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Everything posted by billyboy

  1. No more Profractional or fraxel. Blood and scabbing, even on a small patch creates downtime that I would not go through again. It is possible I might do a couple more subcisions or TCA. The subcision is simple, no real down time and I seem to get good results now. He missed 2 scars last time. Less sure on TCA because it is not clear to me that I will get a good result from last round. If so, yet I perceive room for more improvement, I will probably do TCA also, but only if I decide to tr
  2. I've been absent for some time, but am excited enough to report back, with the hope it helps others. I had lots of acne scarring, none on forehead and none deep. Biggest mistake was going to New Orleans to Dr Y to have punch floats - twice, as both rounds were disasters, turning small scars into larger depressions. Avoid floats! Next big mistake was Dr. ? formerly at UCSF and now at UC Irvine who is an engaging Brit and a paid researcher for Fraxel, but a horrid surgeon, with a big name.
  3. Cuts skin down into cyst and then squeezes the cottage cheese material out. Once this incision is done, I have found that they either don't return or I am able to make a subsequent squeeze and they don't return. But it is very frustrating to have them return and sometimes be infected. As I understand it, if there is a single epithelial cell left in the dermis, then the cyst can reformn, so I have wondered whether the graft is partly removed in this process. Ok result, but far form perfect and
  4. Dermal grafts is often used to describe skin grafting as well as various types of dermal grafts. Your use of dermal graft is associated with replacing patches of skin including epidermis, dermis and subdermal layers. The precise definition used by Docs for dermal grafts is to implant harvested dermis into the dermal layer for augmentation. It's semantics, but when someone on this board refers to dermal grafts, they are referring to the type I describe. I thought the grafts resulted in over c
  5. I've had rounds of dermal grafts. As noted, it involves harvested skin from behind ear, removing the epidermis and then implanting a small chunk under depressed scar through a small slit, which is then covered by a steristrip. There is no injection or sutures for this type of graft. And, no, this is not the type of grafting used in burn victims. It is similar to Silicone micros droplet, except the latter is probably more accurate in the right hands. While it does help to fill depressed scar
  6. I think Datura went to the same Doc I did for dermal grafts. My experience has been mixed. That said, I am pretty convinced that dermal grafts or SMD are the way to go for deeper, wider depressions. It does not work for ice picks nor for wide but shallow scars. If I lived in Texas rather than CA, I would have elected to go for SMD with Dr. Lam. It seems to me that the injection of micro droplets is likely to be far more precise than the insertion of harvested dermis through a slit in the sk
  7. Below is excerpt from email from Doc where I had Fraxel treatments some time back. I read on his website that he had the Fraxel Repair, so I enquired about Repair vs. Fraxel Restore. Restore helped me, but not as much as I wanted, but 6 of the 8 were performed by the first generation machine. Hope this is helpful. given the below and the fact that your scarring is mild, I would definitely not take a risk with Repair, but Restore is very safe, based on my personal experience. "We've stoppe
  8. I did not get good instructions (mine were done on March 1), but I avoided washing area for several days. Let me know what your instructions are. I'm a little concerned; 4 were on my nose and one on cheek. They all look worse now, which I understand happens and then they fill in. But I'm worried, given my past failures, that my nose won't turn out well since I seem to have some bad luck when it comes to scar correction. My biggest fear is that my Doc and I had a miscommincation. He did a v
  9. Thanks Rupert Congrats on you success. I'll look into Dapphne. Yes, I have not been on boards for awhile and had no treatments for awhile, but I am revisiting.
  10. In the hope that some of you won't repeat my many mistakes, here is what worked and did not work. FAILURES Punch floats by Dr Y in New Orleans. Several years ago, he was the "positive rage" on these boards. I traveled to NO and had him do many punch floats given my desire for no further travel (i.e, get it all done at once, even if scar was tiny). Floats produced larger, deeper scars or no change, so I went back, thinking that the steri srips did not hold the floats in place. I had the same
  11. I can't conceive how it is drainable. It is a firm small round lump. Being a little unhappy and busy, I have decided not to go this route any further. If I do anything, it will be travel to a Silicone Mciro Doc. Perhaps he can inject around it to make it more level. There is definitely lost tissue in this excision area, so it may be best to try to raise the area around with several small injections. Otherwise, I think it will need to be shaved off. It does not bother me that much. Just t
  12. I had a few dermal grafts. My view, without having tried Silicone Mricro Droplete, is that the latter is a more precise procedure, likely to lead to better results. I had dermal grafts for 3 excisions that turned out poorly. The Dr. said the rest of my scars were too small for a graft. Remember, the graft is a small peice of dermis from behind the ear that is planted under the scar by creating a small pocket, with the hope that collagen will grow around it and help even the depression caus
  13. I had 2 small spot treatments about 1/2 square at most. One spot was treated at 200 last July and repeated again in mid Nov at 400. This area had 4 scarred pores/icepciks that got worse after failed punch flots by Dr. Y. The otehr spot had only the 1 treatment at 400 in Nov and had 2 small scars. At this point, I am underwhelmed by results, but I need to give it more time. I also think that 200 was too low of a setting. Honestly, have not formed a solid opinion yet, but I know it is not s
  14. Some posters, Naitch especially, have been way out of line toward DrewBoy. I have tried many things, with less than expected results. The only technique that I have any interest in pursuing at this point in SMD, mostly because I trust the information that has been provided by multiple, objective sources, both in this and outside this thread. Unfortunately, I am here in SF Bay Area. Going to LA is no problem, but SF would be best. I don't have time right now to fly to Dallas or NY etc. A
  15. Naitch is way out of line in my opinion.
  16. I am out almost 3 weeks and it is still slighlty pink. Not bad though. Don't notice much change in scars.
  17. Measured my patch it is 1/2 by 1/2 inch. Yes, this will be redder, longer than expected. Timig is bad workwise, but Dr. assured me that I would look normal in 3 days. Did you peel? Did you swell and have scars appear largerat first? After 4 weeks, was theri much improvement? Thanks for you help.
  18. Friday, I went in for 4 subcisions and 3 dermal grafts. I asked about 4 "ice picks". Dr. said they were psuedo ice picks because they were so small - really just scarred pores. Too small for excision and too small for grafts or subscision. Previsouly, I had tried puch elevatsion, with a 1 mm pucnh which made them worse, and subcsison that did nothing for them. Anyway, he suggested a test patch using profractional at 250 microns. Right now, it looks way worse. Patch is maybe 1 inch sqau
  19. Drewboy: Thanks for the offer. I will keep it in mind, but if I go I would try to fly in and out. It would be nice to meet though. Pakifairy: thanks for link. I am not sure what to make of it. I several reactions: Good comparisons, some patients have pretty severe scarring, the last male seemed to have the most improvement. He had some sharp ice picks and box scars which turned into rolling scars. In fact, I wonder if he might have had a couple excisions also. I could be way wrong, bu
  20. Can anyone recommed a good silicone injection Doc in CA, preferably Northern but Southern CA is fine.
  21. Ylem, I am delighted and surprised by your posiitve review. How confident are you that it is helping? Where did you buy?
  22. I'm almost 57, which may have adversely affect my results. That said, I tend to agree with others that fraxel does not visibly improve significant scars. It helped to even out tone, pigment and superficial scars. For deeper scars, it appears that fillers are the answer, not fraxel. While not a waste of time and money, fraxel did not come close to meeting my expectations. My improvement was no where near 50%. It is over hyped in my opinion. Unfortunately, I can't find a NorCal doc that d
  23. Would you mind posting or Pm'ing the doctor's name. I have had problems with my dermal grafts also. One is way worse. I don't know whether to try another round or just stop.
  24. SF was awesome in the sixties and seventies. It has gone down hill, especially on the cleanliness/homeless problem. Still beautiful despite these problems. I worked my whole career there, retired and am now working 3 days a week in city, commuting from the burbs.
  25. I had a few punch floats by Dr. Y improve the scar. The rest were disasters, creating wider, deeper scars. My biggest mistake to date. Don't do this procedure.