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  1. I don't even see it anymore! Yay!
  2. Bad scar from Trauma - Please Help!

    It's hard for some people to understand the pain a scar can cause. And oftentimes, especially on this board, it's hard to get sympathy when your scarring seems minimal to other people (though not to you). Folks, can we just try to be nice to one another? We all handle things differently. What is nothing to you can be a huge deal to others. We all just come here for a little compassion and understanding.
  3. Scars worsened w/ one year of needling and lasers

    I think your skin looks a lot better actually!
  4. Punch Excision

    I really don't know for sure...likely between 6 and 12 months. Even if it's only 6 months, the improvement is worth it to me. It only costs me $200 so a small price to pay for an ounce of sanity.
  5. Great Results with Dermarolling

    I did 5 sessions of professional derma rolling. Results weren't great. That said, some people have been very happy with the improvement they've seen. As for the pics, TOTALLY misleading. The lighting is completely different.
  6. I have never seen scarring like mine

    Did you used to pick your face? I ask because my scarring looks like that and I'm a recovering skin picker.
  7. Punch Excision

    Here's a new pic with the new filler, exactly 2 weeks post. Not the exact same lighting but still under dreadful fluorescents. I still feel very self conscious about it and the rest of my skin (which is covered in shallow white scarring due to my picking issues) BUT it's better in my eyes. The filler really did make things look a lot worse.
  8. Punch Excision

    Thanks! So far, the new filler (Esthelis) looks a lot better. It's not perfect but I'm not sure that's even possible. All I know is I feel 100x better than I did before.
  9. What do you recommend for my scars?(photos)

    Don't listen to your brother. And that girl is missing out. You have a great smile!
  10. Please help! Extremely large nose pores all over the area.

    It's true, you can't actually shrink your pores. However, you can minimize their appearance. Use primer and get regular peels. Maybe try retin-A as well.
  11. I was stupid after doing a microneedling

    It looks the same to me...and not bad for what it's worth. Tanning after micro needling probably wasn't the best thing to do but it wouldn't have caused more scarring. I don't believe that's physically possible. It might have darkened up some scars but that's about it. The sun is particularly bad for the first 6 months (approx) after you get a new scar mainly because it can make it permanently darker. But it doesn't cause more indented scarring. Good luck!
  12. How pitted acne scars feels ??

    It can feel smooth as well. I have scars but can't feel most of them if I run my fingers across my face.
  13. Scabs and scars

    That should heal up just fine. I used to be a serious skin picker. I know what will heal and what will scar.
  14. What silly advice from that derm. I've read many times that a dent from cortisone can take many months to fill in. Look it up on RealSelf. This might not be as bad as you think!
  15. Punch Excision

    Went to the PS today to get the filler out. He agreed that it looked a bit overfilled at the top and bottom of the scar so he used some hyaluronadaise (sp?) to dissolve some ofit. Then he put in some other type of filler; something a bit 'heavier'. I can't remember the name right now. He felt that it was going to work better than the Belotero he'd been using up to this point. I figured, what the heck...he'll remove it if I don't like it...and he didn't charge me. Of course, it looks pretty good right now because the area is a bit swollen. I guess I'll enjoy it while it lasts.
  16. Bad scar from Trauma - Please Help!

    Nothing I say is going to make you feel better. But the offer still stands, if you ever need to reach out to someone who understands how you feel, you can PM me. Life is it. Good luck.
  17. Bad scar from Trauma - Please Help!

    You're still only a week out. It might actually get better. In any case, have you thought about taking some meds for the anxiety this seems to be causing you? (I haven't re-read the post so I don't know if you've addressed this already). It did help take the edge off for me.
  18. Bad scar from Trauma - Please Help!

    I'm sorry to read that you're feeling this way. I know how you feel...really, I do. How are you feeling about the filler now? Feel free to PM me if you ever need someone to vent to. Stay strong.
  19. How To Treat Indentations Left From Tca Peel?

    Unfortunately, I don't have any helpful advice re: tca peel. I just wanted to send you a big virtual hug. I know the pain of BDD and how awful it can feel. Stay strong. ✌
  20. Punch Excision

    Thank you for the kind words. I guess we really are our own worst critic. Aside from maybe taking some filler out, I'm not going touch my face again! Lesson learned. I wish you all the best!
  21. Punch Excision

    No, it probably doesn't look as bad as I think but BDD has a way of f*cking with your mind. I've had subcision before and the results were slight at best. Not sure I want to spend any more money. A better approach might be to get over it...easier said than done. Anyhow, here's a recent picture. Same place, similar lighting. No doubt it looks better than it did but it's still indented. And I think the filler just makes it look worse. There is more filler on one side which I believe is creating a shadow at the top.
  22. Punch Excision

    Thank you for responding. The positive energy is appreciated :)
  23. Punch Excision

    Just wanted to provide an update. It's been about 9 months since the punch excision and it is the biggest mistake I've ever made. I turned a small scar into an unsightly mark on my face.It looks like hole witha dark shadow. I had Belotero put in 4 times but it just seems to emphasize the scar instead of filling it in. I'm convinced I can see the filler in some lighting. I'm actually have it removed on Monday because I can't stand the shadowing that I think it creates. The PS has been very nice about things; doing the filler for free. I still feel a bit duped though. When I went for my first consultation I asked a million questions, including the % chance that the procedure would be a success. He said 90% so I figured the chances were good. I even brought my husband to be the voice of reason! After the fact, when things didn't work out, he tells me that it's a tricky part of the face, etc, etc. I will always wonder why he failed to mention that at the consultation. I don't think he's money hungry...this procedure is a drop in the bucket for him compared to boob jobs and tummy tucks. It's been a very difficult journey, especially with the BDD I suffer from. I cry about it constantly. Sometimes I really hate myself for having done something so stupid. Other times, I'm a bit gentler, reminding myself that looks aren't fact, they're nothing. That's just the nature of this disease. Anyhow, if you're considering punch excision, I would think twice...especially on the cheeks. You might be one of the lucky ones...but you might not. Can you live with that? Good luck to all of you!
  24. Treatment for Sebaceous Hyperplasia

    Thanks for the follow up!