Hi Tokyo Girl, I have just looked at your gallery and noticed that you've actually made great strides in your journey. You can actually see the stages. Your laser resurfacing treatments actually reversed the damage done by the TCA Cross, and it actually looks far better. Your smaller scars, the faint ones that seem more textural, which weren't TCA Crossed, seem to have been smoothed out by your recent laser treatment. I'm just judging from your pictures in this thread and comparing them to your older ones. Your left cheek, especially, demonstrates the obvious improvements.
I don't know, but perhaps if you were to have laser resurfacing (Total FX), at least once a year and think of it as simply maintenance, polishing, and anti-ageing (in the same way that celebrities have seasonal botox, or semiyearly - twice a year - laser treatments) and not think of them so much as acne scar reduction), hopefully you might even eliminate them completely in the long term. Just a thought.
Also, I would like to know whether you've been able to quit smoking after your treatment. If not, then perhaps that is what's affecting the collagen production.
I look forward to your updates.
Those faint scars and all my tiny ice picks were crossed too. Just about every scar on my face was crossed. I believe that contributed to my complications. I don't have "after" TCA Cross pictures of my right cheek. I'm surprised I found one of my left cheek, and even that one doesn't clearly show the damage that was done. Both of my cheeks were much worse off after TCA Cross. My right cheek has responded the most in terms of smoothing but the scars were not as deep or wide as my left cheek after Cross. If you look closely at my after photos of my right cheek, you can see faint ripples and line scars. Those were caused by TCA Cross. You won't find the ripples & lines in my "before" Deep FX picture on that cheek because I don't have a picture of that side after Cross. On that cheek, some of my scars kind of connected together. In other words, the skin between them caved and formed indented lines. It was a devastating experience. I would say most of that damage is reversed at this point, but it's not completely reversed.
I can't imagine doing Total FX annually. Mentally and physically, I don't think I could handle it. I also wouldn't do it for anti-aging. Like Austra, I hope to move on from scar treatment at some point. At the same time, I'm also concerned about the long-term sustainability of results. So far, I'm impressed with my overall improvement. I don't see how my scars could revert to the same level of damage, but I also suspect my skin texture will require some kind of maintenance going forward. As of now, I just can't think too far ahead because it's discouraging.
No, I have not fully quit smoking. I am likely inhibiting maximum collagen production. I am aware of that. For some reason, I still continue to light up a few times a day. It's such a disgusting habit too.
Interestingly, I did actually quit smoking for a period of time when I had TCA Cross done. I can't say that helped my recovery much. It's hard to imagine, I could have been worse off.
As for collagen production, they say it takes a minimum of one month for new collagen to grow. Age is also a factor in collagen production. I am nearly 40 and am just starting to see some improvement now in that area. I'll probably see my maximum results in 2-3 months.
Thanks for your support. I will update my main post again once I get my hyperpigmentation to fade a bit.
Edited by *Inspired*, 12 January 2013 - 02:54 PM.