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  1. Lapis, a lot of doctors say that it takes between 3-6 months for the wound to fully heal and to see whether scar tissue has formed. However, I believe this is only to assure that the wound has completely healed. In my case, whenever I have excised my scar tissue and can easily tell whether or not the process has been successful because within about 7-10 days the scar tissue has already reformed; yes, the wound may be a little red but the scar tissue is present. In solo_premium's case I think the
  2. Firstly, THANK YOU so much very much Solo_Premium for not only taking the time to carry out this 'experiment' but to also document and post your results on here. Finally we have someone, who appears to be just like one of us, who can actually document the real performance of A-Cell because so much has been written about this product but there has been virtually no proper visual documentation of its 'benefits' in treating scarring. Secondly, may I ask where you purchased the Matristem (A-cell) b
  3. Those techniques would only work if there were a way to suppress the scar tissue reforming. Since there is no way to stop scar tissue production, neither needling nor strong acids will work. Moreover, the prime reason why I now have so much scar tissue is due to using various strengths of tca acids on my face in the past :(. Anybody have any experience with using Differin for ice picks/pock marks or other scarred skin? Is its mode of action the same as Retin-A?
  4. Thanks for the response guys. Interesting to read, mr_sunshine, that you say azelaic acid seems weaker than retin-a. That might not be a bad thing as retin-a can be pretty harsh when used daily. So if azelaic acid has the same effect as retin-a over a longer period of time it might actually be worth purchasing (assuming that azelaic acid has fewer side effects). That said, if what jack3100 says is true then it's pointless me getting some azelaic acid since my acne stopped a long time ago. I do
  5. Anybody know if Azelaic Acid, Retin-A or Differin cream have any effect on relatively minor ice picks or pocks mark on the face? Is any one of these creams better at smoothing out the skin than the other, or are they all useless on scarred skin? Also, comments on how these creams performed on scarred skin in general are most welcome!
  6. Yes, Eterna_maldicion, continuously excising the scar tissue and injecting juvista into the dermis each year until the scar has completely disappeared would be ideal. This would probably be the most effective way to use the drug. I, too, am hoping this will prove successful. However, I can't really say whether this approach will work or not as the clinical trials have only looked at the drug's effectiveness when performing scar revision on a scar once, rather than repeatedly. I know the outlo
  7. This is not what any of us want to hear but accounting for the time it takes for research & development, various clinical trials, commercialisation/distribution arrangements and official approval from authorities, we are about 10 years away from any type of product that could potentially eliminate or dramatically reduce scarring (I'm talking at least 75% reduction). That time period is probably a rather optimistic figure as well. It's more likely to be about 15-20 years. Renovo's Juvista, i
  8. Despite being incredibly sceptical about this treatment, has anyone thought about excising a small area of scar tissue on a part of the face and then applying the Iodine for a minimum period of 1-2 months to ONE section of this excised area whilst leaving the other section without any Iodine application. After the 1-2months of healing is up you can then compare the two areas of excised scar tissue. If the area where Iodine has been applied shows less scar tissue present when compared to the exci
  9. Nikki, strangely Acell is not currently available in any US pharmacy but it IS available for purchase directly from the company; just go to acell.com and either email them or telephone them and they will explain what you are required to do. All I know is that you need the delivery address to be in the United States and that your doctor has to provide a prescription to Acell. As long as your doctor is fully recognised by the Mexican health authorities I'm sure Acell will supply the ECM to you. T
  10. Really interesting post lamarr, thanks for that link. Although not explicitly expressed on their site, it would appear that this Apligraf product has the same approach as Acell's ECM when it comes to active wound healing. Their website indicates that Apligraf "delivers ingredients such as growth factors, cells, proteins to the wound directly"; which basically makes it almost like an extra cellular matrix, it's just strange they don't mention this. Another point, they say Apligraf has active wou
  11. Hey damn!, yes this is exactly what I am saying. According to Mike Manning (Marketing Director at Acell) anyone in the US can get Acell all they have to do is get a prescription written by their doctor to authorise this. I guess it can be a GP, derm or any doc, they just have to have the authority to write prescriptions. Phone (800) 826-2926 and ask to speak with Mike Manning, he will gladly help out and explain what is required to get hold of Acell's ECM. That would definitely be an appropr
  12. Well I finally got my derm to call up Acell to find out what is going on with their ECM product. Mike Manning told my doc. that Acell has been available to purchase via a prescription (only) in the US for the past six weeks. And when pushed on why Acell have not yet conducted any double blind placebo controlled clinical trials to prove ECM's effectiveness at preventing scar formation, Mike Manning seemed to imply that the company doesn't currently have funds to organise such trials. Instead, he
  13. If you do actually have hypertrophic scarring on your chin then a cortisone injection will unfortunately do absolutely nothing to the scar tissue. The only thing those steroid injections do is to temporarily reduce inflammation at the site. Since you've had them for 'years' there really is no inflammation to treat, you are only left with scar tissue. And rather than fixing a problem you are more likely to cause damage to that area of the skin by using cortisone injections, such as skin atrophy w
  14. I know how you feel H.E., scarring can be incredibly draining emotionally especially when it is on the face. But I would take what the Cosmetic Institute told you about having to live with the scars for the rest of your life with a very big pinch of salt! They are only telling you this based on what is currently available. This is correct, since there is no treatment on the market that can currently remove scar tissue and heal skin scarlessly. That said, there are large amounts of funding going