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Accutane and Scar Treatments?

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Ok, so I am currently on accutane, and I have read on this board a 1000 times not to undergo any scar treatments until I've been off the tane for a year. What I would like to know is, what are the risks exactly? Making new scars? Are these risks a certainty, or just a possibility? Anyone ever cheat on these rules? Horror Stories maybe? Any input would be greatly appreciated. Currently, I want to get 3 boxcar scars excised, and some follow up dermabrasion. I really hope that I don't have to spend another year looking like Edward James Olmos. (no offense Ed)

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Without any evidence, I believe the 6 months thing is bogus. First off, everyone recovers differently, so 6 months definitely errs on the side of safety. Second, I just don't see it. I personally feel that most scar treatments can be undertaken during accutane.

Now let the nay sayers yell at me.

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Without any evidence, I believe the 6 months thing is bogus. First off, everyone recovers differently, so 6 months definitely errs on the side of safety. Second, I just don't see it. I personally feel that most scar treatments can be undertaken during accutane.

Now let the nay sayers yell at me.

Thanks for the reply, that was the answer that I wanted to hear! lol

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You should listen to others though too, that's just what I personally believe. I underwent treatments while on accutane and it didn't mess anything up with me, but I don't want to be held responsible for anything and I have no real knowledge of anything medical.

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Yeah, shotgun, that's what I'm kind of wondering too. I'm going to do ultra low dose accutane for an undetermined amount of time, but I'd also like to dermaroll. I know at first mention, this sounds horrifying, but I wonder how ultra low dose accutane would affect wound healing -- like 5-10 mg per week. Yeah, ULTRA low dose.

Very interesting, hoursafter, that you healed fine. What did you have done? How long did it take to heal?

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Cortisone injections, v-beam (pulsed dye laser), and I even did a fraxel test spot. The fraxel is the one that worried me but it didn't make the scar look any worse but it didn't help much either. It was basically a wash.

I feel like dermarolling wouldn't be too bad since the injuries are so small, I think you just want to avoid major injuries while on accutane. I think I scarred more easily when I would get like a scrape and scab on my body from playing rugby. But those are extreme and uncontrolled wounds compared to a needle points.

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I was worried about the same thing. I had been off of accutane (high dose) for 6 months, and was scheduled for profractional. Two docs said 6 months was fine, so I went ahead with the procedure. It worked out well. As far as being ON Accutane and getting excisions... sounds a bit risky. Why would you want to risk the possibility of creating new and larger scars? In my opinion, best to wait the 6 months.

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i dont think it is a good idea to undergo a treatment while on accutane. of course every skin is different, and maybe it wouldnt do any harm to you. i was on accutane for over 8 months, and my skin was horrible during that time. every tiny pimple took forever and ever to heal and also left weird marks. i think that is the main risk, that the skin doesnt heal the same way it would heal without accutane. i would really wait until your skin gets back to normal, it is not worth the risk to have treatments which heal in a way that doesnt satisfy you. just be patient for 3 months or so, until you have the feeling your skin acts normal again, and then consider a treatment.

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i dont think it is a good idea to undergo a treatment while on accutane. of course every skin is different, and maybe it wouldnt do any harm to you. i was on accutane for over 8 months, and my skin was horrible during that time. every tiny pimple took forever and ever to heal and also left weird marks. i think that is the main risk, that the skin doesnt heal the same way it would heal without accutane. i would really wait until your skin gets back to normal, it is not worth the risk to have treatments which heal in a way that doesnt satisfy you. just be patient for 3 months or so, until you have the feeling your skin acts normal again, and then consider a treatment.

Ya, I think it might be prudent to wait on the more invasive stuff, at least till I'm actually off the stuff.

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