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#3455721 Ever Feel Suicidal?

Posted by blahblah82 on 13 October 2014 - 02:39 AM

This is actually a pretty good result with the filler.   Your doctor did a good job.  In your after, I would rate you as having only mild residual scars.  Seriously, if this was my result I'd be more than satisfied.

#3455489 Ever Feel Suicidal?

Posted by blahblah82 on 11 October 2014 - 06:35 AM

Man, a lot of intense emotions here.  I've wrestled with these same feelings for a long time.  Over the past year or so, my significant other has made a new group of friends, and I have pretty much come up with every excuse not to meet them.  Of course, the real reason is I feel embarrassed and afraid that these new friends will judge and think I'm not even in the same league.  It's hard when you are dating someone that other people think is attractive, and you feel you just don't measure up.  


It's incredible how this whole struggle with acne scars can fundamentally change you.  I was doing one of those Myers Briggs Personality tests online, just out of curiousity.  I found myself struggling to answer the questions, because I didn't know how I would truly answer the questions if I didn't suffer from pretty bad acne scars.  Would I have been more extroverted / assertive instead of introverted and reserved?  What parts of my personality would have been different if I was given a chance at "decent" skin?  


Ultimately, I know all of this waxing philosophically is pointless and we have to make the best of our current situation.  I've chosen to fight and improve the scarring, but God have I given up a lot along the way.   PineappleXexpress, I know what you mean, I haven't been doing much living, just existing.  That said, to the previous posters, I've seen your pics and most are not even bad.  You have to keep it in perspective. 

#3454733 Depression

Posted by blahblah82 on 05 October 2014 - 10:57 PM

I have grown increasingly annoyed with the direction this forum has gone.  Gone are all the good, thought provoking and positive posts.  Now it's just a bunch of drama queens who moan about a tiny little scar or can't seem to make use of the search button.  


How many questions do we have to read about the same damn red spots and hyperpigmentation?  The worst thing that has happened to the scar forum has been lumping the red marks stuff into this category.  It's brought on a whole crop of people who contribute nothing and inundate it with the same questions.  

#3454728 Ever Feel Suicidal?

Posted by blahblah82 on 05 October 2014 - 10:24 PM

100% agree with this point. There's a particular kind of stigma associated with acne scarring, because you are viewed as being dirty and lazy.  People who have never experienced severe cystic acne and the resulting scars blame the victim.  I also experienced severe cystic acne very young as a 14 yo and that pretty much destroyed my sense of self worth at the time.  I literally was the kid with the worst acne in the entire high school.  It sucks to have to experience it that age because you are completely powerless to do something about it.  You have zero financial resources to help yourself.  


As much as I love my parents, I have always resented them for not doing what they could to help me through such a dark period.  Having parents who are immigrants, they didn't understand the devastating consequences of severe acne and scarring and how it affects every facet of a person's life.  It didn't make it any easier that both of my siblings never ever got acne and have flawless skin.  It just frustrates me when they tell me how obsessed and vain I am for caring so much about it.   On the contrary, I think if they were in my shoes they would have been similarly devastated by it (maybe even more so).  I just don't understand how my parents watched their child go from a bright, outspoken kid to someone who became severely depressed and not try to do something about it.  They could have spared me so much pain, depression, and isolation.   To make it worse, being told that your acne is your fault for being dirty and lazy only compounded the mental anguish.  


It's taken so much emotional and financial resources to fight this thing.  




Acne scarring isn't just debilitating appearance wise. Since it's usually the result of chronic severe acne that lasts for years, it ends up serving as a reminder of all that time you were stuck with it. I had cystic acne starting at the age of 11. Yeah, ELEVEN. Also the fact that acne scarring has a strong stigma behind it whereas other facial deformities/scars don't makes it difficult to cope with. Most people still think that pitted scarring is only caused by picking. If my scars were caused by a horrible accident people would probably just feel really bad, but instead people blatantly say things like, "Yeah, that's why you don't pick." If people at least were educated on cystic acne and scarring I think sufferers would be less insecure about it. I'm really glad there are people on here who can still be confident with scarring, but there are others who aren't. And poor confidence isn't something you can magically snap out of it. The only time I was ever happy with my awful skin was when I was on medication for depression/adhd (Ritalin), that extra dopamine made me extremely confident with myself, not something I could have achieved without it.

#3453458 In Need Of Wisdom And Advice For My Scarring (With Pics)

Posted by blahblah82 on 26 September 2014 - 07:33 AM

Great post Theng.  Forty-seven grafts is a tremendous amount of grafts to do in one sitting.  I've been following this doctor's work for a while and I'm very impressed with his technique and approach to revising acne scars.  


It would be great to see some photos if you are comfortable with that.  







Sorry, it should be cotton gauze swab.


Here is the link direct to the page of acne scars treatment:  http://www.laser123....ce.php?serv=206

How did your procedure go, Theng?

The procedure went well. I had 47 grafts transplanted to my both cheek, some of them healed really well, they just flat like normal skin. But some grafts are raised looks like a little blister with circle mark. Donor site were pain in first 2weeks, maybe too much skin taken from there. I will have Erbium laser in Oct in order to even the graft with the normal skin.


Cherry, from your experience. How long does it take for the redness to fade after the procedure?

Sometimes it can take several months for the redness to fade.

Where was your donor site?

from behind my ear.

#3452213 Need Help

Posted by blahblah82 on 15 September 2014 - 06:37 PM

No, perfection is not yet possible.   Anyone who goes into this scar revision business has to understand that there are limitations to what can be achieved.  There has been cases of significant improvement posted on this forum though.  


One laser sessions is usually never going to give you much improvement.  All the people who've had significant improvement have done many sessions over a long period of time.   I can't see the rest of your skin, but if your scarring is only localized to that area on your left temple, I would not characterize it as being "severe."  I'd say it's probably moderate, though pictures don't always fully capture reality.  I think subcision and suction, and possibly several laser sessions will help.  With your dark skin, lasers will almost certainly cause hyperpigmentation, but that almost always resolves over time.  Some people have also had success with dermstamping / needling, although that is a very slow process before you see improvement.   

#3451179 Scar Treatment

Posted by blahblah82 on 08 September 2014 - 05:14 PM

This place has been mentioned in the past.  They are known for their aggressive marketing tactics and usually push you to buy packages.  Also, notice all the before and afters are doctored.  The before images usually have overhead lighting, which creates shadows, and the after pictures are nearly always with a flash with light from the front.  I don't know about other people but when I take pics with a direct flash, I look scarless.  


That said, they do use advanced lasers here like Lumenis Total FX, which is a plus.


check this out 






those improvements though

#3451031 Scars Fading Cream? (Rly Good Before Afters!)

Posted by blahblah82 on 07 September 2014 - 09:46 PM

I really want to punch people in the face who outright lie and exploit scar sufferers like this.  I know exactly where these pictures were lifted from.  They took them from the site of this dermatologist based in Brisbane, Australia.  The results you see are after this patient got dermal fillers from Dr. Davin Lim in Brisbane.  


This is his practice website.  If I can find the original pics, I will post them.  Just know that these pictures are 100% stolen.



#3449387 What Happens If You Dermarolled Every Day Or Every Week? + Very Important Que...

Posted by blahblah82 on 28 August 2014 - 11:24 AM

Some scars absolutely do reach subcutaneous fat.  The really bad, deep cysts can cause so much inflammation and destruction of the fat layer that the face appears to sink in, almost like the sunken cheeks on someone much older.  Ever noticed how people with really bad acne scarring look prematurely aged? When cystic acne occurs repeatedly over the same area, like the cheeks, it can cause significant fat atrophy.  


Sorry, sort of a tangent but your posts would be easier to read if you didn't abbreviate everything.

#3447702 Some Pretty Horrible Scars. Advice Needed. Pictures

Posted by blahblah82 on 17 August 2014 - 04:06 PM

This is NOT severe scarring.  At most I see like one deeper ice pick scar by your mouth.  Take care of the active acne and hyperpigmentation and your skin will look 10x better.

#3445193 What Are Peoples Thoughts On This Video The Girl Claimed She Helaed Her Ice P...

Posted by blahblah82 on 03 August 2014 - 03:36 PM

First off, it seems like everybody who gets a pimple nowadays says they have cystic acne.  When the general public becomes more aware of medical terms but have a very superficial understanding of the issues, they tend to oversimplify and misdiagnose their condition.  She did not look like she had serious acne.   


The girl who posted the original question didn't understand why her red marks got more pronounced each time she went out in the sun.  UV exposure worsens hyperpigmentation.  Then the girl who advocated the raw foods diet said somewhere in the post that she thinks the sun was good for her red marks.  I would take their opinions with a grain of salt.


I am 100% behind eating healthy and living a balanced life, but these folks who advocate all these holistic methods ALWAYS fail to provide even a shred of evidence or basic Before and Afters to prove their point.  

#3443305 Can Red Marks Look Indented But In Reality Not Be?

Posted by blahblah82 on 25 July 2014 - 04:50 AM

Well I think what you can do is get a good concealer that is highly pigmented, but not too cakey, apply it over the red marks and see if there is still a shadow.  If it does not cause pitted shadows, then it's just redmarks creating an illusion of depth.  If it is pitted, then well you have your answer. 

#3442876 Mederma For Acne Scars?

Posted by blahblah82 on 22 July 2014 - 10:10 PM

Your derm recommended it?  I don't know who she is but it doesn't sound like she's up on her skin care products.  

#3442508 Time To Address Acne My Scars

Posted by blahblah82 on 21 July 2014 - 12:43 AM

Resurfacing procedures like lasers work best AFTER the rolling scars have been elevated as much as possible to the level of normal skin.  For that, I think multiple subcisions will help.  Check out Mr. Matt's profile and his pics.  Those are probably the best examples of what subcision can accomplish in terms of leveling off the scarring with normal skin.  After getting the maximum improvement from subcision, then you can decide if you want to pursue lasers, or maybe you'd even be satisfied enough to not do any resurfacing.  Fillers could probably be used at the very end to fine tune the results and raise any remaining rolling scars.

#3442456 Enerjet Works For Scars - My Experience.

Posted by blahblah82 on 20 July 2014 - 05:19 PM

Well you shouldn't inject any filler in an area that is breaking out in active acne.  The fillers in and of themselves don't cause breakouts, but certainly anything done to irritate the skin in an area with active acne can exacerbate it.