised scars still are red and have bruising. When will this subside? PS: For the case you don't remember or it hasn't been clear to you so far: I applied the suction method.
bad news. The scar is still/already/again nearly as depressed as before, altough I started suctioning today (even one day before recommendation !) I guess your scars and the scars treated in the study have never been depressed anymore and rather even.
I must say my scars are rather small so the subcision may not have worked well on them.
Is it worth to continue ..??
Man, Im a bit down since I was very hopeful about this method.
Oh it is great that you responded ! Its always a relief to have some urgent questions answered !
Today is the second day and therefore I will try the suction method today
Oh, but silly me !
I forgot to ask one more question: You said you took a hand-held vacuum sweeper. As I was looking for a new one to buy all the hand-held vacuum sweepers appeared to me not to have enough power (they didn´t pull the skin when I tried them on the skin of my arm).
I´ve got a normal vacuum cleaner at home though and its exactly adjustable, so from very low to very high pressure. So I think the power of an hand-held sweeper is within its range.
Would you advise me to use one then ? And did you use so much power that the skin was actually pulled in the nozzle or less ?
Im a bit confused as you say you used a hand-held sweeper and you still had to lower the pressure with your hand. Im scared of using to much pressure (if this could be dangerous at all..)
This is my last question. After that I will only report
Thank you for your patience to answer my endless questions !
1. In the first week I will suction every day, two-three times a day by passing the nozzle over the scars a few times (each of these passes shouldn´t be longer than 4 secs.)
2. In the second week I will do the same thing but only every second day.
1. Q: So this is exactly how its explained in the study and therefore the best way ?
2. Q: I still got my plasters on the treated scars. Should I leave them until I start suctioning or can I take them off. When did you take off your bandages ?
Last Question: This one is the most important to me:
When you started suctioning was there no depression, didn´t you see the scar and did the suctioning only prevented it from reappearing ?
..or when you started suctioning it was it still depressed then and only after the first days of suctioning it became elevated/even and invisible ?
So basically: Did suctioning only maintain the result that was done by subcision anyways or did it improve/elevate the scar even more ?
Do you get it ? Its this fine differece
I would be again very grateful if you answered because this is the crucail step for me right now.
I think I´ll have another treatment. And this time I will only do subcision and try the suction method. Then I can compare both methods and can say I tried both and wont regret anything. Is that a good idea ?
With great interest I followed your thread this far. Now finally I´m about to apply your described technique myself and I´m really looking forward to it.
Thing is though: I had my subcision treatment today and they gave me hyaluron acid for free. First I didn´t want them to inject me hyaluron because I knew it wouldn´t last long and I actually wanted to try your method which consists of not injecting anything and solely subcising and suctioning it afterwards. But hey they offered me to save a little money. (The whole procedure didn´t cost me anything at all ?!)
The questions is now: Can I still try the suction method in three days during two weeks while there is hyaluron acid inside. Is it recommendable or will there be even a double effect ? Or would the injected acid now interfere with any other method (suctioning etc.) ? Will I have to wait until it has degraded and do it again ?
Do you understand my question ? Please tell me if not.
I would be so glad if you answered me in time. You have inspired me a lot so far, so I´m expecting your reply with great excitement.
Mr. Matt: How did the areas you treated with your kind of the subcision suction method evolve ? Is the improvement still visible ? Would you advise me to buy a cheap microdermabrasion set or should I rather opt for a totally normal handheld vacuum cleaner ? Íf I were to do this I´m still a bit anxious about possible consequences. Is this justified or is the worst thinkable side effect only another harmless haemorrhea ? I hope it´s not dangerous, because so far your experiences with this technique were very encouraging ! I´m glad you are still updating. Thanks for a reply in advance ! Regards.