I really considered punch techniques when I first began researching. However, most things I read made it sound like they are reserved for deeper scars and most of mine are pretty wide and shallow, yet they all have sharp edges. Both of the doctors I've seen, while discouraging laser, have promoted dermabrasion and I assume it is because they think resurfacing would shave down my scars enough to give significant improvement. But I am not willing to go through that, especially with my skin color!
My scars are actually very similar to what your before pictures look like. Not deep at all. And obviously punch grafts/floats have worked beautifully for you. Have any scars been removed by the floats? Does it leave a new circle shaped scar? I'm afraid the inside will level out but the circular border will remain indented? Thank you so much for all of your feedback, Cherry! You are truly a sweetheart!
D'awww! Thank you so much. That was really sweet to hear.
I think you are right in deciding to go against dermabrasion. That is such a risky procedure. And, I thought that the possibility of permanent hyperpigmentation (a real concern, in your case) was still high even with dermabrasion. Is this not so?
Yes. I've had several scars (icepick scars) almost completely erased by the punch floats. The scars that were grafted were a bit deeper, so there is still evidence of past scarring on those particular sites, however they look light years better than they did before.
Some of the areas that were grafted did leave circle-scars, yes. However, those seem to eventually fade out over the course of about 8 month's time. Not too bad, if you ask me! I've not yet had an issue with a circular border remaining indented, like you expressed concern over, but that's why I plan on maintaining this thread for at least another 6 months or so.
Hope you found that info helpful.