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Co2 For Raised Scars?

19 August 2013 - 09:55 AM

So I am having ablative co2 laser done on sept 4th for some raised scarring on my chin and was wondering if anybody has had success with this type of laser to flatten the scars? I have had some chemical peels and microderm as well as a microlaser peel to help the raised scars but they did nothing. I have seen a few plastic surgeons and derms that told me the co2 is the only thing that will really work to plane down the scars. I keep searching around online but there really isnt much out there regarding raised scarring at all. I do not really know what caused the raised scarring it was literally like one day I woke up and it was there as strange as it sounds. Its been since last May and I have also tried differin and tazorac for a while too with no such luck.


Dermaplaning Anyone?

02 May 2013 - 10:37 AM

So I have been reading about dermaplaning using a dermatone and i wondered if anybody had this done. I have a few small raised acne scars on my chin and was wondering if this could help me at all. Most docs I have seen want to do dermabrasian or co2 on me but this seems way less invasive. From reading a lot about it they can go pretty deep with it. I see some plastic surgeons do this. Anybody had it done?


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Dermaplaning is used to treat deep acne scars with a hand-held instrument called a dermatome. The dermatome resembles an electric razor and has an oscillating blade that moves back and forth to evenly "skim" off the surface layers of skin that surround the craters, or other facial defects.


Dermaplaning is a skin resurfacing procedure that uses a special surgical blade (dermatome) to scrape away the top layer of dead epidermal cells. This controlled scraping refines the treated area by allowing the underlying layer of smooth, clear, undamaged skin to emerge. Use of the dermatome instrument also removes all facial hair and peach fuzz in the treated areas.

This procedure is most often used to improve the appearance of skin scarred from acne and to smooth out small facial wrinkles that appear in the upper layers of the epidermis and underlying dermis.

Plastic Surgeons In Pittsburgh

15 April 2013 - 09:16 AM

I am wondering if anybody on this site has gone to a plastic surgeon in the pittsburgh area? i have seen a lot of different surgeons and derms about my scarring but nobody really seems to have enough experience in acne scarring. i have raised scarring that look like under the skin bumps (you can see the difference in texture but you cant really feel it) and some box scars as well as some scars that aren't deep enough to be ice picks but arent wide enough to be box scars. they are all on my chin. everybody i have seen has suggested something different such as medium depth peels, co2 ablative laser, core 2 laser, dermabrasian etc. 

if i cant get the answers i want here i will drive to philly, new jersey or new york but figured i would ask here first. i have tried tazorac and retin-a which did nothing for the bumps as well as some light peels. i am going to see another plastic surgeon that seems to think medical micoderm might work since its a deeper exfoliation than regular microderm but i havent read much about it to know if it would work or not. 

Cystic Acne & Inhalers

07 February 2013 - 12:10 PM

So I have been struggling on and off for years with cystic acne and for years i was using Advair and over the summer I have switched to Flovent. I was just looking at the side effects now because my derm mentioned about inhaled steroids making acne worse so is this true? If so are there any inhalers that dont have steroids I could try? I have been on them for about 8 years so far. I have been trying to use it every other day now since I only have allergy related asthma from my cats but I cant go much longer than that or I start wheezing. I know I shouldnt have cats but I love them to pieces. Anyways has anybody else noticed worse acne with the inhalers? Would using a steroid also screw up my hormones over time and make it harder for me to heal?