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  1. Hi All! I'm not very active on this, but I might start giving updates on my acne scar journey. I have darker skin tone and have very deep acne scars, so it's quite difficult to find doctors who are willing to work on my skin. I've seen two doctors that have been mentioned on this site (Dr. H from BH and Dr. T from SLC). Before starting treatments with these two doctors, I did get 6 sessions of secret RF microneedling from a medspa which was a waste. Anyway, I saw Dr. H last year and I'm gla
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  2. Man, your skin is literally perfect, go and enjoy life!
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  3. Just an update, ^ This advice @harmlessboy1441 was so on point also @getsmart121, thanks so much! I ended going to Dr Rullan and yep he said the same thing. He strongly suggested filler, so I agreed and he didn't even put much in. Super happy so far with results post-week and 1/2 later. I'll also update in another couple weeks when the remaining swelling goes down. Also want to mention that Dr. Rullan said that I had a few boxcars but the majority of my scars were atrophic. Wh
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  4. Scarring doesn’t improve in one week unless you physically shaved the entire area. It takes time to see results. Set your treatment frequency every 2 to 3 months and wait at least, first it immediately heals the area. Healing goal is to first make it in a workable condition and after that slowly slowly results sets in.
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  5. @Dan Thank you, it actually ended up healing mostly fine. It looks like it was just part of the recovery process.
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  6. Hi, I had a very similar scar (mine was deeper and bigger than yours) excised recently by an ophthalmologist. They perform a layered closure, in which the underlying tissue is closed with absorbable sutures so that the level of the surface matches the surrounding skin after healing. In my opinion, there is not much dermatologists can do about it because of the tricky location, and I personally wouldn't feel comfortable with someone microneedling that area. When I got the anesthetic injection I t
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  7. Procedure started at 5:45pm, lidocaine injections were placed ten minutes prior. Once numb, he sawed off portion of my cheek. My skin flaked everywhere like confetti. I felt some stinging pain but nothing like laser. The thought of a metal rotating instrument like the ones they use to file down acrylic nails kept me on edge the whole time. It was probably 8 mins or so and it was done. I expected lots of blood but when I looked I saw slight redness. At first I sighed, one of disappointment.
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  8. I know they will not be completely gone, especially the ones in the middle. But flat them out so I can get a tattoo back piece would be fucking sick. This is my back after some heavy sun and sea after one weak and different lightning. Its better than before tho. luckly my chest is clear. Face got some small scars but nothing worth mentioning. I live in Germany and had many appointments with derms, waited 6 month for every appointment and only got some zinc
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  9. So in my comment I wasn't really referencing your areas of atrophy. Those scars in the center of your back are pretty deep and can only improve so much; however, its probably the least worst place to get them so be thankful for that. But for the areas on your lats - thats what you can get smoother. And you can improve the color everywhere. It depends on how many treatments you get and how your respond. Most of my scars are skin colored and lay mostly flat, making them more unnoticeable at a
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  10. I’m back to make a comment to help anyone else who stumbles across this post from a Google search like I originally did. i was free from the condition for over 6 months but somehow something triggered it to resurface. I believe strongly it is fungal. But as per Aussie Scientists posts it does matter what yeast is causing it. I assumed mine was candida. so this outbreak I managed to get some Nystatin online from a German pharmacy. Can’t seem to buy it in the UK.
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  11. Back is the least area people consider. As that is not how you intoroduce yourself. Your face is used everywhere from employment to relationship. That is what gets highest marks. Now that out the way there are scar and pigmentation. What you can do is target pigmentation with retinols and for scars not sure as the skin heals differently in the back. For temporary solution make sure is well moisturizer oily skin will divert the attention from the scars. Have you ever seen body builders oiled up.
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  12. I thank to god I was asleep during mine that's all I can say. I can't even imagine how deep he went on me given the scabs I got afterwards. Still thankful but ouch... Must've been like a geyser in that office. I mean if it works why not consider it. Dermbrasion has it's place. Whether it's just for icepicks maybe idk. Whether it's good in concert with lasers idk maybe. I'm bummed doctors abandoned Dermabrasion (the old type that went deep or effective, risks notwithstanding) and jumped
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  13. Scarless healing doesnt meen turning scar tissue into normal skin(that will probably never happen) but rather either allowing the skin to heal without forming a scar or removing the old scar and allowing the skin to heal all over without it.
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  14. I think you just had fractional laser. You might've had grid marks and the area turned darker and the skin fell off after 5 days. I used Obagi cream tretinoin 0.1%. I stopped using it 1 week before the procedure, and I waited 1 week after to start using it. Although maybe it's recommended to not use it until 2 weeks+ after. I also used some PCA gel with kojic acid that's supposed to act similar to hydroquinone for about 4 weeks before the procedure, it didn't help with hyperpigmentation.
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  15. Thank you Dan and Lizzieswellness for the reply. I’m happy to report that the drying has improved drastically and so has her skin. We still have a few spots but things are looking good. I’m glad that we remained patient and followed the regimen.
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  16. Phenol and erbium combo abrasion
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  17. So I attached two photos, one from 2017 when I was first assessed by Dr Lim and he said I was borderline excision. He opted for lasers and subcision to treat my scars. Now five years later, countless treatments and scars remain. Less deep but they are going nowhere… The pic with the shitty drawn arrows is 2022. These scars I am the most concerned over.
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  18. Hi everyone, I wanted to share with you the results I've had so far from Fraxel and subcision (with Sculptra injection). I've had two sessions of Fraxel (in March and April this year) and have one further session to take. I'll probably use have this final session next year. I've subsequently had three sessions of subcision, with Sculptra injection performed at the same time, in June, July, and August. The doctor performing this procedure has recommended four sessions in total. The i
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  19. Yeah I was down the Demodex rabbit hole for a couple of months and while I saw some promising results, it never completely cleared my skin. I tried various acaricidal agents like topical Soolantra (ivermectin cream), oral ivermectin, topical sulfur, and the ZZ cream which I posted about earlier. With the ZZ cream I got to a point where I was 95% clear but still had some white pustules, and as you all know 1 or 2 white pustules is still enough to drive you insane. At some point - around mont
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  20. I made this post hopefully to give people some element of hope. I am now 32 and am acne free after a near 20 year battle with severe body and facial acne. My case was seemingly hopeless and I had failed literally very treatment. I used to have an account on this site back in 2013 (my name was ''dark heart'') where I would vent frustrations with my skin and unfortunately I would argue with members which lead me to be banned from the site. You have to understand back then I was filled with ab
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  21. I definitely think you need an expert just because someone like Lim would probably pull out 4-5 things out of his tool chest and see if he can simultaneously work on things that have different textures, needs, and so on. That's just my impression. I don't think an ordinary plastic surgeon is geared enough for complicated cases. The subcision might push out some other scars you want less noticeable too so idk I think you need various things or a good plan. Now as far as I know bruising happe
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  22. I used to have very bad acne breakouts and marks They would persist for long long time I was recommended oratane by my dermatologist, but i was not keen on it as it affects childbirth I saw Dr Daniel Chang, a laser specialist, who recommended me a combination of laser peel with topical creams. I did not have to consume any antibiotics. Now, 3 months later, my acne has improved more than 80%.
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  23. Hi, my healing is slow. Unfortunately not much progress as of right now. I'm using Good Molecules transexamic acid + niaminicide, LeRoche Posay Cicalfate balm and spf (during the day only). I'm also using silicone scar tape/patches I got from Amazon.
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  24. I think you got very decent improvement. To be honest if the redness wasn't highlighting the scars it would blend much better. Good luck on anything else like the laser. But I think you did pretty good so far. I'm not much of a fan of TCA but maybe the way you got it was the key in it being successful. Did you get just a TCA peel? Or Cross method? I see you got phenol cross maybe that was more beneficial. Spending $15k though at least you got good results for that price. Wish you luc
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  25. Which doctor did you see for your dermabrasion? This one is charging too much and as I am Canadian 8000 American would come out to over 10 grand canadian for me. Not worth it. I am basically contacting many dermatologists and plastic surgeons right now throughout North america and sending them my pictures to find out their prices and to look at their before and afters. So far no one's really made an impression. I saw his work on youtube as well. His reviews aren't too good. California de
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  26. I am not into that. You should ask a professional.
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  27. So after many many years of trying everything from acids to sugar to eating healthy I decided to go the most extreme method, the only thing I haven't tried yet and that is not washing my face with nothing at all. For the past 47 days water has not touched my face, I don't even shower, I just use a rag to wash the important parts. Here is what I have experienced so far, the good and the bad. The skin mask is thick, most thick is on my forehead. My play was to not exfoliate until the 3 month mark
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  28. IMO there's gotta be some subcision/filler solution to those scars. You're not going to be able to sand, blend or zap those down because it's a matter of sharpness/atrophy in the end. The fact that a plastic surgeon suggested CO2 is just not a good call on this imo. I think your problem is just surgeon experience. Not many surgeons know or are that great at subcision for whatever reason don't ask me. It should be a simple procedure but it seemingly involves experience, talent or degree or
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  29. Try to find a professional acne scar doctor with much experience. It looks like you will benefit from TCA CROSS.
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  30. The skin still look tethered. Try Taylor subcision by the way what kind of subcision you had there is a chance of lumps but you have to take that risk to see the improvement
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  31. Thanks I hope it - I dont need smooth, perfect skin. But an improvement around 50% would be amazing. Less visible in bad light, thats all what I wish for my skin.
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  32. I had an appointment in September for Subcision and Filler. Hope that will help to improve my scars. I live in Germany and will travel around 700km to the doctor. He has treated scars many times, so he has experience comparing to others in my near. It was not easy to find someone, who did subcision not only every 2 years. I can post pictures before and after of course.
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  33. Actually yes! I have a scar between my eyebrows that I asked her to fill and she said she doesn’t like to fill that spot because if filler gets into the wrong area there, it can lead to blindness! So just avoid the area between your eyebrows
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  34. Hey, nice to see an update! I feel like I can see a bit of a shallowing of some scars and an improvement on the right. Of course pictures online don't tell the full story so how are you feeling after that first session and the recovery?
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  35. Little bumps like that often come from scrubbing/irritation. So treat your skin ultra gently. The regimen should get rid of them pretty quickly too, but you for sure want to stay ultra gentle.
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  36. Haven’t got round to it yet the dosages are quite hard to work out, but I’ve heard some people in a discord are doing it and there much more clued up than I am.
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  37. I am ok but some lighting are just bad and you are super conscious about it. Yes it is like a ptsd thing even though the condition is improved it’s just is hard to get over it mentally. I still have scarring but it is nowhere as bad as when I started. lol girls are starting to flirt with eyes a lot but I still can’t gather up the courage to take action. I just have to be open for rejection. I just don’t want the rejection to be because of scarring I am much comfortable in mirror. In mi
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  38. Rc711 - a very accurate assessment of the situation I’d say Over the 20 plus years I’ve tried to get out of this mess, I’ve never gone to a doctor who flat out says, brain cell death - nah nothing I can do for you. I think this has more to do with them not truly understanding what this drug does to young people. This is frustrating because you always walk away feeling something can be done about our condition but as time goes on it leaves you wondering when will I get that breakthrough….whi
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  39. Hello All Long time no see. My scars are still looking very good and much improved, however I would like to do as much as possible in this final year that I will be living at home before heading to university. I plan to do 2 more subcisions followed by FA laser to conclude all treatment for the foreseeable future. I will keep you updated as and when these events transpire, good luck to you all, and let my results remind you that there is absolutely hope.
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  40. They really aren't deep enough for excision, I'm glad we can agree on that. Punches are lower risk in a way that they won't leave this long line across her face but her scar is too wide for one so excision shouldn't be an option in my opinion. If you know you can't live with a scar potentially getting worse, then just don't do it. That's my new motto. And of course you don't gain commission from excision or other procedures, I wasn't implying that, but the way some of these other posters m
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  41. This thread is for the discussion of scarless healing techniques, period. Regardless of anyone's interest or disinterest these techniques will keep being posted. In my posts I've done nothing but present facts, scientific journals and support for my technique of choice that pertains to the subject, and I have repeatedly said to take it with a grain of skepticism. All I've seen so far are replies that are, to be honest, dumb and reminiscent of someone who just wants to negate the topic based on h
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  42. any update post treatment, how is the recovery going?
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  43. So long as the scar being treated isn't hyertrophic or lacking a ton of volume I really don't see a problem in micro-coring extracting scar tissue and it closing up normally. The device is an array of hollow needles that creates cores of complete skin right down to and a bit after the dermis even hitting the fat(it suctions these cores out of the skin), the body's response to small injuries from needles even to scars is to close the hole up, if microneedling doesn't leave open holes in scars th
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  44. Getting rid of the damaged tissue altogether has always been the best treatment, only thing was another scar resulted from excisions, now you don't get a replacement scar, just neighbouring healthy skin filling the gaps.
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  45. Used to be an acne suffer, so I really want to share my experience with using low dose of Isotretinoin (aka the infamous Accutane). I hope my story will help and shed some light to other people as well. I had acne for 11 years, I started had acne when I was 14 and until I was 25. And quite honest, life with acne was a living hell. Until I discovered Accutane that's when my life started to turn around. I was on 2 full courses of it, both time my skin was not just clear but perfectly clear and
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  46. Nice to know I am not the only one with this problem I have thick scabs and attached to the scab are thease white plugs one got so big I had to have a plasic surgeon cut it out biopsy came back a basal cell cronoma but even after the surgery it come back I've tried everything I have the sores all over my legs am no dr takes me seriously I have major medical problems tho so this skin issue sucks but it could be worse I've researched and researched and can't find anything but read lots of stories
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  48. Thanks Dudley. Yeah it is aquaphor anywhere it is shiny.
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  49. ----Quote---- holy shit man if number one was done to me id like break down and cry or something. i couldn't take that kind of humiliation yes i am that weak --------------- Yeah, even though I was only like 13, ( Im 17 now ) I felt terrible. And to make it worse, I was sweating real bad from playing football. Sweat + Acne + Sunlight = About 3 1/2 years later, that same girl asked me out. Guess what I said... :?
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