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    i took these in the worst lighting I could find to make them stand out. god they're horrible. i hope one day I can do something about them.

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    hey! I have not heard of it at all. is it topical? people tell me to use mederma but I'm pretty sure that is not going to work. what do you think?

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    hey! I have not heard of it at all. is it topical? people tell me to use mederma but I'm pretty sure that is not going to work. what do you think?

    Fraxel is a laser. Mederma won't help indented scarring. To put it generally, topical things really won't work. I suggest you visit a dermatologist and ask about your options. It may take some saving up because some procedures are costly. But I would suggest you ask about excision and fraxel. Excision is where they cut out the scar, and sucture it together, leaving a much less noticeable scar, and fraxel helps to smooth it out. Hope that helps!

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    yeah, i talked to a dermatologist recently about a lot of procedures and she shot down everyone of them. i was crying ridiculously as I was driving home from that doctors app. but i never heard of fraxel before or something called tca or something. so I am in the process of finding a dermatologist that I like cause that other doctor was so impersonal. my old dermatologist was too, but he got the job done and i was satisfied with the results. i will talk to my new derm. about it when i go to my next app.

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    First off, I will say that you are very pretty with or without the scarring which I'm sure you know. I have scarring of a somewhat similar nature after breaking out horribly on accutane. From what I have read I think the best thing to do is something like the combination of subsicion and fraxel. The subsicion will help to elevate the scarred skin and then a laser like fraxel will help to smooth the skin out. Hope this helps, and good luck with your scar correction.

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    yeah, I've been thinking about a couple of things. I have to get some things worked out with my insurance company but when I do I am going to talk my options over with my doc and a plastic surgeon. you got subcision and fraxel done?

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    yeah, I've been thinking about a couple of things. I have to get some things worked out with my insurance company but when I do I am going to talk my options over with my doc and a plastic surgeon. you got subcision and fraxel done?

    No, I haven't had anything done yet. I am only a month off accutane, so I have to wait til 6 months is up to do anything. I've read some positive things about subcision and fraxel tho, so I think thats what I'm going to try and get done. How long have you been off accutane?

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    yeah, I've been thinking about a couple of things. I have to get some things worked out with my insurance company but when I do I am going to talk my options over with my doc and a plastic surgeon. you got subcision and fraxel done?

    No, I haven't had anything done yet. I am only a month off accutane, so I have to wait til 6 months is up to do anything. I've read some positive things about subcision and fraxel tho, so I think thats what I'm going to try and get done. How long have you been off accutane?

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    ive been off accutane for one year now. skin stil hasn't broken out. I hear it works well for about two years and then you will notice your acne start coming back. theres a lot I want to talk to my derm about when I get the chance. I hope that stuff works for you. my doc told me there is nothing that can be done about my scars. i'm going to get a second opinion.

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    Well that's a load of shit. Do you know who Mackenzie Phillips is? She had scarring similar to yours and she now doesn't have any...she's had probably a combo of treatments, and granted, she is a "celebrity" and probably has more money than any of us, but, the point is, it can be done. Gosh, that pisses me off your dr. said there's nothing you can do. I don't know what it is about derms, but not only are a lot of them against really listening to their patients and their concerns, but their reactions to post-acne treatments is ridiculous. I even had one derm laugh in my face when I mentioned having glycolic peels (I only had one...while it eliminated the hyperpigmented areas on my face, it made me break out once the skin stopped peeling!).

    Ok, the first series of microdermabrasion I ever had about 7 or 8 years ago was at a plastic surgeon's office......this office performed not only a myriad of facials, but also laser treatments as well. You may want to try looking into similar places in your area. Secondly, I would also follow other people's advice to look into laser treatments and possible TCA peels. If I'm correct, I believe phenol peels are the strongest...and in fact, older women get them instead of a face lift sometimes because of its remarkable strength....not sure if that kind of peel would be appropriate for you though. Also, I've seen other people on this board recommend a "punch" treatment where I think a doctor takes skin from other areas on your body and somehow sews it in to the scars to smooth out the texture (someone please correct me if I'm wrong!).

    Basically, if I were you, I would get not only a second opinion, but a third and even fourth if you feel it necessary. Also, don't listen to the person who said nothing can be done about your scars, that's a load of crap.

    Hang in there...and as one other member pointed out, your scars are not discolored..which is a huge advantage. In your other photos, because of the location of the scars and the color, they're hardly noticeable.

    Good luck, take care, and keep us poted!

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    Hi Keff,

    You look gorgeous, regardless of the scars! I don't look half as good as you, with or without scars.

    I've got similar scars; have been doing medlite laser+ pca peel monthly, with dermarolling every 3 months, for the past 6 months.

    I've seen quite a bit of improvement- about 20-30%. Will upload the before/after photos when i get them from my derm next month.

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    aw man. thanks so much. ikept thinking there has to be something I can do to diminish the appearance, but I figured I was no expert so maybe there wasn't. i am so glad I found this place because everyone here is so positive and encouraging. I hope that whatever I try works so I can give advice to others going through what I am going through.

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    Hi Keff,

    You look gorgeous, regardless of the scars! I don't look half as good as you, with or without scars.

    I've got similar scars; have been doing medlite laser+ pca peel monthly, with dermarolling every 3 months, for the past 6 months.

    I've seen quite a bit of improvement- about 20-30%. Will upload the before/after photos when i get them from my derm next month.

    I can't wait to see them. what do you think about tca? can you buy 100% or do you have to get a prescription? what is dermarolling? hey also, do you know what kind of scars mine are called?

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    Hi Keff,

    You look gorgeous, regardless of the scars! I don't look half as good as you, with or without scars.

    I've got similar scars; have been doing medlite laser+ pca peel monthly, with dermarolling every 3 months, for the past 6 months.

    I've seen quite a bit of improvement- about 20-30%. Will upload the before/after photos when i get them from my derm next month.

    I can't wait to see them. what do you think about tca? can you buy 100% or do you have to get a prescription? what is dermarolling? hey also, do you know what kind of scars mine are called?

    Hey Keff,

    I suggest you read the thread on TCA cross. If you want to attempt it yourself, you can buy TCA off of the internet (derms or pharmacies won't let you just buy the acid).

    Quite a few have had success with careful, self application- which inspired me to take the plunge. I test crossed a few scars last night. It will take time to see the collagen fill in though... anyways this particular treatment is giving me hope.

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    i took these in the worst lighting I could find to make them stand out. god they're horrible. i hope one day I can do something about them.

    yours are very similar to mine, but mine are worse. i try not to think about them too much but it's just so hard you know?

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    Please do not attempt TCA on your own. The fact that you were asking about 100% is extremly alarming. Most derms will not go above 40% and anything above 28% carries high risk of peotential scarring. This is acid we are talking about.

    I would not rush into anything. Stick to you original plan and find a derm that is experienced in scarring and follow his/her plan or approach.

    You do have scarring but it is in such an isolated area and the rest of your skin has beautiful texture. I would think that you would probably be a good candidate for filler?

    Just be careful...some people get desperate and end up making things a lot worse then they were. Buying high concentration acid off the net and applying it to you face is just not a good idea...in my opinion. There is a reason why derms and pharmacies will not sell it to anyone.

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    sweety you are very beautiful and special, anyone can see that in your eyes and I absolutely love your butterfly earing :D

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    hey! I have not heard of it at all. is it topical? people tell me to use mederma but I'm pretty sure that is not going to work. what do you think?

    Fraxel is a laser. Mederma won't help indented scarring. To put it generally, topical things really won't work. I suggest you visit a dermatologist and ask about your options. It may take some saving up because some procedures are costly. But I would suggest you ask about excision and fraxel. Excision is where they cut out the scar, and sucture it together, leaving a much less noticeable scar, and fraxel helps to smooth it out. Hope that helps!

    Hey I just wanted to let you know that this comment caused me to register. I know your frustration. A few years back i was fed up by the way I looked and went to see a dermatologist who kind of dismissed anything I was willing to do and he just prescribed me an acne cream....WHEN I DIDN'T HAVE ACNE ANYMORE. He said this cream would soften up the scars but I found no such claims online. I just wanted to let you know I feel your pain and I think you are cute as hell. You are like me.

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    I see a woman who is far more beautiful than she thinks she is and I know will grow to love herself and not let a few marks bring her down another minute:)

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