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  1. Hi all. I have a few scars that are all relatively small and was hoping to have them surgically removed. I had a few questions: -- are people who've had this done happy with how it worked out? -- if it's done well, can one get by without having the area subsequently dermabraded? -- is this relatively simple? Can any plastic or dermatologic surgeon do this or is it important to go a real expert at it? (Know of any such experts in Chicago?) -- can an ice-pick scar on one's nose be removed this w
  2. Hey all, My acne started at age 13-14. For the past 8 years, my face has always had at least 1-2 pimples on it (usually more), despite my being on topical retinoids and oral antibiotics pretty much the whole time. I've been on this board for a year or so but it never occurred to me to try out Dan's 2.5% benzoyl peroxide regimen. A week ago I began it and my skin is now completely clear -- no zits in any stage of development. My skin is a bit red from the b.p.; I'm hoping that will go away an
  3. Hey all, My acne started at age 13-14. For the past 8 years, my face has always had at least 1-2 pimples on it (usually more), despite my being on topical retinoids and oral antibiotics pretty much the whole time. I've been on this board for a year or so but it never occurred to me to try out Dan's 2.5% benzoyl peroxide regimen. A week ago I began it and my skin is now completely clear -- no zits in any stage of development. My skin is a bit red from the b.p.; I'm hoping that will go away an
  4. I'd also recommend staying away from retin-a, Tazorac, tea tree oil, and anything else irritating if you don't want to worsen the redness. With or without these, it seems, at any given time I have 1-2 small pimples at some developmental stage somewhere on my face. I started taking tetracycline when I went off my usual topicals, just in case.
  5. I was dermabraded by Dr Y almost 6 weeks ago. The only painful part of the procedure was when they gave my forehead the cold spray – that was pretty bad. Had it done on Tuesday; flew back on Thursday. Got lots of odd stares and questions of concern from people at the airport. Not fun. I recommend having Cassandra make the holes around your mouth and eyes as small as possible so you don’t have patches of bloody skin showing. Four weeks later I was back in school in Chicago, still v
  6. Always great to hear from people who get good results!
  7. I was looking into punch excisions or punch floats, possibly followed by a dermabrasion. My understanding is that the gains one gets from all of these procedures depends heavily on how skilled your surgeon is with her hands. Any recommendations for those of us in the midwest? I'd be particularly interested in knowing who the best Chicago-area practitioners are! I was thinking of going to the University of Chicago or Northwestern University hospitals....
  8. I see a few rolling scars and small icepicks. Maybe subcision, excision, and/or dermabrasion. Most dermatologists would ask you to think long and hard about whether you wanted to risk the latter two: it could come out worse and you'd probably see only modest improvements. Most people hope to come out looking like you after all their treatments!
  9. I noticed more scarring after I came off Accutane. It's possible that Accutane contributed to my scarring, but I think the likelier explanation is that the scarring was simply more noticeable/salient once all my active acne went away. I remember going into the dermatologist's office BEFORE going on accutane and looking at my face in his mirror from an odd angle and seeing lots of minute scars -- few of which I had seen in my bathroom mirror.
  10. Most of your scars are icepicks but they don't look very deep. Do you think a skilled dermabrasion would help?
  11. I'd wait 6-8 weeks between needling and TCA to let the collagen build up. For most people it takes 7-10 days after full-face needling to recover to the point where they'd go out socially again. TCA isn't quite so bad -- you have lots of red dots all over. Those are very noticeable for 2-3 weeks and gradually begin to fade after that.
  12. Hi, There's a company in Uruguay that makes a product called FACDERMIN under some kind of arrangment with the CIGB in Cuba. It seems to be exactly the same thing as Hebermin. The company sells 30g bottles of it for US$30 each, but you have to buy 20+ bottles to get it. There's a thread over at absoluteacneinfo to see whether there'd be enough people who'd want to chip in and buy some together: http://www.absoluteacneinfo.com/acne-forum...topic.php?t=520 What the company's website says about
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