28 Years Old, Much Needed Treatment for Acne Scarring. - Manhattan, NY

I suffered from cystic acne as a teen, and was...

I suffered from cystic acne as a teen, and was left with scars that have bothered me for my entire adulthood. I am a doctor, now in residency to be a dermatologist. I treat skin every day. It was horrible for me to see my own scars and want to hide my face, especially in a career where skin is the focus. I found myself trying to cover my scars with makeup, which only made them worse due to the "shadow" effect, especially in the sun. I decided I did not want to live with this insecurity and "ugly" feelings. I tried Fraxel treatments and fillers over the years, wasting thousands of dollars on treatments that frankly didn't work. Then I had my consult with Dr. Antell.

Dr. Antell was kind, reassuring, and brilliant. He explained to me all of my treatment options. He explained why dermabrasion was right for me, what I should expect, how it works, and how I would heal. His office staff as well as his nursing staff were the most friendly people I have met in a medical office (and I am a doctor saying so myself). They scheduled me for the procedure right away, knowing I had to go back to work in a few weeks. They worked with my schedule and I was constantly emailed or called before the procedure to see if I had any questions or concerns. It felt like hotel-doctor-service.

The day of my procedure, Dr. Antell introduced me to everyone in his OR (he has a duplex office with a wonderful sterile OR right in the same building, very convenient). He kept me calm, and also talked to me with genuine interest about my family and career. He gave me instructions on how to care for my skin after the procedure.

I did not feel a thing during the dermabrasion. I was numbed adequately, and my pain was managed perfectly. I followed Dr. Antell's instructions all week after my procedure, and I was also contacted by his nurse via phone call and email daily to make sure I was doing okay. I followed up in one week, and the results were magnificent.

I am writing this review after my one-week followup. My scars are gone. My skin is a light pink in the areas that were treated, but it looks like a mild sunburn. My swelling is gone. I had mild pain for only one day following the procedure, which was well controlled with extra-strength tylenol. I otherwise had no discomfort all week. It was incredible to see my skin heal more and more each day, and to have smooth, scar-free skin on my face. Dr. Antell's technique is the best you'll find in NY. Though you might call the procedure expensive, in the end it is the best investment you'll make. Rather than spending somewhere around $1000 per Fraxel treatment (and I had 4 of these treatments done with no effect), you can have your scars repaired (as best as they can be) with just one dermabrasion treatment. It is more than worth it.

Dr. Antell gave me my confidence back. His skill at dermabrasion, in my opinion as a skin doctor, is unparalleled elsewhere. On top of that, he is kind, genuine, honest, and brilliant. He cares for you as a person and as a patient. His staff is polite, friendly, and responsible. I never had to wait for my appointments--in fact, I showed up early and was seen early. I recommend Dr. Antell with no reservations. Trust me, I'm also a doctor. I am so grateful.
Manhattan Plastic Surgeon

5 out of 5 stars Overall rating
5 out of 5 stars Doctor's bedside manner
5 out of 5 stars Answered my questions
5 out of 5 stars After care follow-up
5 out of 5 stars Time spent with me
5 out of 5 stars Phone or email responsiveness
5 out of 5 stars Staff professionalism & courtesy
5 out of 5 stars Payment process
5 out of 5 stars Wait times
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Hello, I am new to this website. I have acne scars on both of my cheeks due to acne in my early stages of my life. I heard a lot of great reviews on this doctor. And the doctor that I want to go to is getting bad reviews, I do not know is that a sign for me to second guess??? Can anyone give me suggestions please???
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Spam? Where are the pics? Sounds like a promotional review...
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Not a promotional review. I don't want to post pictures of myself. The scars are ~80% gone. I am going to get filler for the last bit to be treated. Still very happy.
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How's it going? Still happy? What kind of improvement (%-wise) do you think you got? Did any scars go away (well, become imperceptible)?
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Hi! The scars are about ~80% gone. I am going to get filler for that last little bit. They are really imperceptible and I recommend this procedure.
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Hi Marie, glad you are happy with the results. Can you tell me what procedure you did?? I am planning to get a laser treatment done by another doctor in NYC, but I recently saw the reviews and is second guessing. I am currently doing a series of 6 micro-dermabrasions in California right now and after that I am considering the laser treatment. I am thiknig about sometimes in November to start because of the weather cooling down. Please let me know, thanks!
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Welcome to the community. 

I am so happy to hear that you were able to obtain the results your were needing.  You definitely gave it a great try with the other treatments.   I think it's pretty awesome that you will totally understand what your patients are feeling.   You will definitely be able to relate to all of their feelings.  
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Hi! So happy for you!! I gave majore scar issues myself and I have been trying to gi d someone in the Seattle area to di a dermabrasion. Bit nobody want to- they say O need to try laser or mild peel. I have already tried laser- no luck! My scars are not pitted or indented, just look very uneven and huge poores and on top of it some demracation after laser and a chicken pox scar- it's a mess!! When i hear this, I get optimistic, I Am Willing to ho to NY for this kind of result! It was expensive though! Don't have pic?! So happy for you, enjoy summer feeling free and beautiful!!
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Sorry for the auto correction!
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