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N-lite, get the most out of it.

Does anyone know what is the best thing to do before or after getting N-lite done? Like should I avoid anything (creams etc.) Should I do a lactic peel reasonabley soon BEFORE?

What kind of results will you notice and how soon?

I have rolling scars on one cheek and shallower ones on the other cheek. The deepest is about 2 mm. But some are very shallow and I was hoping this may help. I have to wait a long time to see a REAL specialist with scars, so I thought i'd do this in the mean time....

THANKS IN ADVANCE

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Jamie, IMHO the best thing you can do before nlite is to have subcision. I know that's not really the kind of info you are looking for, but I have been told by a derm how important it is to have subcision on rolling scars

if you want to get the most from these types of lasers.

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I agree with Bruce, subcision would greatly enhance the results of subcision.

Also, I would make sure to ask your Dr. about things you should avoid.

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Jamie - it's great that you have a referral to see Dr Chu in May - I know you're impatient - but he will perform subcision and then NLite straight after.

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Dr chu ALWAYS does N lite first then a few days later subcision.But you're saying it should be the other way round.

Why does he do it like this???

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It probably doesn't matter much which procedure is done first as long as they are done at about the same time. The important thing is to not

have scars that are tethered down when the collagen begins to build from the nlite. Dr. Rapaport states on his web site that he prefers to the nlite one to four days after subcision.

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Thanks for the info Bruce.I do have tethered down scars .That's why I don't understand why he does N lite first then subcision and he's going to do the same next week.

I think I'll write to him. To be perfectly honest with you,I'm not entirely happy with quite a few things that Dr.Chu has or hasn't done.He seems to be quite careless (with me anyway). I guess I'm not pushy enough. If you're pushy, maybe he thinks you care more about the results? I don't know.

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Shiny...it takes some time after nlite before the collagen starts to rebuild

so having subcision a few days before or after nlite may have the same effect. I'm sure Dr. Chu has his reasons for doing the nlite first.

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Bruce,you're really sweet. Thank you for trying to make me feel better.

I'm scheduled to have subcision 4 days after the Nlite.I'm just worried I'm not making the most of my time and money. I'm a Brit living abroad and I have to fly in for my treatments.The flight costs more than the treatments!!

I hope everything is going well with you.

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shiny - I normally get the NLite performed and then the subcision or excision performed an hour after. It's easier to perform the NLite first if getting it done in one session as I am covered in blood/plaster straight after the subcision/Nlite.

I don't think it makes any difference whether the NLite is done b4 or after - after all, it is working under your skin over a period of time.

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One other thing that I just remembered is that you should not take anything that will thin your blood for about a week before and after having subcision. You want a nice blood clot to form in the areas the subcision was preformed and blood thinners will have a negative effect on that.

Aspirin and ginkgo biloba are two blood thinners that come to mind but I'm sure there are many more.

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That's a good idea Maya. Save me all those trips to the hospital. Thank you.

Bruce, thanks for reminding me about the blood thinners because I've been taking gention which is known to thin the blood. That could be why it took my skin a long time to heal last time.

I love this board .Just when I'm panicking and feeling miserable, you all give me good advice and cheer me up!!! Thanks so much.

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