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#1 unhappy monster

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Posted 10 September 2010 - 11:37 PM

Hi,guys.I'm a new memeber of this forum.I have large area of ice pick sare.It looks so bad.This makes me feel depressed.Please tell me what is the best way to treat these scars.Thanx!

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Posted 10 September 2010 - 11:55 PM

Depends on the severity really,

are they deep, and numerous?

Shallow and numerous?

Shallow and few? (If so, I'd ignore them)

Pictures of the specific areas would also help people here answer this.

Or, so you don't have to wait for reply's, try using the search option to see numerous approaches on various ice pick topics.

Edited by awakeodin, 10 September 2010 - 11:59 PM.


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Posted 11 September 2010 - 03:16 AM

Hey there, I have the rolling type of scarring and have just had the c02 Smartdot laser done to help smooth them. I am really happy with the result so far although the true result will be able to be seen in around 5 weeks time as I still may have some micro swelling at the moment. Anyway, the specialist said this laser is very good for all types of scarring even icepick but you would probably need 2 or 3 treatments done as ice pick scars are usually a little deeper. Have you thought of maybe putting a filler in them to help lift and smooth the skin? I know fillers only last about 6-9 months but it could be worth a try and the result is instant. All the best...goodluck


Edited by nessie01, 11 September 2010 - 03:17 AM.


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Posted 11 September 2010 - 03:39 AM

Lasers are not good for icepick scarring... some dermatologists will tell you whatever you wanna hear to get your money. TCA Cross is very good for icepick scarring. So is needling. I'm going to be doing Cross on my icepick scars soon. Here are some threads about it:

http://www.acne.org/...s-p-t23133.html

http://www.acne.org/...00-T-t5610.html

And here's a study on it:

http://www.cosmetics...kin-acne4.shtml

#5 Mr.Don

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Posted 11 September 2010 - 07:06 AM

If they are deep and wide you should get them excised.
If they are deep and small tca cross may help.
If they are shallow and wide tca cross or skin-resurfacing technics may help.

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Posted 11 September 2010 - 07:28 AM

wow that result is amazing... I've never thought of having that procedure done and it's true that icepick/deep scars don't go well with fraxel and so forth. I've had 5 restores done and one vbeam and it helped with shallow rolling scars but not really with my bad icepick scars.

I'll look into this.
SCARS SUCK :(

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Posted 11 September 2010 - 07:36 AM

I just read the reviews for TCA CROSS on this website and the majority say that it's a terrible treatment with quite bad side effects...
SCARS SUCK :(

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Posted 11 September 2010 - 08:34 AM

QUOTE (Buddy Franklin @ Sep 11 2010, 07:36 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I just read the reviews for TCA CROSS on this website and the majority say that it's a terrible treatment with quite bad side effects...


What bad side effects? making the scars wider?

I thought TCA cross is a hot topic now on this board..

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Posted 11 September 2010 - 09:15 AM

TCA CROSS has been a hot topic since even before I joined. razz.gif

Don't just read reviews, read individual experiences on the scar treatments board.

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Posted 11 September 2010 - 01:01 PM

QUOTE (Buddy Franklin @ Sep 11 2010, 08:36 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I just read the reviews for TCA CROSS on this website and the majority say that it's a terrible treatment with quite bad side effects...


Majority or minority? Eh, the majority of bad reviews are those who didn't do it right IMO. It's really hard not to get it on the edges of healthy skin, therefore people can make the scars worse. Usually if people thoroughly research it, they're fine. I read the 73-page long thread on this.

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Posted 11 September 2010 - 03:42 PM

QUOTE (Sapphire Lily @ Sep 12 2010, 05:01 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
QUOTE (Buddy Franklin @ Sep 11 2010, 08:36 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I just read the reviews for TCA CROSS on this website and the majority say that it's a terrible treatment with quite bad side effects...


Majority or minority? Eh, the majority of bad reviews are those who didn't do it right IMO. It's really hard not to get it on the edges of healthy skin, therefore people can make the scars worse. Usually if people thoroughly research it, they're fine. I read the 73-page long thread on this.


i can agree with this. it makes you wonder how many other worthwhile treatments are out there. so many people tend to listen to one or two bad experiences from people who are very vocal about it, whilst ignoring the positive experiences recieved by so many others.

the poor experiences i have read have been from people who
- did it on much larger scars or didnt treat the whole scar
- didnt push hard on the scars
- didnt wait the whole 6-8 weeks
- didnt do enough crosses and stopped after 1-2 sessions
- had poor diet and lifestyles
- didnt do anything to help the post wound healing

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Posted 11 September 2010 - 07:59 PM

QUOTE (cartwheeling_monkey @ Sep 11 2010, 04:42 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
i can agree with this. it makes you wonder how many other worthwhile treatments are out there. so many people tend to listen to one or two bad experiences from people who are very vocal about it, whilst ignoring the positive experiences recieved by so many others.

the poor experiences i have read have been from people who
- did it on much larger scars or didnt treat the whole scar
- didnt push hard on the scars
- didnt wait the whole 6-8 weeks
- didnt do enough crosses and stopped after 1-2 sessions
- had poor diet and lifestyles
- didnt do anything to help the post wound healing


eusa_clap.gif I fully agree on this.


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Posted 11 September 2010 - 08:41 PM

By the sounds of it, you guys are doing this by yourselves?? Or am I getting the wrong impression.

I thought this was somethign you had to do at a clinic/derm?

And no, not minority, majority.
SCARS SUCK :(

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Posted 11 September 2010 - 08:57 PM

buddy, a lot of people are doing it on themselves and this might be the reason for the poor results amongst a few people, but who knows everyone is different.

its the same with peels. ive seen great results applying many layers of 50% tca to my face (im light skin toned) whilst other people on these boards say they have been scarred permanently after using weak glycolic acid peels. everyone is different.

im a true ice pick scar sufferer and i know only too well - how limited the options are. i have many many many small scars. i could get them excised - but if i was to get it done 80 or so times, id be broke for a very long time. tca cross isnt perfect, but from my discussions with people actually doing it on themselves (and their excitement at their improvement) to my reading of posts, pics, journals and the like, im satisfied tca cross is the best thing for me.

whilst im here to help, im not going to put any effort into swaying anyones views. based on your research, you have decided tca cross isnt the best option for you. i honestly think thats great. i wish you all the best in your treatments and keep in touch with how you end up.

just remember everyones experience here is different and sometimes you need to put extreme posts into perspective. if you listened to every poster here, you would never try anything and youd end up staying here - unfortunately a very sad man.

sapphire and jackiey are due to start their tca crosses in the near future and you can keep a tabs on their progress - if you are in any way still interested in tca cross.

Edited by cartwheeling_monkey, 11 September 2010 - 09:18 PM.


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Posted 11 September 2010 - 10:57 PM

cartwheeling_monkey,I have the same problem with you! I also have many many small scars,almost my whole face.I heard that TCA is a good way to get rid of ice pick scars.But ,I'm scared do that by myself.Plus,I'm in China.There is no TCA for selling.I also heard that Fraxel SR1500 Laser can improve our scars. Is it true?

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Posted 11 September 2010 - 11:03 PM

monkey : so yopu have tried TCA Cross before? How good was the result exactly?

unhappy monster: Hey we are in the same situation. Im also in China and there is no TCA things to sell around. What kind of scars do you have? have you consider they are scarred pores or you have orange peel texture?

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Posted 11 September 2010 - 11:16 PM

unhappy monster - im not big on fraxel. ive read many reviews and it simply doesnt seem to work for ice pick scars. plus, its a lot more expensive than tca cross. im thinking of getting a fraxel repair treatment after im finished all my rounds of tca cross - but waiting to see how it all goes.

kento - i dont think im the best example. i tried doing tca cross on myself late last year and had mixed results. i didnt do many scars i made some bigger and some smaller. im taking it as a sign im just a clumsy person - despite me reading soooo much into it. im wanting to get it done professionally to overcome this, but also realise i may need to do a few on myself again (just to get the number of scars i want treated). this worries me to be honest.

i've had a chat to a few members on here who were doing it a few months back and they were so pleased with their results. one told me she waited 2 months instead of the usual 6 weeks and she found her scars had filled in around 20%.

a user on here added a youtube video from the victorian cosmetic institute which shows a derm doing tca cross on a patient. its a great thing to watch if you are curious how to apply it. i've watched it tonnes of times (i have no idea why).

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Posted 03 October 2010 - 05:14 AM

Hi,

I've got many ice picked scars as well. I've been doing research on this forum for a while and it seems that TCA Cross is the best way for those small while deep scars. But after reading so many thread, I'm still getting no way as i can't find the supply of those TCA chemicals.

Where/which website do you guys usually to get the TCA from?

Thanks
Did 3 Fraxel restore so far.
Not much improvemet on pitted/icepick scars
Searching for new method for icepick..........

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Posted 03 October 2010 - 05:19 AM

QUOTE (Tobeconfirmed @ Oct 3 2010, 10:14 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Hi,

I've got many ice picked scars as well. I've been doing research on this forum for a while and it seems that TCA Cross is the best way for those small while deep scars. But after reading so many thread, I'm still getting no way as i can't find the supply of those TCA chemicals.

Where/which website do you guys usually to get the TCA from?

Thanks


i got mine from perfect complexions. its the site with the lady with the hair covering her face whilst holding a dog. i've used some others in my time and have found her to be pretty good.

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Posted 03 October 2010 - 07:56 AM

Unhappy, I just posted this the other day and it is a new technique you may find interesting. Subdermal Minimum Surgery.
http://www.acne.org/...ry-t280040.html
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