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  1. Exoderm is another name for a phenol peel, of which there are several types. Phenol chemabrasion uses a weaker concentration of phenol and adds the dermabrasion, so there's a difference. The possibility of hypopigmentation is something to take into account, then, particularly for darker skin types. I have fair skin so it's less of an issue. As for CO2 and dermabrasion, based on reviews it seems the key is to find a doctor who will be aggressive enough to penetrate deeply enough into the
  2. Yes, southern California, near the Mexican border. Apparently the first week after the procedure is intense -- the face swells up to where you probably won't be able to chew, and you may not be able to see. The skin is literally melted off of the face. But this process looks promising.
  3. Sets one and two seem basically to be shot in the same lighting, particularly number two -- you can see that the second patient's ice pick scars were improved substantially, with some of them gone completely. In fact, the sets where the lighting is inconsistent show less improvement, not more, though that's possibly because their scarring was less severe. I'm going to contact this doctor to learn more. I did a search and apparently he's received mixed reviews here -- he's either kind and carin
  4. Apparently the concentration of phenol used for this procedure is substantially less than for traditional phenol peeling, which decreases some of the risks, such as loss of pigmentation. I'm particularly impressed by the first before and after photo, because my scarring is essentially the same as the patient's was, though you can tell that he has a few ice pick scars that weren't leveled and the skin is still a little uneven. Still, it shows substantial improvement, more than I've seen for las
  5. Has anyone tried phenol chemabrasion for acne scarring? It is a technique invented by a Dr Rullan in Chula Vista, CA. It involves applying phenol, a deep peeling agent, followed soon after by dermabrasion and another application of phenol. I'm considering having this done for boxcar and ice pick scars and would like to hear any feedback. Below are some before and after pictures from Rullan's website -- they look promising. The site is www.drrullan.com.
  6. Hello, I am wondering whether it's ever been the case that icepick and//or boxcar scars that have been unresponsive to 100% TCA CROSS respond well to lower concentrations, eg 80% CROSS. Has this ever been anyone's experience here, or if 100% proves ineffective does this rule out the technique as a whole? Thanks.
  7. I'm resurrecting this question. Does anyone have advice?
  8. I recently had a 30% tri-layered TCA peel for rolling scars that had been resistant to less intensive treatments, and while I can finally say that the scars have been radically reduced (80%, factoring in skin memory) I am left with light-moderate PIH that did not fade after two weeks as with previous, lower-strength peels — so in that sense the peel was a bit much on my skin. I'm wondering whether I could safely use a glycolic, lactic or salicylic peel to deal with the PIH, and if so how long a
  9. Hello, I have been using 20% TCA peels more or less monthly for half a year now in conjunction with copper peptides and a lactic and salicylic acid exfoliant. I have seen marked improvement in skin texture and complexion, but have not seen satisfactory reduction in rolling scarring on my cheeks. It has been my experience that my skin is resilient: I rarely see irritation of any kind from topicals, various glycolic peels and 12.5% TCA didn't give me any peeling, and TCA CROSS only results in
  10. Hello there, I am in the process of treating some icepicks with TCA CROSS, and while I've seen improvement with scars formed in the last 1-2 years, some 3-5 year old scars are proving very resistant. I'm wondering what might happen if I were to break the scar tissue down in these resistant scars with single needling and then, several days to a week later, applied TCA CROSS. Does anyone know from experience or third-party evidence whether this could yield good results?
  11. Hello, I'm wondering if there is any one particular type of low or moderate-strength chemical peel that would work well for the removal (or serious reduction) of PIH and boxcar and rolling scars. I have PIH and those two scar types across my face, as well as a number of icepick scars, and while I sense that TCA Cross may be the best route for dealing with the latter sort of scarring for the former I do wonder if there is a specific sort of chemical peel that will yield good results, perhaps ove
  12. Hello, I am planning to treat a number of icepick scars on my face with the TCA Cross method as well as treat some lesser facial scarring and redness with some sort of chemical peel -- conceivably a light TCA peel, though if a gentler peel (glycolic?) will suffice I'll go with that. Recently I had one session of needling performed by a dermatologist which had somewhat pleasant results -- my face is a bit more vibrant, and a number of my icepick scars filled in perhaps halfway -- however result
  13. Thank you both. Yes, there is a dermatologist in my area who offered to do needling combined with subcission as (or if) needed. Let's hope she is adept at both...! Thanks again.
  14. Hello, Could someone else give me advice on which process(es) to do first, if I am to stick with the plan of peel and needling/subcission? You see I am not clear as to whether a peel following needling/subcission for instance (and that could mean, say, several months afterwards) would 'undo' the healing of the ice pick scars; my sense is that a peel first followed after some time by subcission + needling would be fine, but I want to know because my skin has over time healed to a point where a f