Fraxel laser: 6 treatments, currently 6 months post the last treatment
Overall: Was worth it, scars look less deep (almost surface level, which was not the case last year), but scars are still there. Cost me under $4K.
Injectable filler: Led led to a crater effect which emphasized the scars more (made them puffy and swollen looking), the only benefit was that they looked softer, which faded out in a few 2-3 months.
Overall: It was ineffective, and a huge waste of money. If it was effective however, I would have zero hesitation in spending $5K a year on refills if it guaranteed me good results.
What else is left for me? Of course, I've been told by many to "move on", which is appearing to be my only real option at this time. I have ruined the majority, if not all of my youth due to this (and the acne before it left scars). I haven't had active acne for years, not since accutane at 19. I am going to be 23 at the end of this year.
I have tried using hand lotion, sunscreen, and contemplated makeup, but they all produce an effect similar to the injectable fillers: they overemphasize the scars and make it look like I "did something to cover them up but failed". So none of the temporary methods are viable.
I have already given up (never started) on socializing and dating, but my fear is these scars hurting me professionally. I can't grow a large beard (stubble doesn't hide it) since it's a white collar environment, I have never been good at job interviews, and this can only hold me back further, but what can I do?
Pictures attached of left (temple and upper cheek) and right (temple and mid-upper cheek). The left is by far worse, in all the pictures I have taken. Right is much softer, if my left looked like the right, I wouldn't be worried.
Also, I noticed that the time of the day and maybe blood flow impacts the appearance. The redness (after shower etc) is worse than the scars themselves. That's why I'm going to shower and shave in the evening before work in the morning, to avoid being red in front of others.
Edited by rx500, 26 May 2013 - 11:58 AM.