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My Smoothbeam Treatments!

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I thought that I would use the opportunity of a new thread to specifically document my treatments with the smoothbeam. I went to Dr. Del Campo (nice guy, nice staff, great prices, etc, and qualified dermatologist) in the city of chicago.

My first treatment took about 10-15 minutes and was performed on a power setting of 12. It didn't really hurt bad, but felt like minor paper cuts. Afterward I had some red spots that got worse in the next 2 hours, but have recently seemed to disapear (after 24 hours). BTW, it hurt more an an active pimple that I have on my forehead (a sting).

No bandages or out-treatment care was nesisary what so ever.

I am looking forward to improvement with my shallow scars, and overall complextion, including consistent 1-2 pimple a day breakouts. The derm's assistant seemed relatively confident that I would improve, and said that improvements can range UP TO 90%. She said that it wouldn't ever be as smooth as eggshell though.

Thanks, FromChicago.

I would like to hear more stories regarding your experiences with the smoothbeam (i.e. Franky, Mary, Hello50, knice, etc..) It was your stories that pointed me in this direction! Encouragement is also helpful.

Please feel free to ask me more questions. I know that I'm new here, but want to be here for you guys, as you have been for me (I have been reading messages as guest.)

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Packages are available for cheaper.

$699 for three treaments if cash is paid, or 799 for credit card

Otherwise they are 270 ea cash / 300 Credit Card

There wernt sure if my insurance would cover it, So for the first one they sent a claim in for $790, and if they pick it up. Ill be cover for 2 additional treaments. If they dont pick it up, the DOC said the first one is Free on Them.

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from chicago,

did your doctor give you any advice or recommendations as to what topicals you should or shouldn't use during the course of your smoothbeam treatments?

Thanks!


"We gain strength, courage and confidence by each experience in which we really stop to look fear in the face... we must do that which we think we cannot." ~Eleanor Roosevelt


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He said that I shoulnd't use anything but water for 24 hours, but then after that, anything (I assume) would be fine.

Im trying not to use anything harsh, just soap and toner.

BTW MARYTHERES, how is your treatment coming along, what percentage of improvement would you say that you have had?

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*UPDATE* 08/06/03

It has been just over 12 days since my 1st smoothbeam treatment with Dr. Del Campo in Chicago. (Setting of Power 12)

I would have to say that I haven't or didn't have nearly as much "swelling" as hello50. I only had redspots for about 2 days. At 2days you could barely see faint pinkness of where the redspots were.

At 12 days, I would have to say that my skin feels smoother to the touch than it used to, and I am quite satisfied with the initial results.

I'm not 100% positive or anything(I look at myself everyday, so it's hard to tell), but I think my smaller large pore scars are starting to shrink or fade somewhat... and it my appear that the skin in the scarred areas of my scars is *Rising, and getting "smoother." It's only been 12 days...

I still get ocassional pimples and they are easier to deal with than before. Not has big and annoying. I currently have 2-3 active pimples (not big or cystic) on my face (not counting tiny ones, bumps, etc.) Im using %10 BP mixed with Olay moisturizer (1:3 ratio) to calm things down as well (at nite), I must say, and a toner with 2% SA. (2 times a day)...

I am scheduled for another treatment on Aug 17.

I hope this helps with smoothbeam questions. Feel free to ask me more...

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NOTE TO AN UNDISCLOSED PERSON

YOU DO SEE RESULTS AFTER TWO WEEKS>


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Michael Jackson, "They Dont Really Care About Us"


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Can you describe the actual procedure either here or on my "Attention Smoothbeamers" thread.

Thanks!

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Yeah, it's really no big thing.

1 Hour prior to the event, you apply this numbing cream that costs like an additional $50 bucks, you can buy it from them or walgreens...

After the hour has gone by, the assistant helps you wash the paste off, and your face is really numb ( did you do this Hello50?)

I was told to lay down on this bench (just like the ones in all doctors' offices). The Doc put covers over my eyes. First they did* one side of my face (for about 8 minutes), and then the other for 8. This covered my whole face included chin and forehead.

* The utensil that they use looks like a bar code reader that emits the special light. It didn't hurt that bad at all for me (power of 12). Probably got a total of 50-100 shocks with the thing -- maybe less I don't know.

And that was it -- Not bad at all!! Anything else I can help you with? Any specific procedural questions?

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she says i gota pay extra for the numbing agent

they dont carry it


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You gotta get that shit!!!

I forget what it's called but you can get it at Walgreens. You need 50 grams per treatment...

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And just think, if you were to get the cream, you could handle more of a strength, and your treatment would be more aggresive.

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You gotta get that shit!!!

I forget what it's called but you can get it at Walgreens.  You need 50 grams per treatment...

Hey - when you remember the name can you please post it.

I had a numbing cream put on about 20 minutes before my first treatment (on 12) and I thought it hurt pretty bad. :)({|=

Maybe I need some of your stuff. :)

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some people see results after two weeks others don't. Like I have said I have pretty badly scarred skin so it took a lot longer for me to see results. I too am older then a lot of you here :)$ Every treatments effects everyone differently.

The numbing agent I use is called ELA-Max 5 it is Lidocaine 5%. I could never do my treatments without this stuff to numb my face!! [-X And it is still quite a bit uncomfortable even with the numbing agent but then again I am having three lasers treatments done at once =D>

Good luck from Chicago with continued improvement!!! :)


Fraxel 2 Full Face 1st treatment

1st Oct 10, 2006

MJ 40

8 passes

Fraxel 2 Full Face 2nd treatment

Nov9th 2006

Treatment Level 8

8 Passes

KJ 3.52

Energy Fluency (MJ) 40

Density 424

Fraxel 2 Full Face 3rd treatment

Dec 6th, 06

Treatment Level 10

8 to 10 passes

KJ: 3.17

Energy Fluence 40

Fraxel 2 full Face 4th treatment

Jan 3rd, 07

Treatment Level 10

MJ 40

Passes 8

KJ 2.79

Fraxel2 Full face 5th treatment

Jan 24, 07

MJ 40 with a few lower settings

Treatment Level- R1

Density 600

10+ passes

KJ- 3.74


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Yeah that's the stuff! (mentioned in above post , lidocaine) I version I used was the 4% though. I would highly recommend this to you hello50 becasue then you can up to 12 or 13 (more aggressive, more for your money, etc). I started on 12! But you are having good results anyway.

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she not allowed to do 12 or anything

becuase my skin turns severely red

she says they are not allowed to do that

so im stuck on my low levels

lol


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BTW, i woke up on this 13th day, and I *think* I am seeing improvement -- or it's just a really good morning.

Does anyone know why faces look better in the morning?!@?

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Just had my first smoothbeam on a setting of 14 with no numbing agent. I told her to crank it up to see if I could handle it. I was gritting my teeth through the treatment. No swelling and very small amount of redness. She said I may see some improvement but only after a min of 3 treatments. The treatment time was only like 10 minutes or so. My scarring is deep and only on my neck so she suggested other treatments like subsicion. I may not get any more smoothbeam and instead go for subsicion. From what she told me it sounds like it (smoothbeam) only works for mild scarring. Just thought i'd let you know.

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well that isnt of any suprised about deep scarring

weve onlymentioned it several hundred times...


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I always considered deep scarring, the kind that doesnt disapear when you stretch it, the kind you can really feel, and the kind you can put your fingers in. Smoothbeam has taken care of my shallow scarring, but it is some deeper craters that remain, I think I am going to do Subsicsion with them.

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I can't actually feel any of my scars with my hands. Can anyone here? -- and if that were the case, it would be hard to imagine that smoothbeam would fill out the entire pitted area. They(my scars) are the most apparent in bright low-lying light, and bad angles like especially in the evening sun in the rear view mirror.

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Unrelated to my last post,

I would like to note that I have been *trying* to takes increased amounts of Vitamin A, E, and especially C. Vitamin C is suppose to help a lot.

I've been drinking V8 Splash that has 100% vitamin A, E, C in a tasty blend. I think this is an important aspect to the treatment! What do you guys think?

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Do any experienced smoothbeamers have good vitamin combinations to share with newbies???

I hear that zinc is also good...

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Hi,

Also at my consultation they told me to increase my protein intake, zinc and vitamin C during the treatment period to increase with wound healing. This was in addition to the increase in water. HTH!

Misty :)/

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