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mr. matt

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  1. From the album: Before and After Photos - Subcision and TCA Cross Method

    This photo of my face in natural lighting taken 16 days after my second round of subcision and TCA Cross Method shows improvement in the rolling scars that I had on my left/right cheeks and around my chin.

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    Photo taken 16 days after Round Two of Subcision and TCA Cro

    Thank you! It was a long journey, but well worth the time, pain, and investment.
  3. Today marks Day 30 after my subcision and TCA Cross Method treatments. I was really inspired by the photos that Tamara Madden and another Acne.org subscriber had posted on the web and wanted to see if subcision would work for me. Here is a very brief overview of my journey with acne scar revision. I first developed cystic acne when I was in the eighth grade. By my senior year, I had several cysts on my right cheek which collapsed and left a rather large crater. My cystic ac
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    Day 50 - Full Face - Natural Lighting

    From the album: Day 50 Post Subcision/TCA Cross

    Today marks Day 50 after my first subcision and TCA Cross Method treatments. As this photo shows, my rolling scars responded very well to subcision. You can see the outline of some of the deeper scars, but there has definitely been a flattening of these scars and they are not nearly as deep as they once were. I'm going back this Friday, May 8, 2009 for round two. Yee-ha!

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    20140405 Left Cheek No. 5

    From the album: Five Year Post Subcision Journey Update

    This is a photo taken on 04.05.14 of my left cheek. If you compare this photo to my baseline photo of Feb. 2009, you will see that all of the deep indented scars have risen nearly level with the rest of the skin on my left cheek. I had a total of four subcision treatments on my face. The final subcision treatment was combined with suction and yielded the most dramatic result.
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    2thoseWhoHaveTriedSubcision??

    I had a total of four subcision treatments and had no marks, holes, scarring, etc from the procedure itself.
  7. Collagen remodeling and format is a process that takes months to complete, so you should expect any 'overnight' results from any procedure that you may have done. Any redness and swelling should, for the most part, be gone in three to four weeks. I had a couple of subcutaneous lumps that took about two months to subside,so you can't rush the process. If you have hyperpigmentation issues, talk to your doctor about a 25% or 35% TCA peel. I did seven of these at home, but I had major problems
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    April 10, 2009

    From the album: Final Update Photos - Pre and Post Subcision

    This photo illustrates the collagen remodeling process that began after my first subcision treatment conducted on March 27, 2009. It was at about the three mark after my first treatment that I noticed the most dramatic improvement in my scarring.

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    Right % of TCA for my scars?

    I would suggest that you: 1) speak to a dermatologist about TCA CROSS. Don't try this at home because it could make your scarring much, much worse. 2) look into needling Both of these processes will help develop collagen to help fill in these small pits.
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    subcision+for+acne+scars

    My advice is to be patient with the progress. Collagen and elastin production takes weeks and typically months. I also recommend a healthy diet with lots of exercise. Why exercise? It forces the blood throughout your arteries,veins, and capillaries and allows the growth factors, hormones, vitamins, etc., to spread where they are needed. Supplements such as zinc and topical vitamin c are also important to the production of collagen and elastin. Consider needling if you are not already
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    subcision+for+acne+scars

    Great journal! I wish you great success with your recovery.
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    20140405 Left Cheek No. 5

    Thanks for your post. I spread out the four sessions of subcision over five years because I work a full-time job and it took at least one week before the bruising and swelling would subside enough for me to be able to return to work. Also, I've read that the collagen and elastic deposition process could take up to six months, so I wanted to give my skin enough time to heal before the next session. The final reason that I waited was it was $400 per session, so I wanted to save the money
  13. Today is Day Seven of my 25% TCA Peel. My forehead, temples, and the bridge of my nose are the only areas that have not fully peeled yet. To help expedite the healing process, I am doing the following: 1) applying cool compresses of white vinegar water (one tablespoon of vinegar to one cup of water) to my face three times a day 2) applying tea bags twice a day to my entire face (the tannic acid is supposed to help with burns) 3) applying hydrocortisone at least three times a day. My
  14. The only areas that have not peeled so far during this week's peel are: 1) my forehead. It's quite red and brown looking. 2) my temples 3) the bridge of my nose I have been soaking gauze in one cup of cold water and one tablespoon of white vinegar and placing the gauze all over my forehead and cheek areas for about twenty minutes at a time. Then, I am apply aloe vera all over my face and let it dry. Then, I apply hydrocortisone cream all over my face to help reduce the redness/pink c
  15. Today is Day Six of my 25% TCA Peel. The areas of my face that have peel so far include: 1) 95% of my left cheek 2) 80% or more of my right cheek 3) 90% of both jawlines and my chin 4) 70% of my chin and nose The areas that have not peeled yet are still very brown. The areas that have peeled are now pink or reddish in color. One mistake that I made during the initial application of this peel was to remove my goggles and to apply a light layer of acid under my eyes. The result was ma
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    Day Five (06.23.16)

    Today is the fifth day of my 25% TCA at home peel. Right now, I think that I look my worst. I have a very tight shell of brownish/red skin covering the outer layer of my face and I have swelling around my eyes. Based upon the tightness of my face right now, I would imagine that I am going to continue to peel heavily for the next 48 hours. I have already had small sheets of skin come off, but I expect even larger sheets of dead skin to peel off like a snake over the next two days. I am ke
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    Day IV (06.22.16)

    Today is day four of my 25% TCA peel journey. My face is very brown, tight, and feels as if I have saran wrap or cellophane tape wrapped around my wife. My left and right eyes are swollen and look kind of droopy. It appears that I have aged 20 years or so and my face is beginning to crinkle more and more. Peeling has begun near both side of my nose and at the corners of my mouth and on my chin. Photos are below. I'm growing a bit stir crazy since I have been cooped up in our hom
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    Day IV (06.22.16)

    The skin on my chin near my nose/cheek area is beginning to come off in small sheets. I expect to have the most peeling tomorrow and on Friday.
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    Day IV (06.22.16)

    Today is day four of my 25% TCA peel journey. My face is very brown, tight, and feels as if I have saran wrap or cellophane tape wrapped around my wife. My left and right eyes are swollen and look kind of droopy. It appears that I have aged 20 years or so and my face is beginning to crinkle more and more. Peeling has begun near both side of my nose and at the corners of my mouth and on my chin. Photos are below. I'm growing a bit stir crazy since I have been cooped up in our hom
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    Day III - 25% TCA Peel (06.21.16) Photos

    It's nearly 8:00 p.m. on day three of my 25% TCA peel. I just took a warm shower to help with the peeling process and my face is beginning to 'crinkle' around my nose which is a sign that major peeling should start in the next 12-48 hours. My face looks very brown right now and I am ready to shed this old skin. I don't like being cooped up on the house especially when it's summertime and I am on vacation. Hopefully, I will have shed this 'dead skin mask' by Friday and I can get out and ab
  21. My face is becoming progressively tighter and tighter as the day goes on which is a very good sign. As you can see below, my face has turned reddish/brown and it feels as if I am wearing a tight mask or have cellophane tape all over my face. Tomorrow should be the beginning of a two or three days of intense peeling.
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    20150624 Day Five

    From the album: 25% TCA Peel Album No. Six

    This is day five after my 25% TCA peel. I wasn't able to shave for about five-six days because of the peel. You can see pink an healthy looking skin on my face as a result of this peel. I highly recommend TCA peels if you have already undergone subcision for facial scarring. It really helps to boost the production of collagen after subcision. It won't do anything for the appearance of your scarring if you have not dealt with the underlying problem.
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    20150624 Day Five

    Right now, I do a 25% TCA peel once a year.
  24. When I woke up this morning, I was a bit surprised when I looked in the mirror. Both of my eyes have swollen and my right eye looks a bit droopy today due to all of the swelling. I wore goggles when I applied the acid, but later removed them to apply a thin coat of acid under eyes and on the sides. I didn't dare try to do my eyelids - too risky. My face is pretty swollen, too, and it appears that I am wearing a brown mask on my face. I suspect that peeling will begin either late this e
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    My Battle with Acne Scars

    If you have rolling scars, then I can only speak from my own experience that subcision, dermarolling, and chemical peels have truly worked in synch with one another to: 1) greatly reduce the appearance of my scarring 2) greatly improve my skin tone 3) greatly improved my self-confidence I had four laser treatments several years ago and they did absolutely nothing to help my appearance In fact, they were a total waste of money If you have rolling scars, you need to deal with the underlyi
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