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  1. I'm in a similar situation as you. My scars are equivalent to yours, and I am middle-aged. I found my scars getting worse as I aged, I suppose because of the loss of collagen and all those other wonderful things we start to loose when we age!! (lol) I had four Fraxel Re:pair treatmets done for $900.00 each. They didn't realy help much. They did even out my skin tone, and minimize pores, but didn't really touch my scars. but the good news.... I've had 2 Sciton Profractional's done, and the
  2. Thank you for the suggestions, and I hope you got good results! I did try needling in Aug 2008 (results posted in scar treatment board); unfortunately, 8 months later I don't see any changes. I've concluded that for rolling scars and especially at my age, needling/CIT may not be the best option. But everyone is different. (That's what's so exasperating about it all!)
  3. Hi, I doubt that anyone is waiting for this update with bated breath, but I said I would update on the final results of my needling, so I am. Any pinkness remaining from the procedure was gone by about 3 months, as were the funny lumps that developed underneath the skin in the needled areas. I kept up my aftercare regimen for about 4 months, except that I switched to facial massage once or twice a day and discontinued the hot & cold compresses. I figured that would do about the same to imp
  4. Thanks Ruby! Hang in there, I'm sure you will see results! I wondered if you've ever read petlover's post from last year? I think she has the same skin type as you do, and her results are very encouraging. I'm a different type (Fitz Type II) but her posting gives me hope as well, because the improvement was not seen right away but eventually showed up, maybe later than you'd think (she includes a link to photos!). If you want to check it out, the discussion topic was "my needling pics". Bes
  5. Hi, time for an update. It's been 14 days since my first needling, and my skin is pretty much back to normal now, except for the pinkish spots. It feels normal to the touch: bumps and roughness are all gone. Don't be fooled by the photos: the "craters" are still there like before, since the microswelling is gone now. I'm sure it will be a while before the pink spots fade or there is any filling in of the scars. Now comes the hard part (for me!): continuing to spend this time on aftercare but
  6. How interesting--chickpea flour?! and you rinse it off afterward? I just had needling done recently & this might help fade the red marks as well. Thanks for the idea! P.S. I have extremely oily skin, shiny an hour after washing, and Milk of Magnesia keeps the shine away for most of the day. I put a small amount on a cotton ball and make sure to spread it around well, avoiding eyebrows. Use very sparingly because any excess dries chalky white!
  7. Hi all, thanks for your comments! Ruby, I hope you get good results too, and I will keep updating this in case anyone else is interested in comparing notes. I keep trying to upload my "after" pictures to my album but I'm getting an error--will keep trying. PROGRESS UPDATE: 4 1/2 days after needling - My temples & upper lip look pretty normal now. Chin still pink but whiteheads/pustules I had there are gone. Cheeks still have red blotches and 6-8 of the larger pustules are still there (the
  8. Hi Hope, Please let us know if you see any improvement later on! Frank told me that any improvement is usually seen between 3-6 months after the procedure. Maybe you're a "late bloomer!"
  9. I agree, but it is hard to take pictures while traveling home afterward. Check out my new album, I'll be keeping all images there. For right now there's not much "outcome" to show anyway except red, blotchy, bumpy skin, which I can go ahead & get a shot of. But I think the most important photos to post are the final results, months from now... Sorry, y'all will just have to be patient, as will I. I plan to keep following Shyana's aftercare routine, mindlessly, and do my best to forget ab
  10. From the album: Scar treatment before & after

    Acne pits + aging = creases *sigh*
  11. MoreThanAFace

    Scar treatment before & after

    My scars are mostly rolling scars from cystic acne, about 30 years old. I don't have active acne anymore. My scars have become more noticeable in the last few years, hence my interest in pursuing scar treatment.
  12. From the album: Scar treatment before & after

    That's just a mole on my neck--everything else is scarring.
  13. From the album: Scar treatment before & after

    3 bumps are just moles... Everything else is scarring (some scars blend together into smile creases)
  14. I just had my first needling treatment on Aug. 20 with Frank at Transitions, and wanted to share the experience with anyone who might be considering this. Mine are mostly rolling scars resulting from cystic acne, and are 30 years old. I also had 2 fine “hairline†scars about an inch and a half long, on one cheek, which are fairly recent. Frank impressed me right off with his great knowledge of the needling process. I was under the impression that there really wasn’t much medical researc
  15. O my children, to really "get" Floyd you must see them live! Bring no psychadelics, they will only mar the experience... Seriously, this band kicks ass in concert. No one ever put on a better show than Floyd, either with or without a live bat. Go back to the Dark Side of the Moon!
  16. I was hoping you got an answer so I'd know too! I *think* it is, because it appears to have sloping sides, rather than steep ones like a boxcar/chickenpox scar.
  17. Best of luck to you! You have a fantastic sense of humor, and I'm sure your blog will be a regular read for many of us!
  18. Thanks everyone for the tips--perfect timing! I just got my samples from EM and Aubrey Nicole and I've been playing! Any hints on how can I tell which shade is the best match for me?
  19. Mine started at age 11, went cystic on me at 15-17, then slowly improved until it was mostly gone at around 22, 23. Still had some on my back/shoulders for a little longer. When I remarried at 29, I still couldn't count on being able to wear the V-back dress I fell in love with! *pouts*
  20. Just to highlight how much it depends on the individual: I've been using Mary Kay microdermabrasion scrub 2-3 times weekly for about a year, and I love it. It really smooths and brightens the complexion, and I think it helps keep my pores clear. Some people use baking soda. You know best what your skin can take, just be gentle and don't overdo it. However, you may want to back off a little to see if it is causing your breakouts. And BTW I see NO difference at all in my depressed scars from usi
  21. This isn't hot off the press, dated Autumn 2005, but it was written by several London derms using Isolagen and they do a good job of explaining how it works. Even for burn victims--Wow! I'm always looking for PICTURES of results & had not seen this before... Hope the link doesn't get deleted. Also has before/after PICTURES of results achieved with subcision + Isolagen filler (Dr. Chu). I only wish for even more pictures! http://www.miinews.com/pdf/Autumn05_Isolagen.pdf
  22. Yes, that was what the excitement was about over the Fraxel 1 and 2: that they are non-ablative and therefore involve less risk and downtime. But from what I've heard, neither works well for scars (except for shallow scars, for some people). So far, Fraxel seems to have its best results with wrinkling/aging.