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TIME TO HAVE FACE FIXED - NEED YOUR HELP FIRST

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first of all, thank you folks for sharing your experiences and frustrations in having to face acne scars. just having a forum like this helps a person like me deal with the emotional, social and psychological trauma of having acne scars.

going straight to a doctor and seeking advise MAY NOT turn out to be the best thing to do as they would likely ONLY recommend procedures that they know of, due to the commercialism of the medicine profession. i found this out a couple of years back when i wasted my money on having 8 sessions of microdermabrasion without any noticeable improvement at all. i have read from here a number of procedures ranging from punch excision, fraxel laser, tca peel, dermabrasion, fillers, etc. i understand that each of these procedures benefit specific types of scarring. so it is best to first find out the specific type of scars you have before looking for a doctor who specializes in treating such scars. i have enlarged pores and ice pick scars:

http://pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/buknoymaster/album?.dir=/2fa6

based on first hand experiences shared in this forum, i think the best procedure for me would be excision and dermabrasion. from what i gathered here also, the recommended doctor for excision is Dr Yarborough from New Orleans and for dermabrasion are Dr Yarborough again and Dr Alkek from Dallas. I tried to contact Dr Yarborough (504.897.5899) but nobody's answering. I guess his office was affected by Katrina. Anyway, I read from here that he charges $4,500 for dermabrasion. I just called Dr Alkek and he charges $80 to $120 per consultation, and $4,700 to $5,200 for dermabrasion. Since I cannot contact Dr Yarborough, I am now thinking of just going to Dr Alkek. However, my problem is I am not sure if I should have excision done on some of my scars first before I get a full facial dermabrasion. Dr Yarbourgh offers this service but Dr Alkek doesn't. So if I go straight to Dr. Alkek, I know he would right away recommend dermabrasion. I am planning to have the surgery done this month so would highly appreciate your thoughts/inputs.

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Dr. Alkek might or might not do dermabrasion for you depending on the severity of your scarring. I believe he has turned down some people already. Also dermabrasion if you are unaware has several complications: such as demarcation lines, pigmentation problems, new scarring along with others. This depends on your skin type. I think Dr. Yarborough would pretty much do dermabrasion on anyone but like you said it could be a while until he gets back to operation (more like next year). If you are thinking this month Alkek might be your best bet but I think he is on vacation the next two weeks. If some of your scars are deep I would definitely excise them first and then do the dermabrasion to smooth them out. Dermabrasion is good in the right hands but most people don't experience much more than 30% improvement on deeper scarring. If you are gonna spend that much time and money plan it wisely and get rid of the deeper scarring first. Good luck.

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first of all, thank you folks for sharing your experiences and frustrations in having to face acne scars. just having a forum like this helps a person like me deal with the emotional, social and psychological trauma of having acne scars.

going straight to a doctor and seeking advise MAY NOT turn out to be the best thing to do as they would likely ONLY recommend procedures that they know of, due to the commercialism of the medicine profession. i found this out a couple of years back when i wasted my money on having 8 sessions of microdermabrasion without any noticeable improvement at all. i have read from here a number of procedures ranging from punch excision, fraxel laser, tca peel, dermabrasion, fillers, etc. i understand that each of these procedures benefit specific types of scarring.  so it is best to first find out the specific type of scars you have before looking for a doctor who specializes in treating such scars. i have enlarged pores and ice pick scars:

http://pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/buknoymaster/album?.dir=/2fa6

based on first hand experiences shared in this forum, i think the best procedure for me would be excision and dermabrasion. from what i gathered here also, the recommended doctor for excision is Dr Yarborough from New Orleans and for dermabrasion are Dr Yarborough again and Dr Alkek from Dallas. I tried to contact Dr Yarborough (504.897.5899) but nobody's answering. I guess his office was affected by Katrina. Anyway, I read from here that he charges $4,500 for dermabrasion. I just called Dr Alkek and he charges $80 to $120 per consultation, and $4,700 to $5,200 for dermabrasion. Since I cannot contact Dr Yarborough, I am now thinking of just going to Dr Alkek. However, my problem is I am not sure if I should have excision done on some of my scars first before I get a full facial dermabrasion. Dr Yarbourgh offers this service but Dr Alkek doesn't. So if I go straight to Dr. Alkek, I know he would right away recommend dermabrasion. I am planning to have the surgery done this month so would highly appreciate your thoughts/inputs.

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IDVNBS2

i think IDVNBS2 is right... you should do excision first then do dermabrasion to smooth them out...I have moderate scarring, I did dermabrasion 3 years ago and I am not satisfied yet...it will take several session ( 2-3 ) to achieve good improvement. mine it improved my scar 30 % but I have lots of pores now and some new scarring...

I also wasted my money on microdermabrasion/diamond peel... Good Luck...

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Punch elevation then smoothed down with a surgical shaver or the superficial Erbium laser if required. Fraxel possibly after punch elevation though Im not sure fraxel is sufficiently ablative for this purpose. Stay away from dermabrasion its ancient and crude technology. TCA cross is a long, laborious and unpredictable process.

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Punch elevation then smoothed down with a surgical shaver or the superficial Erbium laser if required. Fraxel possibly after punch elevation though Im not sure fraxel is sufficiently ablative for this purpose. Stay away from dermabrasion its ancient and crude technology. TCA cross is a long, laborious and unpredictable process.

Meet Pete,

When you say "Punch Elevation," do you mean what Dr. Y. patients commonly refer to as "Punch Float," and if so, would you say that your average cosmetic dermatologist could perform this? Thanks!

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