...here is an update as promised. My experience yesterday having fillers:
I haven't broken out for 10 months now, and have been off Accutane about 7 months. Yesterday I went to a specialist doctor to have fillers for my scarring. I will attach pics on the post.
It took me a while to find a doctor specialising in using fillers for scarring, however I found one The place I went to is called SkinRenewal and offers a variety of treatments from dermarolling to Laser Genesis...so many things. Anyway when I went in to see the doctor yesterday I was greeted by TWO doctors. Both very qualified and experts in the acne scarring treatment field. They discussed a variety of treatments and recommended a 5 step plan, involving laser, dermrolling at the office, dermarolling at home, carboxytherapy and finally fillers to solve any lasting problems. I said I wanted fillers though, no laser etc yet as my lifestyle and job dont allow me to visit often enough to have treatments every 3 weeks. The doctor said that was absolutely fine adn we can start with fillers rather than finish with them if that is how i want to go.
She suggested I buy a dermaroller and use it at home twice a week in the interim befoe startign any scar treatment schedule. I havent done so but will next month (finances allowing.)
So onto the proceedure...
I arrived at the offices which were very nice, modern and displaying info on a wide variety of skin/ face/ body treatments.
The receptionists wer very knowledgable and I met the one I had been discussing my treatment with. Before even booking my consultation, which was free, she had kindly showed the doctor my pics the week before and asked the doc if I was suitable for fillers, which I was. This was great for me as I'd wasted about £200 so far seeing doctors only to be told they didnt use fillers for scars and to have fraxel!
So after a 5 minute wait (I was 20mins early) and answering medical questions, in I went to be treated by the TWO doctors. Both were very professional but friendly, and open to my ideas and thoughts. the best thing for me was, the operating doctor had work done herself and her pics were actually int he before/ after pages, so it was great to see a 'real' before and after.
As I previously said I was offered the 5 stage process, but went with fillers for now.
The doctor took lots of before pics of me, asked me if I wanted anesthetic (15 min wait) or just ice, I said ice was fine. She cleaned my face, and off we went. She chose to use Surgiderm rather than Restylane (you can google it), because she said Surgiderm is more long lasting and less likely to donut around a scar, it lasts up to 2yrs. I was £250 for one syringe, which was enough to do all of my scars. She worked quickly and precisely, with the other doctor as her aide, pointing out anything she couldnt see from her angle etc. I would say altogether I had 30 + injections, she was thorough, even targetting the scars that didn't irritate me much. The ice wore off after a few mins and they did ask if I wanted more, but tbh the pain wasn't bad at all, just like getting an injection to have blood taken, but repeatedly, so I said, just continue.
After about 5 minutes the proceedure was done. I bled a bit but it stopped by the time I left the rooms. The doctor said I could wear make up immediately if I wanted to, and they would apply coverderm for me if I wanted, but I said it was fine. I'd rather not do anything to risk a breakout...espec with open needle points, I didn't want to ask for any trouble haha
So my boyfriend and I left the offices, me looking like I had a very bad sunburn and like I was recovering from a bad breakout. I got quite a few stares, but hey, I didn't care...I was on the road to normality!
The doctor explained I would have some small lumps at the sight of the injections and that I must massage it often, inside and otuside my mouth to help it absorb. But as we know, half the complaints about fillers are that it looks full when the doc does it, but when the swelling goes down, more filler is needed. My doctor combats this by overfillling slighty, preferring the patient to massage the small lumps over a period of weeks to help smooth them and ensure full scar correction. I said this was fine, I'd rather a few bumps than craters!
I took pics 4hrs after the proceeedure (yesterday), so there is still a lot of swelling, bruising and of coruse lumps from the injections and the excess filler Im sure. However, my left side (good side) is pretty much back to normal colour today, you can only see the small bumps in certain lights. My right side, which was my very bad side, is still quite red and swollen, a little bruised...it looks like Im recovering from a bad breakout. But the craters are gone, even the small ones. I think in a week I will be happy with the result. I imagine I will still have a few bumps, but the redness should ahve subsided and the swelling is subsiding by the hour my boyfriend says.
I havenlt taken any painkillers and it isn't sore at all today, just a little uncomfortable, like a mild bruise, on my 'bad' cheek. The doctor said Iw as very brave and tough for not having the pain relief etc, but tbh the pain wasn't that bad. i dont want to tell people not to have anethetic, because everyone thinks of needles differently, butI preferred just ice, because it allowed me to feel she was hitting all the right spots! i was also given a mirror throughout to see her work and point out anything she might have missed.
But enough form me and sorry for the essay. I just know I like to read real experiences!
finally, I've just taken some new pics...so you can see the difference from yesterday afternoon to today. (The less red ones are today) My right cheek was the very bad one. I think you will agree, the difference in 24hrs is quite remarkable. I looked like I'd been in a fire or something yesterday
Edited by .April., 12 November 2010 - 11:46 AM.