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#3492963 What Is The Best Scar Solution For My Scar?

Posted by FreshStart2014 on 20 August 2015 - 06:51 AM

My scar is definitely still healing! It seems like it's stretched and a little indented.I did some needling with a needle stamp. Hoping it will start to look better soon :( Looking at the pics it looked better before right when the stitches came out. I had been taping it at night,but it did not prevent the streatched look

 My cheek excision looks indented too...partially because I feel like one side is a bit puckered (very slightly).  I got filler two weeks ago and it has helped quite a bit (though it's still not perfect).  Maybe that will help?

#3479936 Punch Excision

Posted by FreshStart2014 on 04 May 2015 - 08:21 PM

Stitch came out on Friday. Doctor wants me to keep a steri-strip on for another week. I did it for a few days but had to go back to work today so now I'm down to just doing it at night; with some Polysporin.
I will post a pic in a few days but so far I'm happy.  I've got to be honest, it's going to be really hard to replicate the same lighting as my befote pic since I don't work at that office anymore.  I'll do my best.
Anyhow,  there is a stitch mark which I'm hoping will heal (doc says it will) and some swelling but otherwise I see no trace of my old scar.  If it stays like this, I'll def do the bigger scars on my other cheek.
I go back to see the doc again in 3 weeks. I'm really impressed with the level of care I'm getting. And it doesn't hurt that the doctor is nice looking either!  ☺️

#3479033 Can You Recommend A Doctor?

Posted by FreshStart2014 on 25 April 2015 - 07:49 PM

Hi. I emailed mark Taylor he quoted 7k  doing subcision, 20 excisions and fraxel repair. Still keeping that in mind but 20 excisions!! Yikes that scares the crap out I me![/quote]

Whoa!  20 excisions in one sitting. That's a lot. People have done it but it does put a lot of tension on the excisions. You're smart to park this plan and keep looking.  I'll see if I can remember any other docs. I've done an insane amount of research.

#3479024 What Is The Best Scar Solution For My Scar?

Posted by FreshStart2014 on 25 April 2015 - 07:20 PM

Looks great!  Thanks so much for sharing. Great pics too!  I wish you all the best.

#3478895 Punch Excision

Posted by FreshStart2014 on 24 April 2015 - 02:16 PM


I had my first punch excision today.  It is so hard to find information on the net (especially before and after photos) so I promise to provide updates as things progress.

I was very worried about having this done so while I have a few scars that are good candidates for punch excision, I decided to do a small one to start.  If I like the results, I'll do a few more over the next few months.

Ok, so the scar is in the middle of the cheek bone area, closer to the centre of the face (vs. the side).  The plastic surgeon used a 2mm punch, stiched it with one 6.0 nylon thread and put a steri strip on top.  I get the stitch out in 7 days...I know some say 5 days but he was fine with the timing.  For the next week, I wear the steri-strip and do nothing else.  When the stitch comes out I can start applying a scar cream. 

The whole thing took about 10 minutes tops and I didn't feel a thing...not even the numbing needle.

The punch cost me $350 + tax.  Expensive but I wanted to pay the extra money for a PS vs. a derm.  (I had a bad experience with a derm so it's kind of scared me off).  The PS I went to was lovely.  He really listened to me.  (I've been to a lot of PS and there are some real jerks out there).  He also didn't pressure me to do anything even though the time was booked for the procedure.

Stay tuned...fingers crossed this works out.  The PS was quite confident that I'd be happy.  :)

PS.  I'm in Toronto.

#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.

#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!

#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!