Feeling Really Bad And Ugly...severe acne scarring
Posted 27 August 2012 - 08:55 PM
Posted 28 August 2012 - 05:32 AM
Posted 28 August 2012 - 09:55 AM
Anyway, the deep scar in the right photo looks like it would respond well to subcision and fillers.
Posted 28 August 2012 - 11:27 AM
Anyway, a plastic surgeon might tell you that they won't be able to do anything seeing that it may be so that cutting the scar out and doing a skin graft is impossible seeing the fact that the shape/direction of the scar may be at the wrong angle in relation to what are referred to as the natural lines of your face. Google it. You'll see.
Why would you want a skin graft, anyway? A plastic surgeon once told me that people who had gotten those looked like rag dolls. Which isn't an improvement. In fact it's the opposite. Now, you've got a cool looking scar... No one is going to care. It's not going to lower the quality of your life, so to speak. So why do anything like getting a skin graft? Besides if you get one, they'll have to take skin from another part of your body to be able to make it work. So you'll just be transporting the scar...and also, like I said, the result won't be cosmetically pleasing anyway. They can't turn back time.
Lasers may improve things a bit. Smooth out the texture a bit. Every bit helps, right? They may also produce collagen build up which may decrease the indentation (it seems like an indented scar to me) but this might not give the same effect as fillers. It's not as dramatic an effect.
But fillers and whatnot... *sigh* Why do that? They are temporary "solutions" which cost a lot of money and won't make you feel better in the long term. You need to focus on accepting your scarring, in my opinion. That's the best thing you can do, in my opinion; improve the look of your scar the best you can, if you can, and then work towards acceptance. That may be a long road. But then again maybe it's not. All depends. Everyone's different. It took me a long time. But once you have accepted your scarring, you'll find that all the things you might be worrying about are only real to a degree. Having a scar like yours is not the end of the world.
Edited by Lapis lazuli, 28 August 2012 - 11:29 AM.
Posted 03 September 2012 - 10:04 AM
After four rounds of subcision, four laser treatments, multiple dermarolling sessions, and numerous chemical peels, it has improved to the point that it doesn't bother me anymore.
See if you can locate a doctor who performs subcision and see if you would be a candidate for this type of procedure. The first time that I had subcision done on my right cheek, my dermatologist told me that the scar tissue was so fibrous and dense that the Nokor needle that he was using was bending. He was very careful not to let it break inside of my cheek which would have resulted in a further complications.
You are very fortunate that the rest of your complexion appears to be scar-free.
Any type of scar revision procedure will require patience on your part as the collagen remodeling process can be a slow and laborious process.
I also found tremendous success using the subcision/suction method with my last round of subcision - the fibrous bands did not re-attach themselves to my epidermis and left my cheek looking relatively smooth - not perfect but tremendous improvement. I would not pursue fillers until you know if subcision might help you. The underlying problem needs to be dealt with before having your face injected with fillers.
I saw my dermatologist last week since it had been about nine months since my last subcision treatment and he was thrilled with how my skin had responded.
Hang in there - you're on a journey. You'll find a lot of support on this site because we've all suffered from the effects of acne scarring.
Please keep us posted - you'll be glad that you took photos as you'll be amazed at how your skin can improve over the course of time when you undergo various modalities to improve your scarring.
Posted 03 September 2012 - 10:28 AM
Posted 19 October 2012 - 11:04 PM
Posted 19 October 2012 - 11:36 PM
Of course though, it's all about how we feel about ourselves and improving our confidence etc - so, glad to hear you're seeing improvement through what you're doing at the moment and feeling better about it! Please be careful in doing it yourself though- I'd be worried about making it worse than it really is.
Posted 20 October 2012 - 11:34 AM
Gosh I bet you can walk into a doctors office right now, and have them inject a yearly filler to plump that right up, and go on with your life. Trust me, you have the type of scar that will yield excellent results with either a filler or subcision or a combination of both. No one would even know you had a scar there. The story would be much different had you had craters and pits all over. Honestly, you have nothing to worry about at all. Go see a good doctor, that can be corrected in 5 mins.
Posted 13 November 2012 - 12:04 AM
I just wanted to update how my scar is looking lately. I'm going on my third month of doing the technique I described above. I've gotten great results so far. The scar has leveled a lot and has stayed that way (after the swelling has gone down). This is me under the same light in my room which before made the scar look awful. Now it's MUCH better. I'll update in a few weeks for anyone who might be interested. Thanks for your kind words!
Posted 13 November 2012 - 07:18 PM
Posted 13 November 2012 - 07:21 PM
Posted 13 November 2012 - 09:39 PM
Results look fantastic. Is that immediately after, swelling? Or real results?
Posted 14 November 2012 - 08:29 PM
Posted 14 November 2012 - 09:26 PM
Posted 12 December 2012 - 01:16 PM
It's been a month since my last post so I would like to update how things are going for those who are interested. My skin is soooo much better than it used to be. The scar stayed pretty level which is amazing. I was also doing the left side of my face, which has improved a lot too. I do however have large pores, particularly on the right side, but I'll take the appearance of large pores over the deep scar anyday. Hyperpigmentation can last awhile, but will eventually fade. It can be covered with makeup (yes I've used makeup sometimes but not a lot). Maybe someday in the near future I'll do a peel to help even things out. I've only needled once since my last post, and just a little bit. I'll be the first to say doing this to myself was a bit risky, and there are things that you should be aware of before trying it, if you ever decide to try it. Ask if you have questions.
Posted 12 December 2012 - 01:38 PM
those are amazing results. can you describe your technique in detail?
What I do is use a very thin sewing needle (I know, I'm sure there's thinner, better needles out there, but it's what I had readily available haha).
I pull the skin taut (don't do this technique without doing this) and beginning at the outer edge of the scar, I insert the needle underneath it (somewhat horizontally). You can try inserting it at different directions, although it can be a little difficult. Don't keep inserting it repeatedly from the same spot.
Anyway, this technique may or may not draw blood. It could be a drop or could be a trickle of blood and you'll have to apply a little pressure to stop the bleeding. About four times I had a trickle of blood and the area swelled up a lot, like a large bump and this kinda scared me LOL. But I did this before bed and in the morning the swelling had gone down to normal and this apparently really helped in filling the scars. Just be careful and don't do too much at once. Once you get comfortable you can figure out how often you want to do it, etc. This is kind of hard to explain like this....ask if you have more questions
Posted 12 December 2012 - 04:44 PM
Posted 12 December 2012 - 07:29 PM
Edited by burgundyfunk, 12 December 2012 - 07:37 PM.
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