Suggestions on Fraxel Co2 Acne Scars - Boca Raton, FL

I have suffered for About 15 years with severe...

I have suffered for About 15 years with severe cystic acne, I am 28 going in 29, acne has ruined my skin and I have deep scarring, I also seemed to have lost fat in my left cheek where the acne was the worst and have the sunken look.

I actually went to a doctor today in Boca Raton, FL. And left feeling worse then how I went in. I was told I need far injections in my face first, then fraxel co2 and then! Dermabrasion. I then told the doctor I refused to be out to sleep or do surgery, he suggested, mosaic laser 4 treatments, sculptra and his special cream he created...

I do understand why he suggested the fillers, however I felt it was rather backwards to say do fillers first then laser, then derm abrasion, seems a bit much...

I will be going to at least 3 more consultations, before I decide on my treatment....

Any suggestions, advice?? Will provid pictures if asked...

Dealing with acne and now acne scars is very depressing and makes me very insecure.... I would love to just feel pretty.. I know everyone says I am, but to see it myself, is my dream...

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Hi! I had acne scars like yours, sorry I don't have any pictures. I had Obagi Blue Peel, that killed my acne for about 2 years but did not remove deep scars. In May 2012, I had Laser Mixto CO2 done to my cheeks, and the results are amazing!!! My scars used to be deep like yours, and now you can barely see them. I would say it improved my scars about 50-60% which is great for 1 treatment!!! Just the downtime is a turn off, but it's sooo worth it!!!
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How much did the obagi blue peel cost and what was the down time? And how much was the co2?? Was it painful? I just started to break out again ugh!! I want a good doctor to help fix my skin! I'm sick of pounding makeup on to feel ok.. I reallyyyy appreciate your comment... And 50-60% improvement is amazing an I'd be beyond happy with those results...
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Hi again! Yeah, I sooo understand how you feel. Well, the Obagi Blue Peel costed me 600 dlls. but some Drs. will charge about 450, 500, etc. I think mine was a deeper peeling, like a double base or something like that, it's been since 2006, I can't remember that far, but it did kill my acne for about 2 years, and it helped with the skin color, to remove ugly brown patches from the breakouts. So in 2010, I took "Accutane" a real strong drug to kill your acne, my Dr. prescribed it for 2 months only, a small dose of 20mg. It killed my acne completely. Then I had 2 light chemical peels, and for 2 years using MERMAMELAN TREATMENT cream, that it removes dead cells daily. Anyway, so I got tired of just using creams to remove pigmentation, I wanted "the real deal" something strong that would remove those awful "deep scars", so I decided to get Mixto co2 Laser. Since I only have scars on my cheeks, my technician said she would go very light on the rest of the face, and on the cheeks she would go very aggressive. The pain for the laser was mild, almost no pain, the only turn off is that you must wear tons of vaseline day and night for 7-10 days. Ok, for 10 days, I can deal with that, but the biggest turn off is that your face will stay really dark red for about 6-8 weeks. So you got to be mentally prepared for that, you got to program your brain that for 2 months, you got to deal with the insecurity problems. Anyway, my face healed fine, no complications, it just took 2 months for the redness to completely go away. That's all, but seriously.....IT IS SOOO WORTH IT!!!! It's been 8 months since I had it done, my face looks so pretty, rosy color, no dark patches, it has such a beautiful natural glow, but I still have some acne scars that are deep. The cost for OBAGI blue peel was 600 dlls. Cost for Mixto Laser was 1,200 Dlls. **If you decide to take ACCUTANE to end your acne, you must wait a whole year to have Mixto laser done to your face, or it will make your skin turn dark. But any clinic that u go, if you decide to go for the laser, they will ask you if you have taken ACCUTANE before, and when, etc. I think that's the name of it, I hope I spelled it right, sorry, in hurry here.....hehe!
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The downtime for the Obagi Blue Peel was just 1 week, after a week, you can go back to your normal life!!!
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And it helped with cystic deep acne, the kind you can't really see but can feel? And what about the reoccurring cyst that always come back in the sameeee spots? I think I'll look into getting that before the laser treatment..... Thanks a lot for your responses
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I'm so happy for your that you had such great results, have you thought of ding fillers for the remaining scars.... I'm going to look into the laser and the peel. I don't break out nearly as much as I use to... Baking soda seems to speed up the healing time on acne cyst. So mixto is better in your opinion than fraxel co2
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Yes, I agree with you, I think you should start with a few chemical peels (like the obagi blue peel, or vi peel,etc.) And after 2 or 3 peels, discuss with your doctor about the laser procedure. I think the only difference between Fraxel co2 and Mixto co2 is just the name brand, but they are both "co2". I got Mixto cuz that's what my Doctor has. I did that cystic acne, and that Obagi blue peel made it go away for a good while.
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Hi Jennifer! I have scarn in my cheeck (L and R) I tried for years peelings and creams but i had no succed.....I am Brazilian and I am in Brazil now taking some vacation, I looked for a doctor to help me and, finaly I found a treatment which helped me. Realy I saw the great result, more that i was thinking. I had No Ablative Erbium Laser, my scarns now are soft they almost desapear, my skin is so smoot , I just Loved! My doctor here told me that I will need to have more 2 or 3 times to see my skin 95%, but I got just 1 and I am so happy! I will come back to U.S. in 20 days ( I live in NJ), I want to continuos it and I have to find a doctor to continuos my laser there. I hope that u find a good doctor and see great results, acne scarns are so bad we know this! Good luck! :)
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Hello, what is the name of the treatment you are doing that helped your scars so much? I would love to see pictures and have more info thanks a lot!
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@ lorebrusa: hi! I would like to know what treatment you are using, what's the name of it? And where do you get it done at? Please share with us! We want to remove awful acne scars too!
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