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  1. No Kidding?! Is it an HA filler? Do you know what brand/name? The spot that is reemerging--how large was it prior to being filled? How much did it cost? The last PS I saw thought it would be a waste of money...I'd have to purchase a whole syringe for a little dot of it. I only have the one scar.
  2. So, I went to two reputable surgeons in my area to get their opinions on my best options. Murphy's Law--I made the appointments and then as I waited, I decided not to mess with the scar. Almost immediately, I started noticing it improving. (I had been microneedling the spot every two weeks with a 0.5mm stamp for the past two months.) There was certainly improvement between the time I scheduled and the appointments. They both had the same opinion...it's really not that noticeable. I could do
  3. I'd really like some people to chime-in on how long the visible results of their filler lasted. I saw a PS the other night and he said only a few months.
  4. Hi Joey...thanks. Yes--the doctor had suggested using an HA filler instead. I am quite sure I would test positive on a skin test for Bellafill. Last year, an eye doctor tried putting temporary punctal plugs in my tear ducts (bovine collagen) and I was so glad when they fell out, I pretty sure I was having an allergic reaction. The PS I saw did suggest the HA fillers as an option. Yes--I am hesitant--I've done my research and side effects can be really bad. But I am beginning to think those
  5. So it's my birthday gift to myself...I am seeing a plastic surgeon tomorrow to discuss my options. I am consulting with a second PS on Wednesday. I'm excited and nervous at the same time. I've pretty much come to the conclusion that I am going to need to have the scar on my cheek excised... It sticks out like a sore thumb. I only have one scar, but it's rather large (now 3mm, maybe a smidge more) and almost perfectly round. My skin is otherwise nearly flawless. It pretty much looks like I
  6. I never had any major issues with acne until I turned 42...what finally worked for me was Differin OTC, avoiding soy, peanuts and dairy and drinking grapefruit juice regularly (daily at first, few times a week since).
  7. What worked for me... 1) Cutting out Dairy (completely--read labels on everything for the 'allergen' statement at the bottom, below the ingredients list--no milk or soy), nuts, peanuts, and soy. 2) Adding IN a little fresh grapefruit and/or grapefruit juice (not from concentrate) daily. (This helps to balance the hormones/androgens). 3) Eating a LOT of green vegetables. (Fresh fruits and vegetables like crazy.) Especially broccoli and brussel sprouts. I ate like an entire bag (fr
  8. Wow...great results. You are beautiful. Don't stress too much over the fat grafting and the contours. Facial fat degrades as you age anyway, so the contouring will gradually increase...it might just keep you younger looking a little bit longer than you might have without it. No worries.
  9. You said: "Oh, I have noticed it gets worse a week after my ovulation, then subsides after my period for one glorious week." A week after ovulation is around the time that Progesterone is peaking. (Incidentally, excess progesterone gets converted into androgens--oily skin and breakouts!) You also said you tried going vegan? Something to watch out for...Soy. A LOT of vegan foods are loaded with it and it throws your hormones WAY out of whack. For me, I avoid dairy. I had to
  10. I do have some experience with this... Topical progesterone is tricky. Hormones are a difficult thing to balance if they are out of whack. If the DIM was working for you, keep taking it. Vitex probably helped because it also raises progesterone slightly. Plus, the DIM helps to clear out the "bad" estrogens, supposedly helping to protect you from estrogen-driven cancers. It's interesting--did they test your testosterone levels by any chance? You need to do a bit of research...it may hel
  11. If you have PCOS, you may want to look into grapefruits and grapefruit juice. Grapefruits in particular induce aromatase to happen in the intestinal tract...they help the body metabolize and convert excess androgens (testosterone) into estrogen. One glass a day has been shown to have a significant effect on all PCOS symptoms, including acne. For many, I think it completely normalized their numbers (bloodwork) after several weeks...it was at least, if not more effective than taking metformin, or
  12. I also had issues with Zinc and I discovered it can have a two-fold effect that may worsen acne in some. One is that it can cause you to dump copper in excess into your bloodstream which can cause acne (zinc and copper compete and should stay balanced). I also read somewhere that zinc may raise androgen levels. At the time I was having issues, I did have a copper IUD, so I think that may have had something to do with it for me.
  13. besimple...thanks! That's very helpful. I do have a GA 10% treatment at home. It's not super strong, so I could try it and see how my skin handles that to start? abraxas21...that's the conclusion we came to. As long as I'm seeing progress--let it be. I'm only at 3.5 months. That's nothing as far as scar aging/ healing time goes. The first derm I went to said, "give it 6 to 9 months". I thought she was full of it. I thought there was no way...but now I am thinking she could be right. Thanks!
  14. I was pretty determined to find a solution to my acne without prescriptions. I really felt like my acne was rooted in too many chemicals, medications, food additives, etc., over many years. Not to mention the risks to my health. I felt like my acne wasn't severe enough to justify it (it may be justified for some). The first couple attempts at diet modification didn't help. I didn't go aggressively enough or long enough. It took me 3 years to find relief. It's not the easy or quick solution,
  15. I've seen two derms about this. Thanks besimple. I've been taking extra vitamins and using spf, as well as covering up with sun hats, etc when I'm outside. I'm using Differin which is a retinol. It also stimulates collagen...I don't think I'm supposed to use GA while using it.