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#3433497 Subcision With Fillers...

Posted by FreshStart2014 on 27 May 2014 - 02:42 PM

Don't go there girl...don't start obsessing over scars that you hadn't noticed before!  Been there, done that.

The filler didn't last long at all for me.  I had Juvederm followed by Restalyne a month later the first time, Perlane the second time.  Within 3 weeks, gone. 

As for the subcision, it may have made a small difference (maybe 10%) but I don't think it's worth the money I spent.

I'm now doing Profractional spot treatments. 

#3433268 Profractional Laser Spot Treatments

Posted by FreshStart2014 on 25 May 2014 - 09:54 PM

Hey Meg, thanks for checking out this post.
I'm updating both RealSelf and this thread in the hopes that someone will benefit. At the very least, it's a good way for me to document my progress.
I think I'm going to take a break now; give the tx I've had so far some time.  Laser lockdown for summer weekends wouldn't be fair to the kids either.

#3428748 Acne Scarring Lf Advice (Pic Included)

Posted by FreshStart2014 on 26 April 2014 - 11:32 AM

When did this forum become a scar competition?  It doesn't matter how many scars you have. What matters is how the scars make you feel. All of us have a right to seek help and improvement.

#3428714 Toronto- Scar Treatment Recommendations?

Posted by FreshStart2014 on 26 April 2014 - 06:48 AM

I've been to a lot of plastic surgeons in TO and a few derm clinics.  PM me for more detail.

#3423957 Questions About Subcision

Posted by FreshStart2014 on 02 April 2014 - 03:46 PM

Were the results better with more bruising ?[/quote]

Funny enough, the results have been better without as much bruising. The technique was totally different. My first treatment, the doc used local anaesthetic and a nokor (sp?) needle. He followed up with Juvederm but it kept oozing out so I went back to get it filled again a month later. This time with Restalyne. I did the original treatment on a Mon and couldn't go back to work until Fri because my face looked so beat up.  Even then, people were asking what happened.
The second time the new doc used only a block of ice for a minute or so and then used the actual filler needle to do the work. He filled it at the same time, with Perlane. A lot less bruising and isolated to the scars only. And not painful!  I went out the next day with CoverFX to cover the redness. Back to work on Wed.  
I'm in Toronto and if anyone local wants more info, PM me. I'm happy to share doc details!  I've had lots of consultations; some good, some awful. This doc has it all in terms of equipment (lasers, peels, etc) and loads of experience. And prices are reasonable too.  He's direct but I'd rather that than empty BS promises.

#3423946 Questions About Subcision

Posted by FreshStart2014 on 02 April 2014 - 02:16 PM

I just had my second subcision + filler on Monday.  I didn't get any results from my first procedure but this second time around has been much better.  % wise, I'd say I'm at 40-50% (some is likely swelling of course) and the doc tells me that it should improve with time.   I think you need to do multiple subcisions AND find a doctor that knows what's he/she is doing.  It seems easy but there is definitely a technique.  The difference between my first subcision with one doctor and the second with another was like night and day in terms of bruising, filler and results.  Good luck!

#3405235 Punch Graft Excision

Posted by FreshStart2014 on 03 January 2014 - 07:31 AM

At the risk of sounding like an old grandma, how about the truth?  Honesty is the best policy!  Your co-workers probably know you have scarring so I think they'd be supportive of you trying to fix it.  Tell them you're doing some scar treatments and leave it at that. No need to go into details and no need to come up with some elaborate fake story about why you're wearing band aids.  Being real with people can be quite liberating. Good luck!

#3384190 Dermaroller/dermastamp Newbie

Posted by FreshStart2014 on 22 September 2013 - 10:12 AM

I would go to a professional and get Genuine Dermaroller treatments.  However, if you can't afford it and/or are set on doing it at home, here's my advice.
- Dermastamp is better for treating isolated scars
- You can combine a stamp and roller.
- 1.5mm is needed to really affect scarring
- Treatments should be 6-8 weeks apart
- Don't stop until you've achieved pin point bleeding.  Your skin should be very red. This doesn't mean rolling/stamping away at your skin until it's a bloody mess.
- Yes, start gradually until you are more comfortable with the pain and your technique is good.
- Downtime shouldn't be more than 3-4 days. Meaning yor face looks sunburnt, not scabby.
- Results take a looooong time. You need to be patient.
- Use hyaluronic acid serum post rolling. No 'actives' for a few days pre and post roll.
Hope that helps!

#3379758 Genuine Derma Roller

Posted by FreshStart2014 on 02 September 2013 - 11:40 AM

Curious, what would you use to avoid the risk of infection during the healing process? Do professionals recommend anything?

The holes close up fairly quickly.  I can't remember how long it takes after a deep roll but it's a matter of hours; not days or weeks.  The risk of infection is very low if you keep your face clean (i.e. free of makeup, harsh products, etc).  After a roll, I just wash my face with tepid water and keep applying hyaluronic acid serum which is very nourishing for the skin.  Once the holes have closed the work takes place in the dermis which is protected by the epidermal layer. 

#3379732 Genuine Derma Roller

Posted by FreshStart2014 on 02 September 2013 - 09:36 AM

It's also very hard to find a professional in the US anyway who provides these treatments - and they are expensive.
I use a 0.5mm dermastamp every 10 days or so, I'm a nut about hygine and keeping things sterilzed - I've been at it for several months and I have definitely seen improvement.  But you have to stay with it, for many months...so many people give up.
For those of you who have had it done professionally, what topicals do you use after?  That can have a big impact- PLEASE SHARE.
Me personally I use super CP serum right after the rolling and I'm now layering topical pure MSM on about 15 minutes after that.  No downtime with the 0.5 mm stamp for me, just that night I'm red with pin point bleeding- next day is always great with the microswelling!

Yes, it can be difficult to find dermarolling in North America. I live in Toronto (largest city in Canada) and only found 4 places that offered the treatments!

Post-rolling it's only hyaluronic acid for me - both after my professional rolls (1.5mm) and home rolls (.2mm). I was told to never apply a Vit C or A serum immediately after a deep roll as it could burn your skin.

Also, sunscreen. So important. I use Oclipse sunscreen + primer. It's stupid expensive ($75!) but it feels so amazing on my skin that for me, the splurge is worth it.

#3364324 Hypnosis For Picking

Posted by FreshStart2014 on 06 July 2013 - 02:52 PM

Well, I'm not that young ☺but I'm strongly considering it anyway. If hypnosis can save me from a few more scars, great!
I'm surprised no one else on the board has responded.  Surely, we're not the only pickers here scarface33!