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Old 12-04-2003, 08:28 PM   #1
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non-ablative laser surgery for acne scars

Hi all:

I'm about 2 months off accutane now and my derma has been telling me
that I need non-ablative laser surgery if I want to get rid of my
scars. By scars, he meant the pitted areas on my face. By the way, to
everyone out there who pick and squeeze their pimples, DON'T!!!
especially if you're on accutane. Before accutane, I used to be able
to get away with it, but the areas that I picked while on Accutane,
the scars are still here. Your skin IS MORE sensitive. I know you
hear it all time, but hear it again anyway. It's true. DON'T PICK!

Anyway, he said that this type of laser is really safe because it
treats scars from the inside-out. So, it's ok to do it even though
I'm only 2 months off accutane. He also said that if I wait, the
scars will be harder to fill up, so I should do it as early as
possible. I think I'm going to do it. I don't want craters on my
face. Basically, this type of laser surgery just creates some sort of
heat on your face and stimulates collagen growth. It doesn't take
away your skin and I read on the web that it doesn't have much side
effects, maybe a little redness that goes away in a few hours. Sounds
safe enough if you can get it so quickly after accutane.

What do you think? Has any of you heard or did this?

 
Old 12-04-2003, 09:19 PM   #2
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Re: non-ablative laser surgery for acne scars

Yea these are the new IPL treatments. Personally I would wait but if that is his recomendation go with it. You are not presently on accutane so it should be "ok". There are some risks. If you have darker skin you are more prone to them. It can also cause hair loss depending on the heat it generates. Each model and setting is diff.

 
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Old 12-05-2003, 08:00 PM   #3
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Re: non-ablative laser surgery for acne scars

Quote:
Originally Posted by accu
Hi all:

I'm about 2 months off accutane now and my derma has been telling me
that I need non-ablative laser surgery if I want to get rid of my
scars. By scars, he meant the pitted areas on my face. By the way, to
everyone out there who pick and squeeze their pimples, DON'T!!!
especially if you're on accutane. Before accutane, I used to be able
to get away with it, but the areas that I picked while on Accutane,
the scars are still here. Your skin IS MORE sensitive. I know you
hear it all time, but hear it again anyway. It's true. DON'T PICK!

Anyway, he said that this type of laser is really safe because it
treats scars from the inside-out. So, it's ok to do it even though
I'm only 2 months off accutane. He also said that if I wait, the
scars will be harder to fill up, so I should do it as early as
possible. I think I'm going to do it. I don't want craters on my
face. Basically, this type of laser surgery just creates some sort of
heat on your face and stimulates collagen growth. It doesn't take
away your skin and I read on the web that it doesn't have much side
effects, maybe a little redness that goes away in a few hours. Sounds
safe enough if you can get it so quickly after accutane.

What do you think? Has any of you heard or did this?
i heard u should wait 6months and that 50% of your scars on accutane fill up naturally over that time period, it's just what i've heard though; many derms are dumbasses, do you think yours is?

 
Old 12-05-2003, 08:27 PM   #4
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Re: non-ablative laser surgery for acne scars

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i heard u should wait 6months and that 50% of your scars on accutane fill up naturally over that time period, it's just what i've heard though; many derms are dumbasses, do you think yours is?

I mentioned the whole 6 months waiting time to him and he said that this laser is different. It doesn't hurt your skin on the outside. All it does is promote collagen production from the inside, so it doesn't affect the skin on the outside. I think what you're thinking of is CO2 laser which is an ablative laser and it scrapes away the top layer. The non-ablative laser doesn't scrape away the top skin layer. I don't think my doctor is a dumbass or else I would've stop seeing him...let alone contemplate laser with him.

 
Old 12-06-2003, 12:36 AM   #5
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Re: non-ablative laser surgery for acne scars

I see with Dr Tony Chu at Hammersmith Hospital, London. He is a famous derm/surgeon and he told me that non-ablative lasers can be used on Accutane patients straight after they come off Accutane. Non-ablative being like NLite, IPL etc.

 
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