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melb666

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  1. i'm nearly 3 weeks after my 3rd treatment.. still ever so slightly pinker on the fraxel-treated areas than elsewhere i didn't want to comment until now in case there was still microswelling, but i figure it must be gone by now anyway, definite improvement. apart from the smoothing over of the texture etc, i'd say that most scars have filled around 50-80% (apart from one little but deepish boxcar which might be more like 10% ) otherwise though, i'm very happy/impressed
  2. around 5 days if you're female imo.. the first day or 2 you're really quite red/swollen.. day 3 is not too bad.. but early on day 4 i usually start getting massive flaking and peeling which makes makeup application really difficult - i use lots of moisturiser and my mum's foundation around these days (which is for extra dry skin) and the texture is still nqr.. after that, once most of the dead skin's peeled off, covering with regular makeup is pretty achievable..
  3. from my experience, yes i'm having an area treated at lower settings purely for pigmentation and this area gets far les red, swollen and flaky than elsewhere.
  4. i don't personally but i did speak to another lady at my clinic who had experienced a breakout the only info i can find about this is in a study which attributes it to occlusive moisturisers. also, there are some reports that fraxel increases the oil production of your skin.. so i guess that could contribute too maybe switch products for the early days after treatment?
  5. yeah i'm having trouble with photos too in most of them, you can't even see any scars (which unfortunately is more due to my bad photography than my skin) and when you can, they look different in different pictures!
  6. hey :) i know how easy it is to get down about things. but i hope you can get through it.. and realise that things are likely to get much better :) i started seeing real improvements about 1.5 weeks after my second treatment and i think you will too.. good luck :) Thanks for the encouragement. I felt real down and emotional today. I realize that I get this way when I keep feelings to myself. It's almost like a routine that I have to be sad at least once a week or in two weeks. Yeah
  7. hey :) i know how easy it is to get down about things. but i hope you can get through it.. and realise that things are likely to get much better :) i started seeing real improvements about 1.5 weeks after my second treatment and i think you will too.. good luck :) Thanks for the encouragement. I felt real down and emotional today. I realize that I get this way when I keep feelings to myself. It's almost like a routine that I have to be sad at least once a week or in two weeks. Yeah
  8. i guess if it makes you feel any better, my skin is actually pretty pale naturally but because i'm asian, i get awful PIH (red/brown/grey spots) that plague me for years after. can you use some foundation or tanner?
  9. awww... *hug* i feel your pain. there are 2 situations i hate the afternoon sun- when i look in a car mirror and when in a bright bathroom. it's awful. you don't think your skin is that bad and then ughhhhhhh "is this how i look to other people?" HATE it
  10. i agree with what's already been said so far - your skin really looks great. however, i do appreciate that you'd like some constructive comments here. and i do understand how frustrating it is to not have perfect skin when you've put so much time/effort into it to be honest, the uneven texture you're talking about and photographing probably isn't the cause of the comments you've received. it's unlikely that these people have really inspected your skin that closely to have said that. 2 main
  11. national health service? where most aspects of health care are covered by the government. we have a similar thing here (medicare). however, i don't think it's as easy as flying in from overseas and receiving the free health care. you've got to be a permanent residence and have the health care card of that country etc.
  12. it's really difficult to find unbiased studies on fraxel treatment i'm a med student and have quite good resources available to me.. i've tried doing various searches to find them and haven't really come up with anything. i suspect they just haven't been done. i wouldn't do fraxel just for red marks. however, i have noticed some improvement in my various red, brown & grey marks
  13. day 22 for me now.. fraxel #3 is next week my skin's still pinker than elsewhere, but it's coverable with makeup there's definitely an improvement but i can't really do %s.. might be able to after the treatment as my doc has said i can look over the photos
  14. plastic surgeons are surgeons dermatologists are physicians if you definitely need excision, go to a plastic surgeon however if you are doubting that this is necessary (and think maybe your scarring isn't that bad), then see the dermatologist first for their assessment. alternatively, post some pics here
  15. do you mean creme de la mer? because if so, it's not really made by estee lauder. it's an actual brand 'la mer' and the creme de la mer is a moisturising cream which is its most famous product. i have it and use it occassionally. as for it being a miracle cream... well i wouldn't call it a miracle. it's certainly one of the best and most hydrating moisturisers around. it's target market is in fact rich older women. it may have a minor regenerating effect on epidermal cells. however, the ef
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