I have been a poster boy for Re:pair. After my 1st Re:pair I was worried that I had made a huge mistake because I had extreme swelling, but that quickly subsided. After my 3rd Re:pair I was worried about lines of demarcation, but they too soon went away. Each subsequent Re:pair has only been easier although I am treated at the most intense settings 70mj-60%. I am not going to create complications that do not exist Re:pair has been a miracle for me. I really think that CollegeBoy is the only one who has fully grasped the importance of repeated treatments that I have been trying to pound in to everyone else. If you have bad scars like I did only multiple Re:pairs at high mj will help you. Re:pair is a cumulative process. It was Dr. Persky on RealSelf who first made me understand this fact.
My scarring was worse than yours, and more extensive. It seems to me that you are searching out the negative. If you are looking for negatives you can find them in anything you do. On any forum like this negative people will hang around longer and have more to say than positive people who just move on because they have accomplished their goal. There is a whole army of anti-laser people out there most of whom have no idea what they are mad about. I don't deny there can be complications, but that is part of life. People have died going to the dentist, but that doesn't stop you from going to the dentist. Laser is an elective procedure, not something that you must do(or is it?), and as an elective it will draw more criticism. I am older than all of you, so after my success with Re:pair I am considering Plastic Surgery (face, nose, eyes, and neck) so that is where I am concentrating my interest. In 2011 I had hair transplants so I plowed through all the negative stories about that procedure. Other than Re:pair hair transplant was my best decision. I began attacking acne scars at an early age (18), but I just didn't have the options that are available today. I suffered through decades where there were no advancements. I jumped on regular CO2 when it first came out, but it didn't work. Around 2006 Re:store was released but a Plastic Surgeon was honest enough to tell me he didn't think it would help me. 2008 Re:pair was the Next Big Leap, and I jumped on it and have never looked back. I saw immediate results that I did not get from Dermabrasion or regular CO2 resurfacing. I got about 30% on my first Re:pair, not a fantastic improvement, but damn it it was more than I had ever seen. This is when I ran into Dr Persky on RealSelf and he was talking about multiple treatments. I opted for my 2nd Re:pair, and it was after this one I knew I would never turn back. I was up to 50-60% improvement, but the change was so dramatic that I was hooked. After 5 Re:pairs I am at 80-90%, and I no longer have that feeling that everybody is looking at my acne scars. I always loved this quote from Hamlet.
To be, or not to be, that is the question:
Whether 'tis Nobler in the mind to suffer
The Slings and Arrows of outrageous Fortune,
Or to take Arms against a Sea of troubles,
And by opposing end them:
Who is kidding who, we all want to be attractive to the opposite sex. We can claim this is just for ourselves, but one of the underlying forces is dictated by evolution and that is sexual attraction. I have been married 3 times, twice to the same beautiful girl and once to another very attractive girl. I got by on my upbeat positive personality, but I always felt like scars were holding me back, and may well have effected my success in those marriages. I was not right with myself. On the outside I was this upbeat positive guy, but on the inside I was dying-self conscious-insecure. Re:pair resuscitated me, and people wonder why I am such a big advocate of Re:pair. I am seeing beautiful girls half my age and less, and I am not a player by any stretch of the imagination, and I am not rich. Just a couple nights ago the most beautiful youngest girl popped into my place carrying a Sonic Pretzel Dog (correction: the new Cheezy Bacon Pretzel Dog LOL) because I had mentioned wanting to try one. This would not have happened before Re:pair. I never thought this would ever happen to me, but I have become relaxed and complacent being around beautiful women.
As is pointed out in that Shakespeare quote, attack those damn scars, and don't let them ruin your life. This is the only shot you have at life so get positive and aggressive. Unfortunately I do not have any pictures that show the extent of my scars, but I would say they were worse than most pictures I have seen on here, not all but most. I am also not inclined to post pictures on the internet. Theoretically at a younger age most of you should achieve greater collagen growth than I experienced just because of our age difference. You all have treatments now that didn't exist when I was your age, so get your head out of your butt and use them! I used to be on here a lot more than I am now, because there is little more to be gained. I basically just stop in to see if there is anything new in lasers, laugh at some of the snake oil cures and leave. You have to know that I sailed through Dermabrasion and regular CO2 without complications. Why would I have complications with Re:pair?
You will notice I never say anything about the effectiveness of Re:pair on icepick scars because I have no knowledge on them. I stick to my personal experience. It would seem that Re:pair at its highest settings would be effective for icepick, but that is pure speculation on my part. After my plastic surgery, if needed, I will continue getting Re:pairs on an as needed basis as a tune up. Re:pair has done its job, and performed way above my expectations.
Just rereading my post for errors, and it struck me that your handle is so negative. If you really believe you have no hope you will have a self fulfilling prophecy. Understand the power of your brain. Get away from anybody or anything negative, it just saps you.
I had boxcar and rolling, but no icepick.
Dudley what type of scars did you have? Did any ice picks respond to repair? Also, why'd you stop in Nov. 2011?
dudley i am not doubting your resultls but i find it extremely hard to belive u havent experience no side effects at all. with all that laser work you have done you must experienced at least one neggative side effect. also from research laser wont work on boxcar scarring. `you must of experienced something negative honestly....
how deep was your boxcars? where they like mine? somethings gotta give....
Edited by DudleyDoRight, 27 July 2013 - 01:00 PM.