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#121 zavvi

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Posted 08 March 2014 - 07:19 AM

 

 

Hey, I was wondering when this thread would get updated!

 

Nice improvement! Yeah, I can see why some would disagree, since your "before" pictures were of lower quality and wouldn't capture the scars well.

Hey,

 

Thanks for the comment. It's nice to know others see the improvement. 



>>>inspired hate to be a bit of doosh but look into tca cross for ice picks no laser helps ice

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Zavvi,

 

If you even bothered to look at my gallery, you would have clearly seen that I started with TCA Cross. TCA Cross not only made my scars deeper, it widened them and caused some to merge. The damage was extensive. I ended up with wider indents on my face, which laser has improved. Not only has laser improved my indents but it has improved my deep ice pick scars. 

 

Perhaps, you should read a little before giving someone advice because he/she may have already gone down that path. TCA Cross was the worst decision I could have ever made in my scar treatment journey, and I used an experienced doctor. It is not the solution for everyone and there are risks of further damage.

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jheez no need to be so harsh just giving my opinion you would be the first i have met then that has permanent improvement with laser

 

Sorry if that came out harsh. Your comment wasn't posted in a friendly tone either, and it was clearly obvious you didn't even look at my gallery before giving advice. I am happy with my improvement. Is my skin perfect? Not at all, but the improvement from laser is undeniable and it has changed my life. When I started out, I would have never risked laser either.

There are several examples on this forum of people who have had success with laser. Just Cross didn't work for me, laser doesn't work for everyone. Don't knock it until you try it.

inspired any laser results are a lot

i am sorry i didnt mean my comment to soon harsh as well i well even post you a link of a doc saying lasers dont help ice picks. Sorry to hear tca made you worse. Lasers aren't for everyone as well for example i have asian skin any laser would make me worse



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Posted 08 March 2014 - 07:43 AM

Looking at the before and after pictures I see around 70% improvement.



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Posted 08 March 2014 - 08:30 AM

 

i am sorry i didnt mean my comment to soon harsh as well i well even post you a link of a doc saying lasers dont help ice picks. Sorry to hear tca made you worse. Lasers aren't for everyone as well for example i have asian skin any laser would make me worse

Hey Zavvi,

 

No big deal. I'm not upset. I didn't mean to sound harsh. I've been treating my scars for many years now. I definitely believe in doing my research. I wasn't thorough with my research in the beginning though, and wasted $1000s on pointless procedures, such as microdermabrasion and peels. The only thing I haven't tried so far is needling and surgical removal. I haven't tried a surgical approach because I haven't found a single doctor who would even attempt to surgically remove my scars.

 

I also have Asian skin. As a result, I always suffer from hyperpigmentation after laser. I think you have to pick a doctor who is comfortable and experienced with treating Asian skin before you risk any kind of scar treatment. You also have to be willing to deal with temporary side-effects, like hyperpigmentation.

I don't think laser can eliminate ice pick scars like excision but excision can fail as well. Laser hasn't improved my "bottomless" ice pick scars or my scarred pores. I have definitely seen improvement to the ones that had a noticeable base. I don't know if that makes any sense to you but it does to me. Overall, of my improved ice pick scars, they are narrower and shallower today. Some really do look like scarred or enlarged pores now, and I am happy with that improvement. It sure beats a wide, deep pit on my face. 

 

With TCA Cross, I think I had too many scars treated at once. I also jumped the gun after my test spot. I saw improvement when only a few scars were treated at once. I think that improvement came from swelling. My skin reacted completely differently when I had 90% TCA dropped in all my scars at once. My doctor applied it to every single scar on my face, including scarred pores. Perhaps that was the mistake. My skin literally caved in some spots, creating wide indents.  If I were to ever try TCA again, I would not go over 30%. Even at 30%, I'd be scared because of my bad experience.

 

I have also had doctors tell me that laser can't improve ice pick scars. I would have to disagree with them to some extent. I think it depends on the depth of the scar, type of laser, settings and number of treatments. I also believe deep damage requires multiple treatments with a deep laser that can reach beneath the base of your scar. I only know of two deep lasers, Deep FX and Fraxel Repair. I definitely don't believe all fractional Co2 lasers are the same. Of course, a deep laser only targets deep with the right settings, so you could still see no improvement if your doctor isn't willing to be aggressive.

Keep in mind, it has taken me 3 treatments to reach this point. Two of my three treatments have been aggressive. Most people seem to give up after one treatment at conservative settings. While laser can fail either way, I think the chance of improvement is far greater with aggressive settings.

 

I also tried a test spot with Dr. Rahimi using MixTo (shallow laser) and saw zero improvement after the scar was zapped several times. Fortunately, I have experienced noticeable, lasting improvement from Deep FX & Total FX.

 

Of course, all of the above is my personal opinion based on my experience.



Looking at the before and after pictures I see around 70% improvement.

 

Thank you. It feels good to read such a positive comment. smile.png


Edited by *Inspired*, 08 March 2014 - 08:31 AM.


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Posted 08 March 2014 - 08:53 AM

Inspired, so many people listen to the misinformation spread on this site.  Either do Fraxel Re:pair or DeepFX at high settings or stay home.  As you can tell I have had 5 Re:pairs done at the max setting.  I probably won't do a 6th until after a facelift - getting older you know.  LOL



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Posted 08 March 2014 - 10:04 AM

Inspired cool i feel your pain as well i also have scars i am currently getting genuine dermaroller done getting my second one next week i will update as well at the end of june to let the community know if i am getting results. I dont know where you are based but if its in the UK i had a consulatation with dr jonquille chantrey shes pretty knowledgeable when it comes to scars in fact all of you people in the UK go in for a consultation to see her shes pretty good. Anyway she couldnt help me with my problem but she said she has seen so many people of asian and darker skin come to her with damage that is beyond repair she offered chemical peels as well but she said its too risky for my skin the TCA peel. I had a look at your before pic as well theres defo progress for you so congrats. Since you have tried laser and got results maybe the next step is recell in my opinion its most peoples best bet 



Inspired, so many people listen to the misinformation spread on this site.  Either do Fraxel Re:pair or DeepFX at high settings or stay home.  As you can tell I have had 5 Re:pairs done at the max setting.  I probably won't do a 6th until after a facelift - getting older you know.  LOL

Dudley i asked you this before you claimed to have gotten amazing results from fraxel repair i have even had a look at some of fraxel repairs marketing before and after and none of them have even gotten close to 80 percent improvment i remember asking for before and after pics and you said you dont want to post them. But i read a post from you that said that you are know the poster child for fraxel repair at the clinic you got it from. I just dont understand why you wouldnt post pics on this site though you let them get posted at the clinic



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Posted 08 March 2014 - 10:39 AM

zavvi, I don't even post on Facebook. I am contemplating writing a book about a total transformation, but that will include cosmetic surgery (since I am older), mind, body, exercise and diet. I am a big believer in the work of Dr. Dean Ornish so my approach transcends just laser therapy. I plan to include a full pictorial history.

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Posted 08 March 2014 - 12:48 PM

zavvi, I don't even post on Facebook. I am contemplating writing a book about a total transformation, but that will include cosmetic surgery (since I am older), mind, body, exercise and diet. I am a big believer in the work of Dr. Dean Ornish so my approach transcends just laser therapy. I plan to include a full pictorial history.

it doesnt matter the reason you told me you wouldnt put pics is because you said you didnt want your face to be made public but i mean you made them pubic at the clinic you got it done at whats such a big deal with posting them here. Dude what i am saying is 80 or 90 percent results you claimed you got with pics would help so many people on this site



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Posted 08 March 2014 - 02:39 PM

I have not authorized any doctor to post my pictures. I have a 2 girlfriends who also refuse to post any pictures on the internet. If I write my book for profit then and only then will I post pictures in the book. I want to show a total metamorphosis.

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Posted 08 March 2014 - 03:50 PM

I have not authorized any doctor to post my pictures. I have a 2 girlfriends who also refuse to post any pictures on the internet. If I write my book for profit then and only then will I post pictures in the book. I want to show a total metamorphosis.

well i read a post from your account saying you were the poster child for the clinic you surely must have given them permission



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Posted 09 March 2014 - 05:47 AM


I have not authorized any doctor to post my pictures. I have a 2 girlfriends who also refuse to post any pictures on the internet. If I write my book for profit then and only then will I post pictures in the book. I want to show a total metamorphosis.

well i read a post from your account saying you were the poster child for the clinic you surely must have given them permission


There is a huge difference between pictures sitting in an album in a doctors office and pictures splattered all over the internet.

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Posted 18 May 2014 - 04:19 PM

Just wanted to post some updated photos that I took outside a month or two ago.

I must say -- laser can lead to improvement. I do have one dark pitted scar on my left cheek that seems resistant to treatment.

I am demastamping now with the hope of smoothing my skin texture. Pretty sure I am done with laser.

Sorry, I don't know why the forum shrinks my images. Will update my gallery later.

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Posted 28 May 2014 - 10:59 PM

Just wanted to post some updated photos that I took outside a month or two ago.

I must say -- laser can lead to improvement. I do have one dark pitted scar on my left cheek that seems resistant to treatment.

I am demastamping now with the hope of smoothing my skin texture. Pretty sure I am done with laser.

Sorry, I don't know why the forum shrinks my images. Will update my gallery later.

Looking great, *Inspired*! How long have you been stamping for?

Also, what is the total number of laser treatments you've had?



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Posted 01 June 2014 - 09:19 PM

Just wanted to post some updated photos that I took outside a month or two ago.
I must say -- laser can lead to improvement. I do have one dark pitted scar on my left cheek that seems resistant to treatment.
I am demastamping now with the hope of smoothing my skin texture. Pretty sure I am done with laser.
Sorry, I don't know why the forum shrinks my images. Will update my gallery later.

Looking great, *Inspired*! How long have you been stamping for?
Also, what is the total number of laser treatments you've had?

Hey CherrySoda!

I started stamping in early April. Other than my scars looking softer for 1-2 weeks after stamping, I can't say I have any noticeable improvement from it yet but I understand it takes time.

I have done three laser treatments. One spot treatment with Deep FX and two Total FX procedures over my entire scarred area.

I wish I could find a doctor to do punch grafts, like you. Might have more success fixing the texture of my scars that way. I am not sure though.

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Posted 02 June 2014 - 12:37 AM

 

Just wanted to post some updated photos that I took outside a month or two ago.
I must say -- laser can lead to improvement. I do have one dark pitted scar on my left cheek that seems resistant to treatment.
I am demastamping now with the hope of smoothing my skin texture. Pretty sure I am done with laser.
Sorry, I don't know why the forum shrinks my images. Will update my gallery later.

Looking great, *Inspired*! How long have you been stamping for?
Also, what is the total number of laser treatments you've had?

Hey CherrySoda!

I started stamping in early April. Other than my scars looking softer for 1-2 weeks after stamping, I can't say I have any noticeable improvement from it yet but I understand it takes time.

I have done three laser treatments. One spot treatment with Deep FX and two Total FX procedures over my entire scarred area.

I wish I could find a doctor to do punch grafts, like you. Might have more success fixing the texture of my scars that way. I am not sure though.

I think punch grafts and excisions are great for filling up the holes left by ice pick (which is what I mostly had, and still have in some areas) and boxcar scars. 

The holes where the ice pick scars used to be on my cheeks look filled-in, however, they don't look as even as I wish they did. The Blue peels I had over a year ago helped with skin tone and texture, but I know there's only so much a peel can do. Also, there are two rolling scars on my left cheek that I want evened out. Rolling or stamping one method I've considered to remedy the uneven texture I have in my left cheek.

Where did you get your research from when you decided to look into stamping? Where did you purchase your dermastamp, and why did you choose that over dermarolling?

Also, weren't you afraid to use the dermastamp after having laser? Didn't you worry about undoing some of the work the lasers did to repair your scarring?

Honestly, I am a little afraid to mess up some of the work that I've gotten since 2011. I'm sure I'm not alone in this fear, which is why I'm asking so many questions. That, and I want to learn about this as much as possible before I make a decision on whether or not to roll or stamp.



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Posted 05 June 2014 - 03:23 PM


 


Just wanted to post some updated photos that I took outside a month or two ago.
I must say -- laser can lead to improvement. I do have one dark pitted scar on my left cheek that seems resistant to treatment.
I am demastamping now with the hope of smoothing my skin texture. Pretty sure I am done with laser.
Sorry, I don't know why the forum shrinks my images. Will update my gallery later.

Looking great, *Inspired*! How long have you been stamping for?
Also, what is the total number of laser treatments you've had?

Hey CherrySoda!
I started stamping in early April. Other than my scars looking softer for 1-2 weeks after stamping, I can't say I have any noticeable improvement from it yet but I understand it takes time.
I have done three laser treatments. One spot treatment with Deep FX and two Total FX procedures over my entire scarred area.
I wish I could find a doctor to do punch grafts, like you. Might have more success fixing the texture of my scars that way. I am not sure though.
I think punch grafts and excisions are great for filling up the holes left by ice pick (which is what I mostly had, and still have in some areas) and boxcar scars. 
The holes where the ice pick scars used to be on my cheeks look filled-in, however, they don't look as even as I wish they did. The Blue peels I had over a year ago helped with skin tone and texture, but I know there's only so much a peel can do. Also, there are two rolling scars on my left cheek that I want evened out. Rolling or stamping one method I've considered to remedy the uneven texture I have in my left cheek.
Where did you get your research from when you decided to look into stamping? Where did you purchase your dermastamp, and why did you choose that over dermarolling?
Also, weren't you afraid to use the dermastamp after having laser? Didn't you worry about undoing some of the work the lasers did to repair your scarring?
Honestly, I am a little afraid to mess up some of the work that I've gotten since 2011. I'm sure I'm not alone in this fear, which is why I'm asking so many questions. That, and I want to learn about this as much as possible before I make a decision on whether or not to roll or stamp.

I understand your concerns with reversing improvement you have received to date. Personally, I think stamping is pretty low risk. I have experienced zero downtime from stamping and look normal a few hours later. I applied 20% vitamin C after my last stamping session and it burned. I experienced PIH on my scars for a few days, so I won't be doing that again. I used 10% previously and did not experience the same side-effects.

There isn't a whole lot of unbiased scientific research out there on microneedling. I based my decision to try stamping on people's personal experiences and the fact that I can't see it creating more damage as long as you are conservative in your approach. I feel there is a risk to tearing your skin and causing additional damage using a roller. The roller also doesn't allow you to target specific scars like the stamp. I have also read on numerous threads that the stamp is less painful. As a result, I chose the stamp over the roller.

I purchased my stamp off of a Japanese auction site. As far as I can tell, every online retailer sources their stamps from the same Chinese manufacturers. With that said, I didn't see a difference between buying from an auction site or OwnDoc. The stamps are still Chinese knock-offs and likely sourced from the same companies off of Alibaba. I considered buying an electronic Dermapen device but I am honestly too scared to try it. Being that the device costs over $1000, I decided to hold off until I am semi-confident with my ability to use it without causing further damage. I probably won't ever reach that point.

Based on my experience so far, I don't quite understand how the dermastamp can permanently smooth texture as you are only needling a fraction of the scarred area. I guess (hope) the results are cumulative over an extended period of many sessions. I plan to try this for a year to see if I experience any noticeable improvement.

I am not sure stamping works on tethered rolling scars. Have you seen any evidence of it working on them? I wish I could find some good studies with photos on dermastamping and acne scars. I think I have been mainly inspired by a Japanese lady's blog and a few scattered posts I have found on the Internet. The Japanese lady's blog is the most impressive though because she has been treating her scars for over a decade and provides detailed photos and frequent updates. She has had amazing improvement to pitted scars and texture but it has definitely taken years of persistence and discipline. I think I may actually try the human growth factors that she recommends when I stamp again in a few weeks.

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Posted 05 June 2014 - 07:23 PM

So true.... They ALL source their dermastamps and derma rollers from the same chinese manufacturers.  I think the owndoc products are fine, but I'm just annoyed at that lady Sarah's heavy handed marketing.  Like c'mon lady, it's a piece of plastic with needles on it.  



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Posted 07 June 2014 - 01:40 AM





 





 






 






Just wanted to post some updated photos that I took outside a month or two ago.
I must say -- laser can lead to improvement. I do have one dark pitted scar on my left cheek that seems resistant to treatment.
I am demastamping now with the hope of smoothing my skin texture. Pretty sure I am done with laser.
Sorry, I don't know why the forum shrinks my images. Will update my gallery later.

Looking great, *Inspired*! How long have you been stamping for?
Also, what is the total number of laser treatments you've had?
Hey CherrySoda!
I started stamping in early April. Other than my scars looking softer for 1-2 weeks after stamping, I can't say I have any noticeable improvement from it yet but I understand it takes time.
I have done three laser treatments. One spot treatment with Deep FX and two Total FX procedures over my entire scarred area.
I wish I could find a doctor to do punch grafts, like you. Might have more success fixing the texture of my scars that way. I am not sure though.
I think punch grafts and excisions are great for filling up the holes left by ice pick (which is what I mostly had, and still have in some areas) and boxcar scars. 
The holes where the ice pick scars used to be on my cheeks look filled-in, however, they don't look as even as I wish they did. The Blue peels I had over a year ago helped with skin tone and texture, but I know there's only so much a peel can do. Also, there are two rolling scars on my left cheek that I want evened out. Rolling or stamping one method I've considered to remedy the uneven texture I have in my left cheek.
Where did you get your research from when you decided to look into stamping? Where did you purchase your dermastamp, and why did you choose that over dermarolling?
Also, weren't you afraid to use the dermastamp after having laser? Didn't you worry about undoing some of the work the lasers did to repair your scarring?
Honestly, I am a little afraid to mess up some of the work that I've gotten since 2011. I'm sure I'm not alone in this fear, which is why I'm asking so many questions. That, and I want to learn about this as much as possible before I make a decision on whether or not to roll or stamp.
I understand your concerns with reversing improvement you have received to date. Personally, I think stamping is pretty low risk. I have experienced zero downtime from stamping and look normal a few hours later. I applied 20% vitamin C after my last stamping session and it burned. I experienced PIH on my scars for a few days, so I won't be doing that again. I used 10% previously and did not experience the same side-effects.

There isn't a whole lot of unbiased scientific research out there on microneedling. I based my decision to try stamping on people's personal experiences and the fact that I can't see it creating more damage as long as you are conservative in your approach. I feel there is a risk to tearing your skin and causing additional damage using a roller. The roller also doesn't allow you to target specific scars like the stamp. I have also read on numerous threads that the stamp is less painful. As a result, I chose the stamp over the roller.

I purchased my stamp off of a Japanese auction site. As far as I can tell, every online retailer sources their stamps from the same Chinese manufacturers. With that said, I didn't see a difference between buying from an auction site or OwnDoc. The stamps are still Chinese knock-offs and likely sourced from the same companies off of Alibaba. I considered buying an electronic Dermapen device but I am honestly too scared to try it. Being that the device costs over $1000, I decided to hold off until I am semi-confident with my ability to use it without causing further damage. I probably won't ever reach that point.

Based on my experience so far, I don't quite understand how the dermastamp can permanently smooth texture as you are only needling a fraction of the scarred area. I guess (hope) the results are cumulative over an extended period of many sessions. I plan to try this for a year to see if I experience any noticeable improvement.

I am not sure stamping works on tethered rolling scars. Have you seen any evidence of it working on them? I wish I could find some good studies with photos on dermastamping and acne scars. I think I have been mainly inspired by a Japanese lady's blog and a few scattered posts I have found on the Internet. The Japanese lady's blog is the most impressive though because she has been treating her scars for over a decade and provides detailed photos and frequent updates. She has had amazing improvement to pitted scars and texture but it has definitely taken years of persistence and discipline. I think I may actually try the human growth factors that she recommends when I stamp again in a few weeks.
Excellent answers. Thank you so much.

Do you have a link to the Japanese lady's blog, or can I find the link here in your thread?

Member Rockmeamadeus has dermarolled, and she asserts that dermarolling has helped with all of the scarring she's got on both cheeks. This includes what appears to be rolling scars on her chin, near both sides of her mouth. Personally, I wish she had taken more pics in clearer lighting without editing some of them, but I'll take what I can get; http://www.acne.org/...pictures/page-3

This young woman named Daisy has been uploading videos to YouTube for quite some time; https://m.youtube.co...99hcEhl3AOtgzgX

I've been following her on and off for a couple of years now. It seems that she's finally settled on dermarolling as her preferred method for reducing the appearance of her acne scars. This is quite a ways off from the lactic acid peels she used to use and review sometime around 2012. Apparently she has become such a fan of rolling that she built a company around it, and now sells dermarolling kits online. I think her earlier pics featured on her YouTube channel show some rolling scars on her chin, near her mouth, as well. However, I will let you be the judge whether she has rolling scars, or if I'm imagining it.

Here's a pic from my latest photo album, featuring my acne scarring 6 months into Accutane (well, a week and a half post-Accutane, really). I'm not sure how truly tethered those rolling scars on my left cheek are, or what exactly I should do about it; http://www.acne.org/...53615-dscn0084/ 

I certainly don't want to hijack your thread by linking pics of my own scarring. My purpose in doing so is simply to find out if the methods you've used will have any effect on the scars on my left cheek. :)

 

Edited by CherrySoda08, 16 June 2014 - 12:56 AM.


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Posted 07 July 2014 - 12:09 PM

Any updates from your adventures in derma-stamping, *Inspired*?

I understand your concerns with reversing improvement you have received to date. Personally, I think stamping is pretty low risk. I have experienced zero downtime from stamping and look normal a few hours later. I applied 20% vitamin C after my last stamping session and it burned. I experienced PIH on my scars for a few days, so I won't be doing that again. I used 10% previously and did not experience the same side-effects.



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Posted 08 July 2014 - 04:50 PM

Any updates from your adventures in derma-stamping, *Inspired*?

I understand your concerns with reversing improvement you have received to date. Personally, I think stamping is pretty low risk. I have experienced zero downtime from stamping and look normal a few hours later. I applied 20% vitamin C after my last stamping session and it burned. I experienced PIH on my scars for a few days, so I won't be doing that again. I used 10% previously and did not experience the same side-effects.

 

Hey CherrySoda,

 

Sorry for not getting back to you on your other post. I think Daisy is a perfect example of the lack of unbiased dermarolling evidence out there. For one thing, I don't think she ever suffered from atrophic acne scars like us. In her before pictures, she appears to have severe acne and hyperpigmentation. Her skin is clearly inflamed. It's also impossible to evaluate her scarring with a video. The quality is much lower than photos. The lighting in her marketing video is also done to conceal any possible defects with her skin. Even people with severe scarring would like great in bright studio lighting over video. I also don't think the length of her rollers will do much for true acne scars. With that said, I don't have much of an opinion on her experience as she's clearly motivated by selling her own products at this point. 

 

So far, I have not noticed any improvement from stamping. My scars look a little smoother for 1-2 weeks after stamping but the results have not been permanent so far. I really don't think I'm being aggressive enough with stamping. If I were to stamp thoroughly every 2-3 weeks, I think my skin would look greatly improved but I fear the results would last as long as I continued stamping. Of course, I hope that's not the case but I'm not convinced stamping produces permanent results at this point.

 

It's been 6 weeks since I last stamped. I plan to do my 4th session this week. As always, I remain hopeful and will let you know if I notice any change to my scars.

 

I think your skin looks great. I'm not sure I would stamp the raised grafts. I would think this could cause your body to produce more new collagen. In your case, I think I'd wait until you've found a way to smooth out those spots.

 

As for the Japanese lady's blog, I sent you the link before by private message. I can't seem to find the link right now but once I find it, I will send it again.

 

Hope you're well, and don't worry about hijacking my thread. Hijack away! smile.png


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Posted 08 July 2014 - 10:44 PM

 

Any updates from your adventures in derma-stamping, *Inspired*?

I understand your concerns with reversing improvement you have received to date. Personally, I think stamping is pretty low risk. I have experienced zero downtime from stamping and look normal a few hours later. I applied 20% vitamin C after my last stamping session and it burned. I experienced PIH on my scars for a few days, so I won't be doing that again. I used 10% previously and did not experience the same side-effects.

 

Hey CherrySoda,

 

Sorry for not getting back to you on your other post. 

Don't worry about taking your time in responding to my posts. We all have lives! Well, maybe except for me, since I've been spending an inordinate amount of time here on Acne.org updating my threads and doing research. But besides myself, I know that most people have lives. rolleyes.gif 

You're right about Daisy being gung-ho about her dermarolling business. And I do realize from some of her videos that the lighting used in them is intended to minimize the appearance of her acne scarring as much as possible. And it does a great job of that, but it's not a completely honest depiction of her complexion.

And you are also right about her being biased. It's true. The girl is selling her products, so she's gotta appear enthusiastic about them.

Nonetheless, I know that I've watched her since 2012 when she was almost as in the dark about treating her acne scarring as I was. I remember when Daisy was uploading videos about $34.00 lactic acid peels she purchased from Amazon.com and deeming them an "expensive" way to try to treat scarring. She has come quite a ways. She found something that worked for her (or so she says), and decided to capitalize on it. I can't help but feel happy for her.

I do believe I've seen some photos of Daisy on her YouTube channel that depict wide, atrophic scars on one of her cheeks. The scars were located more towards the back of the cheek, near the ear, instead of the middle of the cheek (like mine, for example). They were still red, so I am assuming they were still healing or hyperpigmented. Perhaps those scars aren't as sunken and pitted-looking as they once were, but I remember seeing that picture and thinking that it seemed as if she had collagen loss in that particular area.

"...but I fear the results would last as long as I continued stamping".

Do you know if people can continue to roll or stamp for the rest of their lives? I know that probably seems like a weird question, but does stamping for the rest of your life sound like something you wouldn't want to bother with?

Honestly, I think your scarring looks wonderful as it is right now. It can barely even be called "scarring" at this point, because that's how much it has improved. I can see why you might want to stamp every once in awhile to smooth out the imperfections, but I would love for my scars to look like yours do now.

I wouldn't consider stamping or rolling for at least another 10 months, which is when I'll be off my first course of Accutane a year. First, I plan on consulting with cosmetic derms in the area about having another round of punch floats and grafts. I'd like to get that part of my journey out of the way before I look into treating my scars on my own.

Good point about the raised grafts. Unfortunately, I can't do anything about them for at least 10 months. In the past, my cosmetic derm used a little tool to shave or scrape off the raised part of the grafts once they settled into the surrounding skin, and they'd heal nicely. Sadly, she moved to Las Vegas this past winter. So, I guess I will have to find another cosmetic derm to help me with that, as well.

I do remember you sending me the link to the Japanese lady's blog via PM here on Acne.org, now that you mention it. I will have to make an effort to look through my Inbox.

Glad you don't mind my hijacking. :)

Thanks so much for taking the time to reply to my lengthy posts. Looking forward to your latest update!






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