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Blinny

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  1. I've had one Fractional laser treatment so far (the Lux 1540) and am at week 5 post treatment. My next appointment is in 2 weeks. My question is should I see ANY improvement at all, even 1 or 2 %?? I don't see anything even though I understand that it will take at least 3 treatments and that I won't see improvement until 3 months after the first. Even knowing that, I'm wondering if I should see even a small change at this point. I've read through many of the Fraxel posts but still can't det
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    retin-a?

    I've used Retin-a on and off my whole life. I loved what it did for my skin when I was younger and the results of new collagen formation were more apparent. Now that I'm 37 I don't see as great of results with it but I keep trying. My skin just needs a lot more help (loss of elasticity, enlarged pores, rough texture, some small scars). I think if you are seeing results, keep it up! You'll just have to use it for the rest of your life (which, in my opinion, is no big deal if you keep getting
  3. ChrissyC, I remember you were from CT and so am I. I am just wondering where you went for your most recent consultation that made you regret having driven so far for each appointment before. I am about to have a baby (3 more weeks) and was originally planning on having Fraxel done soon after the baby was born (that's probably crazy thinking) but I know that I can't be gone all day having these treatments once a month. I was originally looking at a doctor in Guilford, CT but that's a bit far f
  4. ChrissyC, I remember you were from CT and so am I. I am just wondering where you went for your most recent consultation that made you regret having driven so far for each appointment before. I am about to have a baby (3 more weeks) and was originally planning on having Fraxel done soon after the baby was born (that's probably crazy thinking) but I know that I can't be gone all day having these treatments once a month. I was originally looking at a doctor in Guilford, CT but that's a bit far f
  5. Actually, I believe that retinoids (from all that I've ever read and researched) thicken the skin over time. I've never read anything contrary to that but I do agree with you that you don't thin your skin from rubbing or exfoliating it. Skin will just keep growing back. However, sun damage and age does thin the skin. And that can start becoming apparent in your twenties but not as much as you might begin to see in your thirties.
  6. I can't see the holes either, indespair. I keep looking but can't see anything besides the old chicken pox mark. My feeling is leave it alone, and don't look at it for a long long time. It may heal up on its own and you'd be better off than trying more things and making the holes which I can't see actually become more visible. I have done this with my skin many times. I stare at it and obsess to the point where I have to do something about it. Then I try all sorts of things not really know
  7. Indespair, I too have used the Epidermix microdermabrasion cream (maybe about 4 or 5 times total, spaced one week apart) and found that it seemed to really deteriorate the texture on the left side of my face (i'm not sure why the right side wasn't affected at all). My left side had a few rolling scars but not too bad. Since doing the microdermabrasion cream, I have new small scars, not too deep or big, but definitely there, and my pore size seems to have increased on that side. I just wonder
  8. I completely understand and am totally like that. I am almost worried about if I get my skin to a point where I am happy with it will I just turn to something else like want to get my neck liposuctioned so that I can get rid of the saggy neck that started happening now that I'm in my thirties. I also look at my cheeks all the time wishing I could get (or have the nerve and money to get) cheek implants because my cheeks are very flat. My skin is my biggest issue so it kind of takes the focus o
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    Topicals

    I had somewhat permanent results on some of my shallow scars (very shallow) when I used Tazorac for about a year. When I stopped using this some of the improvements have stayed (this was about 3 years ago). However, when I started using Tazorac again a couple of years later it seemed to create new scars especially one that appears as a shallow hollowing out of my cheek area on one side with no defined edges. I stopped using Tazorac initially because I never stopped flaking from it. It was ex
  10. I never had before or after pictures taken, sorry to say. My derm overfilled my scars in about 6 places about 2 years ago, and I'm still waiting for 2 or 3 of them to go down. 6 Fraxel treatments helped somewhat, but in some spots it looks like I have cystic acne with no redness!! Beware of doctors who don't know what the hell they're doing. I thought Restalyne was temporary. I'm surprised that the places where your derm overfilled are still bumpy. Does that mean that Restalyne might l
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    Crap texture

    I'm considering Fraxel for my small scars and overall skin texture but keep wondering if once the Fraxel is done and even if my skin texture is improved, I feel like whatever is causing my skin texture to be coarse and uneven will just eventually show up again. I understand how Fraxel can work on scars that have been there all along but I seem to keep getting new small scars (small in diameter, and shallow) even though I no longer have breakouts. I know this is most probably due to aging and l
  12. Thanks, Fireball, I will read more on the subject as I've only begun to look into this method. I appreciate your response!
  13. If it's mostly red marks then a glycolic solution would probably do the trick. I would get one that is 8-10% glycolic and apply nightly. If that doesn't work than superficial peels at a dermatologist's office would probably do well. It seems that the superficial peels work best on pigmentation problems such as red marks left over from acne, or melasma, etc.
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    Crap texture

    I hear you! My skin is the same way with small shallow scars and enlarged/scarred pores that seem too small for the aggressive treatments in that they might become worse. However, I have had the darndest time getting rid of these with the less invasive treatments such as peels and topicals. I had a series of glycolic peels last summer (2 @ 20%, 4 @ 30%, all spaced one week apart) along with sessions of the Lightwandz tool which is a near infrared light wand that supposedly helps stimulate col
  15. Is TCA crossing safe and easy enough to do at home? I ask because it seems like no one even bothers to go to the doctor to get it done and I myself would love to try it but am hesitant about doing something that maybe a doctor only should handle. Does anyone wish they had it done by a doctor instead of trying it themselves? I'd love some feedback. Thanks!!!!!
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