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#3423007 Is My Face Ruined By Dermabrasion?

Posted by *Inspired* on 28 March 2014 - 05:25 AM

I think I remember your prior posts. You had done Deep FX and other lasers over 20 times.


I have no experience with dermabrasion but urge you not to let this doctor touch your face again. Something obviously went very wrong.


I don't think your skin can handle another aggressive treatment and that includes laser. Please give your skin a break.


I'm so sorry this happened to you. 

#3421705 Helpf For My Scars (Pic Included)

Posted by *Inspired* on 21 March 2014 - 10:45 AM

Very sorry if you think I'm mean. I think it's mean to spread misinformation on a forum for people who are desperate to fix their scars. Acne and acne scar sufferers are some of the most health conscious people I know. Most scar sufferers also spend years researching and try scar remedies. I've been battling my scars for over 10 years and have tried almost everything, except surgery. Like Blahblah already said, it's insulting to read posts like this. I am incredibly frustrated by it, as there is no scientific evidence to back your claims. Back it with science and I will listen. 


It is also not helpful to tell someone suffering from scars that he/she needs to simply change their diet and their scars will vanish. 

#3421690 Need Suggestion Plz...

Posted by *Inspired* on 21 March 2014 - 09:25 AM

Based on the lighting and angle, it's hard to judge the severity of your scars. With the lighting, any shadows could be exaggerated. Looking at the photos sideways is not natural either. I don't see very many scars in the top photo but do see active acne, as well as hyperpigrmentation. I would say you have minor scarring on that cheek. Clearing the acne & hyperpigmention would provide you good improvement. In the bottom photo, you appear to have some boxcar & ice pick scarring as well as hyperpigmentation, but it's really hard to tell. I'm not sure if I see rolling scars or texture shadows in some areas. Better pictures would help. Either way, I would not call your scarring "severe". 

#3421685 Here's The Protocol That Healed My Acne Scars

Posted by *Inspired* on 21 March 2014 - 09:09 AM

I'm curious to know if the OP has taken a break of 4-6 months from needling, and whether the scars resurfaced & returned to normal. I'd also like to see photos.


It's not possible for skin to fully heal or for the dermal collagen remodeling phase to even begin at one week. What you see on the surface does not reflect what's happening under your skin or at the molecular level. As a result, you can cause more damage than good by needling with 1.0-2.0 mm roller/stamp every 1-3 weeks. I understand the desire to improve your skin quickly and also what it is like to be amazed with results when your skin is still swollen and in the stage of repair. However, you have to be realistic too. If you want to obtain permanent,long-term improvement without risking damage, then it's best to take it slow and allow new collagen to form before attacking your skin again. I just get concerned when I see threads like this because people reading it are going to try it at home and some are going to end up causing long-term damage, following the advice of anonymous people on the Internet. 

#3421681 Acne Scarring With Pics Lf Advice

Posted by *Inspired* on 21 March 2014 - 08:43 AM

I'm surprised any professional would recommend laser for your skin. Your skin looks great, and you're so young. I would kill to have your smooth skin. I don't even see any true acne scars in your pictures either.


Looks like you have a little bit of active acne. I would focus on clearing it before you experience any real acne scarring.


Take it slow with microdermabrasion while you still have acne, and don't do a peel with active pustules on your face. Hopefully, the person doing the microdermabrasion is avoiding the areas with pustules. You want the spots to be completely healed before you treat the skin. If not, it could lead to scarring and even aggravate your acne. I did Glycolic and TCA peels at home years ago while I had active pustules, based on what I read on this forum. I ended up causing a lot of the small scars on my face with peels. I've done microdermabrasion in the past as well. My esthetician was always careful to avoid spots that showed any sign of active acne.


As others have said, take a couple steps back from the mirror. Enlarged pores are mainly hereditary and perfectly normal. No one is going to be so critical of your skin that they examine it up close and evaluate your pore size. 

#3419134 Am Done

Posted by *Inspired* on 08 March 2014 - 08:59 AM

Does your damage look like this but perhaps a bit more colorful:




Do your scars appear deeper and have hidden scars surfaced? If so, I'd say that's perfectly normal for Asian skin after an aggressive laser treatment. With the right post op care, it should clear in 3-4 months. I would definitely go back to the clinic and have them prescribe an aftercare regimen. I think pre & post op care is incredibly important when treating Asian skin.


The photos are mine, and do not even give justice to how bad I looked following laser treatment. The blocks on my face were track marks that lasted months. Some people claim to have swelling that completely hides their scars following laser. That's never really been my experience. Hyperpigmentation after laser always accentuates my scars and poor skin texture. However, I was clearly aware of this side-effect prior to treatment and was warned about it.


I am sure things will improve. Keep your head up and be gentle with your skin.

#3419083 My Total Fx Diary - Procedure Scheduled For 12/04/12 - Updates To Follow

Posted by *Inspired* on 08 March 2014 - 12:37 AM

Thank you, CherrySoda! I hope I've had improvement, and am not just imaginig it. 


I just realized the forum now shrinks images but gallery upload still allows larger images. I reposted my current photos to my right and left cheek galleries.


Direct links to larger images of my left and right cheeks:


#3419076 My Total Fx Diary - Procedure Scheduled For 12/04/12 - Updates To Follow

Posted by *Inspired* on 07 March 2014 - 11:29 PM

Hey guys, 

It's been a long time since I last updated. I've been incredibly busy with life. My improvement from my last laser procedure was subtle but there was improvement. I've attached some recent photos. I just took these with a 16.3 mega pixel camera. The quality is much clearer than my prior images. As you will see, I still have scars, but they're pretty much shallow now. I've decided to stop with laser treatment at this point, as i'm concerned about worsening the texture of my skin. With the hope of smoothing the texture of my skin, I will likely try dermastamp next. Having seen DC-girl's thread, I think I may be able to further improve my scars without risking unnecessary damage to epidermis by needling. 


Best of luck to everyone with your journey.


Photos of where I started with my scar treatment can be seen in my gallery. I think I've had improvement but some might disagree. It's definitely more difficult to pick up my scars in pictures now, even with a higher quality digital camera. In some lighting, my shallow scarring is impossible to capture in a picture. It's also impossible for me to truly reflect the current texture of my skin in a picture, but I feel it looks worse in person. However, I'm 1000% happier today with how my skin looks. Just wish I could smooth the texture at this point. I have made peace with my ice picks that look like scarred pores at this point. I'm almost at the point of accepting my remaining indents as well. 

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#3374206 Airgent For Acne Scarring

Posted by *Inspired* on 13 August 2013 - 12:04 AM


It is so good to read something positive in your journey. I hope your improvement continues and that you have found the right treatment for your scars! I am excited for you.

Best of luck!

#3374203 My Total Fx Diary - Procedure Scheduled For 12/04/12 - Updates To Follow

Posted by *Inspired* on 12 August 2013 - 11:49 PM

I can't believe this is my first posting on your thread. Congrats on the great success. I never had the scabs you showed in your early posts. I had scabs after dermabrasion, but never after any of my laser work.

Thanks, Dudley. I had always thought Repair caused scabs too but it might not. The scabs are actually caused by Active FX. I experienced scabs with my latest treatment too. Although he was much more aggressive this time with Active FX, my downtime was shorter and the pain was tolerable.

I was just feeling really down about my skin when I looked at my before images (see my gallery). I really have had incredible improvement. It is hard to believe the girl with the deep pits and boxcars all over her cheeks used to be me. I can't even believe how bad my skin used to look. I have to remember to focus on my progress. My skin is far from perfect and none of my pits have vanished, but they sure do look better! I will be forever grateful to my doctor, this forum and technology (specifically Total FX) for changing my life.

#3373525 Good Results With Msm Cream For Indented Scars

Posted by *Inspired* on 10 August 2013 - 04:09 PM

Its so eaSy to prove it for yourself. Take 1/4 avocado and mash it with 1 teaspoon of olive oil(better safflower).
Put the mask everyday on your face for 1 month. And then you can call me a scammer. 


Please stop with your nonsense. It is insulting to people struggling with real acne scars! No one appreciates a troll.

#3373499 Any Experience With Belotero Filler On Shallow Scars?

Posted by *Inspired* on 10 August 2013 - 01:36 PM

I have an appointment scheduled next week for light subcision with Belotero filler to smooth out my remaining boxcars and shallow indents. Wondering if anyone has experience with this filler. It is fairly new on the US market and is supposed to produce nice results on shallow scarring as it can be injected at a very superficial depth and molded at the surface, unlike Juvederm & Restylane.

Anyone ever tried it?

#3369906 Had Fractional Co2 Done

Posted by *Inspired* on 28 July 2013 - 05:19 PM

I believe you Dudley. :) I have read of skin tightening 2+ years after repair in cases related to anti-aging. I haven't heard of scars continuing to improve but I would think tighter skin would also improve the appearance of scars. Did you peel after Repair? I assume you did.

Here is an example of someone's Total FX recovery that's listed under Deep FX on Realself:

These are obvious Deep FX recoveries (one had co2 done over his nose):

With Deep FX, there is bleeding, swelling and oozing. There is some flaking of the skin but Deep FX doesn't resurface the epidermis. If you are only targeting dermal damage and your goal is shallowing of scars, breaking down tethered fibers, and skin tightening, Deep FX is great. If you also have sharp edges on your scars, superficial scarring and texture issues, Active FX is needed. You can't shave down edges with Deep FX. That is why they have Total FX. Fraxel Repair treats both dermal and superficial damage.

Not sure how you can say Total FX is equal to Repair+Restore.

I know nothing about Smartxide.

#3369855 Had Fractional Co2 Done

Posted by *Inspired* on 28 July 2013 - 01:32 PM

I stand by what I said. Deep FX has more than a maximum ablation depth of 700 microns and Active FX has more than a maximum ablation depth of 120 microns. I don't know where you are getting that chart but Lumenis is constantly updating the software to the Ultrapulse and I hardly think the numbers on their charts from 2012 are a lie.

You obviously know more than anyone else, even doctors. With that said, this debate is pointless.

I will say again that not all fractional co2 are the same and making such a bold statement is misleading to people new to laser treatment. Following that belief, Active FX is no different than Deep FX and MixTo is comparable to Repair. I totally disagree. I don't even believe Repair is the same as Deep FX. I believe Repair is comparable to Total FX.

Btw, most doctors are not going to do the maximum with any laser. What one doctor considers aggressive, another experienced with acne scarring may consider moderate or standard according to safety guidelines for your skin type. That's one reason I try to understand a laser and settings before deciding to invest $1000s in treatment. If you are not attacking the scar at the base and using aggressive settings, I believe you can expect minimum results.

#3365396 Blackheads And Laser

Posted by *Inspired* on 10 July 2013 - 04:11 PM

I have never heard of co2 laser diminishing blackheads. Do you mean the laser vaporizes blackheads or helps them surface? I have heard of people getting blackheads and millia after co2 laser when they used aquaphor or Vaseline, as their pores ended up clogged. If you do decide to do laser, I highly recommend using a post-op kit, like Avene's SOS Complete kit and their Cicalfate cream, instead of Aquaphor/Vaseline. I used Aquaphor after TCA Cross and my first laser treatment. Both times, I broke out and ended up with blackheads. Using Avene's kit, I didn't experience any issues and found the spring water very calming for my skin. I do still get blackheads when I wear makeup, so I have completely stopped using powder since my second laser treatment.