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    Old 02-05-2002, 04:57 PM   #1
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    Who here has got Microdermabrasion? READ PLEASE

    Hey, I talked to my derm today and she said I can probably get microdermabrasion if I want. I have a few Q's for the people that have done it so far:

    1. How well did it work and did you see improvements after the first treatment? I have only red/brown marks but there are A LOT Of them and some very recent

    2. How many treatments do you need?

    3. did your skin peel really bad after or could I possibly go to school the next day or the same day? what are the after/side effects and how long do they last?

    4. Can you still get it even if you have active acne? (mine is not bad but I still get a few every few days, i'd say right under moderate)

    5. Is this better then a chemical peel?

    6. Anything else helpful, any info I can get please. Cost, length of treatements, number of treatments, etc... These red marks are killing me!

     
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    Old 02-05-2002, 11:04 PM   #2
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    hey what's up.... as you might have read, i got my first microderm treatment just this past monday... you might want to read all my previous posts... i explained my whole regimen and what i'm on right now...basically to summarize

    --- i am getting my microderm treatment at a cosmetic surgeon's office... i had to pay 100 bucks for the first treatment and now i get to pay 75 bucks for each future treatment (and the cool thing is that they offer you package deals... like i can get 8 sessions of microderm for 600 bucks!).... don't GO TO A HEALTH SPA ....go to a cosmetic surgeon..he has the most powerful microderm machine!!! i recommend iT... i have to thank Ryan.. (read his posts).. i think me and ryan are the ones on this board that have microderm experience among others.. i think Q-tip also.... anyway, i had shallow acne scars and alot of brown and red spots all around my face... trust me, after my first microderm treatment i was SHOCKED!! (i wasn't expecting any results!!) but when i looked in the mirror i was blown away... there was i would say 10 percent improvement!! and supposedly it gets much better, the more treatments you do.... i heard people who had 10 treatments who still had scars and i heard people who had 5 treatments and didn't have any scars!! but i can guarantee that it will HELP with the pigmentation!! one more thing, try to go to a place that will also start you on a multicream regimen...in other words, throw all the moisturizers that you bought at hte grocery store away...throw everytihng you use away... only use the stuff the cosmetic surgeon recommends... he knows best!! i am so lucky to find my microderm center... i work alongside a cometic surgeon and an aesthecian, so i get the best of both worlds!!! try to find one that has both....do plenty of research on finding a place.. (i spent a month researching on a place before i picked one!)....and get plenty of consultations. they are free at alot of places (i got three!!)....anyway, i do HIGHLY RECOMMEND microderm.. it's a quick fix and if used several times , you will see results...FORGET ordering creams and doing nothing ..the scars and the red marks won't go away like that...you have to do SOMETHING slightly invasive... oh yeah, you asked about chemical peels...that's more invasive.....i would start out with microderm treatments which is less invasive.....start with the least invasive and move up.... personally with microderm i like it better cause there is NO DOWN TIME!! your face will look like a pink /red sunburn and the only thing peopel ask the next day is why is your face so red... just tell them you went out in the sun... it goes away...the reason my face is so red right now is that i'm using this glycolic serum that is designed to regrow my skin and heal scars properly (more blood is going ot the face).....but your face doesnt become permanently red using microderm (i asked my cosmetic suergeon)...anyway, wiht a peel , you will be flaking all the time for a week.. with microderm, you only flake during the session adn the lady vacuums your skin up!! it's really COOL....anyway i hope this helps... i better go...good luck! ask other questions if oyu have any!

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    Old 02-05-2002, 11:17 PM   #3
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    thanks sweetie i really appreciate it. any other comments from people would be appreciated!

     
    Old 02-06-2002, 10:07 AM   #4
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    HI, I have had 12 microdermabrasion treatments, at first spaced one week apart and then two weeks apart.
    I don't think you will see that much improvement aftr one treatment.
    I had pretty aggressive treatments at a plastic surgeon's office also, I would say that I only saw about 5% - 8% improvement after the 12 treatments, but everyone is different. I have also had about 8 TCA chemical peels (20% peels) and I feel they work a lot better than the microdermabrasion. The chemical peels will actually make your skin peel for about four days. But I feel there is a lot more improvement in scarring and red marks than the microdermabrasion.
    You can have microdermabrasion if you still have acne, in my case: I broke out after my first few sessions of microdermabrasion, it must have been the exfoliation, and I also tend to break out a little after the peels also, however, for some people these procedures actually helps their acne.
    I would more likely prefer to have the chemical peel done, yes your face will peel for a few days, but I feel the results are a lot better than the microderambrasion.
    hope this helps you a little in making your decision.

     
    Old 02-06-2002, 10:49 PM   #5
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    hey annabelle, did you get microderm treatments with an underlying skin regimen?? i'm doing microderm treatment with a regimen (i'm on like 7 different skin creams/medications that is supposed to help me peel and exfoliate and regrow and heal skin)..... maybe that's why i'm seeing some better results.... did your face stay shiny after the microderm treatment or does the shine go away? i feel guilty.. i felt i got great results after my first treatment.. it was more than i expected..... maybe it's the fact that i'm using a regimen also with the microderm treatment... oh well.... do you still have scarring?? i'm curious cause i think i'll get some microderm and then some peels...

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    Old 02-07-2002, 02:15 PM   #6
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    hey Jamie, during my microdermabrasion treatments I was using LUSTRA cream, for the red marks and I was also using a high-potent vitamin C treatment. Additionally, during treatments I was also getting chemical peels, the microdermabrasion was to enhance the effects of the peels. I am glad you are seeing improvements already, I hope you continue to see improvements. In my case however, I felt that the peels were a lot more effective. I had managed to get rid of about 85% of my scarring (I did subcission, TCA peels, microdermabrasion and Vitamin C treatments), but I experienced a really horrible breakout a few months ago and now I have more scarring to work on. I decided to just do peels and continue using the Vitamin C, my doctor recommended I scrub my scars with an abrasive pad twice a week as he feels is works in a similar manner to microdermabrasion but without the expense.
    Can you tell me what kind of microdermabrasion you are having and how far apart the treatments are?

     
    Old 02-08-2002, 03:22 PM   #7
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    hey annabelle...sorry i couldn't reply earlier.. it's been so busy...regardless.... to answer your questions...

    ---- well , first of all i'm undergoing microderm under the "Power Peel" microderm machine.. i told the lady to set it to a really high setting and even though it was stinging, i told her to keep going.... it was painful, but no pain no gain eh?? anyway, i think the combo of the microderm and the fact that i'm on a regimen helps out... my regimen includes, cleanser, toner, "c-zone serum" (i thikn that's like cellex c??) , renew glycolic serum (it has glycolic, malic and lactic acids, and i'm also on Kojilac C plus Red RA REtin A cream....also i'm putting on Sunscreen (UVA blocker)....anyway, that's alot of cream on my face and my face turned rEALLY RED and started to peel after my microderm,,.. the surgeon said it was because of the glycolic serum and retin A...i hate it... i had to stop it for a day (today) cause my face got toooo red and it was PEELING so bad that i had to leave work early yesterday cause everybody started asking me, "WHAT HAPPENED TO YOUR FACE?!?!?!"... i was about to cry... it was so bad....but i'm going to go back on it and tell everybody to screw off...i only stopped cause i had to do a presentation today and wanted to look at least some kind of descent!!..but i really think it's the regimen that is helping more than the microderm to tell you the truth... but i did know a little improvement after i got my first microderm... hey , i'll take that!! they say you see more and more improvement, the more you get microderm...we'll see.. i think the reason i'm seeing some kind of improvement is the regimen....do you live in chicago?? cause if you do, i can totally recommend you this place.. i love it... they really are concerned about you....anyway, i better go... good luck to you and everybody!

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    Old 02-08-2002, 03:25 PM   #8
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    by the way, it's true it's true... i really appreciate you calling me "Sweetie".. i'm a guy... i really hope you are a girl.... heh heh... it's ok, jamie is a unisex name so i'll let it slide. <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/biggrin.gif">

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    Old 02-08-2002, 05:28 PM   #9
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    ah geez, I shoulda known that. my ex girlfriend's name is Jamie so I automatically assumed. however, my best friend's name is jamie and he's a guy <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/smile.gif"> sorry <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/smile.gif">

     
    Old 02-10-2002, 11:24 AM   #10
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    How long do you have to continue the treatment? Will the acne spots come back if you stop?

     
    Old 02-10-2002, 02:12 PM   #11
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    what do you mean about "acne spots"?? you mean the shallow scars?? well i dunno if they will come back... the person doing the microderm treatment kinda gave me an analogy of your skin like a lawn and your scars like patches in it .... she said that the more microderm treatment you get, the more it's taking a weedwacker and cutting your lawn... pretty soon, you'll get to the level of the acne scars and you won't notice it anymore.. i don't know if the scars come back... but hey, for a temporary fix, you can't go wrong i guess... hey, i'm just desperate right now.....like i said before, i'll take 10 percent improvement.

    -jamie

     
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