Jump to content
Acne.org
Search In
Find results that contain...
Find results in...
Bulgarian R.

Stem Cells for Acne Scar Repair (SCIENCE FACT, not science fiction!)

Recommended Posts

http://img232.imageshack.us/img232/1989/st...acnescarib9.jpg

This is link I am talking about. IMO, these are deep ice picks, which i dont have. On my laptop I didnt see how severe these scars were. They looked like scattered pores. I am sorry I got that wrong.

All I am saying is my scars, except the deep one from the injection, are lighter than this. Most look like pores and they havent been "erased." THat is all I am saying. They all remain but they all look better!!! But not one has been erased and that is what we are after, right?

Now I dont want to bring bad news. No way. icaretohelp has had great success; however, I will add he had a lot more treatment than me before the stem cells including C02.

Khan recommened this to me but I was too scared to get a co2 laser. Perhaps, the laser /stem cell combo is the ticket as icaretohelp has proved!

Also, I am ten years older than icaretohelp. In addition, he is about four weeks ahead of me. My stem cells arent due to "kick-in" for another couple of weeks.

I think this will be my last post for quite some time as I dont want to appear to bring bad news. No way. We all need hope to get through this hell.

I think this a good procedure but it didnt erase my scars to date. That is what I am saying. This hasnt been my miracle cure, but who knows, it could be yours! Dont give up hope!

The improvement has been good and the risk was close to zero, so it was very worth it in my case.

I pray that all of you will get the skin you deserve.

Take care!

Over and out, Heidi!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Just a quick update:

I had the stem cell treatment with Dr Khan last Saturday and I'm really pleased with the results. The swelling's almost completely gone now... it's early days but I can already see an improvement in my scars and the overall condition of my skin. I'm really excited because apparently things will only get better from now on :)

If you're able to, I would strongly recommend going to see Dr Khan. The only thing I regret is not going sooner!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

How bad are your scars? How much is the treatment?

Heidi mentioned that the stem cell treatment is most suitable for minor scarring. What is your opinion regarding this?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

The treatment cost £6500. I guess mine were pretty shallow. I didn't have any icepicks... I think they're rolling or boxcar. Sorry I don't know whether it would work for deeper scars but I don't see why it wouldn't. I assume it would at least help them but I can't say for sure.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

That's good news, dostoyevsky. I'm glad you're happy with the results as well. :)

Hey, I was wondering how Dr. Khan retrieves the fat from which he gets the stem cells? Is this just done with a syringe?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

It is done by syringe but it was a bit more agressive than I thought. The syringes are huge and the action to get the fat seemed to be the same as when people get fat extracted by liposuction (breaking up the fat with a kind of digging action and then sucking it up). I think he said that he took 250ml of fat from me. Usually he takes it from the abdomen but I didn't have enough fat there so mine was taken from my hips and lower back area. The pain was bearable, although it was sore afterwards and I have enormous bruises. Definitely worth it though.

I don't know if it's been mentioned yet but some of the fat is actually injected below the dermis... the rest of it is used to get the stem cells which is then injected into the dermis. I think.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
It is done by syringe but it was a bit more agressive than I thought. The syringes are huge and the action to get the fat seemed to be the same as when people get fat extracted by liposuction (breaking up the fat with a kind of digging action and then sucking it up). I think he said that he took 250ml of fat from me. Usually he takes it from the abdomen but I didn't have enough fat there so mine was taken from my hips and lower back area. The pain was bearable, although it was sore afterwards and I have enormous bruises. Definitely worth it though.

Really? Wow... Weren't you given the option of being sedated during this part of the procedure?

I don't know if it's been mentioned yet but some of the fat is actually injected below the dermis... the rest of it is used to get the stem cells which is then injected into the dermis. I think.

That's odd... I wonder why they do that. :think:

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Apparently I didn't need to be... I'm not sure if other people are. I was given a sedative pill beforehand and the pain really wasn't that bad, it just felt kinda weird.

I think they do it to plump out the skin even more. The fat probably replaces what's been missing deeper down and the stem cells help repair the dermis nearer the top.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Apparently I didn't need to be... I'm not sure if other people are. I was given a sedative pill beforehand and the pain really wasn't that bad, it just felt kinda weird.

I think they do it to plump out the skin even more. The fat probably replaces what's been missing deeper down and the stem cells help repair the dermis nearer the top.

thats great news dostoyevsky! I saw dr Khan on friday and he is going to do two stem cell procedures on me, i,m gonna get the procedure you had for scars and damaged pores he is also taking a biopsy from behind my ear, cultivating those cells then spraying them onto my face to create a new layer to correct the hypo-pigmentation i have( full face) its going to cost £10,000 because this is two seperate treatments I have,nt got a date yet because I,ll have to raise the extra funding but hopefully I,ll get it in the next few weeks.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Apparently I didn't need to be... I'm not sure if other people are. I was given a sedative pill beforehand and the pain really wasn't that bad, it just felt kinda weird.

I think they do it to plump out the skin even more. The fat probably replaces what's been missing deeper down and the stem cells help repair the dermis nearer the top.

Ok, thanks, dostoyevsky.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Wow that's a whole lot of money. I hope the results will keep up forever. How much improvement (percentage wise) have you noticed? Is it near 100% improvement?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

No way near 100% improvement, it's only been a week! My skin definitely still isn't perfect and I still have lots of red marks but with makeup it doesn't look as bad anymore. I think it will take around 2-3 months to notice the full effects and I may need fraxel in a few months. I'm not too keen on that though and don't know if I can afford it so I'm hoping the stem cells will be enough.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

what a great news dostoyevsky,

did they used celution machine for stem cell?

how many day is necessary to be completely presentable?

many thx for your share!!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I really hope those of you that have had this treatment continues to post updates in this thread, even if you bring bad news. Bad news can be good news for us desperate people. At least we'll know it doesn't work 100% yet (or if it even works at all).

I'm grateful.

I must say though, I'm really skeptical to all these 'you must wait several months to see any results' treatments (to build up collagen).

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

You should be more skeptical of those posts which say any treatment is a magic bullet that will instantly remove all your scars man.

Collagen building takes time. It is a slow process, with no way to speed it up significantly.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
I must say though, I'm really skeptical to all these 'you must wait several months to see any results' treatments (to build up collagen).

I wouldn't get too worried. People who have had PRP said it took time for them to see significant results as well and initially they were disappointed. And it's basically the same idea of stem cells remodeling the skin. But, the stem cells in fat are more potent than those in blood.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I have not posted in years. I think that is what may happen. We freak out, seek community help - and yes, oh gawd yes, this community helps, we "heal" - they we are not heard from...again. Well, anyway - that is what happend to me.

My experience with scars was intense. I had a "hole" in the middle of my face. Between my eyebrows, one on the side of my nose -- close to my tear duct. Once hole on my check. And sever smaller sacrs on my face. I tried everything. Even praying...and I am not religious.

This is what I did and this is what finally worked for me. I had my scars cut-out by a plastic surgeon--- this is after I tried lasers, peels, peptieds, hundreds (if not thousands of dollars) on everything -- the dermaroller, vitamins, different lasers, home microdermabrasions, the best products (La Mer) -- you name it. I was beyond depressed -- not vein - but yes the scars compromised my self confiedence. I sunk into my holes. Period.

I had my major scars cut out. Yes, it sucked -- stitches on my face for a few weeks then weirdd redness for a month. It just looked like e new scars. I was depressed. A few months later I started laser resurfacing...about 4 months later. I had my holes cut and and the lasers here The Manhattan Plastic Surgeon that I went to-- for those who are interested . They were good. The plastic surgeon does not do the lasers but a laser tech who happens to be a doctor from russia did my lasers. I alternated lasers with various peels every two weeks. It did not seem to be working. But I kept at it. While this was going on I used a home microdermabrasion about twice a week. I used a retinol treatment almost every night -- maybe 5 times a week, during the day I used something with peptides and a "rejenerating skin product" -- all of these products were cheap and I got them at the drug store.

About 10 months later I am literally scar free. It wasn't a miracle. It was drastic. I went through weird "skin phases" - at times I looked like a monster. It cost a lot of money. It worked. It changed my face. I even look almost ten years yonger - I am 35.

I think the point to this story, and I hope it helps a lot of people, is -- products and good nutrition didn't work for me. These were serious scars. I substituted "holes" for new scars then immediately treated the new scars - and yes, it took a long time. The key to getting rid of the new scars was immediate treatement with serious skin care -- lasers, dr grade peels, microdermabrasion, the right combination of products, and a lot of patience. It seriously worked and was seriously expensive. I used to contribute a lot of messages to this board. This board was my community and really psychological helped me. If you want your scars to go away you really have to help yourseld. In my opinion, scar revision is the only way to good. I wish you all good luck and perfectly clear and smooth skin!

All the best-

E

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
I have not posted in years. I think that is what may happen. We freak out, seek community help - and yes, oh gawd yes, this community helps, we "heal" - they we are not heard from...again. Well, anyway - that is what happend to me.

My experience with scars was intense. I had a "hole" in the middle of my face. Between my eyebrows, one on the side of my nose -- close to my tear duct. Once hole on my check. And sever smaller sacrs on my face. I tried everything. Even praying...and I am not religious.

This is what I did and this is what finally worked for me. I had my scars cut-out by a plastic surgeon--- this is after I tried lasers, peels, peptieds, hundreds (if not thousands of dollars) on everything -- the dermaroller, vitamins, different lasers, home microdermabrasions, the best products (La Mer) -- you name it. I was beyond depressed -- not vein - but yes the scars compromised my self confiedence. I sunk into my holes. Period.

I had my major scars cut out. Yes, it sucked -- stitches on my face for a few weeks then weirdd redness for a month. It just looked like e new scars. I was depressed. A few months later I started laser resurfacing...about 4 months later. I had my holes cut and and the lasers here The Manhattan Plastic Surgeon that I went to-- for those who are interested . They were good. The plastic surgeon does not do the lasers but a laser tech who happens to be a doctor from russia did my lasers. I alternated lasers with various peels every two weeks. It did not seem to be working. But I kept at it. While this was going on I used a home microdermabrasion about twice a week. I used a retinol treatment almost every night -- maybe 5 times a week, during the day I used something with peptides and a "rejenerating skin product" -- all of these products were cheap and I got them at the drug store.

About 10 months later I am literally scar free. It wasn't a miracle. It was drastic. I went through weird "skin phases" - at times I looked like a monster. It cost a lot of money. It worked. It changed my face. I even look almost ten years yonger - I am 35.

I think the point to this story, and I hope it helps a lot of people, is -- products and good nutrition didn't work for me. These were serious scars. I substituted "holes" for new scars then immediately treated the new scars - and yes, it took a long time. The key to getting rid of the new scars was immediate treatement with serious skin care -- lasers, dr grade peels, microdermabrasion, the right combination of products, and a lot of patience. It seriously worked and was seriously expensive. I used to contribute a lot of messages to this board. This board was my community and really psychological helped me. If you want your scars to go away you really have to help yourseld. In my opinion, scar revision is the only way to good. I wish you all good luck and perfectly clear and smooth skin!

All the best-

E

hey erika great to hear that... I was just wondering.. after your excisions... what kind of lasers did you use for the resurfacing? I am doing something similar as well, but i have a lot of scars. Any info would be apprecieted. thanks!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.


  • Personalized Advice Quiz - All of Acne.org in just a few minutes

×