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About johnchlebeck

  • Birthday 12/05/1973

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    St. Paul, MN
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  1. I'm sorry to hear about your misfortune. Unfortunately, I don't have any useful advice. I don't have any experience with pigmentation issues, but I'm sure there is somebody here who will have a better answer. I wish you lots of luck with your search, though.
  2. I am a bit skeptical about this. From what I read, it is a hyaluronic acid (HA) product that you apply to the surface of your skin. HA is the same stuff that is in Restylane and other fillers, and people have mentioned that Restylane that is injected at the wrong depth will be absorbed very quickly and the effects will disappear. Then again, it seems like it is relatively inexpensive, so maybe give it a go and see what happens. Even if it gives a marginal improvement, it would be worth it at
  3. I think maybe you can do both. It seems like a lot of the procedures that are effective with acne scars - fraxel, fillers, needling, subscision, grafting - don't have a lot of down time. Maybe you could take a couple of weeks off and have something done, and still do something that you love to do. You only get so many summers in your lifetime, you know?
  4. Hi. I have been looking into this too, and recently self-injected Restylane. Here are my thoughts...you have probably heard most of this if you have been doing research here, but might as well put it all together. -Radiesse lasts about twice as long as Restylane, so that is good - unless you make a mistake. I made some mistakes with my Restylane, and I was relieved afterward that it will only last a few months at most. I would recommend starting with something more short-lived. You could h
  5. Hi. You can read about my experience here: http://www.acne.org/messageboard/index.php...20&start=20
  6. Hi all. I just wanted to give an update on my PDT treatments. I just had my fourth treatment today. After the first treatment, which I described about a month ago, my skin stayed somewhat dark (tanned-looking) for a couple of weeks afterward. I couldn't get back to the clinic for three weeks because of work and stuff. Following that, I have had three more treatments spaced one week apart as recommended by the derm. My second treatment was a little lighter. Since I was experiencing a littl
  7. maybe start with less expensive treatments, and by the time you are out of college and working they might have much better options to spend your hard-earned money on...
  8. My doctor recommended this product to help healing from photodynamic therapy and prevent hyperpigmentation. Has anyone used this product? What did it do for you?
  9. Hi. Yep, I've been struggling with depression for a long time too. I've been seeing a therapist for the last year, and that really seems to help me. Not only does it provide a place to talk openly about my deepest secrets and personal emotions, but my therapist has also helped me to see things from another perspective, to understand the roots of my emotions to some degree and to start to reprogram my thinking a little. It is not easy, but it has helped gradually over time. Anti-depressants
  10. I own some stock in a company that just started going into production on a technology that generates stem cells from fat (adipose) tissue. This company is called Cytori Therapuetics - look it up, it's interesting. They have shown in research that autologous fat transfers last longer when infused with adipose-derived stem cells. I'm not sure if it is a permanent fix, but it seems promising to me. Unfortunately, the technology is not yet approved in the US.
  11. I'm with you on this one Willow. I think it is really confusing. Different people have posted different links to products, and sometimes you might have read over hundreds of pages of stuff, and then you try to go back and you can't remember where the link was or the recommendation. A lot of the links for saline also required a prescription if I remember correctly. I found out yesterday, though, that it is better to search for sodium chloride than for saline.....
  12. I have one of these in my closet. I was using it for about a week, and my skin did feel smoother and looked better (not effect on scars but exfoliation). However, I'm pretty sure it caused me to break out fairly severely, which was enough for me to stop using it. I would say if your skin isn't acne-prone anymore then it should be fine. I bought some TCA that I may start to use in the future to exfoliate. I've had good results with a glycolic acid peel that someone on here recommended too -