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I've tried dermarolling (5x), subcision + filler (2x), Profractional erbium laser (2x) and Smartxide CO2 laser (1x) with no results.

Wondering if excision might be the best option for the 2 scars in the middle of my cheekbone? Any opinions on this?

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I don't really think that's bad at all but spot Dermabrasion would smooth that out. You just need to really do your research and find the right doctor. I would do that before even thinking about excision.

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Honestly, I think your issue has more to do with texture/enlarged pores. I don't really see actual scarring other than the ones on your cheek (which are not really noticeable). You could smooth out the texture of your skin using just topicals and save yourself a lot of time and money. Foundation primers work great for this, and so does a good moisturizer like CeraVe moisturizing lotion. I know that's probably not the answer you're looking for, but it sounds like you've spent a lot of time on money on treatments that haven't worked.

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dermarolling (5x), subcision + filler (2x), Profractional erbium laser (2x) and Smartxide CO2 laser (1x)

FOR THOSE 2 SCARS?

Jesus. Your doctor must be living the dream

otop

Those look like large icepicks or really small boxcar scars. Really defined. I'd say Spot TCA

Subcision..who'sd your doctor!?

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dermarolling (5x), subcision + filler (2x), Profractional erbium laser (2x) and Smartxide CO2 laser (1x)

FOR THOSE 2 SCARS?

Jesus. Your doctor must be living the dream

otop

Those look like large icepicks or really small boxcar scars. Really defined. I'd say Spot TCA

Subcision..who'sd your doctor!?

Lol. I have other scars...just don't think they're candidates for excision. Thats why I only posted a close up of the ice picks/small boxcars.

I had a doc suggest TCA cross but I'm worried they'll get bigger.

Two different docs did the subcisions. Def did not see the 50-80% improvement they quoted.

I know the scars don't seem like much to y'all but they bother me. My BDD doesn't help.

I don't really think that's bad at all but spot Dermabrasion would smooth that out. You just need to really do your research and find the right doctor. I would do that before even thinking about excision.

That's what I'd really like to do but no one in Toronto will do it for me. I've been to A LOT of consultations. Only one PS suggested it and he wanted $3200! Gulp!

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wow that's nuts! $3200 for that one area? i was going to get Dermabrasion done on my chin area and it would have cost me $1550 but that was with anesthesia. i don't know if i will ever be able to do it though they want me to stop taking spiro for 2 weeks before the surgery and i worry i will breakout bad again. i am trying fraxel restore for now and will see where it gets me.

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wow that's nuts! $3200 for that one area? i was going to get Dermabrasion done on my chin area and it would have cost me $1550 but that was with anesthesia. i don't know if i will ever be able to do it though they want me to stop taking spiro for 2 weeks before the surgery and i worry i will breakout bad again. i am trying fraxel restore for now and will see where it gets me.

Yes, ridiculous isn't it? Can't believe doctors have the audacity to charge so much. I guess he could smell my desperation!

Good luck with the Restore. Did you ever consider Co2 instead? I feel it has helped one scar on my other cheek in particular and I only had one treatment. Also, if you ever do go through the dermabrasion, please, please, please come back to the site to let us know how it goes.

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i have a mixture of indented and raised scarring but am really only worried about the raised scarring so i had a full face erbium laser done and then i had 2 -co2's done on the raised scars on my chin and one fraxel restore and they did nothing at all for the raised scars. the lady i see is going to use both the 1927 and 1550 fraxel on my raised scars this time with a much higher setting but we shall see. its hard for me to be optimistic at this point. i really had my heart set on dermabrasion i believe its the only thing that will really smooth out my chin area but i just cant take the risk stopping spiro and getting more scarring at this point.

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Sorry but your doctors are clearly taking advantage of you. And yes your fixation on that one scar is a little disproportionate to the actual problem. The kind of money you've been throwing at this problem is a little crazy. I understand it bothers you immensely though.

If TCA Cross is unpredictable, excisions are even more unpredictable. Speaking from experience here.

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Sorry but your doctors are clearly taking advantage of you. And yes your fixation on that one scar is a little disproportionate to the actual problem. The kind of money you've been throwing at this problem is a little crazy. I understand it bothers you immensely though.

If TCA Cross is unpredictable, excisions are even more unpredictable. Speaking from experience here.

Oh, it's completely crazy, lol. But it bothers me so much. And it's not like I just have one scar. I was trying to treat my whole face with the other treatments.

Anyhow, have you done TCA cross? Success? I think you already told me about your excision experience on another thread...can you refresh my memory? Size of scars? All failures? Punch or scalpel?

Thank you. I do really appreciate the input.

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i have a mixture of indented and raised scarring but am really only worried about the raised scarring so i had a full face erbium laser done and then i had 2 -co2's done on the raised scars on my chin and one fraxel restore and they did nothing at all for the raised scars. the lady i see is going to use both the 1927 and 1550 fraxel on my raised scars this time with a much higher setting but we shall see. its hard for me to be optimistic at this point. i really had my heart set on dermabrasion i believe its the only thing that will really smooth out my chin area but i just cant take the risk stopping spiro and getting more scarring at this point.

Did anyone ever reco cortisone or steroid injections? Always thought that was the preferred method for hypertrophic scarring.

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Please, next time just book a flight to the UK and get that treatment for a fraction of the price! If it makes you feel any better I have also spent a fortune on treatment with not much effect from half of it. luckily though, you have tried all the expensive shit and just just need to try the cheaper shit, excision and peels maybe?

Okay, you have really lovely skin, with some enlarged pores and a kind of flat but slightly indented (maybe, am i right?) pair of scars on your cheek.

Before you go for excision, i really think maybe, a peel of some kind would make your skin look amazing and really reduce the appearance of that scar/s. They really are not very defined and looks almost flat from the photo. The rest of your skin will look amazing too if done in the right hands and then if you are still not happy, think about excision. I just posted a question on excision with some, what I consider to be some really interesting things that can help excision be successful. I dont wanna copy and paste it all here coz its quite long but check it out! I have mentioned the use of botox to stop muscles contracting and putting tension on the scar and I have mentioned underlying dissolvable stitches to stop the excision scar sinking in around the old holes! Hope that helps you out a bit

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i have a mixture of indented and raised scarring but am really only worried about the raised scarring so i had a full face erbium laser done and then i had 2 -co2's done on the raised scars on my chin and one fraxel restore and they did nothing at all for the raised scars. the lady i see is going to use both the 1927 and 1550 fraxel on my raised scars this time with a much higher setting but we shall see. its hard for me to be optimistic at this point. i really had my heart set on dermabrasion i believe its the only thing that will really smooth out my chin area but i just cant take the risk stopping spiro and getting more scarring at this point.

Did anyone ever reco cortisone or steroid injections? Always thought that was the preferred method for hypertrophic scarring.

All the docs i have seen claim the scars are not raised enough for cortisone. Ugh! Its hard to explain but its more like a wavy line of bumpy scarring near the middle part of my chin. Thig is i have no idea what caused it either. I just want some improvement on it.

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I forgot to mention this before, but because you have such few scars, I think you' benefit from the product Dermaflage. It's a topical filler, and it's ideal for people who only have one or two scars they'd like to fill in. Some people don't seem to care for it, but I use it myself and it works very very well, especially for scars with harsh edges (not much for rolling scars however). It's pricey, but compared the money you've spent so far on these treatments, it's nothing. Just something to think about :)

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I forgot to mention this before, but because you have such few scars, I think you' benefit from the product Dermaflage. It's a topical filler, and it's ideal for people who only have one or two scars they'd like to fill in. Some people don't seem to care for it, but I use it myself and it works very very well, especially for scars with harsh edges (not much for rolling scars however). It's pricey, but compared the money you've spent so far on these treatments, it's nothing. Just something to think about :)

Thanks for the tip! Unfortunately, it really isn't just one scar I'm trying to treat, although the ones in the pic are the deepest. I had (have?) a skin-picking disorder so I have many mildly indented hypopigmented scars along my lower cheeks.

Anyhow, what I should probably do is get over myself and start living my life to the fullest. If not for me, than for my kids. It's hard though!

Thanks again. I really do appreciate the response.

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