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#3494531 Keloid Scars On My Jawline - Injections Don't Help - Should I Try Laser?

Posted by blahblah82 on 31 August 2015 - 10:25 PM

Silicone scar sheets help to flatten scars and decrease redness.

It doesn't hurt to ask about the 5-FU from your dermatologist.  You'd have to do some research, I'm not totally sure about the side effects.

#3494266 What Is The Best Scar Solution For My Scar?

Posted by blahblah82 on 29 August 2015 - 06:53 PM

I don't think silicone scar sheets will cause more atrophy.  It only helps to flatten and normalize the color in raised scars, but definitely does not cause atrophy.  The only way something like that will cause atrophy is if you have the kind that has a strong topical steroid coated on the sheets themselves.  Cordran tape is a tape of medical tape that is impregnated with a topical steroid.  It's true though that it does nothing for indented scarring.

This widened / stretched excision scar is EXACTLY what happened to me after I got a large area of scarring excised on my left cheek.  It literally looked like perfection for about a month, and I thought I hit jackpot and was cured of my worst scars.  Of course, over a few months it stretched and deepened, and looked much worse than pre-excision.  Mine was much much worse than yours.  You could definitely attempt subcision and suctioning.  Before doing permanent fillers, try a TEMPORARY filler first to see if can improve the scar.  Then you can consider permanent fillers  like Bellafill.  Of course permanent fillers present their own issues, namely inflammation and granulomas that can happen anytime from months or years after injection.  

#3494264 C02 Laser? Any Feedback Would Be Much Appreciated.

Posted by blahblah82 on 29 August 2015 - 06:33 PM

Not sure who this doctor is, but it doesn't sound good.  That much money for one spot is outrageous.  

#3491837 This Lighting Makes My Heart Melt Omg, Everyone Says I Have Smooth Skin Becau...

Posted by blahblah82 on 12 August 2015 - 04:17 PM

I have seen these pictures online before, and they never cease to just utterly shock me.  I mean, I had REALLY bad cystic acne, but to suffer like that is just unimaginable.  

#3491195 Im Considering Getting Excision/subcision For Deep Acne Scars, Here Are My Pics.

Posted by blahblah82 on 07 August 2015 - 06:01 PM

Rob_X_22, why don't you just pull the trigger and look into it.  I think it would help you a lot, and it seems like you've never actually done professional treatments.  I think subcision and suction would really help with your case.

To the question above, resurfacing is best left to the end because undoubtedly when you do minor surgical procedures like excisions there will always be a residual scar.  If you are lucky, the resulting scar is a thin line.  Resurfacing procedures like laser or dermabrasion help to further smooth those sharp edges and contours so that it camouflages it even more.  For example, there has been research to show that after a scar revision procedure like excisions, a resurfacing procedure done within 6 weeks after the stitches have been removed results in a significantly better final result.

#3491022 Severe Hyperpigmentation! (Pics Included)

Posted by blahblah82 on 06 August 2015 - 01:57 PM

Vbeam Perfectha is the fastest way to resolve red pigmentation.  I wouldn't waste my time with topicals if you want quicker results.

#3490998 Im Considering Getting Excision/subcision For Deep Acne Scars, Here Are My Pics.

Posted by blahblah82 on 06 August 2015 - 10:04 AM

i agree.  Don't attempt to excise everything.  One, if you excise too many scars that are close together there will be too much tension at the excision lines, and may cause the excisions to stretch and widen the scars.  Two, you have no idea how your body will heal.  There's a real chance that the excisions could turn out worse.  I had some bad excisions myself in the past.  

I think you should start out slow, and excise only the deepest and worst scars and see how you heal.  I think subcision and suction would help on the deeper rolling scars.  Resurfacing should be left to the end like you said, to even things out. 

#3488933 Is There A Limit To How Many Times You Should Dermaroll Your Face ?/

Posted by blahblah82 on 22 July 2015 - 07:54 PM

I mentioned this in another post, but I think the point needs to be driven home.  ALL dermarollers are essentially made in CHINA.   Even Owndoc posted something recently and ADMITTED that their rollers are sourced from China as well.  I remember the Sarah lady posting a while back talking very negatively about China rollers, and now she openly says that hers are made there as well. Point is, be skeptical and don't buy everything you hear online.

As far as the micro-tearing issue goes, that seems like something the marketing department of dermapen came up with to differentiate their products from the rollers.  Don't get me started on Banish Kit.  And now it seems like Rodan and Fields, the people who make Proactiv, are trying to get into the dermaroller game now too!!!  Seems like there's a lot of money to be made in home treatments for acne scars.  The are also marketing extremely AGGRESSIVELY on youtube as well with a lot of their sales people spamming countless youtube videos. 

And Sarah at owndoc is a very skilled marketer.  First she was against the automated devices like dermapen, and wrote a lengthy article bashing it.  Now she sells her own machine.  That's not to knock her device, it's just to show that she is a marketer first and foremost.  She was against it before she was for it.  Kinda like how her story keeps changing about where and how she sources her products.  Again, not knocking the products, just exposing her for what she is.

Just buy a decent priced, good quality roller, and forget the hype!

#3488929 ~My~ Subcision/microneedling Journey W/ 2 Week Protocol + More

Posted by blahblah82 on 22 July 2015 - 07:33 PM

My opinion is that if you have a particularly nasty nodular cyst, get it injected with Kenalog STAT!  Seriously, the longer a cyst sits around under the skin, the more time it has to cause inflammation that will destroy your own collagen and tissues.  Just remember to get a low dose of kenalog, so that you minimize the chance of overcorrecting and getting atrophy.  FYI, usually even in the worst case of atrophy, the tissues can recover.  There's a long thread on here from a girl that got significant atrophy and still she recovered, albeit it took a long time.  Don't suffer with a cyst!

#3488928 Would You Guys Recommend The Dermaroller For Me?

Posted by blahblah82 on 22 July 2015 - 07:28 PM

It's almost virtually impossible to buy a roller that is not made in China.  Guess what?  Even Owndoc FINALLY admitted that their rollers are made in China after talking negatively about rollers made in China.  It's hard to believe anything that woman Sarah says anymore, though her products are decent. 

All of the rollers are made in China, period.  The different companies just simply slap their own branding on it. 

OP, your scars are indeed very minor, so I hope you don't stress out too much about it.  That said, I can understand why you'd want to improve on it.  Dermarolling is pretty low risk, so I would recommend doing that.  I think you shouldn't try to do too much and end up making things worse. 

#3488773 Scar/red Mark Really Down :( Please Help

Posted by blahblah82 on 21 July 2015 - 03:41 PM

Banish kit is outrageously expensive for what it is.   They just buy rollers from China and include really questionably made topicals.  The stuff literally looks like someone mixed it in their kitchen and placed in a cheap container.  These clowns market the kits AGGRESSIVELY on youtube and social media by paying popular vloggers to endorse their products.  The prices are ridiculous and they are clearly exploiting people who are naive and don't know any better.   Their photos look doctored or questionable (ie taken with swellling present).

You can buy the exact same rollers and stamps on Owndoc.com.    At least owndoc has good rollers and stamps for reasonable prices.  

The scars are indeed present, so I see why you are concerned.  I think you should look into subcision and suction from a good dermatologist.   

#3487709 Does Dermarolling/stamping Really Help With Actual Indented/pitted Scarring?...

Posted by blahblah82 on 13 July 2015 - 01:43 PM

In theory it sounds like it should work.  If you are creating repeated wounds, you would think that the body has to regenerate the injuries somehow.  That said, I've seen only a handful of really convincing photos that did NOT seem doctored in some way.  

At the end of the day, I would say microneedling, dermarolling, whatever you want to call it, is more of a adjunctive technique.  Meaning that it should be done in conjunction with other methods like subcision, which does most of the heavy lifting for scars.  I would not count on it as the only or even the main component of your treatment.  

#3487613 Very Damaged Skin

Posted by blahblah82 on 12 July 2015 - 05:08 PM

Sorry but you seriously need to check out what some folks are dealing with here.  This post is borderline offensive to me.   This gets old.

#3486942 Icepick Scars And Skull Acne

Posted by blahblah82 on 06 July 2015 - 11:03 AM

This looks like a normal man's skin to me.  Some slight bumps, but nothing remotely terrible.  I say try retin-a or some chemical peels to see if it makes things less bumpy.  Less is more with something minor like this.  

#3486941 How Do I Get Rid Of Keloid Acne Scars On My Chest?

Posted by blahblah82 on 06 July 2015 - 11:00 AM

I think your doctor is being very conservative and overly cautious.  Yes 5-FU is a chemotherapy drug, but in the concentrations used for scarring it's not going to harm you systemically (meaning throughout your whole body).  Most doctors who are knowledgeable about this know that a combo of kenalog and 5-FU is pretty effective at flattening resistant keloid scars.  The fact that she says the clinic doesn't handle 5-FU indicates that she is not familiar with it.  Do some googling on it, and you'll see that it has good research behind it.   The thing is when you mix the 5-FU with kenalog, it actually means you don't have to use too much kenalog and so you avoid the atrophy risks. 

You shouldn't have to feel like you are bothering her.  It's your skin.  Maybe you should check out other doctors and call and email pics beforehand to know for sure if they offer this combo injection.  Saves you from wasting your time.