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#21 Agoff

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Posted 22 June 2005 - 08:30 PM

Bump^^

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Posted 22 June 2005 - 10:15 PM

Yup.

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Posted 22 June 2005 - 10:35 PM

Why don't you PM (Private Message) Capshaw or butterflies74? I don't think she wants to make the information about price and doctors public.

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Posted 22 June 2005 - 10:38 PM

Is that the reason Capshaw didnt answered the question here?If so,I will PM him .

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Posted 23 June 2005 - 07:48 AM

Hello!

I'm sorry. I've been answering tons of PM's about doctors and prices. I've answered most of them but have a few more.

Any plastic surgeon can do this procedure. Just tell them you want incisions instead of excisions. It's really common and used to treat many conditions other than acne. I also think it's a technique used for hair transplantation but I'm not sure. The problem is when you ask for a scar to be surgically removed this way almost any doctor will try to push you toward dermabrasion or laser instead. They just don't want to risk a surgical procedure. It was really difficult for me to get to the point where a doctor would do it. This is why I had a few to begin with and waited to see how I would heal. When I healed I went back for many more.

Keep in mind too that it takes a very long time to heal from this. By a long time I mean months. It's not something you go in to do and then are smooth in 6 to 8 weeks. You really have to be mentally prepared to look in the mirror and see stitches in your face and then many more weeks of odd shaped stitch marks once they are removed. It takes a while for the little marks to fade and become even. You cannot even think about wearing makeup for a very long time. It all just depends on how your schedule is and how willing you are to take the plunge. I would recommend anyone thinking about this procedure just doing one or two to begin with before doing several.

To Lexy............I don't think the stitches can be too close together. Mine were spread out over a large area.

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Posted 23 June 2005 - 08:50 AM

I'm just wondering why you won't answer the questions. Like price and the name of your dr. Is there a specific reason why you won't be specific? Most of us won't have this procedure done, but curiosity propels us to want a little more information. I won't ask again, but can you please
1. Tell us the price
2. Where did you get it done
Thank-you.

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Posted 23 June 2005 - 11:32 AM

when u say this im wondering what type of scars..this seems like for deep ice pick and rolling scars....
does this work for shallow box scars?

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Posted 23 June 2005 - 11:34 AM

how big were ur scars..
u dont wanna post after pics yet?
maybe in good lighting?

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Posted 23 June 2005 - 11:48 AM

also whats the pain factor...
does ur skin feel "tight" in certian places.

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Posted 25 June 2005 - 04:47 PM

QUOTE(Capshaw @ Jun 17 2005, 04:29 AM)
Hi,

I'm really new here, but I thought I'd share some info to (hopefully) perk some spirits up!

I've had acne scars for about 8 years or so. Most of them were rolling a few boxcar and a smattering of icepicks all over my cheeks. I was so depressed about 3 years ago I thought about ending it...and came pretty darn close.

Here's all the procedures I've had in the past 6 years:

Microdermabrasion (did nothing)
Subcision (short lived results)
Needling (had this done the same time as the subcisions)
Co2 laser (hated it)
Smoothbeam (did nothing)
Fillers (Zplast, Radiance, it's all faded now)
Punch Grafts (helped with boxcar, but rolling was not treated)
Dermabrasion (full face, helped a little)
Jessner's Peels (4 of them)
More Punch Grafts (helped a little)

And guess what? None of those treatments made much of a difference except for maybe the last 3....I still looked hideous in most lighting.

Finally I got to that point again where I felt like ending it all and I decided to try the most scary thing of all. I thought I might as well...what did I have to lose? So, I had the scars surgically removed one by one (except the icepicks. I'm working on that) and 3 linear scars that are mild and the result of Co2 laser. The ones I had surgically removed were the boxcars and rolling ones. They were incised not excised. My whole face was full of tiny stitches....36 of them in all!

I was really unhappy the first 3 months of healing. I thought I'd created a monster and I was freaked. But over time about 8 months I noticed that everthing was working out. Here was the KEY because so much skin was removed (in tiny parts), it made my skin tighter which I KNOW if you've ever pulled your skin tight you can see many of your scars flatten out and appear to disappear. It was an added bonus. I just wish I would've done it sooner.

I had to get rid of all the little red marks from the stitches. So I started off with some light peels and then had another Jessner's. That was in January. Now, I am basically scar free except for the *&(#@$ icepicks and linears. My skin texture went from a rippley effect to a muuuch smoother one I think because of all the peels and the stitches pulling the skin tighter. I did TCA Cross twice in March and it didn't do much. I'm hoping I can find a doctor who can do it. But so far the ones I've consulted with always push for "full face" peels.

My skin is by no means "perfect". After all these years and so many treatments I finally have HOPE and I'm not so insecure. I don't feel like hiding. I can actually look people in the eye which may not sound like much but to me that's huge progress.

I'd say I have about 90-95% improvement because I only have about a dozen tiny icepicks left and the linear scars are very mild, the dermabrasion helped to soften them. Keep in mind it took me 8 long years of failed treatments to finally figure out what to do. I'm actually thankful I became so hopefully desperate or else I would have never had the nerve to have the scars surgically removed.

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isnt it bad to do all those things to your skin?? didnt it make you look older? what effect did it have on your skin?


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Posted 25 June 2005 - 04:57 PM

God, GO, don't be such a beast. Just PM him, get the reply, and post it yourself if his "evasion" is really sending you into fits.

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Posted 25 June 2005 - 06:28 PM

Listen, asshat, call me a beast again and i'll ask to have you banned from these boards permanently. Have a nice day smile.gif

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Posted 25 June 2005 - 07:13 PM

QUOTE(GuardedlyOptimistic @ Jun 25 2005, 05:28 PM)
Listen, asshat, call me a beast again and i'll ask to have you banned from these boards permanently. Have a nice day smile.gif

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ROFL

#34 Capshaw

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Posted 25 June 2005 - 11:11 PM

QUOTE(GuardedlyOptimistic @ Jun 23 2005, 02:50 PM)
I'm just wondering why you won't answer the questions....Most of us won't have this procedure done

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On the first page of this thread, you will see that I am open to providing detailed information about who treated me and the cost of the procedure, via PM.

So far, you haven't asked for the information via PM.






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Posted 26 June 2005 - 10:53 AM

Why do I have to PM you for the cost of the procedure? I'm trying to save you time by making that information available to anyone? I can understand you not wanting to post the name of the dr. but the price shouldn't be a problem, should it?
That's fine. Thank you for what you have posted thus far.

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Posted 26 June 2005 - 11:21 AM

Capshaw , did you get my pms?

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Posted 26 June 2005 - 11:25 AM

Okay, all the PM's are answered.

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Posted 26 June 2005 - 11:34 AM

QUOTE(GuardedlyOptimistic @ Jun 26 2005, 04:53 PM)
but the price shouldn't be a problem, should it?

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About $7,000.

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Posted 26 June 2005 - 05:08 PM

I also would like to know, why do people have to private message you on information that should be readily available for all. Its not a scam your trying to hold on us all.... so why be so with-holding on free information.

Also keep the posts less personal attacking please. I hope i see no more of it.

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Posted 26 June 2005 - 09:54 PM

Thanks prince charming smile.gif




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