Posted 13 March 2003 - 05:16 PM
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Posted 14 March 2003 - 03:56 PM
I just had my appointment with the derm. I was very impressed with her, Barbara Schell, MD, in Seattle. Anyway, she was already aware of the treatment and the article in the journal and says she has already tried it on patients. It is a viable treatment option just as the article said. However, for my case, she said that if she was me, she would use a CO2 laser as it would give the most impressive result (75-90%). I could do the TCA and follow up with the N-Lite too, but she really said the laser was the way to go. I won't know prices until the gal who handles that end of things calls me back on Monday. In spite of what the doctor had to say I think I will still give this treatment a try! I figure if the results aren't as hoped I can always go to the laser later. Stefany, I cannot believe your luck!
Posted 14 March 2003 - 07:50 PM
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Posted 15 March 2003 - 11:48 AM
First of all I should describe what kind of scarring I have. Even though I have a few scars, the scar that bugs me most and I am most anxious to have treated is a pit on my right nostril. The doctors I have seen have not all called it an Ice-Pick, rather some have said it is a depressed atrophic scar. It was the result of a cyst I had last year that took two months to heal and then when it was finally healing a branch hit me right on the cyst, tearing off the scab and leaving a hole and a line.
I also have some pretty tiny ice-picks on the left side of my nose and a really shallow boxcar on my left cheek. After visits with seven Plastic Surgeons who suggested everything from excision, dermaplaning, laser treatment, collagen injections, doing nothing, dermabrasion, to silicone injections, needless to say I was a little perplexed. Forget the fact that a few of the doctors directly contradicted what other doctors had said. After I heard about Dr. Rapaport's treatment for Ice-Picks (among the most difficult of scars to treat) and purchasing the article I saw that CROSS was not only for Ice-Picks but for all types of depressed scars.
Anyway, this is my long-winded way of saying I can understand why this doctor thinks CO2 might be the way to go. However, I still think I am going to give CROSS a try first.
Sorry for the novel!
Posted 15 March 2003 - 07:10 PM
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Posted 19 March 2003 - 04:37 PM
Just heard back. The doctor would charge $50 to do a test scar with 65% TCA. They suggested augmenting this with a full face 35% TCA which would be an additional $400. Still weighing my options at this point.
Posted 21 March 2003 - 04:25 PM
Test treatment on one scar is scheduled for Friday April 4th at 4:15. I'm scared and excited! Keeping my fingers crossed.
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Posted 23 March 2003 - 02:40 PM
You are welcome. If you look at my March 15th post in this thread, I describe my various scars. I am really very fair, however with a bit of an olive undertone (kind of greenish in the wrong light (yikes)). I too am apprehensive about the prospect of a full face TCA peel. I have heard people say that after one their pores looked permanently enlarged (all I need). Anyway, my appointment is on April 4th too. And yes, the article does describe CROSS as progressive. Some people had up to six treatments. When I talked to the assistant at Dr. Rapaport's office via phone she said it averages about three treatments they then follow up with N-Lite.
Do you care to share your TCA experience? The article is focused on this treatment on darker skin types, including Koreans (the study was performed at Leejiham Skin Clinic and the Department of Dermatology at Yonsei University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea). They warn of the dangers of full face peels on darker skin types and therefore the focus of the study was to evaluate the clinical effects of CROSS on all types of atrophic acne scars in dark-complexioned patients. They said that the scars they treated successfully with this modality have ranged from dialated pores to surgical scars.
Anyway, I really envy you for being able to see Dr. Rapaport, I have never heard one negative thing about him.
All my best!
Posted 23 March 2003 - 03:06 PM
Just want to wish you GOOD LUCK!!
It does look like a really impressive treatment. I really hope it works out for you - will send you positive vibes on the 4th!
Posted 23 March 2003 - 03:22 PM
I really would like to have all my scars treated, but since I don't want to use up all my vacation time treating scars and want to make sure my skin reacts well I am just having the one scar test treated. Thanks so much for the positive thoughts! I'm sure I'll be pretty anxious until I see how this thing looks after the crusting sloughs off.