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Posts posted by richie772001

  1. 1. Make sure you know what your dealing with is it actually time to treat scars? or the condition you have? What is your condition?

    2. See more then one Doctor get multiple opinions.

    3. When you do finally decide to do a treatment make sure you have them take a picture before each one, get a copy of those pictures before you leave the office that day.

    4. Have new pictures taken and review them before you start the next procedure look for anything that may not be desirable or determine if there is any improvement.

    5. Make sure your Doctor, Derm checks your skin with you and goes over everything each time you go there for treatment, do not rely on the assistant that comes in before hand to be able to go over everything you need to know.

    6. If your in the Boston area looking for treatment go to the MGH in Boston at this point I wish I had gone there first.

  2. I tried taking some pics with my web cam but they don't really show what is going on, I talked to my primary care physician and she sees me once a month because of the car accident I was in.

    She said it looks like things are healing, meaning that the pinkness that was under my skin is surfacing - those areas of pink that look like they were manipulated by the laser seem to be blending in with the white spots, it my be because the pinkness which was a lot redder when I posted this is raised.

    I really can't tell - mirrors are not the most reliable things either, they give a distorted image of what people really see.

    My parents were in florida and got home today I went to see them and my mother and father didn't seem to get creeped out they acknowledged that something is going on with my face but how are they supposed to know what exactly it is.

    I am going to see my Doctor (he has written papers and books on skin care I didn't let some Tech do anything to me) on Tuesday to see what he has to say. I am going to take a tape recorder too, I don't think he is going to be defensive but if he is I want it all on tape. I am also going to try to work with him to see what is going on. I am not the type of person to jump into court of things. I do feel that he was misleading or unknowledgable about what would happen to the pink under my skin which is pretty disturbing. I went to see four other doctors about the pinkness under my skin and they didn't know what it was either so not sure what I can say about that.

    Well I will keep you guys updated not really sure what if any negative affects are going to be present when I everything is said and done. I hope for my sake that the lines and dots (by the way they are surrounded by pink which my be throwing my eyes for a loop thinking they are scars. Which can happen) but on top of him saying that is should do nothing to affect the pinkness but maybe not allow it to grow and the fact that there are clearly DOTS and lines is really freaking me out.

    The patterns that the thing made is what is scaring me the most, scars are one thing but there is a star shaped patch of white. Umm who gets a star shaped scar???

    I am just going to stay away from the mirror except to was my face.

    God I hope this is just something that is healing.

    I had really good skin up until this point in my life so this is really hard on me to begin with I think karma my be paying me back for being a little on the vain side.

  3. I had a few rolling scars on the right side of my face that I wanted to get rid of, I did not have acne. I had an infection of the beard at the time...

    I asked the doctor if there was any risk that this might complicate matters - He said no

    I asked the doctor if it could possibly make things worse - He said no

    I went for 4 smoothbeam sessions without any complications. The last one I had on Nov 27 shredded my face.

    I asked the doctor if there was any risk that this might complicate matters - He said no

    I asked the doctor if it could possibly make things worse - He said no

    I have a shredded face now. Not a few extra scars or a little bit of hypo-pygmentation I have white marks all over well those are the new scars.

    I have little dots that are scars they go in a nice machine like pattern. I have elongated scarring I have shred marks on my face now.

    I am going to see this doctor on Tuesday to ask him what happened. I am really upset haven't been able to eat or sleep much.

    I had his office send all the medical records to my house, the one thing that isn't there is an informed constent documentation. He never went over any risks and assured me that the procedure wouldn't have any complications. I asked them to take pictures the last time I was in there and they said no. They have one set of before pictures that I am hoping to be able to use.

    I feel like I am going to puke.

  4. I am just gonna deal with them, as soon as the pink is all gone -

    I got road rash and a subsequent infection - this was a DEEP infection that is in the process of growing out so it looks quite a bit like acne.

    My experience with Smoothbeam has been iffy at best. I think I got some really really white spots on my face but I am not even sure if that is because the pink is growing out... Or if I am gonna have a really nice horror story to share

    Well the way I look at it now is skip all the laser BS, Deal with it wait have patience and see if they come up with something that is gentle yet effective (high hopes)

    I still don't know why they can't just take some skin from my Bum and transplant it on my face. Then my friends could call me butt head for a reason.

  5. You are a real person life has it's challenges, having some scarring or acne doesn't make you any less of a person then if you had perfect skin.

    Everyone has there challenges and issues. It is how you deal with them.

    Don't let it get you down to the point where you feel less like a "real person" then anyone else.

    Focus in on your qualities.

    Make a pro / con list.

    My brother has down syndrome. He is no less of a person to me then anyone else. He has his set of challenges.

    I don't suffer from acne. I got hit by a car crossing the street. I always had ok skin some scars some zits here and there. When I got hit I ended up taking half the road with me in my face. Sand, rocks, glass, anything else you can imagine on a road next to a beach.

    I got a deep infection which is still healing, I get acne like lesions. I have some serious scars on my cheeks, I split my lip (thank god for the person who stitched that they did a kick ass job)

    I have tried to take some pics to post with my webcam but the cam doesn't show the scars the way I see them. I am gonna borrow my friends digi cam this weekend so I can post some.

    Just remember scarred or not your a real person.

  6. One of the reasons I started this post was for everyone to see that just because you have some scars doesn't mean you can't have a life.

    Ya they suck granted and I am not even sure how bad mine are going to be yet.

    I got ran over by a car literally thrown about 15 feet stop pop and roll I call it. I don't remember anything about getting hit I didn't remember who I was for three days.

    I broke three ribs, got 52 stitches in the back of my head, 102 stitches in my face (various places) broke my right leg, dislocated my right shoulder, fractured my left elbow, bruised my right buttox (this may sound funny but I couldn't sit down anywhere for a long time, broke my right hand and got road rash all over my back.

    I got really bad road rash on pretty much my entire face. Had some glass rocks and sand stuck in my face which got infected I am just starting to fully clear up It was a deep infection.

    So basically I went from having skin with no real problems to a wicked mess over night. Not to mention the other things that still hurt.

    I gotta tell ya though I have had smoothbeam sessions which definetly helped - I guess it helps the infection not have anything to eat or something like that. It definetly is helping the scars heal better this might just be because they are so new.

    I have more sessions left and I have been taking pics with my webcam which don't really show the extent of them I will post them in order in feb when I have my last one.

    And keep these stars with scars coming.

    Remember life is full of challenges it isn't what happened to you it is how you deal with it that determines who you are.

  7. Do you touch your face throughout the day?

    When you wake up your face has been left alone all night, no irration if your face is still healing at all then you might just be allowing it to get a little more puffy

    I noticed the same thing, I do not touch my face at all anymore.

    Scars make me feel like this though :(

  8. Ya I know how you all feel, I am having the same problem looking in a mirror with different lighting, Damn sometimes I think ah not bad not great but what the hell - then at a diffent mirror with different lighting OUCHIE

    I went for smoothbeam and that helped for the acne and some improvement of the scarring, I am going to get fraxel done in a few months.

    I have to talk to my doc about prices gonna try to get him to commit to some really silly low low pricing he he he