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FreshStart2014

Member Since 24 Jun 2013
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Profractional Laser Spot Treatments

26 April 2014 - 06:23 AM

I don't have a ton of scarring but it bothers me nonetheless- a few small boxcars on my left cheek, a rolling scar (from trauma) on my right and picking scars along my lower cheek/jawline.  Oh, and HUGE pores.
I've had 5 Genuine Dermaroller treatments + 2 subcision and filler. I got minor improvements on most scars - some, a bit more; some, none. I'm still not pleased...of course!
So I had Profractional spot treatments yesterday morning. Settings were 350 microns (a bit deeper on the boxcars) @ 22% coverage. The plan is to do this 3-4 times. I paid $200.
I had trouble finding a complete story on the Profractional laser (even on acne.org). Oftentimes, people make one post here and there or they start a log but then disappear. I don't want to do that and plan to keep this post updated. Feel free to keep me honest if I don't!  
So far, so good. I felt no pain during the treatment and outside of the annoyance of having to sleep on my back last night, things are pretty good. It's the morning after and I'm about to wash my face. Yay!  
I've attached pics of my starting point. Not the greatest shots but all I have access to right now.  I've also attached a pic (the bloodier looking one) taken this morning so you can see the level of swelling. You can really see it in the cheekbone area.

*UPDATE*
Did the treatment around 1pm on Friday and the latest pic is what I look like about 48 hours later (on Sunday).  I wash my face every 3 hours with boiled water and vinegar (I let the water cool) and then put on Polysporin (which makes things look yuckier than they are, I think). I'm supposed to go back to work on Tuesday morning so I'm a bit worried that I won't be able to cover the redness. Otherwise, all is good. No pain. I know they'll return but man, it's nice not seeing most of my scars!

*UPDATE*
It's now Tuesday night. I'm still pretty red but was able to cover most of it up with CoverFX. I also have some blush on. (I'm sure someone more talented with makeup could have done a better job). I've attached some new pics (with and w/o makeup).  
Also, I think I have cold sores in one area. I did take an anti-viral and have started up again so I think I've managed to prevent a full blown outbreak (thank goodness!!).
Most of my scars have returned...except for the trauma scar on my right cheek. I can't see it at all. Probably wishful thinking but it would be amazing if it stayed like this!
I will only update this post again if something significant happens. Otherwise, I'll be back once I have another treatment at the end of May.  Thanks for reading!

Profractional Spot Treatments

12 April 2014 - 06:58 AM

The next step in my scar journey is supposed to be a 35% TCA peel (performed by a PS). I do have concerns about this as discussed in another post.
Fortunately I have isolated scarring so my other option is spot treatments with the Profractional laser at setting of about 500-600 microns, 22% overlap.
Should I be concerned with spot treatments?  Anyone have experience?

35% Tca Peel Anyone?

10 April 2014 - 04:47 PM

I've done subcision and filler with a PS and am happy with results on my left cheek so far but not so much on my right. He suggests a 35% TCA peel next for my shallow scarring and slight hyperpigmentation.  I've read up on it A LOT and am disappointed when I see doctor comments (mostly on RealSelf) that TCA doesn't work for indented scarring or you can't sculpt scars with peels. My PS says this isn't true. He has all the tools and toys so there is no reason to sell me on a cheaper modality.
Can anyone comment on experience with a peel of this strength?  Mainly for shallow rolling type scars...most of which are only noticeable in just the right light. I've attached a photo of my worst scar in bad light. [attachment=55459:image.jpg][attachment=55459:image.jpg]

Micro Laser Peel + Profractional

09 March 2014 - 07:20 PM

Any recent experiences with micro laser peel + profractional laser?  Please share.
I have shallow rolling scars. Shiny texture and hypopigmented. I'm not expecting any color changes but I am hoping to reduce the depth and improve the skin texture. Derma roller did not give me the results I wanted. My PS is reco'ing a micro laser peel + profractional. Two treatments. I need help with my decision. Thanks!!

Subcision And Filler For Small Boxcars

02 January 2014 - 12:16 PM

On January 13th, I'm having my first subcision and filler (Juvederm) treatment for 3-4 small boxcar scars on my cheek.  I'm working with a  PS in Toronto who I feel is honest and trustworthy.  The doctor feels I should be able to achieve 50-80% improvement after 1-2 sessions. The improvement will all depend on how my skin reacts as I believe he has the skill.

 

I'm posting my before picture now because I don't feel like keeping this image on my phone any longer.  It's hideous and I'm always worried someone is going to flip through my pics and see it, lol.  I've taken this in the WORST possible light (I really hope my skin doesn't look like this all the time....yikes!) and the conditions will be easy for me to replicate.  I hope this will allow for some decent before and after comparison. 

 

In addition to my MASSIVE pores, you will also see 5-6 hypopigmented, atrophic scars that were caused by picking.  I have OCD which is now under control (thankfully).  I'd love to address this scarring as well (at least the indentations) but that will be the next phase of this journey.

 

Prior to this treatment, I've been getting professional dermarolling.  The rolling had no effect on these scars because they are tethered.  Dermarolling did improve the quality of my skin quite a bit (although you'd hardly think so based on this picture).

 

I will update this thread after the procedure (i.e. the day of, a week later, a month later, etc).  Fingers crossed!