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Does Anyone Have Any Suggestions For These Scars?

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My scarring is pretty new... as my acne cleared about 4 months ago they have gradually appeared sad.png pretty much all boxscars and some ice pick.

Ive no idea about treatments, and most of the things i read sound quite scary and maybe not very effective??

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Pretty girl. Fraxel Re:Pair is for you! Also see DRaGz thread where they used subcision and Ablative fractionalized CO2 together. http://www.acne.org/...cars-on-cheeks/ I can't comment on subcision, but it seemed to be a good combo for him. You will need multiple treatments, but your scars don't seem that deep. Don't buy into the Quackery that is a big part of this forum, and the vast majority of people who are mouthing off about Re:pair have never done it. One Re:pair will not be enough for you because of the extent of your scars, and you must be treated at a high level to achieve a good result. Low treatment level = low satisfaction. It has been 4 years since I began my Re:pair journey and I realized about a 30% improvement from my first , but 2 non-acne scars where virtually eliminated, and that is what told me Re:pair was working. I wasn't satisfied with a 30% improvement, but thanks to Dr Persky on RealSelf I realized multiple treatments were needed. I was amazed after the 2nd Re:pair, and I have ditched all of the quackery of the "Natural" treatments. Those scars were easy to track. Tracking individual acne scars when you have many of them is very difficult. Check out another pretty girl who is traveling the ablative fractionalized CO2 path who has much deeper scars than you.

http://www.acne.org/...er-link-o-rama/ It was after my 2nd Re:pair that I realized the most significant improvement and all further Re:pairs have yeilded cumulative improvement. Since I don't have good pictures I use Danielle as an example of what I was up against. As you can tell by my signature I have done about everything including wasting money on Dermarollers, Copper Peptides and LED lights. The new SCAAR FX laser by Lumenis looks interesting, but there is not enough information yet to make an informed decision. http://www.aesthetic....com/ultrapulse Re:pair is considered the current Gold Standard for fractionalized ablative CO2 lasers. Here is a quote from Dr. Michael Persky, a Plastic Surgeon from California on RealSelf.

"Fraxel re:pair works, and it works better than any other technology that I have been exposed to during my 25 years of facial cosmetic surgery experience."

Edited by DudleyDoRight

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Your scars are not super deep, So a few treatments with Fraxel Repair or DEEP FX should help tremendously.

And dudly is right, dont buy into the pseudo-dermatologist, Pseudo-Surgeons, or Pseudo-Doctors on this forum. Go to your Derm,surgeon,or Doctor and get his/her advise above everyone else.

Also you might want to wait a little bit longer, possibly till December for more details on the SCAAR FX to come out and then make your decision. this device seems very promising for fixing scarred tissue. But until then you could save up for the lasers which will run you about 2,000-3,000$. Best of luck on your journey, and make sure to update us.

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Thanks so much for both of your advise :)

Lasers sound quite extreme... But I guess scars are not easy to heal. Im in the UK so not sure we have all the same treatments. Ill look into them though and report back.

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Thanks so much for both of your advise smile.png

Lasers sound quite extreme... But I guess scars are not easy to heal. Im in the UK so not sure we have all the same treatments. Ill look into them though and report back.

The nature and extent of your scars dictates extreme measures. Re:pair is about as extreme as it gets, and you will need multiple treatments. You can dance around with other treatments before you come to Re:pair, but why waste the time and money. I pulled up multiple doctors in the London area just to see what the UK had on this site. http://www.fraxel.com/consumer/find-a-doctor DO NOT BE SOLD RE:STORE!! You are also a hop, skip & a jump from Germany where SCAAR FX was tested, so you might want to brush up your Google skills and find out what you can about that. Things are released in Europe quicker than in the US.

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I agree with LZOMG & DudleyDoRight. I had Deep FX done on Feb 16th, and am pleased with the results. Of course, I need more treatments but I'm still amazed with my results so far. If you take a look at my gallery, you'll find some before and after pictures.

Some of your current scarring looks like hyperpigmentation and inflamation. Those may not be actual scars. I had a similar problem. Retin-a & Hydroquinone cleared mine after a couple of months,. That was a huge boost to my self-esteem because I no longer had to cake on foundation to "partially" hide them.

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Hey Clare, here's a good news you would like to hear first. That's not too severe to not be healed.

One very important suggestion that i'd like to give you before you go ahead and make it worse. Please approach an expert and no self remedies is one suggestion you should take if you don't want to have any regrets later. Cheers and happy healing your scars. smile.png They'l vanish soon, don't worry! smile.png

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I think with all that in mind I am going to wait until my hyperpigmentation marks have cleared up.

On my left cheek its virtually only red marks with 2 big scars - its not very clear in the picture. My right side is really what upsets me, because there are so many little scars on one area - that photo is the worst lighting i could find so you can see them pretty clearly. But again there are still red marks so maybe they will look better given a little more time.

I read a lot of reviews of re:pair on many different forums... it seems lots of people have got really amazing results. However, there are some that have got burn scars... the pictures they showed are really terrifying! I am not sure how common that reaction is.... but I really want to be sure before i went ahead with lasers.

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I think that's a smart decision. You can't really evaluate your true scars at this point. The red areas may still be healing, so it's possible you may have collagen rebuilding in those areas. However, it really depends on the age of your scars on whether those red areas will improve in terms of texture. The hyperpigmentation only confuses the issue because it makes your skin look worse than it actually is. It's going to take time, but your skin tone will improve. Once that happens, you should then decide if you want to treat your scars. Are you currently under the care of a dermatologist? If not, you really should consult a dermatologist. Don't use home remedies, peels or creams purchased online, herbal treatments, scar creams/serums, etc. I've done almost all of the mistakes, and have many regrets. I know I could have minimized the damage to my skin if I had sought proper medical help from the start. My hyperpigmentation would have been improved in a couple months if I wasn't so stubborn with treating it myself.

I felt the same way about laser. I was actually shaking when I walked into my doctor's office for my laser treatment. It's definitely not for everyone. However, to actually improve your scars, I think you'll find you need an aggressive method to produce results. Every aggressive treatment comes with risks and internet horror stories (as well as positive experiences). If you decide to treat your scars, picking a qualified Plastic Surgeon or Dermatologist will be key to your success.

Keep your head up. Your skin will improve with proper care.

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WOW, we have 2 pretty girls on this thread. I can't tell much about the left side of your face from the picture. Don't be afraid to contact multiple doctors until you find one you are comfortable with. lucky for you it appears that your deepest scars are over bone and they respond better than the cheek area. I agree with TokyoGirl that you should not waste time on over the counter or "natural" remedies. Should you wish to use the Retin-a she suggested I would recommend looking at the AllDayChemist out of India. Retin-a has side effects so you should contact a doctor before you begin using it. I have ordered from them 3 times, the products are legitimate, and you will find huge savings. I don't know what is covered in the UK, but in the US they overcharge for everything. https://www.alldaychemist.com/manufacturer.php?id_manufacturer=571 If you have looked at the link I provided I am sure you have found Re:pair doctors near to you. I do not have any such link for Deep FX. Re:pair and Deep FX are basically the same technology, they just use a different delivery method. You may find my thread on lasers interesting. http://www.acne.org/messageboard/index.php/topic/252527-laser-link-o-rama/ For a good explanation of the laser settings read SanJoseSkins posts on this thread http://www.acne.org/messageboard/index.php/topic/262349-deep-fx-over-2-weeks-ago-ugghh/ The original poster had subcision at the same time. There are complications with any procedure so be informed. Re:pair is so easy for me now that I was out in public 3 days after my last one. Most dissatisfaction you hear about ablative fractionalized CO2 comes from people who bought into the "One and Done" lie. It requires multiple treatments for acne scars! If you look at my signature you will see that I have also done Dermabrasion and regular CO2, but Re:Pair is the only thing that worked.

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I am applying Epiduo (a type of retinoid mixed with BP) at night... which has helped clear my skin. I have used Retin A in the past and we didnt get on!

However, it really depends on the age of your scars on whether those red areas will improve in terms of texture. The hyperpigmentation only confuses the issue because it makes your skin look worse than it actually is. It's going to take time, but your skin tone will improve.

The scars have appeared in the last couple of months so they are very new and are still changing shape.

I dont have a dermatologist because the NHS are pretty slow at getting specialised treatment... I went a few years ago and it took 3 months for a 5 minute meeting. My doctor is pretty good at listening to what i want though - as i have had acne since I was a teen in some form or another, I know more than she does about acne.

DudleyDoRight - Thanks! I did check out the list of Fraxel Re:pair doctors. I found one in London and I typed him into google to see if there were any reviews of past patients, one review I found on here! He has had some incredible results from a combined subsicion/fraxel repair/re cell treatment!

http://www.acne.org/messageboard/index.php/topic/256333-combo-treatment-subsicion-fraxel-re-cell/

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Thanks so much for both of your advise smile.png

Lasers sound quite extreme... But I guess scars are not easy to heal. Im in the UK so not sure we have all the same treatments. Ill look into them though and report back.

The nature and extent of your scars dictates extreme measures. Re:pair is about as extreme as it gets, and you will need multiple treatments. You can dance around with other treatments before you come to Re:pair, but why waste the time and money. I pulled up multiple doctors in the London area just to see what the UK had on this site. http://www.fraxel.com/consumer/find-a-doctor DO NOT BE SOLD RE:STORE!! You are also a hop, skip & a jump from Germany where SCAAR FX was tested, so you might want to brush up your Google skills and find out what you can about that. Things are released in Europe quicker than in the US.

Dudly is there any news from the SCAAR FX's tested in Germany in terms of effectiveness or what they were treating?

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Thanks so much for both of your advise smile.png

Lasers sound quite extreme... But I guess scars are not easy to heal. Im in the UK so not sure we have all the same treatments. Ill look into them though and report back.

The nature and extent of your scars dictates extreme measures. Re:pair is about as extreme as it gets, and you will need multiple treatments. You can dance around with other treatments before you come to Re:pair, but why waste the time and money. I pulled up multiple doctors in the London area just to see what the UK had on this site. http://www.fraxel.co...r/find-a-doctor DO NOT BE SOLD RE:STORE!! You are also a hop, skip & a jump from Germany where SCAAR FX was tested, so you might want to brush up your Google skills and find out what you can about that. Things are released in Europe quicker than in the US.

Dudly is there any news from the SCAAR FX's tested in Germany in terms of effectiveness or what they were treating?

There is nothing that I can find.

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I am applying Epiduo (a type of retinoid mixed with BP) at night... which has helped clear my skin. I have used Retin A in the past and we didnt get on!

I never used Retin A when my acne was active but i have read about complications. The perscription I have is really low strength because my skin is sensitive. It's only 0.01%. I don't even see it on the Indian site. If I did, I would buy it. It's pretty expensive in the USA. A perscription strength bleaching cream may also help. I was using HQ but I realize there are risks with that too. Maybe your doctor can help over the phone.

The scars have appeared in the last couple of months so they are very new and are still changing shape.

I dont have a dermatologist because the NHS are pretty slow at getting specialised treatment... I went a few years ago and it took 3 months for a 5 minute meeting. My doctor is pretty good at listening to what i want though - as i have had acne since I was a teen in some form or another, I know more than she does about acne.

I sympathize with your situation. I had the same problem in Japan when my acne was at its worst. After going the home remedy route and scarring my face, I actually started posting questions at Realself, so I could get the advice of doctors online. Have you tried that? They may be able to suggest something to maximize collagen regrowth and minimize hyperpigmentation while your skin is healing. I would mention that you don't have easy access to a doctor.

I found one in London and I typed him into google to see if there were any reviews of past patients, one review I found on here! He has had some incredible results from a combined subsicion/fraxel repair/re cell treatment!

http://www.acne.org/...fraxel-re-cell/

Dr. Khan is an excellent doctor. Definitely one of the best. If you put " site:acne.org Dr. Khan " into Google's search, you'll find there are actually 470 posts on this forum about him. I don't know why but this site's search does not work properly. Also, you could always visit him for a free consultation, and he would likely prescribe something to help your current issues. I got all my prescriptions during scar revision consultations around here.

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I am applying Epiduo (a type of retinoid mixed with BP) at night... which has helped clear my skin. I have used Retin A in the past and we didnt get on!

However, it really depends on the age of your scars on whether those red areas will improve in terms of texture. The hyperpigmentation only confuses the issue because it makes your skin look worse than it actually is. It's going to take time, but your skin tone will improve.

The scars have appeared in the last couple of months so they are very new and are still changing shape.

I dont have a dermatologist because the NHS are pretty slow at getting specialised treatment... I went a few years ago and it took 3 months for a 5 minute meeting. My doctor is pretty good at listening to what i want though - as i have had acne since I was a teen in some form or another, I know more than she does about acne.

DudleyDoRight - Thanks! I did check out the list of Fraxel Re:pair doctors. I found one in London and I typed him into google to see if there were any reviews of past patients, one review I found on here! He has had some incredible results from a combined subsicion/fraxel repair/re cell treatment!

http://www.acne.org/...fraxel-re-cell/

That was an amazing thread, but I think he should keep hitting the Re:pair hard and not at a reduced level. He is going to need 5-6 Re:pairs at 70mj.

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[] You are also a hop, skip & a jump from Germany where SCAAR FX was tested []

DudleyDoRight, where did you get this information about SCAAR FX being tested in Germany?

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[…] You are also a hop, skip & a jump from Germany where SCAAR FX was tested […]

DudleyDoRight, where did you get this information about SCAAR FX being tested in Germany?

No, i already asked lol.

The only thing we know about SCAAR FX is what is listed of the website

http://www.aesthetic.lumenis.com/scaarfx

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[] You are also a hop, skip & a jump from Germany where SCAAR FX was tested []

DudleyDoRight, where did you get this information about SCAAR FX being tested in Germany?

Oops they quoted a PS from Italy. All those countries are so darn close. LOL

According to Dr. Matteo Tretti Clementoni, plastic surgeon at the Department of Dermatological Surgery and Laser Institute Europeo, Milan, Italy, "Hypertrophic scars consist of contracted tissue of varying thicknesses. With SCAAR FX, I am able to treat deep skin conditions, like hypertrophic scars, with the results of enhanced skin condition and improved quality of life for patients with these types of deep lesions. UltraPulse’s SCAAR FX has the unique combination of short pulse durations and high energy per pulse which enables deep, precise and effective treatment.”

So it avalable in Europe.

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