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missamua

Member Since 17 Dec 2011
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#3480297 90 - 100% Results Could Be Achievable

Posted by missamua on 08 May 2015 - 08:11 AM

Just to clarify my earlier post, the collagen induction produced from laser resurfacing IS permanent. The catch is,  lasers can't stop you from aging , so as the years go by you lose that newly formed collagen again and scars will resurface (although different than the way they were before). When I say that the results last X amount of years, I'm referring to how long it takes to lose that collagen again. If you have multiple sessions of a more ablative laser you'll have much longer lasting results. Again, great for anti- aging, but personally I think they're over hyped for most types of scarring especially considering how much they cost combined with the downtime and risks.


#3480059 The Results Thread

Posted by missamua on 05 May 2015 - 11:35 PM

I compiled a list of some results from subcision, some combined suctioning and others didn't.

http://www.acne.org/...tments-ive-had/
 
http://www.acne.org/...ore-after-pics/
 
http://www.acne.org/...y-bad-and-ugly/
 
http://www.acne.org/...ubcision/page-3
 
http://www.acne.org/...-did-subcision/



And some others: 

http://www.acne.org/...s/#entry3242681

http://www.acne.org/...-did-subcision/

http://www.acne.org/...n/#entry3475757

http://www.acne.org/...y/#entry3353439


#3478845 Considering Flying To Europe For Recell

Posted by missamua on 24 April 2015 - 04:32 AM

Please don't get dermabrasion. And Hope01 is right, recell helps more with the healing process and preventing complications than it does the actual scarring. I don't think its worth it. If co2 laser has helped you before I don't see why not continue with that, however you could also try subcision + suction depending on your scars. Much cheaper,less downtime, nearly risk free and much better results if you have deeper scarring. 


#3477001 Need Help From You Guys

Posted by missamua on 05 April 2015 - 12:20 AM

It's kind of hard to see your scars clearly in those pictures but it does look like you'd benefit from subcision. Even if subcision isn't advertised by anyone in your country, you can probably convince a dermatologist or plastic surgeon to perform it. A couple of people on here have done the same. Another option is microneedling but that is more for overall texture. Don't rely on any topicals for anything other than temporarily plumping your skin up, that's all they can do.




#3476872 I'm So Upset

Posted by missamua on 03 April 2015 - 04:56 PM

A couple of things. First off, if you have mental health issues, you absolutely need to be getting treated for it. Whether you are going through cognitive behavioral therapy, talking to someone or being on medication. It absolutely needs to be addressed. You dont necessarily have to be on anti depressants, in fact if you have BPD you are not supposed to take them, they will give you mood stabilizers instead.

 

I myself have bi polar disorder and it is a devastating illness to have and at times when I go through major depression episodes I have a very deluded sense of myself (worthlessness, hideous, wont leave the house for days/weeks). It's a very dangerous illness to have. Please see someone about this. Depression sucks, but bi polar disorder is just awful.

 

Second, like you I have tried everything. I started getting acne when I was 11 and by the time I was 13 it turned cystic and severe. I didn't find anything that worked for me (not even accutane, only while i was on it) until I started scarring badly at age 17. That's when I tried to regimen and it was the only thing in all those years that annihilated my acne. There's really nothing scary about it other than temporary redness the first few weeks. Light therapy is generally overrated and can help milder cases of acne. I love tazorac for anti aging but it did little for my acne unfortunately, just helps keep skin fresh looking.




#3476743 Been Offered Free Scar Treatment (Nhs)

Posted by missamua on 02 April 2015 - 12:06 PM

Your scarring is perfect for subcision. Co2 laser will help more with overall texture and tightening your skin, but I can't see it doing too much for your scars other than softening them a little. If it were me, I would have one or two round of subcision + suction to actually level the scars, and then maybe resurface over the skin with co2 to tighten/smooth them. Keep in mind that despite it being free, it still carries risks. I'm not trying to scare you away from getting it done, lasers are fantastic for anti-aging purposes, but for scarring the reality is they are very overrated and doctors tend to exaggerate the results. If you're okay with the downtime and possible risks then absolutely get it done. 




#3476683 Has Anyone Had Or Heard Of A Bad Experience With Subcision?

Posted by missamua on 01 April 2015 - 08:15 PM

I really haven't heard many horror stories with subcision. I think I've only seen one and the complaint was that some of the scars resurfaced years later (which usually happens since you lose collagen when you age).  If you have deep scars I think it's absolutely worth it...it really is the most cost effective scar procedure with very little risk and downtime compared to lasers. 




#3474864 Acne Scars And Genetic Predisposition?

Posted by missamua on 16 March 2015 - 06:25 PM

Longtermsufferer, genetics are EXTREMELY complex and you're right that there is no single gene that directly causes cystic acne, but that's not to say there isn't a strong genetic component/predisposition to overproduction of oil, inflammation, bacteria etc - which are factors of cystic acne. I could go on about this all day but I've had this conversation so many times on here. Personally, I've never been one to eat a lot of junk food, and I have morbidly obese friends/family who dont exactly have a healthy diet and yet have flawless skin. In fact, I can't recall ever meeting an obese person with cystic acne, or at least not often enough for it to stick in my memory. If cystic acne was truly just diet and environment, we'd have the entire American population walking around with bad acne and that's not the case.




#3474758 Acne Scars And Genetic Predisposition?

Posted by missamua on 16 March 2015 - 02:03 AM

Cystic acne is absolutely genetic. Studies have consistently shown it runs in families, and pitted acne scars themselves are primarily caused by prolonged inflammation to the skin which results in loss of collagen and/or misaligned collagen. So, yes, since pitted acne scarring is caused by cystic acne it is technically genetic. Although there are also other factors. Don't listen to the pseudoscience some people spew on here about your body "pushing out toxins" through your skin. If your kidneys are functioning I can assure you there are no "toxins" polluting your skin. Just more nonsense to stigmatize a disease.




#3471837 Suctioning Bruises?

Posted by missamua on 16 February 2015 - 12:15 PM

Bruising is normal with suctioning. I wouldn't suction unless you've had subcision done just recently (3 days to a week ago).




#3468890 Excision?

Posted by missamua on 21 January 2015 - 01:29 PM

Honestly, I think your issue has more to do with texture/enlarged pores. I don't really see actual scarring other than the ones on your cheek (which are not really noticeable). You could smooth out the texture of your skin using just topicals and save yourself a lot of time and money. Foundation primers work great for this, and so does a good moisturizer like CeraVe moisturizing lotion. I know that's probably not the answer you're looking for, but it sounds like you've spent a lot of time on money on treatments that haven't worked. 




#3463427 Just Did Subcision :)

Posted by missamua on 10 December 2014 - 08:05 PM

I really think you should try the suction method for at least some of your more prominent/wider scars. People get the best results that way. 




#3459801 Help! Acne Scars

Posted by missamua on 13 November 2014 - 08:44 PM

Uhm, no. You need to do your research on the causes of acne scars. They are caused by serious inflammation from cystic acne. Picking at them can increase inflammation and thus worsen scarring but are not the "cause". This is a common misconception and a very frustrating one. I NEVER popped my pimples yet I have very deep scarring. I'm not trying to sound malicious but it's these ignorant statements that make us scar sufferers feel very isolated.

 

Not to mention that manuka honey will do absolutely nothing for pitted scarring. They are the result of loss of tissue and misaligned collagen. 

Skin scars like yours often results when you pop your pimples. Avoid doing it next time. Try applying manuka honey cream to your face, this one works with my acne and old acne scars. Hope it will help you too.




#3459430 Ever Feel Suicidal?

Posted by missamua on 11 November 2014 - 02:34 AM

So true. I always emphasize how important acceptance is when it comes to scars. Yes, there are treatments, and they can be improved significantly, but there definitely has to be at least a certain level of acceptance to truly move on with your life.  I'd honestly be content with having just "bad" skin versus horrendously disfiguring skin. Luckily,  it's mainly one side of my face that is really scarred, and my chin, but it truly is quite disfigured in most lighting, enough to get stares and people "kindly" suggesting things they think will work for me.

A size 12 I believe is the average in America , and hey, a little extra weight helps plump up scars in your face, so that's a plus! As I've gained more weight i've noticed my face looking more plumps and tight, scars much less noticeable.

 

I agree it is horrible to have someone notice it. Usually it is just my little nieces who would say anything about my skin, usually because I had creams or absolutely no makeup on at the time! Kids will say anything though. Since I've been out of high schools I really haven't been around people who would just bring up the state of my skin out of the blue. It is very rude! Yet, I just got back from visiting my mother, and she can be more critical than any stranger. I guess she means well, but she likes to point out  my flaws. Not just my skin (which I think she realizes I can't help now so why make comments) but now she is telling me I need to lose weight. I'm about a size 12 now, which isn't really that abnormal in America, but she has to really point out that I am overweight. But I just smiled and told her thanks for letting me know. I think I'm past the point of letting that women bother me anymore, LOL. I really would like to fix my scars, but while researching and trying to find the best and safest products, I really just want to keep a relatively good sense of self-esteem. I really didn't have it for so many years, and life is just better when we show ourselves respect and love even if no one else does out there.

 


#3459191 Ever Feel Suicidal?

Posted by missamua on 09 November 2014 - 01:25 AM

I suppose it depends on the severity of the scarring. When I go out in public I immediately become a social experiment. You wouldn't believe some of the things that have been said to me by strangers. To me, that's the worst part about it. I can't really ever forget that I have scarring because every time someone points it out, stares, asks, or tries suggesting B.S. topicals to "fade them" (without me having brought it up) I am reminded once again that I have scars. Most of the time people aren't inherently being malicious, but it gets really old having to explain myself or justify the state of my skin all the time. If people didn't bring it up or ask about it, I wouldn't care nearly as much. Having any kind of flaw that seriously affects your self-esteem, and other people acknowledging it is devastating to say the least.

Yes, skin problems are a real struggle. Sometimes the psychological effects they cause afterward seem insurmountable, but they are really not. It is like I said before, it becomes a choice. I have done the "exposure therapy" ....I read up on it myself, never saw a shrink. It involves going out of the house without makeup and letting people really see you. As a woman for so many years I couldn't do it. Finally I did, and no one really looked at me too closely at all. I've even been out with a small square bandage on spots. One women thought I'd had skin cancer cut our or something. I actually told her my problems. My scars did use to be worse on some level, so I guess I can be thankful on days when they aren't as bad. It has been a lot of ups and downs though. I'll pray for everyone here!