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sanjoseskin

Member Since 15 Jul 2003
Offline Last Active Jun 21 2013 12:00 AM

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In Topic: Summary Of Laser Study Results

20 June 2013 - 06:36 PM

As I have said Fraxel Re:pair is a cumulative process.  I wish they would have specified the exact mj settings.  I would consider the lower settings to be ineffective for all but the most minimal scars.  As for lasers being too harsh, I have been treated 5 times at the 70mj - 60% setting with no after effects.  I have found NOTHING that worked except Fraxel Re:pair.

 

Did you notice under some of the Repair studies, they used up to 100mJ/pulse.

But, I thought 70mJ was the absolute max safe setting limit. 

If you look at the study by Chan et al., they used the standard safe settings of max 70mj, with max coverage of 45%, but the improvement was only mild to moderate compared to the study that used 100mj/pulse. (Chans study was also only 1 sitting compared to 2-3 for the other, so that obviously is a factor also).

 

Did anyone else catch that? Can repair really be used at 100mj safely?


In Topic: Thinking About Getting V Beam, Need Opinions

15 March 2013 - 01:28 PM

Mainly for under my eyes where you can see broken capillaries. I'm guessing it's from sun damage over the years cause I've been in the sun a lot, so I don't think it's rosacea.

Is v beam good? I was quoted $450 for the entire face....should I just do the entire face?

 

When you say "under my eyes" do you mean directly under your eye, your under eye circles?

If so, I would advise not to do it.

 

I've had Vbeam before, and anytime the doctor went close to my orbital even with eye shields on and eyes closed, the intense light was very strong to my eyeball. The most intense light I have ever seen in my life. My eyes were super sensitive after the treatment and hopefully no permanent damage was done. I am personally not convinced vbeam is safe to use around the eye orbital and I would personally strongly advise you not to treat that area.

 

The rest of the face is okay, and it does work. Just stay away from the eye area.


In Topic: Helpppppp

15 March 2013 - 01:18 PM

God forbid if you had an entire face full of scars like some of us do, what would you do with yourself?

You hardly ever get acne as you stated, lucky you.

 The red mark will disappear.

You claim to have one "very slight indentation," on your otherwise perfect face that you can't help obsessing over and mirror gazing. Seems like you are disfigured for life, how will you go on?



So a month and a half ago i got a small cystic pimple on my cheek which is odd since i hardly ever get acne. Anyways, it is gone now but there is still a red mark and a very slight indentation. However, the skin around where the cyst was looks "loose" or odd. I'm only 17 so will my skin tighten up or is this perminant? Are they enlarged pores? Also, will the indention ever go away even though it isn't very noticeable? Please help me I have been obsesively mirror gazing at my cheek and that's all i think about. I do not want my skin to be ruined forever sad.png


In Topic: Best Approach To Healing Fine Lines/wrinkles/skin Creases

01 March 2013 - 08:42 PM

Forehead lines are a normal part of life that every human being has or will get in their life. That is why botox is so popular.

 

Your best choices for at home treatments are Retin-A/Tazarac or another retinoid, or you can try glycolic acid products such as Alpha Hydrox.

There are always laser, chemical and botox options also. 

 

Do you have acne scars or is your main concern forehead lines that everyone on this planet has unless you are a newborn baby?


In Topic: Anyone Ever Had Erbium Laser Treatment?

01 March 2013 - 12:50 AM

well here is a link to a thread i posted for possible treatments for my scars. http://www.acne.org/...e/#entry3325520

 

I have some deep looking scars and when I meet the surgeon I will be asking about subcision treatments as well. Also how much did it cost you?

 

I looked at that link you included. You wrote about your nose, I don't see any scars on your nose, I see normal pores on your nose that every human being has. Don't think about them or consume your time worrying about treating them, they are normal.

 

As for the scars on your cheeks, you could possibly have several options. First thing I notice is redness at the scars. Vbeam will help reduce this redness, and dramatically reduce the appearance of the scars when the color normalizes. You can also look into TCA peels, (not tca cross). I think a TCA peel performed by a doctor may help normalize the coloring and help improve the texture. You can also look into fractional erbium. You may also get away with fractional co2 if the doctor is super skilled, uses a safe setting, and you prep your skin well in advance with hydroquinone to reduce the severity of laser induced hyperpigmentation. Of course I'm not a doctor, I'm just giving my personal opinion. Ask a doctor about these possibilities. 

 

Also, stay out of the sun if you can. It will help reduce the redness and pigment in the scars.

Try using alpha hydrox products at night or retinoids, they will both help exfoliate and help balance the coloring (although if you over use them you can turn more red and irritated looking).