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  1. Just a week ago I had my 5th affirm treatment. This time, my dr used the new Affirm MultiPlex Laser which combines the 1440 nm with a 1320 nm pulse. The latter can go deeper. I believe he set the fluency at 2. I've noticed a 20 to 30% improvement in the depth of my scars so far. My dr. says he'll do one more treatment, i.e. a 6th, using the Affirm MultiPlex. After the 6th, he said we should wait a few months to see if he needs to use another laser like the Matisse. 3 treatments alone seem lik
  2. I've had 4 affirms since December 17 and have noticed about a 20% improvement in my moderate scarring. I have one more to go next week. I hope to continue seeing results, though.
  3. Hydroquinone is pretty strong stuff even though you can only get 5% hq cream. Try some test spots b/c its not really meant for sensative skin. FYI: 3 months later, I'm on my third Affirm Laser treatment and I've had some good result with it so far. I have moderate scarring and they're more rolling scars with a few ice picks. It's actually helped my pigmentation even out.
  4. Hey SFS, I think you started before all of us. How many treatments have you had so far and how is it going?
  5. Hi SFS, On Monday (tomorrow) I'm going for my third treatment. I saw improvement since my second treatment, so I'm hoping to continue seeing improvement after my third. However, for some reason, three weeks into a treatment, I see some acne flare-up which subsides in about 1 1/2 weeks. It's not bad, but it's only on the treated areas ... After that I don't get any other acne. Strange but true Pakifairy, how are you doing with the Affirm?
  6. I just use an OTC neutrogena moisturizer. Has your regular acne increased at all? I'm not certain, but I think I'm getting a little more acne then usual.
  7. Congrats on the results... I'm using an over-the-counter moisturizer, but my skin's the opposite, if I don't moisturize then I break out. I have dry skin...
  8. I don't peel as much as that, but then again, I moisturize twice a day. My 3rd session is in 4 weeks and hopefully I can continue to see improvement. How're you looking?
  9. Pakifairy, did you find-out what setting the doctor is using?
  10. The settings are measured in joules. Maybe you can ask her what the highest setting is and then ask what yours was... From what I've been told, one should wait about 3 months after the last treatment for any chemical peel or facial filler. Currently, I'm using a prescription sulfur cleanser and duac gel (bp) for spot treatment. I cant use the duac gel while I'm on this procedure and I have to wait two days before I start cleansing again with my cleanser. I've been told that I should see improv
  11. I've recently had a second treatment with the Affirm Laser and haven't noticed much of a difference. I have olive skin and moderate acne scarring mostly on my left cheek. The setting for both procedures was at 2.5. My dr. says that we'll likely go as high as three. Does anyone have any more info?? We've also got another thread started on this topic: Scar treatments>Affirm Laser?
  12. It might be a good idea to ask what setting you're on. Also, did you get any numbing cream for your face. I got some even though I think it's not necessary, it's mostly for extra comfort...
  13. I've had 2 laser treatments with the Affirm and it's normally not recommended that any other procedures, other than a microderm, are performed... That's just been my experience.
  14. I've had 2 procedures so far with the Affirm Laser by Cynosure and I haven't had any hyperpigmentation. Given our olive skin, the doctor will usually test a few spots on the face before treating all of the face. Make sure the spot treatments are in key locations on the face. 1 spot should be on an area with facial hair, another spot should be on an area without facial hair, and another spot should be on an active acne lesion... My doctor waited three weeks after the test spots to start the proce
  15. My experience has been that the redness (erythema) starts to subside within 5 hours and is 95% gone after 24 hours. My skin flakes a bit after 4 or 5 days and stays slightly swollen for 4 or 5 days as well. Both procedures were set at 2.5 j/cm2, 4 weeks apart. What was your setting? BTW, my derm. is named Dr. Kassir...