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  1. Results have held. Won’t need additional filler for a while. Maybe I’ll top up in 2 years, if I care to do so, but it’ll just be for anti aging - I’m nearing age 32. Results - I’ve experienced no complications; the phenol peel takes a year to see full results. Everything else has held. All my previous complaints about various issues were all temporary. Skin looks more or less like the last picture, so I'm not posting further screenshots. People I talked to about scars generally don't n
  2. If you see my post history I made a post for needling a while back showing my results for dermaneedling. I’ve done it 20+ times. It did smooth scar edges, however if you expect it to fill in scars, or fix any type of minor volume loss, it’s not going to happen. If it does happen, it’s probably microswelling which can last over a month. From my experience, skin needling is a waste of time if you want fast, major improvements for non-superficial acne scars. It is cheap and easy to
  3. There isn't one - no one has measured which suction techniques are optimal. There is a publication that goes over what they did for suctioning: http://c60antiaging.com/pdf/therapy-in-treatment-of-atrophic-acne-scars.pdf Personally used a standard cupping set off amazon, did it 2 - 7 times a day, less in the beginning and more later. Did it by feel as to when to start suctioning (bruising needs to be down enough to start), usually 2 - 4 days for cannular. Multiple passes based on gut fe
  4. Thanks. It holds. The longevity duration they provide should differ from person to person - most use Sculptra for anti-aging and are typically of older age, thus their collagen is decreasing at a much faster rate. It builds real collagen; collagen lasts as long as it lasts, depending on genetics and age. My skin has only improved and filled in since my last treatment more than a year ago. I doubt I'll need any more filler for at least 5 years. Collagen has taken the place of the tempo
  5. I had these same concerns, however further research shows most complications are due to improperly trained nurses and doctors who didn't prep the solution properly. The problem is there is nothing that compares to Sculptra, not even filler. If you have widespread volume loss like I had, this is the only way to go. Let me emphasize how good Sculptra is for widespread volume loss.. IT IS PHENOMENAL. Sculptra should be diluted; 1 vial for the entire face, minimum 6 months apart. It will b
  6. Does the pee create permanent dermarcation lines between the face and the neck? No it takes 6 - 12 months to disappear Is it true that the treated skin loses the ability to tan/ ability for have pigment forever? No I'm still quite tan post 1.5 years phenol peel Is it true that the treated skin loses the ability to tan/ ability for have pigment forever? Can a similar result be obtained with a series of medium depth peels? Not true but always a risk. Doubt medium depth p
  7. This is my last post before I disappear. I’m happy with the results and no longer care about improving scarring further. My social and dating life are where I want it to be and my skin no longer affects me. I plan to continue getting filler on an as-needed basis, but the results have held nicely and skin continues to improve. Thanks everyone for the encouragement throughout this journey, thanks @beautifulambition for your posts which made me take a second shot at scar treatmen
  8. Wait for the swelling to subside a bit, usually 2 - 3 days, then suction. I wouldn't suction if I did cross. scholar.google.com -> subcision suction method
  9. It's done. Dr. Emery in Thousand Oaks, CA is phenomenal, anyone who lives in the Los Angeles area and needs filler, I recommend her. I would always suction after subcision. No clue about the Sculptra part, never tried it. I don't see a problem though. -- @McPoopy Scoopies not sure. But before considering doing only the phenol peel, read Dr Rullan's publication. It says it's not as effective. -- Voluma update, took this snapshot a bit over a week ago. I've already done
  10. Some reddit users think hyperpigmentation = scarring - the 30SA won't be effective on scarring. $1750 seems steep.. prices must've climbed a lot.
  11. Yes, 80% improvement on the ones I tracked. Probably not under a microscope, but visually yes a lot of textural scars disappeared completely after the chemabrasion, especially on my left side. My pitted right side hasn't had as much luck, and unfortunately it will be loaded up with filler to flatten out the rest of it. Volume loss makes things difficult.
  12. The healing phase the skin has a strange texture. My skin isn't waxy now, maybe just a little, it's looking better each week. Yes it is invasive. Agree, it was hard to gauge improvement from some of their before/afters. Although my pictures are the same way. I know looking at the mirror it improved a ton. The scars you need to zoom in to see. No volume loss, almost leveled scars. I had a ton of these that reacted to no other treatment. Dr. Rullan has some before/
  13. No, texture only Yes, especially noticeable up to the 8 week mark.
  14. https://www.drrullan.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/3431158a99250d951e124f497a9197c2.pdf Figure 6, phenol peel on its own isn't that great. -- The chemabrasion is good, just don't expect it to fix anything beyond very shallow pits. I read a bit of your thread history, I think it's still better to do it local, find someone you trust.. unless you're loaded with money, time, or just want to do the phenol chemabrasion, which is unique to Dr. Rullan. Whatever your history is wi
  15. No, please see opening post of this thread for downtime log. After 2 weeks you can cover up with make up. I got strange looks up until the 11 week mark w/o cover. Sculptra is a collagen booster, not a filler. You can't accurately predict how much collagen Sculptra will build. Sculptra helps create actual collagen, collagen doesn't just vanish after strenuous activity. I never had a lot of ice picks. After I saw DIY TCA cross enlarged my ice picks, I never touched TCA again. Phenol
  16. Boxcars, Rolling -> Subcision/Suction, Filler, Sculptra, Infini Icepicks -> Cross Surface level textural issues -> Chemabrasion I wouldn't do the chemabrasion if you had no success with the other stuff. I did the chemabrasion b/c I had lots of textural issues. Ask Dr. Rullan's office for before/afters, some aren't impressive. You'll be regretting the $7k - $8k spent and the 3 months of awful downtime, this isn't magic. Not interested in permanent filler for the same reason
  17. Week 12 post - raw skin Just getting filler and I'm done; first session in 2 days (Voluma), then another session following week for Volbella for the superficial scarring. Going to a local med spa for this one. I don't think the pictures show it, but skin texture has dramatically improved from the chemabrasion. Chemabrasion did nothing for the pits except smooth the edges. It helped enlarged pores significantly. No regrets on this treatment, just annoying it wiped out filler placed prio
  18. No, just textural issues. Do cross for ice picks and subcision/infini or related for boxcars. No, really just filler and I'm done. Maybe a resurfacing in 6 months - 1 year. I don't know, I'm no expert. Let's say 4 weeks. RF doesn't affect filler. --- @dazzed will keep that in mind. --- Talked with @beautifulambition over PM, some things I thought were important: - those last shots were taken when I had food poisoning and was very dehydrated. I didn't use
  19. Ideally not, downtime is such a nightmare. Will see how skin looks after filler then decide. Hopefully a fractional laser. Will consider another Infini since it’s good with filler. This is also many months out, I won’t do it until chemabrasion is healed. I’m only filling the pits now.
  20. Posting this now as I'm getting filler soon. I'm not fully healed; these are the last I plan to post specific to the chemabrasion. Plan now is to level the scars and then do one more resurfacing. I have light foundation on for color for first picture, shouldn't impact scars. Week 10 back lighting. Week 10 bright white lighting. Took this shot to emphasize the scars I want filled. Also it's the harshest lighting I know of. Week 10 front view bright white lightin
  21. I don't feel like I exactly treated any scar since they're mostly all still there. It's partly luck of the draw; some shallow scarring nearly disappeared, others seemed to never react. Improvement of deep scarring is pretty much guaranteed, just follow procedure. No. Recent study shows it doesn't help. The injector must inject it right. But I'd do what the doc says - my doc said to not bother. Will update at 12 weeks post. It looks like a bit of collagen build and those may not b
  22. I didn't think my last post really showed the impact of makeup. This picture is probably what I would of wanted to see: Make up test application before/after right side with scarring. It's matte so the skin gloss goes away, but be aware the gloss comes back around mid-day.. get an oil wipe, or dab it with paper. The makeup won't come off. I'm not wearing this in public right now; I did one day and then decided the color was off - too bronze for me. This was the Sephora brand. Any op
  23. The makeup results aren't anything groundbreaking, here is my left side: Left is before, right is after application. Takes about a minute for everything. This is the most coverage I'm okay with putting on. You want the air pockets. You don't put anything underneath. The edges don't lift on their own.
  24. @SquawkingStars Thanks. Wasn't sure what I was doing - I followed this from Wayne Goss. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TBZgKOqnPFs Ended up getting the foundation, a brush, and setting spray. It worked great and didn't accent the scars further. I think it took off 3 - 4 weeks of healing appearance-wise. I still need to trial and practice a bit, a little cakey in some parts, but this type of coverage is necessary for reducing the redness significantly. This was my first
  25. The one situation that broke me was watching 3 girls in an airport checkin counter line mocking a guy for his acne scarring that was worse than mine. The guy overheard everything and you could see him break as he quickly walked out. And it's not just acne scarring; any type of facial deformity makes a person the punching bag who others will take their own insecurities out on. For me I'm doing 1 last filler and I'm done. I wish I could do 1 more phenol peel, but I have goals that are being h