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lovelyk
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posted 02-14-2003 12:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for lovelyk     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Has anyone had any actual luck with helping/covering acne scars?
I have tried microdermabasion, which I do NOT reccommend! It just made scars worse and is very costly!
I am considering fat injections, dermblend cosmetics... I am just so frustrated with my face and not sure what to do next
anyone have any luck?

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posted 02-14-2003 02:09 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for EMMANUEL     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I've been doing a lot of research on this topic lately. I'm supposed to have dermabrasion( regular, not micro, and now I'm getting scared.Some people have said bad things, and some good, but I think I need to make the decision based on my own feelings.

Basically, everyone is different--they have different skin color, tone, scars, and healing properties which all can affect the outcome of a scar revision, and ultimately determine which scar revision method is the right one for YOU.

If you're dark complexioned, it limits the typed of revisions you can have due to hyper/hypo pigmentation.

I don't know what kind of scars you have or what your skin color is, so I hesitate to give any definitive advice.

What you should do is a lot of research, and decide which one you think you can handle emotionally, and which would give you the best results. One caution, do not think your skin will turn out flawless, barring a miracle, you will only see improvement in your scars. If you haev unrealistic expectations, you'll be disappointed, and should wait until you're more realistic to undergo a procedure.

Finally, go on some consultations to see what plastic surgeons think is the best remedy for your skin type and damage.

HTH

P.S.-Do a search on this board for acne scars--there are plenty of relevant posts, with people who have actually tried different things. Good Luck, and God bless

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May you have enough happiness to make you sweet, enough trials to keep you strong, enough sorrow to keep you human, and enough hope to keep you happy.

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posted 02-14-2003 02:31 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for lovelyk     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks Emma for your advice!
I have also been doing alot of research of this as well. I haven't relly had any luck though, I am sad to say. I have considered fat injections, but from what I hear they are not permenent. I feel that anything I am goin to do must be permenent, what is the point of looking good for a short period only to feel worse when the effects dissapear?
Lasers were not effective or perment either. Different surgeons reccommend different techniques.
I am just so mind boggled, I was looking for any feedback from anyone who has tried anything!!

Thanks Emma for your feedback!!

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posted 02-14-2003 02:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for lovelyk     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Emma, by the way good luck with your procedure!!!
Let us know how it goes

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posted 02-14-2003 02:37 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for EMMANUEL     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Glad I could help.

You've tried laser? What kind of scars do you have?

It is really absurd that they can't find a way to effectively get rid of scars. I'm sure they're trying, because they know they can make a ton of money if they do.

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posted 02-14-2003 02:38 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for EMMANUEL     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for your good luck, but I may cancel--for now. I'm just not sure what I should do.

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lovelyk
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posted 02-14-2003 02:53 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for lovelyk     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Emma, I kmow how you feel. I had an appoitment for fat injections today!! I cancelled last minute because I wanted more time to consider more permanent procedures. I am now feeling depressed thinking that some of these terrible looking scars could be gone right now, even if it was for a short while.
I have somewhat deep crater scars from cystic acne and I feel gross everytime I look in the mirror
I have tried collagen stimulating lasers which dont have as much down time, but are supposed to give results (not true)

I am beginning to think that nothing really works indefinately. You are right any doctor that finds a cure for this will be loaded!!

Thanks Emma, looks like we are in similar situations!

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posted 02-14-2003 09:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for bruinguy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have an indented scar. It's horrible. I just have a question for you guys: how do we get these indented scars? I doubt it came from a single zit.

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posted 02-15-2003 08:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for OursFan     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
From what I've learned, indented scars (also known as rolling scars) usually come from loss of collagen from the inflammation that acne (usually cystic) causes.

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posted 02-15-2003 11:20 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for EMMANUEL     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hi, I know what you mean about cancelling. I feel like I did the right thing bc I have doubts, but I wonder what if...

The fat injections last a little while longer than collagen from what I understand--I think it's worth a try as long as you're not afraid of the risks involved. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I don't think there are really any risks to fat injection. At least you know you'll see results--even if it's for only a short time. I was scared I wasn't going to see any results, or end up with huge pores and/or more scarring. I'm just not ready to take that risk right now!I'm thinking about doing the fat injections. Subcison sounds promising as well.

I guess you have to look around; maybe you'll find something better.

Right now, I'm just grateful that my skin is clear, and that my scars aren't worsr, bc they could be so much worse. I see people who have more/ worse scarring than me and I feel so bad for them.Then, I feel like a scmu*k for beating myself up over my scars when it could be so much worse.

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posted 02-16-2003 11:24 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for lovelyk     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hi Emma and all,
Fat injections seemed like a perfect solution! The only risks were that your body would absorb all the fat and you would be left with no results! This woould occur over a 3-6month time period. So in the mean time it would like great! Your face is swollen and bruised for three days or so(no big deal) and there is a risk to infection (as with eveything else) but the risk is much lower than any other procedure. There is a very small chance that the fat would harden aND who knows how that would be taken care of?
My concern were that if my body absorbed the fat after thre months, would that leave me more depressed than I am now? I would be soo estactic intiallty only to watch the results dissapear? I thought that would be too mentally draining.
Who knows i am still considering options though
How about subcision? Is that the procedure that leaves a much smaller scar in place of the one you have?
It is a never ending quest - I dont think there is a definite solution _YET!!!

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posted 02-16-2003 12:02 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for smg36     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hello...Earlier this year I used Neutrogena's Visibly Even moisturizer. It worked WONDERS!!! My acne scars dissappeared in about 6 weeks time. It doesn't do anything for actual acne, but is great for getting rid of acne scars. The label says "Reduces the appearance of blotchiness and uneven skin discolorations" I stopped using this product not because I didn't love it but because I wanted to find a product to get rid of my acne as well. (keep in mind that I didn't find this product to CAUSE acne at all, it's not acnegenic) Hope this helps you all.

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posted 02-25-2003 01:55 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Cypris55     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hey LovelyK,

I've done microdermabrasion too. And you're right, its a waste of money. It worked for me as far as getting rid of the scars, but it was temporary. Then it triggered my acne all over again. Then a friend of mine recommended something to me that worked WONDERS!! Go to a Filipino or Asian Market and ask for Likas Papaya Herbal Soap and Sebo de Macho behind the counter. It should only cost about $2 for the soap and $1.50 for the Sebo de Macho. I washed my face twice a day with the Likas soap and I slept with Sebo de Macho all over my face. I saw a BIG BIG BIG difference after 1 month and after 2 months, my depressed scars were COMPLETELY gone and my skin tone on my face was becoming more and more even. I don't use sebo de macho anymore but I use the Likas soap for maintenance. It's great for active acne too. I havent had another breakout since I've been using it.

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posted 04-21-2003 02:33 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for TimesUp     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
smg36

I've gotten a few scars on my leg out of no where, and I was wondering do you think the Neutrogena skin product you used for your acne scars would work on my scars?

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posted 04-21-2003 09:58 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for scudboy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
cypris.. u got me very interested in the sebo de macho and soap. what does the soap do? is it for acne? how bout pore and oil reduction?

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posted 04-21-2003 10:31 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for PanhandleofthePark     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
[QUOTE]Originally posted by smg36:
[B]Hello...Earlier this year I used Neutrogena's Visibly Even moisturizer. It worked WONDERS!!! My acne scars dissappeared in about 6 weeks time. It doesn't do anything for actual acne, but is great for getting rid of acne scars. The label says "Reduces the appearance of blotchiness and uneven skin discolorations" (end quote)

What are you calling scars? Are you calling red marks, discolorations, uneven skin tone scarring? I think most people agree that those types of marks will eventually fade with any number of over the counter type products...even doing nothing will eventually fade them.
But...deep, pitted, injured skin scarring is a whole other matter. Ice pick scars, similar to deep holes or "broken" pores, are also notoriously resistant to treatment. These types of scars need more invasive procedures to revise and are not affected by topical products; quite the contrary...they can be made worse by removing the top edges and layer of skin and making the largest part of scar even more visible. I think it's very important to distinguish between discolored skin and red marks and deeply injured scarred skin. Big difference in treatment and outcome.

[This message has been edited by PanhandleofthePark (edited 04-21-2003).]

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