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Bad Acne Scarring | Need help for the right treatments (images included)

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14 minutes ago, colorful said:

How long do you expect to wait and get the new treatment? As I read here, recovery takes 7-10 days. Very moisturize and do not neglect the sunscreen. We expect you to take pictures again. Good luck.

I don´t know yet. It also depends on when I can get some days off. I will wait 6 weeks at least. I will keep you updated! 

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3 hours ago, colorful said:

Yes, if someone using TCA reads this, please let them know.
I received non-ablative Icon laser and Scarlet Rf treatments. Unfortunately, I did not see any improvement. So now I want to try Fractional CO2 laser. If they have enlarged pores, will it help them too?
I am currently on Accutane treatment. But I also want to heal my scars.

 

How long do you expect to wait and get the new treatment? As I read here, recovery takes 7-10 days. Very moisturize and do not neglect the sunscreen. We expect you to take pictures again. Good luck.

Non-ablative lasers don't really do much for scars. I haven't heard anybody here say that their scars got better from this treatment. One of my dermatologists said that it would stimulate collagen but that's just typical BS that doctors tell patients. In theory, that all makes sense but it never happens.

I'm not high on RF treatments as well. Some people say they got improvement but it's never that great that people stop with treatments. 

I haven't heard about lasers improving pore size but I'm no expert.

I may be wrong but I believe Dr. Lim said you don't have to wait 6 months after Accutane treatment to get laser procedures. He said studies may be ongoing or something. You need to figure this out yourself because I'm not sure, but there's a video of him saying this.

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2 hours ago, Amanda Hall said:

Non-ablative lasers don't really do much for scars. I haven't heard anybody here say that their scars got better from this treatment. One of my dermatologists said that it would stimulate collagen but that's just typical BS that doctors tell patients. In theory, that all makes sense but it never happens.

I'm not high on RF treatments as well. Some people say they got improvement but it's never that great that people stop with treatments. 

I haven't heard about lasers improving pore size but I'm no expert.

I may be wrong but I believe Dr. Lim said you don't have to wait 6 months after Accutane treatment to get laser procedures. He said studies may be ongoing or something. You need to figure this out yourself because I'm not sure, but there's a video of him saying this.

He shared on Instagram 2 days ago that Fractional lasers can be done during Accutane. Fully said that ablative lasers cannot be made.
I also think fractional anyway.
Yes, Rf and non-ablative lasers were not helpful (of course this is for me), they are true for collagen in theory but they are not enough in practice.
I will search for pores. Dr. Lim had also taken a picture of the ice pick scars comparing it deeply. Maybe if my scars are not very deep, that is, if not an ice pick scar but a pick or a pit scar, perhaps laser will be useful for these. Do you have any idea about this?

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7 hours ago, colorful said:

He shared on Instagram 2 days ago that Fractional lasers can be done during Accutane. Fully said that ablative lasers cannot be made.
I also think fractional anyway.
Yes, Rf and non-ablative lasers were not helpful (of course this is for me), they are true for collagen in theory but they are not enough in practice.
I will search for pores. Dr. Lim had also taken a picture of the ice pick scars comparing it deeply. Maybe if my scars are not very deep, that is, if not an ice pick scar but a pick or a pit scar, perhaps laser will be useful for these. Do you have any idea about this?

Most people should do fractional CO2 anyway because it has fewer risks and recovery times. But, as I mentioned, weak fractional CO2 treatments only rob you of your money. I had some boxcar scars improved by aggressive CO2 lasers. Erbiu and non-ablative lasers didn't do anything. Please make sure your doctor knows how to use lasers, otherwise it will just be a strong microdermabrasion treatment.

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On 2/15/2021 at 4:48 AM, Amanda Hall said:

Most people should do fractional CO2 anyway because it has fewer risks and recovery times. But, as I mentioned, weak fractional CO2 treatments only rob you of your money. I had some boxcar scars improved by aggressive CO2 lasers. Erbiu and non-ablative lasers didn't do anything. Please make sure your doctor knows how to use lasers, otherwise it will just be a strong microdermabrasion treatment.

Did you get fractional co2 too? or is it fully ablative? How many sessions do you have?

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4 hours ago, colorful said:

Did you get fractional co2 too? or is it fully ablative? How many sessions do you have?

Yes, fractional only for me. I am mixed so my Fitzpatrick is about a III. I had 4 sessions by 3 different doctors. Only the aggressive ones made a difference. The last one was cheap and did nothing.

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On 2/10/2021 at 7:59 AM, Sirius Lee said:

No, you should save the laser for last. Hybrid is supposed to be a combination of ablative and nonablative. Seriously, I have no idea what that means or why they even decided to build such a machine. But you want to use laser to basically stimulate collagen production. So my suggestion is to first use TCA to blur out the scar edge from the top, then come in with the fractional CO2 later to stimulate collagen from below the skin.

It's probably Sciton Halo. I'm beginning to wonder whether we need so many lasers. :smileys_n_people_30:

Do you suggest TCA cross or TCA full face peel to blur out rolling scar edges?

Thanks in advance :)

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On 2/26/2021 at 1:01 AM, Gettinggoodskin said:

It has been 2 weeks since my first tca cross treatment. Some spots are still reddish and look more prominent. Will update with pictures in a week or two.

We eagerly await :)

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3 1/2 weeks post TCA Cross treatment. Scars on my left cheek still look worse than before (mostly due to redness I guess).

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P.S. What is the best treatment to improve texture? 

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49 minutes ago, Gettinggoodskin said:

3 1/2 weeks post TCA Cross treatment. Scars on my left cheek still look worse than before (mostly due to redness I guess).

As I said before, with TCA, scars usually look worse before getting better. Usually the first 4 weeks, so you should be seeing more improvements from next week on out.

51 minutes ago, Gettinggoodskin said:

P.S. What is the best treatment to improve texture? 

Try Derminator (1.0 mm needle) + TCA 10% combo. It doesn't have to be Derminator. Any dermapen is good enough. Just don't be too aggressive. Apply TCA 10% soon afterward. Repeat once every week.

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40 minutes ago, Sirius Lee said:

As I said before, with TCA, scars usually look worse before getting better. Usually the first 4 weeks, so you should be seeing more improvements from next week on out.

Yes, you did! I just wanted to let other people know how it is going. I´m patiently awaiting the results. 

 

41 minutes ago, Sirius Lee said:

Try Derminator (1.0 mm needle) + TCA 10% combo. It doesn't have to be Derminator. Any dermapen is good enough. Just don't be too aggressive. Apply TCA 10% soon afterward. Repeat once every week.

Thanks! Can you go to work the next day and will it give some result in the long run?

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8 minutes ago, Gettinggoodskin said:

Can you go to work the next day and will it give some result in the long run?

Yes, you can work the next day. There's no redness or swelling, so it shouldn't pose any problem.

I'm kinda experimenting with this myself as well. Been only doing it for 2 weeks, so I can't give any definitive answer. But I like the result I see so far. I believe this will be good for correcting texture issues. And texture is important because bad texture only makes your scars look worse.

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14 hours ago, Gettinggoodskin said:

3 1/2 weeks post TCA Cross treatment. Scars on my left cheek still look worse than before (mostly due to redness I guess).

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The darkness looks faded. If, as Sirius Lee said, recovery will begin after 4 weeks, let's see what results we will see. Keep getting better, great :)

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On 3/8/2021 at 11:54 PM, Gettinggoodskin said:

3 1/2 weeks post TCA Cross treatment. Scars on my left cheek still look worse than before (mostly due to redness I guess).

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P.S. What is the best treatment to improve texture? 

How is your recovery?

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Not much more improvement to see since the last photos. Still some redness on some spots making them a little bit more noticable. Will post some more in a few weeks or so. Will keep you updated. 

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On 4/8/2021 at 12:07 AM, Gettinggoodskin said:

Not much more improvement to see since the last photos. Still some redness on some spots making them a little bit more noticable. Will post some more in a few weeks or so. Will keep you updated. 

Thank you :)

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