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alicerb1

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  1. I had fraxel with Dr. Weiss up near Baltimore. He is very experienced and honest and prices are a lot better than others I'm seeing listed on this board. For what it is worth, I do believe that on my last 2 or 3 treatments, he (and the other dr. in his practice who saw me) said they were finding better results for scarring on low settings, more passes. I was happy with my results. And I believe he does excisions, for the person who asked about that. Although Dr. Tanzi (Alster's partner) is e
  2. I'm ashamed to say how many things I've tried for my scars. Fraxel has been the best. It is not a miracle, but it helped a lot for me.
  3. I think it takes time to judge success. I had 5 fraxels to both cheeks between May and November 2005. In November, I was fairly happy, but not thrilled, with improvement in texture and some filling in of small pock marks, but I hadn't seen some of my roughest textured skin smooth out or any softening of 2 pretty shallow rolling scars and assumed I never would. In the past month (so about 2-3 months after last fraxel) I have been noticing more and more improvement in those areas. My shallow r
  4. I don't want to be negative or anything--but at 3 days, there is still a good bit of swelling. I know there has been for me. A 70% improvement after one fraxel is too much to hope for. Fraxel is working for a lot of people, though, so I hope you don't get discouraged and give up on it if/when it turns out the improvement you have seen was just temporary.
  5. I don't think it is supposed to break your skin--it hasn't done on mine, I know that. But, when I did a google search on Fraxel several months ago, I did see some article where a doctor said he was having his patients buy a tip and would use only that tip on the patient. When I read the article, I wondered why--maybe other people have had your concerns.
  6. Also, I have to wonder about the "drying facial" the doctor recommends in the email. I've read a lot of comments on this board about overdrying contributing to scarring.
  7. I would ask a dermatologist about Epiquin Micro--it's a perscription ointment that has hydroquinone. It has worked really well for me for fading hyperpigmentation--dark patches of skin. It is pretty expensive-but my insurance paid for it (and I don't have the greatest insurance!) Someone else on this board recommended it--you might want to do a search for it and see what else you can read about it. Hope this helps.
  8. I've seen no difference in my scarred pores--I haven't noticed any new enlarged pores either.
  9. Eric, I have fraxel done at high levels (20 on the last one) just on my cheeks. I am very pale. Usually for me, 5 days later there is still a slight bronzing, but I can pretty easily even out the color with a normal amount of makeup. It is not until about 7 days later that there is really no sign at all of the bronzing. May you could have a tinted moisturizer or sunscreen to even out the color--would that be too unmanly? Are you in Virginia? What doctor do you go to? As a guy, how
  10. Eric, I have fraxel done at high levels (20 on the last one) just on my cheeks. I am very pale. Usually for me, 5 days later there is still a slight bronzing, but I can pretty easily even out the color with a normal amount of makeup. It is not until about 7 days later that there is really no sign at all of the bronzing. May you could have a tinted moisturizer or sunscreen to even out the color--would that be too unmanly? Are you in Virginia? What doctor do you go to?
  11. What exactly is fascian? Who did your procedure?
  12. I've also been treated at his office--a couple of times by Dr. Weiss. I've been pretty happy.
  13. I was given an information sheet at my doctor's office last time I had fraxel, and it seems like it did say something about bronzing lasting for up to a couple of weeks. I threw out the paper, so I'm not sure. On my first fraxel, I had a little area of my face that seemed to stay a little brownish for longer than the rest, and I used Epiquin micro, which is a perscription med with hydroquinone, and the brown faded. It is entirely possible that it really just faded on its own, though, I'm not
  14. Any of the doctors at Maryland Skin, Vein and Laser, outside of Baltimore, work on scars -- especially Robert Weiss. They do laser treatments, and Dr. Weiss also does subcision. I think one of the doctors there is using TCA CROSS. 410-666-3960. Tina Alster and her partner are kind of expensive--they're experts, though. Stay away from Dr. Magassy in Mclean.
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    Huge congratulations on your engagement. Love is more important than perfect skin. If your dermabrasion was less than, oh, about 3 months ago, my big advice to you is to leave your skin alone as much as possible. Even though you don't like the way it looks, don't go overboard with touching it or trying to use harsh products to make it look better. Be gentle and give it time to heal. Use really good sunscreen and wear a hat. I know this is so hard--try not to look in the mirror too much. If
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