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About erikanyc

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  1. I have not posted in years. I think that is what may happen. We freak out, seek community help - and yes, oh gawd yes, this community helps, we "heal" - they we are not heard from...again. Well, anyway - that is what happend to me. My experience with scars was intense. I had a "hole" in the middle of my face. Between my eyebrows, one on the side of my nose -- close to my tear duct. Once hole on my check. And sever smaller sacrs on my face. I tried everything. Even praying...and I am not religious. This is what I did and this is what finally worked for me. I had my scars cut-out by a plastic surgeon--- this is after I tried lasers, peels, peptieds, hundreds (if not thousands of dollars) on everything -- the dermaroller, vitamins, different lasers, home microdermabrasions, the best products (La Mer) -- you name it. I was beyond depressed -- not vein - but yes the scars compromised my self confiedence. I sunk into my holes. Period. I had my major scars cut out. Yes, it sucked -- stitches on my face for a few weeks then weirdd redness for a month. It just looked like e new scars. I was depressed. A few months later I started laser resurfacing...about 4 months later. I had my holes cut and and the lasers here The Manhattan Plastic Surgeon that I went to-- for those who are interested . They were good. The plastic surgeon does not do the lasers but a laser tech who happens to be a doctor from russia did my lasers. I alternated lasers with various peels every two weeks. It did not seem to be working. But I kept at it. While this was going on I used a home microdermabrasion about twice a week. I used a retinol treatment almost every night -- maybe 5 times a week, during the day I used something with peptides and a "rejenerating skin product" -- all of these products were cheap and I got them at the drug store. About 10 months later I am literally scar free. It wasn't a miracle. It was drastic. I went through weird "skin phases" - at times I looked like a monster. It cost a lot of money. It worked. It changed my face. I even look almost ten years yonger - I am 35. I think the point to this story, and I hope it helps a lot of people, is -- products and good nutrition didn't work for me. These were serious scars. I substituted "holes" for new scars then immediately treated the new scars - and yes, it took a long time. The key to getting rid of the new scars was immediate treatement with serious skin care -- lasers, dr grade peels, microdermabrasion, the right combination of products, and a lot of patience. It seriously worked and was seriously expensive. I used to contribute a lot of messages to this board. This board was my community and really psychological helped me. If you want your scars to go away you really have to help yourseld. In my opinion, scar revision is the only way to good. I wish you all good luck and perfectly clear and smooth skin! All the best- E
  2. was it genesis laser that you had? can't find anyone on the boards who has had it ...
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    Aretfill/Artecoll in NY

    yes, i posted on this somewhere before dr senderoff - plastic surgeon in nyc ROCKS http://www.drsenderoff.com when it comes to facial fillers - i swear, i can no longer see my larger depressed scars or my old chicken pock scars- do you know any FABULOUS dermatologist in the nyc area? i go to dr jaliman http://www.drjaliman.com for cosmetic stuff but she doesn't have the newest lasers and is a bit $$$ my problem is ice pic / scarred pores - any advice?
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    restylane worked like magic on my chicken pock scars and a really bad zit that left a hole
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    fraxel laser

    hi everyone - really interesting thread today. hi billyboy - great math skills. you've had fraxel many times - probably the most footer postings i have seen on this site. do you see real improvement? in which areas of the face do you see the most improvement; and who's your dr. thank you in advance for your response. in response to an earlier posting today regarding mico injections - i had a few chicken pock scars filled with radiesse a few years ago - they were gone 5 minutes after he injected them - they are still gone. a few years ago i picked to death a zit and was left with a hole and again had it filled with radiesse (i think radiesse changed it's name it was formerly known as something else) - it is still totally gone. i have ice-pick scars now and i think the micro injection thing might work-- but on the other types of scars (if you have relatively clear skin) - it really does work -- i had mine done by a plastic surgeon. and ...much cheaper than fraxel. thoughts?
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    silicone midrodroplet in nyc

    You should really have the subcision and saline done first. You don't know how much silicone is needed until you see the results of the subcision. If you do the silicone first and then the subcision, you might be left with a overfilled scar. fyi: juvederm is the "latest" thing in facial fillers in NYC - it's FDA approved and made by the BOTOX guys - when i had my chicken pox filled i had radiesse - that was like three years ago and it is still filled. i think one of the facial fillers, not sure which, actually produces collagen while it breaks down - maybe look into this
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    Small Icepicks

    Some small ones will go away on their own. Some of mine have vanished merely due to aging. ha, some have vanished into wrinkles. (Just kidding!) Deeper ice pick scars will not likely budge without some assistance. You'll find lots of suggestions on these forums for dealing with your scars.
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    fraxel laser

    I've had my 3rd Fraxel 1500 tx today with supposedly "the best" doctor in NYC. I haven't been posting much about my treatments since didn't feel I have anything NEW to add and waited until I do...My treatments have been spaced 2 - 2.5 wks apart, he has a new roller tip, so no blue dye, and yes! the treatments are painful in spite of the numbing cream and a cooling machine. My recovery time seems to be longer than what most people post here and takes about 10 days for my skin to look "normal" again. Sorry for this long intro to answer your question, but thought some background info would be useful. I did see before and after pix for acne scaring published by different sources and was convinced that I will see improvement with Fraxel on my shallow/rather superficial scarring. However, I am still witing to see those results. So far, the only improvement I have noticed is in my pore size, but nothing dramatic. At this point I am not getting discouraged and will continue with my tx, going to have 6 total, but hearing about other people's results with just 1 or 2 treatments makes me wonder if my scars are EVER going to respond to Fraxel...Since age is relevant, I'm 32, on a healthy organic diet/collagen boosting supplemets and I exercise. which doctor- dr rokhsar? my 1st treatment with him is next week.
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    Sunlight, Heat, Eliminates Scars

    i met with dr cameron rokhsar in manhattan, new york. he said that i have pretty good skin. i am seeking fraxel to improve a surgical scar (as a result from surfing - board hit me right between my eyebrows). i had two surgical scar revisions and am left with a small kinda of thin line (but not thin or small enough where it is not noticeable) - it is in the very center of my face and depresses me and trips me out to the point of major BDD. i very recently (three weeks ago) picked to death a large pimple which left this scarred pore. since my skin, according to him, isn't horrible (to me it is and tottaly trips me out), he want's the puffyness from the newly picked zit now a 3 week old scarred pore to subside before treating me. i haven't seen any posts on this board about fraxel for surgical scar improvement so i am totally nervous. also, i grew up surfing and i felt the sun kept my skin pretty great. and yes, dr rokhsar did tell me that i can't go in the sun w/out zinc oxide maxed out on my face. i don't have any wrinkles or sun damage just this surgical scar and a brand new spanking scarred pore.....any advice?
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    Sunlight, Heat, Eliminates Scars

    i went in today for my $150 dollar fraxel consultation and i was told that i had to reschedule becuase i have one scarred pore and becase of it's inflamation and redness i should wait. so he shot something into it - i think cortisone(?) because evidently prior to fraxel you should have no hyperpig? so i guess the questions is how do i quickly heal 1 scarred pore? seriously it is just one fricken very red scarred pore -- any advise?
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    Sunlight, Heat, Eliminates Scars

    that was really interesting, thank you. so would a tanning booth give the same effect (no sun in NYC)?
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    Collagen or Restylane injections?

    i had bad chicken pock marks - 2 on forehead, one close to my nose, and one on my cheek. i had them filled with restylane (i think it is sometimes called radiesse) over three years ago - and poof they were gone (like that very day with NO down-time, just red for about three hours) and i never see them. i also had him fill up a mark that i had left over from a mole excsion and that is totally gone to - i had them done in NYC by a dr named senderoff his website is here http://www.safechange.com - he changed my life ---- now only if there was some magic treatment for ice-pick scars on the cheeks --any suggestions? oh, i forgot to mention that he is a plastic surgeon not a dermatologist -- i think those guys know how to use injectable fillers better.