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In Topic: Derma-Rolling With Punch Floats And Punch Grafts

21 August 2014 - 11:15 PM

I do not know the best approach to treating scar texture and shallow scars. I am currently stamping. It is too early to see any results. I would have thought laser is the best approach to treating texture and shallow scars. I think it is great for softening scars, tightening, lifting to some degree and sanding down sharp edges. However it doesn't appear to have the ability to transform the texture of scars back to normal and can make enlarged pores more noticeable.

In Topic: Derma-Rolling With Punch Floats And Punch Grafts

19 August 2014 - 09:21 PM

Don't get me wrong. Research is a must. I just think your situation is quite unique. Most people have not had grafts and floats. I hope you won't let too many varying opinions discourage you. Laser changed my life, and I have no regrets, despite temporary side-effects. It did lift many of my pits and the results are still apparent. A few of my scars may have responded better to excision but the majority could not have been improved that way. Overall, I feel laser was absolutely worth the risk. I don't feel I could have reached the same level of improvement in under two years with any other method. That is my experience though. I know laser isn't the right answer for everyone and all types of scarring.

At this point of my journey, I am left feeling shallow scars and scar texture are the hardest to treat, despite many claiming the opposite. If I could fix my skin's texture, I would look pretty much scarless, even if a few shallow indents remained. When I view your photos, I mainly see shallow scars and texture issues. As a result, I am really interested to know what the doctor recommends for you.

In Topic: Derma-Rolling With Punch Floats And Punch Grafts

18 August 2014 - 10:07 PM

Did you do all of those treatments since being off Accutane two years ago? If so, that is quite a lot of stress to put your skin under, especially after Accutane. I think I read you were getting treatments (rolling) while on Accutane. Are you still actively stamping too? I think you need to give your skin a much needed break. It doesn't surprise me that it is sensitive.

I think your skin type, scarring and goals are a bit different from aurevoir771. I would wait for your consult and see what the doctor recommends.

In Topic: Co2Re Laser Review

18 August 2014 - 05:49 PM

I don't know much about CO2RE but if your doctor used the highest settings for the depth stated, then it is equivalent to Active FX or MixTo. In other words, it is not a deep laser. You will likely experience softening to the surface area of your scars and overall skin tightening. I would be surprised if you notice much shallowing to your deeper ice picks because the laser simply couldn't have hit the base of those scars.

With one pass at that depth, you may not experience much hyperpigmentation. Your skin just might look slightly sun burned where the laser passed. Hard to say. I did not hyperpigment from Active FX. I did experience it where Deep FX was used. Active FX was also the most painful experience of my life while Deep FX was tolerable.

Good luck with healing. I hope you experience a good level of improvement.

In Topic: How Many Days Does Redness Stay After Dermarolling Session? [Urgent]

02 August 2014 - 03:19 PM

If you only got a week until the event, you might as well forget the treatment. From my experience, after a 1.5 mm dermastamp session with minor bleeding,
Week 1: Face red as an apple
Week 2~3: Major redness gone (70%)
Week 6: Minor redness almost gone (90%)
Week 8: Subtle redness still exists (95%)
Also, keep in mind that one dermaroller or dermastamp session will not change your skin texture in a drastic way, especially after just one week. You need at least 4 weeks to see the improvement from one session and at least 3 (preferably 5) sessions total to see improvement in skin texture.

Wow. Your stamping sessions must be pretty intense for redness to last that long. Do you easily suffer from redness? I do not think weeks of redness is the norm.

At most my redness lasts 3-4 days in certain spots. It only lasts that long when I use a topical that causes burning like 20% vitamin c serum. Otherwise the redness fades pretty quickly. I have only experienced weeks to months of redness after Cross and Co2 laser.

I assume the OP is hoping to benefit from temporary swelling. Depending on your type of scarring, your scars may not look improved after stamping. My scars only look a little softer after the first few days. Some people claim their scars vanish but that hasn't been my experience. I think temporary swelling can look good if the texture of your scars is uniform to surrounding skin.