Posted 06 November 2012 - 05:27 PM
In the summer of 2009 I went to a plastic surgeon that my mother was well acquiantedwith and had him perform a dermabrasion on my nose in order to improve my blackhead scars and enlarged pores. Immediately following the treatment my nose was raw and fleshy; It was the last week of August and I'd be starting my senior year of high school soon. The downtime for the dermabrasion was longer than I anticipated, and as a result I missed my first month of school altogether in order to heal properly, keep my nose from the sun, and avoid seeing my peeps.By the first week of October I remember being back in class and feeling okay about the condition and appearance of my nose, and after a few weeks of being around other people I felt confident about my appearance.
It's been a little over 3 years since my dermabrasion and I'm beginning to feel the same way I felt about my nose prior to the procedure, and at times I even question whether or not there was any actual improvement. The blackheads are the root of the problem, and recently I've had an icepick scar form near the middle of my nose after trying to carefully extract an obnoxious looking blackhead.
I can't help but have this hyper-awareness of my nose all the time now; I've been with my current girlfriend for 6 months and she doesn't seem too bothered by my nose, but she did ask me, "what happened to your nose? did you have bad acne?" once, So I know she's at the very least cognizant of the fact that my nose is scarred (And this question came before the aforementioned icepick scar!)
I'd love some advice from anyone with successful icepick scarring/ nose scarring stories, and any advice for that matter.
I'm new to these boards but I've been lurking for years, any help would be appreciated guys!
Posted 07 November 2012 - 04:03 AM
Your scarring is mild but if it bothers you then I'm glad you're doing something about it. I don't have ice pick scarring but I hear good things about TCA cross. Have you looked into this?
All the best.
Posted 07 November 2012 - 06:47 AM
Posted 07 November 2012 - 06:55 AM
1. We are always our harshest critic. Personally I think your nose is just fine. Try not to let it bother you, your nose does not define who you are.
2. Tackle the problem about your active blackheads. The only person I trust to remove my blackheads is my technician who does my microderms. She lances the skin so that the blackheads can be removed without causing scarring and/or pimples. Maybe you should see about microderms and exfoliating creams to help keep your blackheads away.
Posted 07 November 2012 - 07:28 AM
If you really want to try TCA cross, you should try a test spot on just one scar first and see how it heals. It may improve your scars, but not necessarily. In any case, try to find an experienced doctor to do it rather than trying anything at home (mostly because I wouldn't trust any online TCA to be what it claims to be, and it does come with too high a risk). I've had cross done a few times on my small boxcars and some shallow ice-picks, including one on my nose, but cross didn't actually give me much of an improvement anywhere on my face. Then again, it didn't worsen the small scar on my nose either.
I have no experience with laser treatments and whether the skin on the nose can be treated with lasers, but if you really want to see improvement, you might want to look into those options too, especially Fraxel Repair and Deep FX or Total Fx.
Edited by austra, 07 November 2012 - 07:30 AM.
Posted 07 November 2012 - 09:58 AM
Posted 08 November 2012 - 04:10 AM
I have had 5 sessions of Fraxel Re:Store but my problem is not my nose so I'm sorry but I can't shed any light on whether that treatment would be good for you. Re:Pair is a different laser though and is more aggressive. I haven't had this treatment before.
I did a quick Google search a few moments ago and some doctors seem to think that soft fillers such as Restylane may improve shallow scarring on the nose-tip. Restylane is known to improve collagen as it is a hyaluronic acid based filler. Results are not permanent, per say, but they are long term. The biggest benefit is that your body will continue to build collagen as the filler is absorbed. Plus you can always go back for touch-ups as you need them. Worth checking out at least!
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