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i'm not sure if this would go in the regimen logs forum or what, so i'll just post it here, because this is where most hyperpigmentation stuff is...

anyways, I got vbeam done a couple hours ago. I paid $150 for the first treatment, it'll be $50 for the next- she said i'll need two to three treatments spaced four weeks apart. next one on january 11th. i got it done on my cheeks and forehead, where i had hyperpigmentation from cystic & regular acne. my red marks are weird. i get a red mark every time i get a zit (i never pick) unless they're absolutely tiny. i've had one red mark last for a couple years. the red marks on my cheeks are the worst, they're from mild-moderate cystic acne and almost a year old. i usually cover them up with makeup. but... it's time for them to go.

so i went to the dermatologists' office and signed a consent form... the nurse lady took pictures of my red marks. kind of humiliating, but oh well. and then the doctor did it. it took all of five minutes. you just put on these metal goggles. as for the pain, it felt sort of like a rubber band snapping against your skin combined with a shock. it was definitely bearable, i thought it would hurt more. it stung a bit afterwards but the pain faded quickly and now it doesn't hurt. yes, it made my face a little red and a little puffy. i guess i'll have to wait and see if it bruises, but i don't think it will. the redness isn't that bad- if i had to, i could have covered it up with makeup and gone to school right after. it looked like a sunburn at first, and now about three hours later, my cheeks are just a littleee pink. i'm supposed to wear sunscreen if i go out, and wash with a gentle cleanser (they gave me this vanicream soap bar and cetaphil moisturizer with spf 15). she said i could put makeup overtop. no retin-a micro for two days. this i am somewhat worried about, but i'll just have to deal with any new acne. apparently i should see the red marks fade much more quickly after getting it done, and before the next appointment i should see the full results of the first treatment.

well.. this is somewhat pointless since it's too early to see the effects. hopefully writing all this will help people to decide whether they want to get it or not, since one of the reasons i hesitated was because there weren't a lot of experiences posted on the internet. i'll keep everyone posted on how well it works & answer any questions you have about it.

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Very good, I'll be following this closely.

I might be getting v-beam for red marks if my insurance company covers it, which they probably will. It will be great to hear results from someone.

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for about a week and a half afterwards they faded a little every day, i would wake up in the mornings and be really suprised. it was great biggrin.gif . now i'm not noticing it so much. i ought to take pictures and compare them to the befores, kind of depressing though. maybe once i've finished all the treatments.

all of the ones she used the vbeam on are a little smaller & lighter.. but i'm going to need a ton of treatments if each one helps this much, my red marks are so bad. i've heard of vbeam working better for people with the second and third treatments even at the same settings. all in all my face still looks pretty bad. i think part of the problem is i have tiny red marks all over my forehead and on both cheeks and she only did the really bad areas. i've also gotten more acne (of course right before i get the vbeam i start getting acne again doubt.gif ) and new red marks. now that i can see what's going on a little better now that they've faded some, i realize i have some indented scarring too. it's not bad though.

actually, looking at the before and after pictures there hasn't been much improvement in my red marks. it's not really noticeable. i'll try the vbeam again but if i don't see more improvement i'm not getting it a third time. i have my 2nd treatment on january 11th. i don't know what else to do, i guess i could try some sort of chemical peel or try some cream or something. i thought vbeam would help more than this- she made it seem like it was the best treatment for red marks.

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i've had really bad luck with my red marks. it takes forever for them to fade completely, and i just keep getting new ones. my derm slightly sucks, but i'm thinking about some laser treatment that could help my red marks, i suppose that is the vbeam u've done. do you recomend it? do i just ask my regular derm about it? or do i have to go to a specialist?

i feel like i've tried everything, minus vbeam, to help my red marks, and i'm getting very frustrated with it. sad.gif good luck.

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i've had really bad luck with my red marks. it takes forever for them to fade completely, and i just keep getting new ones.  my derm slightly sucks, but i'm thinking about some laser treatment that could help my red marks, i suppose that is the vbeam u've done.  do you recomend it? do i just ask my regular derm about it? or do i have to go to a specialist?

i feel like i've tried everything, minus vbeam, to help my red marks, and i'm getting very frustrated with it.  sad.gif good luck.

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