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About manduh

  • Birthday 09/15/1984

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  1. We all need it sometimes! I'm giving myself a healthy dose of it tonight after I caught myself falling into the same old trap of researching various things relating to scar treatments online when I should be doing a million other things. When I'm feeling this way I try to remind myself that this is one very small facet of who I am and it does not define me. It seems all consuming sometimes and it is easy to let it take over your mind and let it affect the way you live your life, but in those
  2. I notice the same thing. The texture of my skin is so much better right when I wake up versus mid-day. It sucks... but I don't think there's anything you can do to avoid it.
  3. Yesterday marks 7 weeks since my procedure and everyday I am noticing that the swelling continues to go down (revealing more/deeper indentations) but so far, at least, there is an improvement. I don't know if I would call it a 'significant' improvement, but it's an improvement. I'm really disappointed and having kind of a tough day today. Everyday you hope those are the real results but gradually the swelling continues to go down and the texture gets worse and worse. I kind of feel hopeless to
  4. Aquasea is not a dermatologist (I assume) or any other kind of expert or professional in this area. Therefore, take his/her advice for what it's worth. Don't wash your face for 2-4 weeks? Where do you get this stuff.
  5. I agree with Wynne's comment. You should probably start by seeing a dermatologist, if you haven't already. Before treating any scarring your acne should be under control, so if you haven't seen a dermatologist yet that's where you should start. As for coping, honestly I have found that detaching yourself from the importance or the signifiance of 'perfect' or 'normal' skin has been very helpful. Your mind can play tricks on you and make you believe that your skin condition makes you, as a perso
  6. I agree that these procedures are VERY expensive and do require a lot of downtime... both things that most people can't afford. I guess when I know my results I will be in a better position to say whether or not it has all been worth it. I wanted to let you know that today (which is day 32) I finally noticed that the rolling indentations on my one cheek have appeared slightly... not to the extent they were pre-procedure or even close to that (yet) but they're there. I'm not being unrealistic b
  7. I have mainly rolling scars on my cheeks/temples. I don't know how to classify it... it isn't severe, but it isn't mild so I guess it's somewhere in between. no_hope - I thought I knew what I was getting into, but now I'm not so sure. I guess I'll give it a few more weeks and we'll see... No changes otherwise since my last post. I'll report back in a week or so!
  8. Like I said above a couple of times - I'm still swollen. I had an invasive procedure called facetite also done and it has left me with a lot of lingering swelling and bruising. The pictures are coming, I promise.
  9. Actually I think my doctor wanted to do the opposite (ebrium on less severe areas, co2 on areas where I had acne scarring). I think the point is to minimize the risk - from what I understand there is more risks involved w/ using the Co2 so should not be used unnecessarily (i.e. on skin that isn't damaged/scarred).
  10. 29 days (or just over 4 weeks) post procedure. Those small tennis balls in my cheeks now feel like marbles, so that’s good I guess. Redness is still quite intense. Hyper pigmentation from pre-procedure is still there and seems to stand out even more now because it is a more intense shade of pink/red. Laser/grid marks have faded on my cheeks, but is still very noticeable by my mouth. I’m concerned about that spot. Numbness is improving, but still very much present in some areas. I can’t b
  11. So, you have acne primarily on your chin? Is it anywhere else? What is your dermatologist treating you with? How long have you been on that treatment? You might want to try the acne.org regimen. You can find lots of information about it on these boards. You should tell your dermatologist about your concerns and try and schedule an appointment asap to see what he/she might be able to suggest. They might have light/laser treatments that could have a much more rapid effect than a lot of other pr
  12. manduh

    None. Didn't get rid of flakes I went through a period a few months ago where my skin was VERY dry, Stupidly, I used this product for WEEKS hoping it would eventually help - I just continued to use more and more. Finally, I said enough is enough and I switched back to Cetaphil and in ONE application my flakes were GONE. I'm not sure what exactly changed about the formula, but I can tell you that it is not a good change
  13. Quick Update: 24 days post-surgery today. I don't know if I'm still swollen or not, so hesitant to report on final results still. I've seen others report way too soon and it is very misleading to people considering this procedure. I still have a lot of pain on my cheekbones and in the area where I was lasered. When I smile I still feel like I have small tennis balls in the apples of my cheeks so I'm not going to report on improvement until these side effects are gone just to be sure. Right no
  14. Sorry for the lack of updates. I wish I had more to report about my actual results but I’m still so swollen. I’m not sure what I can attribute all of this lingering swelling to – the facetite or the actual laser resurfacing. My cheek bones and the area where I have my scarring on my cheeks is still very sore, it feels almost like a really deep bruise. The redness is noticeable and I had one girl tell me it looks like I had a chemical peel done. Where my scars are I can see the red mark
  15. The procedure took just over an hour. I was under general anaesthetic so I really can’t say anything about the actual procedure or what was involved. I do remember waking up in the recovery room being very uncomfortable because there was an intense burning feeling on my face but the nurse would apply cool compresses and that made it feel a lot better. I remember catching a glimpse of myself in a mirror while I was still there and the nurse told me not to focus on how I looked but it was impo