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  1. It is 100% worth it for me. I'm planning to make my own review soon with pics and stuff. I got the phenol peel done in May 2021. Just searching through my album, this is a comparison of before and after with similar angle (different lightning of course). I have a bunch of mixed shallow/deep scars throughout my cheeks/temple/face. I circled a few deep scars for easier for easier analysis. The outline of the deep scar still persists but is a lot more shallower. Some of t
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  2. Hihi, So left side is old, some pics maybe 12-18 months old, and right side I've taken this week. I have not had any filler at this stage. There's no miracle results here, my skin is far from flawless, however given my scarring is quite severe, I personally think the progress has been great. People far too often have unreasonable expectations or are very impatient. Obviously I have some significant fat loss particularly a very large hole which is obviously going to be imposs
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  3. No of course not, its never stopped me from doing anything and I'm a relatively social person. Obviously its had its difficult moments, but that generally would just be from me sitting in my room over-analyzing them too much. Also these sets of pictures are intentionally taken at bad angles and in harsh lighting to make the scars more visible to better picture/document them. Here are three I've taken just now at 1am, and even with my eyes drooping at this hour they look fine in decent ligh
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  4. I have been updating on this site forever, but I have to share what has made the biggest difference in my skin. I’ve done subcision, laser, and microneedling (in office and at home), and the BIGGEST difference I’ve ever seen is with filler. My dermatologist is Dr Gonzalez at Bowes Dermatology in Miami. She uses Belotero filler on me. It’s expensive, honestly, at $700 each vial (I only need one) plus the cost of subcision if she does that too (I’m not sure how much she charges for that)
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  5. Hi everyone, I've been a viewer of this forum for many years now (when I was a teenager maybe 13,14?) and now I am thankful to be able to contribute back (late 20s). Short background: I had cystic acne as a kid and continued to have it through out my early-mid 20s. I finally have my acne under control but am left with probably one of the worst acne scars. Ethnicity: Asian Skin Type: Unsure but not pale, not brown. Maybe in between? Past procedures: May 2016: Ematrix (0% im
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  6. Just wanted to post an update... I paid my down deposit and have officially booked my Phenol Peel for December 2022. I'm elated.. and nervous....but most of all, pretty excited.
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  7. Dr. Hazany is very, very expensive from what I've read. Dr. Rullan has much more experience and charges reasonable prices, although he did increase them substantially in the last several years. My results with Dr. Rullan weren't noticeable for the first two years. I did 5 sessions of Phenol Cross, a few Pixel laser treatments, and one subcision (my scars aren't meant for that treatment). Saw no improvement. After my fifth treatment which included Phenol Cross and laser, I decided not t
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  8. Catharsis I know what I am about to say is easier said that done, believe me I know. I am 47 years old and have been dealing with the effects of cystic acne scarring since a horrible break out at 23 years old. I have continued to have small cysts excised over the last 24 years. I have done almost every procedure known in existence except TCA cross and a phenol peel. I have had multiple chemical peels, scar excision and revision, punch scar revision, subcision multiple times, too many chemi
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  9. Some 70 percent. Some 30 percent. It depends on each scar. It is very variable
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  10. To all suffering still and future unfortunate cases I hope you will all stay strong and never give up. The fact we were all damaged by accutane poison was a sad reality check to the evil that exists in this world. I took accutane when I was 16(now 28) and it damaged my overall physical health in many ways such as having no energy, brain damage (I have seen brain scans of people who took accutane and it kills parts of the brain.) This is not surprising because accutane is a chemotherapy
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  11. I have been following a few threads from past couple of months.I really admire your encouraging words on other threads and It has always given me so much hope going forward .I am wishing you nothing but the best for your treatment
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  12. Just got dermabrasion. The dermabrasion itself was fast, only 10 minutes-ish. Sounds like he didn't go deep then. Will post photos later.
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  13. I get it is more about the skill but if you take statistically speaking most people who have these treatments it’s very hard they will have life changing results in one treatment maybe with phenol peel. The only way to survive in USA is be born genetically gifted with everything else the country kick you in the nuts. I understand everybody has to make money. I understand the expenses have gone up. But still results wise most likely you won’t see a big difference in a single session if your scarr
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  14. Totally crazy. and the worst part is most of the time people in their early 20s or late teens, often just entering the workforce or working for lower pay are trying to experiment and handle this, not people in their 30's or 40's with a bank account to sometimes have for this. I don't know how doctors can look at really bad cases of people who have the least resources, and actually charge people who are suffering, that's all I can say. I know it's a business but some cases should just be com
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  15. If you want my honest opinion I think not having it just makes it easier within society, by leaps and bounds. But as you, I prefer a girl with flaws. Yes I won't deny that (and I did date 10 years ago really attractive girls) I'm attracted to good looking girls but not in the same way. It gets old and boring fast. You start to see the flaws inside some of these so-called attractive people, and their inside scars are wider than any I've seen on this forum. Problem really is society but it is what
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  16. no, i strongly agree with you. i find men/women with scarring absolutely beautiful and resilient. my SO has acne scarring and he is the most beautiful man I have ever seen. I tell him all the time that his scarring is attractive to me, not only because I have it, but because I find him more human and less superficial than everyone else. I want real people with real skin who aren’t afraid to be themselves and see the rest of the world as viewing our current beauty standards as wrong (i.e. filters
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  17. Yeah buddy but right now we have to deal with this crap tecnnology
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  18. I think staying out of the sun in general is ideal but subcision does not involve heat energy, the top layer of the skin is unaffected therefore there is no reason to stay out of the sun because your photosensitivity is not increased however, subcision coupled with laser in the same session is a different story.
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  19. I can agree on that, for rolling scars mostly some HA filler, Sculptra could be also good (widespread scars). I'm also dealing with same type of acne scarring, mostly rolling with quite alot of fat loss. In normal light my scars are visible but really not bad. My anxiety and also PSTD starts to flare up when i check myself in direct sunlight / tinted car windows / overhead lights / rear view mirror/ ELEVATORS. So i know the struggle really, lighting can be our friend or enemy when we have acne s
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  20. Most of my pics were somewhat side on, here's another on a harsh angle that might give a bit more idea on depth. That central area I had targeted many times with subcision and it has raised up quite a bit and lots of new skin formed in many areas, obviously there is fat loss there but tbh I'm not sure if I've seen fat loss like that improved so much without filler. Then below it you see many rolling scars and other textural issues either completely removed or become very shallow. The
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  21. I paid 1400 Don'tgiveup got quoted 2700 Missmacay paid around 4500 for a deep one In older posts Dr. Yarborough charged around 5k A dermatologist quoted me 10k for a deep one. Going to try to negotiate when I see her again. If you're going to get it done, may as well be a deep one. On realself a girl went to Dr. Winslow in Carmel Indiana. You're kinda around that area, try her first. Retin-a soften my scars quite a bit actually. But I'm forgetful and not
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  22. Thank you so much! I really needed some support. It’s so crazy how we are so invested (emotionally/financially) in our scar revision and others can’t see that and put us down for it. Like, do they think we want to keep doing this. It’s exhausting. But I also can’t stop treatments and live the rest of my life constantly thinking of how my scars look. I have such a public facing job that it is excruciating to have nonstop people looking at my face. really disappointed. I am sc
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  23. Here is another scarless hydrogel company that is really promising coming from the University of Toronto. Unlike Sunogel, they have been giving frequent updates (last one is may 2022) and have investment from TWO major firms. In a 2020 interview, they claimed that it will be available for surgical use in 2-3 YEARS (The pandemic likely slowed this down a bit; although they just have been designated as a type VI medical device in Canada). This one is legit and likely coming very soon. I will keep
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  24. You should take accutane without a doubt. It's already resulted in acne scarring that's at least moderate, resulted in fat loss/atrophy in spots, and you still have several active acne. I really wouldn't play around anymore with this and your doctor should be thrown in the "stupids circle" along with mine as they like to I guess wait until you have lots of scars before accutane first. My impression is your scarring is (and it's hard to see because a lot of red marks/acne) but 5/10 right sid
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  25. He is scamming you and extracting money from you. Microneedling won’t do shit. You are not doing Microneedling for in office.cross I can understand. Atleast it might help in lifting softening the edge. But not so much with subcsion. You need to melt the edge with the laser. Go with erbium full ablation. Dr Taylor does it. This will blend the scar edge to normal skin. There will be temporary pigmentation loss but you will repigment in 2 weeks. But before that if you want to raise scar more maybe
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  26. It’s still red. It hasn’t blended yet. It will take time. If you don’t smile it’s almost impossible to see
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  27. Fun to be born in a superficial society that values perfect dna placement people have no control over, over anything else, then spending months and years chasing after random crap like this isn't it? I wouldn't wish this stuff on my worst enemy.
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  28. This is temporary hypopigmentation. Also slow down you have to give it some time to heal. When the redness goes away that is when you can say your skin have recovered.
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  29. 4 days post. Feels like all I got was a deep exfoliation. I'm already looking for my next dermabrasion. The doctor that did this one said id have to wait 10 months. There's one in FL that looks promising. Does a lot of skin cancer reconstruction and is in his 60s. Also does IV sedation
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  30. My guess would be damage to layers underneath the top, hyperpigmentation, hypopigmentation, or more scarring. Let me be clear my doctor who did the 80% improvement also "created" 2 scars even though they are shallow he said "I encountered something underneath so I had to stop" but I have this sort of super shallow oval scar because it "opened up" something underneath according to him, on my right side temple area. It's very shallow but wide and white. I mean my guess is that dermabrasion i
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  31. If it weren't for acne scars, I might even be an Elon Musk. I'm rotting in a room right now. Not a minute goes by without thinking about my acne scars
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  32. Thank you so much!!! I don’t look great in all lighting which I hope to capture for you guys but much better than before. I actually tried to take pictures in my bathroom where most of my pictures are taken but had a hard time capturing the scars. Definitely think this is good news as I had a very easy time getting the scars on camera before!! Also please keep in mind that I have on a silicone primer (porefessional by benefit), concealer and foundation by ilia. So without makeup my sc
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  33. Take vit c, sleep well, eat well good luck.
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  34. Dont panic it will be ok goodluck
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  35. Whether my scars are minor, moderate, severe, depending on the light, I can barely tell anymore. I find them severe, other days minor, others moderate. I just know they are much less severe than 15 years ago in my mind and because I had a standard of reference back then (depth and social stuff). In that scope, I probably have something similar to BDD but who knows maybe it's just anxiety in general. The way I look at things comes with age and it might also come with seeing "both sides" bas
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  36. It's not pleasant but it's tolerable. They gave me a numbing cream to apply beforehand. 1st session was less painful than the 2nd session. 2nd time she went deeper with more intense energy so it was more painful. The RFMN was more painful than the laser. I have no clue about peels. I asked about peels and she said they recommend to do those in the winter months as there is less sun to be exposed to.
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  37. Scarring? Is that not aging? I'd need to see acne scar results. For some reason they always have amazing wrinkle results but the acne scarring is not as responsive.
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  38. Tca and co2 fractional one or two sessions and they will be basically invisible
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  39. Hey. You’re very beautiful. Don‘t “peace out” because of this. I promise you that you will come to an epiphany about yourself and the world, that scarring is not the end all be all. It’s not worth wasting your life or lust for life. You are resilient and also, you are not alone. Every single person is fighting some appearance standard and projecting it on themselves, preventing them from being present and enjoying this wild experience of life.This is the robber of precious time. Please understa
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  40. Doctors logic dermabrasion is working let’s stop using it and introduce laser as that will not fix scars and they will come back for more FYI I know dermabrasion won’t solve atrophy but texture wise it seems a reasonable bet.
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  41. At this point I'm thinking using a cheese grater strategically might produce more scientific results than current technology, lol kidding.
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  42. Link to Main Update Post May 2022 - 6 Month Post Op Final Review: Total improvement from previous treatments in 2020 and 2021: ~60% Let me first start off by saying it's crazy to think that it's been a whole six months since I decided to get the phenol peel with Dr. Rullan, not only to improve only acne scars but also my overall skin appearance. I hate to be cliché but time really does fly when you're having fun! ... staying indoors all day, away from friends, contemplating though
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  43. May 2022 - 6 Month Post Op Final Review: Total improvement from previous treatments in 2020 and 2021: ~60% Let me first start off by saying it's crazy to think that it's been a whole six months since I decided to get the phenol peel with Dr. Rullan, not only to improve only acne scars but also my overall skin appearance. I hate to be cliché but time really does fly when you're having fun! ... staying indoors all day, away from friends, contemplating thoughts you shouldn't be thinking,
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  44. I think 3D printing or otherwise externally producing/growing body parts like autologous skin structures will be the future in the field of regenerative medicine. What are your thoughts?
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  45. Yes I have a couple tips. First you need to get a couple different shades of it at first and find the one that really blends in with your skin tone this will make your scars literally invisible even when you are 3 inches away from the mirror. (That is if you are good at applying it!) I experimented with dermaflage a bit trying out different ways to apply it to the skin like using the tools they provide or my fingers. The best method I found was using a wooden toothpick. I would just buy tho
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  46. I use to use dermaflage every day. I work outside mainly in a dusty environment and sweat all day and my dermaflage would rarely peel off or come loose. I have extremely oily skin too. The only reason I stopped using it was because of the hassle it was to put it on every day. But when I used it I got good enough to where I could hide almost all my scars and I wouldn’t even know the dermaflage was there until at night when I was showering and washing my face and would see some of it on my hands.
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  47. @shei514 watch this and honestly tell me if she looks ugly sure it reduces her market value by a point or two but she is still attractive, she has severe scars. So at the end of the day your facial features are king. sure someone who is judging on perfection will tell that she is ugly but a lot of other people would be willing to be opposite the same thing with celebrities like not everyone will like them and that’s ok. We have to learn to accept
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  48. Yeah for me it’s about passing and in some lighting people have no idea I have struggled immensely with acne scarring. For me that means I’ve come a long way and now people are saying I would have never noticed your scars. The days where I used to ball my eyes out over my skin are in a way starting to become part of the past. But I still think in some lighting my skin looks terrible and it’s hard to accept. I will still go ahead and schedule an appointment with Rullan for June and get his opinio
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  49. Neither, both trying to scam you Tca cross and punch excision
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  50. Hopefully they don't have to stitch closed in every case before injecting. Don't see why they would have to, be great for this to be used for those with extensive burns scarring as well as stitching up wounds rather than wound covering in those cases would be impractical.
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