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  1. I've heard that people stay red longer after CO2, I guess because it is a burn. I only went back to the Plastic Surgeon two or three times, because I didn't think he was helpful. I went to a few different dermatologists, but with redness there is not much you can do besides eat well, exercise and wait. I've gotten conflicting advice regarding grafts and dermabrasion, but I did manage to find a well qualified derm whom I like and would trust to do the procedure. If only I could get my coura
  2. How far apart were your treatments, animegirl? Also, it looks like your doctor didn't resurface you nose from the pictures. Were you using 2nd skin? I am another CO2 "victim." I really looked like a burn patient for 3 or 4 years. My acne was reactivated, I got hypopigmented (loss of pigment) spots even though I am pale and I got lots of new scars. All in exchange for only modest improvements to my eisting scars. I am debating getting punch grafts or spot dermabrasion, but maybe I will do p
  3. Paul, how deep were the scars you had treated? I have a few rolling scars, bbut I'm wondering if they are too shallow for this treatment.
  4. I'd like to get excited, but it seems like .05mm and .10mm scars are shallow enough to be treated successfully with less expensice AHA or lactic acid peels. What are the risks? How long do results last? I have read from several places that wrinkles and fine lines treated with non-ablative lasers come back after a year, I don't know if that would apply to scars as well. I hope I am not being too skeptical. I've gotten great improvement in my very shallow scars and redness just with lactic a
  5. I could be wrong, but I don't think dermabrasion and lasers make the skin thinner. when the skin grows back, new collagen grows over the scars if they aren't too deep), which is what causes any improvement. I've heard from many people that N-lite doesn't work very well. I'm waiting for the technology to improve.
  6. Anna, if you could find the article that would be great! I always wondered about something like that, since after my CO2, I scratched my nose by accident, but it healed with an almost invisible scar and the pores there are much smaller than before.
  7. Mary, they could still come back. even some of the scars that were improved by my CO2 are starting to come back a bit. I guess it depends on your body's ability to produce collagen and how deep or old the scars were, etc. Maybe by the time they start to re-appear, the technology will be much better. If you're happy with how your skin looks, don't waste time worrying about it. Stress contributes to skin damage as well, so..
  8. Will, I also spoke with a derm. whom I trust and respect a great deal and he made simillar comments about non-ablative lasers. He said his practice has tried all of the ones available right now and they just weren't impressed. I've also read that results don't last more than a year or so. The technology needs to improve and the cost needs to come down, in my opinion.
  9. Denise, I believe you about needling. I've been talking to you over on voy for at least a couple of years, so I know we've been on the same quest for a while. I'm happy to hear that you've found something that helps. I would be thrilled if these scars were reduced, even to looking like large pores rather than small holes. I don't have high expectations for needling, but I see no reason not to try it. Now if I could just find someone in my area that does it.. I've e-mailed countless make-up
  10. The laser I had done was CO2 and it really did nothing, literally, for these scars. I call them scarred pores, because that's what they are - pores that got stretched out from being clogged up and then never closed back up. I have lots of them, but 4 that bother me the most because they are larger and deeper (I picked at these ones ). I think needling would be worth at least a try, and if that doesn't do anything I'll probably just ask my doctor to do punch grafts on the bigger ones. I'm di
  11. Does anyone have advice on how to treat pores which are permanently scarred. They look like pinholes or open pores which never close. I've got several on my cheeks and they give my skin a rough look. Laser didn't improve these at all, so I wonder what would work? Needling, excision, IPL or some other non-ablative laser? Has anyone here had success with these?
  12. avoid being lit from underneath by a flashlight or candle. my power was out recently and I took a flashlight into the bathroom and put it on the counter. when I caught my reflection in the mirror my heart sank because my skin just looked terrible!
  13. mel, I'm happy to hear that things are going well. It sounds like dermal grafting may be another method of treatment which could become popular. I'm interested in your punch excisions, since I'm considering getting that done on a couple of my scars. How large were the scars that he punched (in millimeters)? Did he also take skin for the grafts from your abdomin? Thanks for updating us!
  14. I use the MUAC lactic acid, and I definitely go through the PH Prep solution much faster than the acid. It really only takes a small amount of acid because it's a thick liquid, but the PH prep is more like water - it evaporates quickly on the skin and it takes a lot of it to soak a cotton ball. I stopped using it before I put the acid on and haven't noticed a difference in how my skin reacts.
  15. I guess I was confused by the title of the topic. It is possible to stimulate collagen production, though I'm not sure if there's any way to do that past the epidermal layer using current topicals. Most acne scars are the result of collagen lost in the dermis. It seems that there should be a way to get collagen stimulating ingredients into the dermis. Nicotine and hormone patches deliver drugs that penetrate through the epidermis to the blood vessels in the dermis. I guess that technology wo