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  1. Mark

    Dark scars

    Yep, I had the exact same thing happen. I guess the good thing is that I only did one scar. It has now been about 4 months, and the hyperpigmentation has gone down by about 70%. It is slowly getting better, but it is getting better. However, it is still the most pronounced discoloration I have.
  2. I periodically use the tinted Oxy as a spot treatment for covering up any blemishes I may get. However, last night I decided to use it on my entire cheeks to prevent a breakout that I thought was coming on. I woke up this morning, showered and shaved, and I noticed that the texture of my skin has never looked better. It truly looks amazing. The discoloration that I have is a thousand times better, and the texture is silky smooth. Has anyone else noticed this effect as well?
  3. I would like to make a quick suggestion. Dermabrasion is very, very technique sensitive. There are so few doctors that have enough experience to perform the procedure well (my opinion on why there are so many horror stories about dermabrasion). If I were ever to consider having that procedure done, I would only go to Dr. John Yarborough located in New Orleans. He is the world's most renowned dermbrader who has helped to pioneer most of the techniques used today. When considering such an inv
  4. One of the last posts I remember on this subject was from Bulldog. You can try to PM him or at least read the posts he put up many months ago.
  5. If you live in the US, it is all a matter of how the doctor codes the procedure. Everything is done through autoadjudicaton and therefore there is no subjective reasoning on whether or not a claim will be paid. It goes through a machine and when the machine sees the code, it is either paid or not. The interesting part is that many doctors will use this to their advantage. Case in point: I once went to a PS who recommended that applying dry ice to my face would help with my scars. When I
  6. I find it interesting that no one has ever asked that same question. I know exactly what you are talking about. I have to rub the dead skin off every day as well. However, this is only when I am using Retin-A. Also, when I did not live in the dry climate that I live in now, it was not every day, but like every 3-4 days. Shaving also exacerbates the process, so this ritual is probably more prevalent in males. I think overall it is a good thing. My skin has gotten used to rapid cell turno
  7. Niko: No, I do not work for Artecoll. Skinny: My scars are/were numerous in number. I do not have just one predominant scar that made up my situation. It was a network of mild scars that connected together to form an area of mountains and valleys. This was another reason I chose Artecoll over other permanent fillers. The physical properties that make up Artecoll make so it can be used over a broad area to treat many scars at once rather than just one at a time (kind of a molding effect).
  8. OK, I will give you the goods first, so you can choose whether or not you want to read the banter below. The "Goods": It has been 2 1/2 days since my first treatment with Artecoll. So far, the results are amazing. The first two days, I had perfect skin (mostly attributable to the injection swelling). Now that has subsided and I would have to say I have 80%-90% improvement on my left side (the good side) and 60%-70% improvement on my right side. Some scars have been 100% eradicated. Howe
  9. I would like to make a suggestion that I believe would make this sight much more user friendly. This sight needs to start a Results Page, similar to the frequently asked questions. It will be a useful tool for veterans and newbies alike. A place where we can all record the different procedures we have had and the corresponding results. It should also take into consideration the types of scars we have and a subjetcive degree of severity (i.e. rolling scars; mild to moderate). If there is
  10. I have an appointment to see Dr. Kent Remington next month about Artecoll injections for my scars. He was referred to me by Dr. Gottfried Lemperle (inventor of Artecoll) as one of the best Dr's to got to for Artecoll treatment of acne scars. The before/after pic for Artecoll treatment is unbelievable.
  11. I do not know if I would use Smoothbeam or N-lite to treat the redness; neither of those lasers are made specifically for that reason. In your situation where your skin looks good with the exception of the redness (you do not seem to have any deep indentations or for that matter any indentations that I can see from your pictures). You need to find a Dr. who has a pulsed dye laser created specifically for targeting the red spots. The most common names of these lasers are the V-beam, versapul
  12. Hi Workinit, I must agree with Hello50 on this. Subcision will be a great place to start and will probably show excellent results. Your three deeper scars appear to be "tethered down" (they did enough isolated damage to the upper layer of the skin to attach themselves to the lower layer) and need to be released. The following link is to a website with before and after pictures of a guy who had 2 subcisions done with excellent results: http://www.geocities.com/mgargi2002/ If you no
  13. It is funny that I cannot remember the last time anyone has posted on this board about CO2 lasers. I have been reading this board since the beginning of the year, and laser resurfacing used to be talked about all the time. Unfortunately, the stories were horrific details of the the terrible side effects of laser resurfacing and the dashed hopes of many. It seems that the message was clear and an educated blind eye (including my own) has been turned away from laser resurfacing as an option for
  14. If the monitor light bothers your face, you can buy a shade that fits over the front of the monitor and is designed to protect your eyes by absorbing the harmful rays emitted by the monitor. Here is a link to a sight where you can buy them: http://accessories.us.dell.com/sna/product...TAFD&DGVCode=SS
  15. Raffaele, when you squeeze the sides of the scar, you will notice whether it plumps up or not. You will know immediately whether it is tethered or not. I will probably take some criticism for my OPINIONS on the following procedures, but here they are: Needling will help if you have a loss of collagen under the epidermis. It does the same thing as some of the non-ablative lasers which stimulate collagen growth by damaging the the skin and forcing the body to regenerate those areas. Howev