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Starlite

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  1. Honestly, you might benefit from TCA cross! At least 3 to see results. I see some improvement, but I would recommend TCA based on what I see.
  2. I never had my scar widen with TCA cross, I only ever saw no improvement or the scar grew smaller or more shallow. My scars only widened when I received laser or peels.
  3. I feel like people who are accusing this as being marketing have never seen before/after pics of TCA cross. Results can be this dramatic if done in a series. The lighting is kind of manipulative, but it could be true that the laser removed some of the hyperpigmentation.
  4. I would encourage you to do your own research. There are plenty of great recommendations on this sub for acne scarring, depending on the scar type, sometimes with pics. Of course, you can always just go with what your derm recommended. Good luck.
  5. Nope, no pics. I didn't get filler or punch excision. Most of my scars are rolling.
  6. I've both done TCA cross on myself (I would not recommend this. I was desperate!) and had it done with a doctor. I noticed that in certain areas there was more visible improvement than others. And it took AT LEAST two crosses before I started seeing improvement. So you would really need to commit to at least 3 before you noticed a difference. Of course, TCA cross supposedly only helps icepick scarring. You can always try it on boxcar if it makes a difference. If it were me and I wer
  7. It depends on your budget. Punch excision or elevation would be best for boxcar scars. At least see how TCA cross would work (3-6 sessions minimum). Honestly, your derm sounds like they don't have experience treating acne scarring if they're suggesting dermarolling to start. That's for superficial scarring imo.
  8. bump I'm honestly scared to get fractional CO2 done. I received that on a different part of my body and noticed loss of skin elasticity. I'm not sure if it's because of the location I received the laser, or if it's just not good for my skin type, but that convinced me not to try it again. That's a fairly common healing response. As scars get more superficial, they'll get wider. Did you notice this with TCA cross, or subcision? I was under the impression that more aggressive treatme
  9. I wouldn't, or at least, I would make sure that it's a specialty of that dermatologist. Maybe try the TCA cross for all scars. After the series is finished, your ice pick scars will be significantly better more than likely, and you can gauge how much it also helped the boxcar scars? That's what I would do, if you're worried about money. Because dermal grafting is expensive and comes with risks.
  10. Honestly, I would look into dermal grafting, or punch float/punch excision. Boxcar scars are very difficult to treat. The icepick scars would benefit from TCA Cross (you would need a series of at least 3-6).
  11. I want to get Mixto laser. I know Dr Rahimi offers it, but he is sooo expensive. Would it be worth going to him? Has anyone benefited from his treatments?
  12. These results are very impressive! I agree, try TCA cross again!
  13. Dr. Raffy in Santa Monica did them. He combined TCA cross with a laser. I see at LEAST 50% improvement after about three treatments (for me, this is a Godsend because nothing seemed to help my damaged pores). I was concerned about volume loss, but that seems to have gone away a month later. Also, for anyone struggling with enlarged pores, I would recommend Niacinamide + Zinc, Revolution brand has a version that's cruelty-free. Also, look into double cleansing!!
  14. Please find someone who will try TCA cross!! I would recommend that above phenol peel. I recently went to a doctor who provided very positive results for damaged pores. I had some complications, but it might be worth it to you still. Do you want me to send you a pm? The doctor is near LA. lmao!!! I remember when Dr. Rullan charged $350 for subcision. Considering his treatments do not seem to yield more than at most ~20% improvement, his new pricing seems excessive.
  15. Bump! Anyone else? Please let me know if you had a positive experience with a laser!! Thank you. <3
  16. Yeah, I agree! I've had a total of 6 subcision treatments over the years and I agree, it has resulted in the absolute best improvement for my scarring. They're still there, but not nearly as bad. I see that subcision combined with filler is now popular on this board and I kind of wish I had had the $$ to do that years ago. At this point, I would probably just get subcision combined with fat transfer. I live in CA, too! Who is the doctor? I don't mind sending you a pm if you'd
  17. Thank you! I remember people posting mixed results about the procedure here. It was pretty expensive at the time. Do you mind if I ask where your doctor is located? I'll definitely look into it. Yeah, I think improvement with needling really depends on skintype. It's annoying that spas and doctors tote it as being amazing and charge so much for it. I tried Halo and it was just okay. Similar results to Fraxel Restore imo.
  18. I'm a veteran member of this board and have tried a variety of treatments. Recently, I had a treatment that caused some fat/volume loss. I asked the doctor a couple of times about my concern this might happen, and he assured me he wouldn't go to a depth where it would be a problem. Anyway, I'm thinking of getting fat transfer/grafting now. I need to lose some weight first though. In the meantime, I'd like to try laser treatments. I mean, I might as well, especially since I plan to g
  19. Yeah I think you got TCA cross and peel mixed up.
  20. Thank you! I called for a quote and he charges $600 per TCA treatment. I’m scared to get it done with just anyone though! Another location had a PA who had been doing it for about a year.
  21. It's okay, luckily that just comes with getting older, too. I've thought about getting fat transfer to my face, but I'd like to get more treatments first (i.e. laser and subcision). I also want to lose weight before I do this. Yeah, I don't think Halo is worth it if you have medium to deep scarring. And sorry, I don't know who to recommend. There were doctors recommended in this forum, but I'm not sure if they're still practicing. I would highly recommend going to a pla
  22. It was the Sciton Profractional Laser. Unfortunately, it caused some fat/volume loss. But people commented that my skin looked smoother a few months later. The loss of volume was devastating though so I’ll never get that laser again. I don’t remember seeing much improvement from the Halo. I would guess then maybe 10%? I’ve had more improvement from subcision. And sadly, I had a pimple when I received the treatment that became permanently raised. It’s not too noticeable, but now I’m con
  23. Sorry, I didn't see your reply. I thought it was just okay. Better than Fraxel, but not as much improvement as with Sciton. I think it cost me $1000 and I definitely wouldn't pay that much again.
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