Posted 20 December 2009 - 03:17 PM
Anyhow, I had my first TCA Cross Thursday. The spots are still a brownish tint, scabbing here shortly I imagine. The pain was minimal, just a stinging. Which I personally like because I feel the scar burning
Honestly, looking in the mirror a bit after I feel as if some of the picks closed a tad...it could just be me. After accessing my scarring, which he claims is not the worst, he chose to do a series of 5, more than likely 3, TCA applications. Then if need be he said he would do subcision and possibly a dermabrasion on certain areas, not full face. I am letting the pro take control as he is a very well known Dr. who is considered a skin expert. I must say, I do hate looking like I have acne again due to these spots
Posted 20 December 2009 - 03:31 PM
You say you had 4 fraxel re:pair treatments and none of your scars got better? Wow, I'm really starting to think this entire fractional laser thing is the scam of the century.
Posted 20 December 2009 - 03:38 PM
Posted 20 December 2009 - 03:54 PM
About the depth thing, I believe re:pair goes about 1,6mm deep into the skin. Isn't that alot deeper than a TCA cross treatment will ever go?
I got all my scars from the accutane breakout too.
Posted 20 December 2009 - 04:03 PM
Um, the way TCA works, which you are probably aware of, is "Chemical Reconstruction Of Skin Scars" CROSS. The acid causes the skin underneath the scar to plump up elevating the scar. This is considered the best treatment available for Ice Pick scarring.
It sucks about Accutane, it cleared my skin and I am grateful, but at times, I wonder what would've happened had I waited it out...scar wise.
Posted 20 December 2009 - 04:20 PM
Posted 21 December 2009 - 01:30 AM
Also, do you guys think the accutane caused acne scars? I was on it twice. Hhmmmm.
Please keep us updated on the process and your outcome. Thanks for posting!
Posted 21 December 2009 - 01:37 AM
How much was this procedure compared to the lasers??
Posted 21 December 2009 - 02:25 PM
Most of my scarring is on my cheeks and a little on my forehead. There are a few spots, depressions, that I still think he will need to subcise but he wants to see the reaction to this, as subsicion isn't his favorite procedure so he said.
Posted 09 January 2010 - 08:24 PM
How are things going since you saw Dr. Shah? Please keep us updated! I am very interested in him, and I wish you success.
Posted 13 January 2010 - 11:23 PM
Thanks, and I hope your appmt. goes well. Look forward to hearing about it!
Posted 03 February 2010 - 11:00 PM
Anyway, I had my second treatment with Shah on January 8th. I'm still waiting for the redness to completely subside...that is the hardest part about this process, being male and dealing with the dark spots. He just told me to schedule again once the discoloration is gone...he said he's seen it last 5 weeks or maybe even more. I'm almost on through the 4th week. Not too noticeable, just annoying.
When I see the scarring in bright light which shines in through the window, in my harsh as hell bathroom mirror, I do notice some filling in...it's nice to actually notice it and know it isn't just wishful thinking. This treatment doesn't work overnight unfortunately, it's a progression over time.
To answer a question on where my pick scarring was, it is on my cheeks. It's interesting because they aren't really pock marks, just depressed little picks. But I also have some deeper saucer like scars that he has been doing but will more that likely subcise when it is all said and done, but you never know.
I want to do a light peel for my overall skin tone and texture but am not quite sure if it is safe to do now? I think it is because my skin isn't irritated nor are the spots, obviously. I want to try this TCA Latte peel. It comes highly recommended.
Posted 03 February 2010 - 11:17 PM
Congrats on getting gradual improvement. I hope it keeps up.
I was wondering if you had talked to Dr. Shah about a couple of things I am wondering: punch technique for very small picks and whether he's ever seen scars get bigger with his TCA application.
Thanks, and please keep us posted. I get a good feeling about Dr. Shah by looking at his site and hearing from others.
Posted 03 February 2010 - 11:25 PM
I'm trying to get some pics up here now. It's hard to see the scars though, kinda :/ damn.
Posted 03 February 2010 - 11:32 PM
Posted 04 February 2010 - 04:50 AM