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#41 cutieasiandoll

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Posted 23 February 2009 - 07:32 PM

QUOTE (sunblock201 @ Feb 23 2009, 07:24 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I'm korean and have had 4 fraxel restore treatments. My RN only goes up to level 7 on me too but we go deeper every time... last one was at 55mj, level 7 at 8 passes. Overall, I am satisfied with the results. i had punch excisions done and they looked worse than before so it definately helped shrink the marks left from them. I have about 2-3 that are still noticable to me, boxcar ones that are much improved. My plan is to get 2 more but only spot treatment on my cheeks at $300. I do not feel I have hypopigmentation.. lucky me. but I do wear tinted moisturizer so I don't really notice. What's the most people have gotten? I mean I wouldn't mind doing 8 if I keep getting better results every time as I have so far!



Did you see any improvment on seond treatments? Also how long did you noticed your scars disappearing. Is your doctor any where in Los Angeles, CA? If yes, do you mind sharing the info with me.

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Posted 24 February 2009 - 10:01 PM

Fraxel Restore has worked for me given that I've had moderate expectations. My initial expectation was to have about 35% improvement after 5 Fraxels, which was successfully achieved. I then decided to go for three more with the expectation of additional 15% improvement. I'm going for my 7th in March.

If you consider Fraxel Restore, try only if you're willing and capable to go for at least 5 treatments. Be sure that you have the patience, time, energy and emotional strength to go through ups and downs, possible breakouts, redness and dry skin. Treating acne scars with Fraxel Restore require 1. determination, 2. determination, and 3. determination!!

Good luck to you all.
Fraxel II Full Face

1st Treatment
02/26/2008
35MJ, Treatment Level 4
8 Passes

2nd Treatment
03/20/2008
45MJ, Treatment Level 5
8 passes

3rd Treatment
04/10/2008
45MJ, Treatment Level 6
8 passes

4th Treatment
05/07/2008
45MJ, Treatment Level 6
12 passes on both cheeks and 8 passes on the rest

5th Treatment
06/11/2008
45MJ, Treatment Level 6
12 passes on both cheeks and 8 passes on the rest

(7 month break here)

6th Treatment
01/24/2009
70MJ, Treatment Level 11
8 passes

7th Treatment
03/04/2009
70MJ, Treatment Level 11
8 passes

8th Treatment
04/15/2009
70MJ, Treatment Level 11
8 passes

(7 month break here)

9th Treatment
11/25/2009
70MJ, Treatment Level 11
8 passes


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Posted 29 March 2009 - 09:23 PM

cutie, I get fraxels done on the east coast. I have to say it improved a little each time but really noticed improvment the last time. I never tried the copper peptide thing, I do sometime before I got to bed put mederma on top of my scars and also biofine cream seems to help. I've only done 4 treatments. bellydance, wow the settings you've done on the last 2 were VERY high! Isn't that risky for asian skin?

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Posted 07 April 2009 - 03:38 PM

QUOTE (sunblock201 @ Mar 29 2009, 10:23 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
cutie, I get fraxels done on the east coast. I have to say it improved a little each time but really noticed improvment the last time. I never tried the copper peptide thing, I do sometime before I got to bed put mederma on top of my scars and also biofine cream seems to help. I've only done 4 treatments. bellydance, wow the settings you've done on the last 2 were VERY high! Isn't that risky for asian skin?


hi,sunblocks,
are you in nyc?
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Posted 12 April 2009 - 02:12 PM

bellydance, i am interested in finding out which doctor in nyc is performing your latest fraxel restores treatments. you can send me a message directly if you'd like. thanks!

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Posted 15 April 2009 - 04:35 PM

QUOTE (sunblock201 @ Mar 29 2009, 10:23 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
bellydance, wow the settings you've done on the last 2 were VERY high! Isn't that risky for asian skin?


Well, it depends on the type of Asian skin you have since you can be fair, medium and dark Asian.

I am very fair-skinned so that could be the reason why I experienced no discoloration issues when it comes to Fraxel. I had experienced a lot of breakouts, but with antibiotics, the problem has been solved 99%.
Fraxel II Full Face

1st Treatment
02/26/2008
35MJ, Treatment Level 4
8 Passes

2nd Treatment
03/20/2008
45MJ, Treatment Level 5
8 passes

3rd Treatment
04/10/2008
45MJ, Treatment Level 6
8 passes

4th Treatment
05/07/2008
45MJ, Treatment Level 6
12 passes on both cheeks and 8 passes on the rest

5th Treatment
06/11/2008
45MJ, Treatment Level 6
12 passes on both cheeks and 8 passes on the rest

(7 month break here)

6th Treatment
01/24/2009
70MJ, Treatment Level 11
8 passes

7th Treatment
03/04/2009
70MJ, Treatment Level 11
8 passes

8th Treatment
04/15/2009
70MJ, Treatment Level 11
8 passes

(7 month break here)

9th Treatment
11/25/2009
70MJ, Treatment Level 11
8 passes


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Posted 15 April 2009 - 04:47 PM

QUOTE (sgupta @ Apr 12 2009, 03:12 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
bellydance, i am interested in finding out which doctor in nyc is performing your latest fraxel restores treatments. you can send me a message directly if you'd like. thanks!


I had them done by Dr. Rokhsar. He has offices in Manhattan and Long Island (Garden City right by the mall). He charges $1200 per Fraxel and his consultation fee is $150, which is going to be applied toward $1200 if you decided to have the procedure.

He's a very nice person and approachable, so you should ask him any questions you have during consultation. He's awesome.


Fraxel II Full Face

1st Treatment
02/26/2008
35MJ, Treatment Level 4
8 Passes

2nd Treatment
03/20/2008
45MJ, Treatment Level 5
8 passes

3rd Treatment
04/10/2008
45MJ, Treatment Level 6
8 passes

4th Treatment
05/07/2008
45MJ, Treatment Level 6
12 passes on both cheeks and 8 passes on the rest

5th Treatment
06/11/2008
45MJ, Treatment Level 6
12 passes on both cheeks and 8 passes on the rest

(7 month break here)

6th Treatment
01/24/2009
70MJ, Treatment Level 11
8 passes

7th Treatment
03/04/2009
70MJ, Treatment Level 11
8 passes

8th Treatment
04/15/2009
70MJ, Treatment Level 11
8 passes

(7 month break here)

9th Treatment
11/25/2009
70MJ, Treatment Level 11
8 passes


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Posted 17 April 2009 - 12:14 PM

I am in the middle area in terms of Asian skin shade.

The setting for the last Fraxel Re:Store sessions:

60mj 6 TL 8 passes.

I am very pleased with the results.
Be patient.
I think you'll find the results start to become very apparent after the 4/5 treatment, spread a 4-5 weeks apart.
I am reluctant to put a % improvement after six sessions.
But, I can comfortably write that my skin has probably improved by at least 40%.
Be sure to use the appropriate depth and spread in your settings.
There is no point spending thousands of dollars, undergoing hours of discomfort, and living with continued disappointment with low settings. I was advised that my settings were a bit too high for Asian type skin.


Be sure to do all the other things to help with your recovery:

Stop smoking
Get enough rest
Eat well
Drink lots of vit-c drinks like Apple, Mango, OJ...
Relax
Avoid the sun and wear lots of high block sunscreen

Not sure if it helps, but I insist they NOT put cortisone on my face after the Fraxel session. It is applied to reduce swelling. I stopped using cortisone after reading how prolonged use can thin out the skin. In any case, after the Fraxel, the skin is relatively raw and vulnerable. I don't see what good cortisone can do other than the comfort of reduced swelling. In my opinion, I can do without it.

I will be getting another set of Fraxel Re:Store sessions in the late Autumn.
These sessions will be spot treatments, not the entire face.
I would like a bit more improvement in the left temple area and the forehead.


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Posted 20 April 2009 - 11:02 PM

Hi,

I am Korean American and after much debate... I got Fraxel Repair done. My skin is a bit dark for Korean. Doctor said my skin is Fitzpatrick IV.

Today is post 14 day. My skin hyperpigmented! My face looks so much darker than rest of my body. I am so worried. The doctor put me on hydroquinone about a week ago. I can't tell if it's helping or not yet. I will be meeting my doctor tomorrow and I will be asking him about my skin condition, etc.

I asked my doctor about this issue before I got procedure and he made it sound like it's not even an issue...but now I realize I should have done more research, etc.

Please be careful before you get Fraxel Repair!
If anybody has any experience with similar issues, etc, please let me know and share your story!

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Posted 21 April 2009 - 04:47 PM

QUOTE (hanarei @ Apr 21 2009, 01:02 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Today is post 14 day. My skin hyperpigmented! My face looks so much darker than rest of my body. I am so worried. The doctor put me on hydroquinone about a week ago. I can't tell if it's helping or not yet. I will be meeting my doctor tomorrow and I will be asking him about my skin condition, etc.

I asked my doctor about this issue before I got procedure and he made it sound like it's not even an issue...but now I realize I should have done more research, etc.

Please be careful before you get Fraxel Repair!
If anybody has any experience with similar issues, etc, please let me know and share your story!


I had to read your post three times to comprehend your issue...

Um, it's only the 14th day after Fraxel Repair, correct? I've only done Restores, which takes less healing periods than Repair, but I've had temporary discoloration (reddish/tanned skin) that last about anywhere from one month to three months and I've never thought of it as an issue at all. It's your skin's healing process. I mean, do you expect your skin to go back to the condition/coloring that it was before the treatment, after only 14 days from your treatment!?! That's completely unrealistic!

I understand that you're in a panic mode, but it's too soon to freak out. Your skin needs time to heal.


Fraxel II Full Face

1st Treatment
02/26/2008
35MJ, Treatment Level 4
8 Passes

2nd Treatment
03/20/2008
45MJ, Treatment Level 5
8 passes

3rd Treatment
04/10/2008
45MJ, Treatment Level 6
8 passes

4th Treatment
05/07/2008
45MJ, Treatment Level 6
12 passes on both cheeks and 8 passes on the rest

5th Treatment
06/11/2008
45MJ, Treatment Level 6
12 passes on both cheeks and 8 passes on the rest

(7 month break here)

6th Treatment
01/24/2009
70MJ, Treatment Level 11
8 passes

7th Treatment
03/04/2009
70MJ, Treatment Level 11
8 passes

8th Treatment
04/15/2009
70MJ, Treatment Level 11
8 passes

(7 month break here)

9th Treatment
11/25/2009
70MJ, Treatment Level 11
8 passes


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Posted 21 April 2009 - 10:44 PM

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Posted 23 April 2009 - 06:30 PM

hanarei, thanks for sharing your repair story. I think I am fitz IV too. Sometimes I contemplate just getting a spot repair done but the place I go to only has the restore. Atleast you are taking care of the problem now even though I do agree that your complexion is still healing, I had a full face dermabrasion done and my original color did not completely come back for 5-6 months no lie!
I just had my 5th one a couple of days ago at level 7, 60mj. 8 passes. The higher the mj the better bc it goes deeper for scars, the level just means it will cover more % of being touched. level 7 is 20% and I believe level 8 is 25%.
I agree that around the 5th fraxel restore will results be at its best. I'm feeling good about this one plus it was only on the cheeks where I need it. Maybe one more in a month or so and I will not have to cover myself with concealer!

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Posted 29 April 2009 - 05:46 PM

So I just had an appointment with Dr. Rokhsar for my mild but hyperpigmented cheek scars. He was convinced that a series of fraxel restore treatments would improve both the color and the depth of the scars. He would treat them aggressively, despite my tan complexion. He also said I would become a bit darker for a few months following treatment, but that I shouldn't let that hinder me (I am already a pretty tan individual of indian descent). I am interesting in trying the procedure, but $1200/session just seems so expensive. Bellydance, did you notice a huge difference in your experience with Dr. Rokhsar versus the other derm? If so, was the extra cost justified? I am sure I can find a derm locally that would do it for $600-800/session. Would I need less treatments? Thanks!



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Posted 29 April 2009 - 11:06 PM

QUOTE (sgupta @ Apr 29 2009, 07:46 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I am interesting in trying the procedure, but $1200/session just seems so expensive. Bellydance, did you notice a huge difference in your experience with Dr. Rokhsar versus the other derm? If so, was the extra cost justified? I am sure I can find a derm locally that would do it for $600-800/session. Would I need less treatments? Thanks!


Hey squpta. I am 100% happy that I went with Dr. Rokhsar versus other inexpensive dermatologists. In fact, I had my first 5 Fraxels done by the local derm that charged $800/session and I regretted that I didn't go see Dr. Rokhsar sooner.

My previous derm was a well-trained, overall good doctor but not experienced at all in treating acne scars with Fraxel. She was very afraid of discoloration issues and refused to go above 45MJ and Treatment Level 6 (check my signature), which is not nearly enough to treat acne scars at all. I even begged her to increase the energy level and told her that if I ever had any discoloration issues, nothing would be her faults and I would never sue her. Still, she refused. In addition, she was not aware of post Fraxel breakouts and did not prescribe me the appropriate medication PRIOR to Fraxels, which could have prevented me from having so much breakouts after each treatment. She said it was uncommon to experience breakouts after Fraxel, which is completely untrue. Overall, she just didn't know what to do with Fraxel and how to use it properly to treat acne scars. Each time, I could tell she was nervous performing the procedure w/ such high energy level (though it wasn't high enough for me).

So yes, the $400 price difference was completely worth it for me for the following reasons:

1. He did not hesitate to use the maximum energy level.
2. You could tell he has performed thousands of Fraxel by observing how he performs. He isn't nervous at all and he's very smooth in everything he does,
3. His numbing cream is excellent and makes Fraxel almost pain-free (don't ever let the receptionist put on cream, let the nurse does it no matter what- speaking from my experience),
4. He prescribed me the antibiotic PRIOR to his treatments so that I wouldn't breakout after his procedures (and I did not breakout AT ALL!),
5. Simply and most importantly, I've seen more improvements in 3 Fraxels with Dr. Rokhsar than I had seen in 5 Fraxels with my previous doctor. If I had gone with Dr. Rokhsar since the beginning, I don't think I would have needed 8 Fraxels in total.

If you really want to save money, obviously, you'll need to look for an experienced doctor who charges less. But I doubt there's any. Most experienced Fraxel doctors charge anywhere from $1000 to $1500, regardless of the location, IME.

Good luck!!

Fraxel II Full Face

1st Treatment
02/26/2008
35MJ, Treatment Level 4
8 Passes

2nd Treatment
03/20/2008
45MJ, Treatment Level 5
8 passes

3rd Treatment
04/10/2008
45MJ, Treatment Level 6
8 passes

4th Treatment
05/07/2008
45MJ, Treatment Level 6
12 passes on both cheeks and 8 passes on the rest

5th Treatment
06/11/2008
45MJ, Treatment Level 6
12 passes on both cheeks and 8 passes on the rest

(7 month break here)

6th Treatment
01/24/2009
70MJ, Treatment Level 11
8 passes

7th Treatment
03/04/2009
70MJ, Treatment Level 11
8 passes

8th Treatment
04/15/2009
70MJ, Treatment Level 11
8 passes

(7 month break here)

9th Treatment
11/25/2009
70MJ, Treatment Level 11
8 passes


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Posted 30 April 2009 - 01:07 AM

Hi bellydance_me,

I also live in NYC and am considering this procedure. Tbh, I just stumble onto this site and thread even though I knew this site existed. I had acne scars for a few years.

Also, I'm not sure if there is a specific skin tone/type in this thread when "asian" is referred but I'm Chinese; slightly tanned skin.

Didn't want to bore you, so I'll get it to the point. smile.gif Can I get this Dr. Rokhsar's contact info please?

Also, this is a stupid question but I never had a surgical procedure before, is there any chance this is covered by insurance; I'm still a poor college kid.


Thanks

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Posted 03 May 2009 - 01:00 AM

QUOTE (member @ Apr 30 2009, 03:07 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Hi bellydance_me,

Can I get this Dr. Rokhsar's contact info please?

Also, this is a stupid question but I never had a surgical procedure before, is there any chance this is covered by insurance; I'm still a poor college kid.


Thanks

Hello.

Here is the URL of his website:
http://www.cosmeticl...-dr-rokhsar.htm

As for the insurance, I've heard that a health savings account can cover the Fraxels in some cases, but I am not sure.
Fraxel II Full Face

1st Treatment
02/26/2008
35MJ, Treatment Level 4
8 Passes

2nd Treatment
03/20/2008
45MJ, Treatment Level 5
8 passes

3rd Treatment
04/10/2008
45MJ, Treatment Level 6
8 passes

4th Treatment
05/07/2008
45MJ, Treatment Level 6
12 passes on both cheeks and 8 passes on the rest

5th Treatment
06/11/2008
45MJ, Treatment Level 6
12 passes on both cheeks and 8 passes on the rest

(7 month break here)

6th Treatment
01/24/2009
70MJ, Treatment Level 11
8 passes

7th Treatment
03/04/2009
70MJ, Treatment Level 11
8 passes

8th Treatment
04/15/2009
70MJ, Treatment Level 11
8 passes

(7 month break here)

9th Treatment
11/25/2009
70MJ, Treatment Level 11
8 passes


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Posted 05 May 2009 - 08:11 PM

QUOTE (bellydance_me @ Apr 29 2009, 10:06 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
QUOTE (sgupta @ Apr 29 2009, 07:46 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I am interesting in trying the procedure, but $1200/session just seems so expensive. Bellydance, did you notice a huge difference in your experience with Dr. Rokhsar versus the other derm? If so, was the extra cost justified? I am sure I can find a derm locally that would do it for $600-800/session. Would I need less treatments? Thanks!


Hey squpta. I am 100% happy that I went with Dr. Rokhsar versus other inexpensive dermatologists. In fact, I had my first 5 Fraxels done by the local derm that charged $800/session and I regretted that I didn't go see Dr. Rokhsar sooner.

My previous derm was a well-trained, overall good doctor but not experienced at all in treating acne scars with Fraxel. She was very afraid of discoloration issues and refused to go above 45MJ and Treatment Level 6 (check my signature), which is not nearly enough to treat acne scars at all. I even begged her to increase the energy level and told her that if I ever had any discoloration issues, nothing would be her faults and I would never sue her. Still, she refused. In addition, she was not aware of post Fraxel breakouts and did not prescribe me the appropriate medication PRIOR to Fraxels, which could have prevented me from having so much breakouts after each treatment. She said it was uncommon to experience breakouts after Fraxel, which is completely untrue. Overall, she just didn't know what to do with Fraxel and how to use it properly to treat acne scars. Each time, I could tell she was nervous performing the procedure w/ such high energy level (though it wasn't high enough for me).

So yes, the $400 price difference was completely worth it for me for the following reasons:

1. He did not hesitate to use the maximum energy level.
2. You could tell he has performed thousands of Fraxel by observing how he performs. He isn't nervous at all and he's very smooth in everything he does,
3. His numbing cream is excellent and makes Fraxel almost pain-free (don't ever let the receptionist put on cream, let the nurse does it no matter what- speaking from my experience),
4. He prescribed me the antibiotic PRIOR to his treatments so that I wouldn't breakout after his procedures (and I did not breakout AT ALL!),
5. Simply and most importantly, I've seen more improvements in 3 Fraxels with Dr. Rokhsar than I had seen in 5 Fraxels with my previous doctor. If I had gone with Dr. Rokhsar since the beginning, I don't think I would have needed 8 Fraxels in total.

If you really want to save money, obviously, you'll need to look for an experienced doctor who charges less. But I doubt there's any. Most experienced Fraxel doctors charge anywhere from $1000 to $1500, regardless of the location, IME.

Good luck!!


Bellydance,

Hello. I was curious, how confident are you in insisting the highest energy use on the Fraxel re:store (SR1500) while staying safe?

I ask because I am Korean, and thus my skin is already sensitive. I know I should consult with my dermatologist which I will, but how do you feel with the energy levels? purely, more the better? I understand scarring (opposed to the use for wrinkles) requires much more energy but I spoke with one R.N. at this dermatologist office and she said she would start off on my skin at 30mj to 35mj. The max is 70mj. Anyhow I have had the old Fraxel SR750 and it obviously didn't pan out for whatever reason. I broke out in the later years slowly I think, like you know a pimple here and there (I suppose still in acne stage, my fault). Nevertheless I intend on doing the newer Fraxel re:store SR1500. In this case is a lower energy more safer than sorry for first trial? Above you said how the new doctor you went to didn't hessitate on the max energy. Im wondering why they hell the machine even has different energy levels in the first place. Also what percentage (roughly obviously, but do conservative estimates) did you see improvement?

Like what is the worst case scenario of using the highest energy on Fraxel Re:store? I didn't hyperpigment on the five or six treatments myself, but it was old laser and I don't know how much energy. Anyhow thanks.



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Posted 05 May 2009 - 10:10 PM

QUOTE (UC 951 @ May 5 2009, 10:11 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Bellydance,

Hello. I was curious, how confident are you in insisting the highest energy use on the Fraxel re:store (SR1500) while staying safe?


Hello. Glad you asked the above. I requested to use the higher than 45MJ energy level to my previous doctor after my 3rd Fraxel, and I was very confident that my skin could take the higher energy well. At that point, I'd already had 3 Fraxels at 35MJ, 45MJ and 45MJ, respectively, and I experienced no discoloration issues. I didn't ask her to use the max energy (70MJ) but did definitely asked her to go up (i.e. 55MJ or 60MJ). And like I said, she refused.

QUOTE (UC 951 @ May 5 2009, 10:11 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
how do you feel with the energy levels? purely, more the better?


With regards to acne scar improvements, yes, I believe the higher the better. The higher the MJ, the deeper the laser reaches into the skin. The higher the treatment level, the broader the area the laser covers. So yes.

QUOTE (UC 951 @ May 5 2009, 10:11 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
she said she would start off on my skin at 30mj to 35mj.


Yes, I can understand that. She wants to see how your skin would react to Fraxel Restore since you've never had one, and it's understandable. However, if she wants to continue to treat you with 30 to 35MJ after you have one/two testing sessions, I honestly don't think you'll be satisfied with results after, say 5 Fraxels, assuming that you have moderate/severe acne scars.


QUOTE (UC 951 @ May 5 2009, 10:11 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Above you said how the new doctor you went to didn't hessitate on the max energy. Im wondering why they hell the machine even has different energy levels in the first place. Also what percentage (roughly obviously, but do conservative estimates) did you see improvement?


The reason why Fraxel has different energy levels is that Fraxel wasn't created to treat one and only condition. It's made to treat various conditions, such as wrinkles, enlarged pores, melasma, acne scars and even surgery scars, etc, and different energy level is used for each condition.

20days after my 8th Fraxel, I say 60-65%. After 5 Fraxels with lower settings, I said 30-35%. I was pretty happy with 30-35% improvement then. But 3 Fraxels I had with Dr. Rokhsar have really really done wonders for my skin, and I cannot help but being impressed with what Fraxel Restore can do to your scars when used correctly. I've never ever thought that I could have this skin that I have right now. I cannot thank enough to those that developed Fraxel Restore.

QUOTE (UC 951 @ May 5 2009, 10:11 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Like what is the worst case scenario of using the highest energy on Fraxel Re:store?


The worst case scenario would be (I'm not a professional so this is only my guess):

-Permanent discoloration
-Continuous breakouts from Fraxel Restore and potentially get new scars due to these breakouts (but stay on antibiotics and this most likely won't happen)
-Bad blisters
-Forget to put on sunscreen after Fraxels, go out in sun barefaced, and get melasma/discoloration.
-Empty bank account

That's all I can think of right now.

Fraxel II Full Face

1st Treatment
02/26/2008
35MJ, Treatment Level 4
8 Passes

2nd Treatment
03/20/2008
45MJ, Treatment Level 5
8 passes

3rd Treatment
04/10/2008
45MJ, Treatment Level 6
8 passes

4th Treatment
05/07/2008
45MJ, Treatment Level 6
12 passes on both cheeks and 8 passes on the rest

5th Treatment
06/11/2008
45MJ, Treatment Level 6
12 passes on both cheeks and 8 passes on the rest

(7 month break here)

6th Treatment
01/24/2009
70MJ, Treatment Level 11
8 passes

7th Treatment
03/04/2009
70MJ, Treatment Level 11
8 passes

8th Treatment
04/15/2009
70MJ, Treatment Level 11
8 passes

(7 month break here)

9th Treatment
11/25/2009
70MJ, Treatment Level 11
8 passes


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Posted 06 May 2009 - 12:42 AM

Lol at the bank account, that's for sure.

My dermatologist gave me good rates for my set of like five or six treatments that I did a couple years back but again with the old Fraxel. I'm going to arrange a new treatment with the SR1500 (I keep restating that one, because I didn't even know it existed until like a couple days ago) probably at like 35mj (is it rude you think to straight tell him how to use the laser?lol like I never told him what energy or how many passes but I suppose it is fair game, it's your skin.) from there I shall determine further decisions. Right now I'm on doxcycline 100 mg's. I've been on one pill a day for about a year probably just to i guess keep in check major breakouts which I suppose worked. I only get a few mini cysts or pimples rather, every now and then. Think that sort of antibiotic is sufficient? like do they give you accutane or what?

My scarring is i'd say mild-moderate to be conservative with a small area that is dented in. I've heard otherwise, but obviously I feel differently when people look at you funny, lol you know? Anyhow I honestly don't think it's tooo bad, just one side of my face pretty much is what needs work. Well Thank you for the information on the whole energy thing. Now I just need to see if he still willing to give me a treatment at a good price.

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Posted 06 May 2009 - 05:19 PM

QUOTE (UC 951 @ May 6 2009, 02:42 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
is it rude you think to straight tell him how to use the laser?lol like I never told him what energy or how many passes but I suppose it is fair game, it's your skin.

Think that sort of antibiotic is sufficient? like do they give you accutane or what?


After having one conservative doctor and another that is not, I feel that you should avoid going to doctors who wouldn't use higher settings, unless you have dark skin. For acne scars, the dented skin, to get better, you really do need aggressive treatments. Any doctors who think otherwise are inexperienced, not knowledgeable at all, scared of lawsuit or simply trying to make money in a not honest way. That's how I honestly feel.

But to answer your question, I think it's all in how you say it. If you act like you know more than your doctor and tell him/her what to do then yes, I think it's rude. But express to your doctor that your scars make you insecure and you'd really like to improve the scars to have a better quality of life. Tell your doctor that you've done a lot of research on Fraxel and even spoke to a few that have done it for acne scars, and they seem to agree that the higher settings are necessary for acne scars. And after this, if your doctor still insists on using below 50MJ, then please walk away and find another doctor. I don't know you but still don't want to see you lose a lot of money.

I'm on Doxy as well. I could be mistaken, but you aren't supposed to be on accutane when getting Fraxels.

All the best to you.
Fraxel II Full Face

1st Treatment
02/26/2008
35MJ, Treatment Level 4
8 Passes

2nd Treatment
03/20/2008
45MJ, Treatment Level 5
8 passes

3rd Treatment
04/10/2008
45MJ, Treatment Level 6
8 passes

4th Treatment
05/07/2008
45MJ, Treatment Level 6
12 passes on both cheeks and 8 passes on the rest

5th Treatment
06/11/2008
45MJ, Treatment Level 6
12 passes on both cheeks and 8 passes on the rest

(7 month break here)

6th Treatment
01/24/2009
70MJ, Treatment Level 11
8 passes

7th Treatment
03/04/2009
70MJ, Treatment Level 11
8 passes

8th Treatment
04/15/2009
70MJ, Treatment Level 11
8 passes

(7 month break here)

9th Treatment
11/25/2009
70MJ, Treatment Level 11
8 passes