Age 24: Botox and Radiesse After Accutane! - New England, US

Age 24: Botox and Radiesse after Accutane! After...

Age 24: Botox and Radiesse after Accutane!
After endless amounts of research, I’ve been unable to find a review specific enough to mirror my circumstances. I wish I had, so, I hope my review helps someone in the same predicament. –At the mere age of 24 I have made the decision to get both Botox and Radiesse. My appointment for the procedures is scheduled for the end of this month (February, 2013).

In my teenage years, I never had issues with acne. At age 20, I randomly formed an acne-cyst in my right cheek. It was exceedingly deep; approximately the size of a penny and it took several months to go away. When it did heal, I was left with a deep, pitted “rolling” scar. A few months passed without any acne issues and then I randomly got another acne-cyst. This time, it was on my chin, much larger than before and it took even longer to heal. Once again, I was left with another pitted scar. It was all downhill from here; every few months the same thing happened! I never had more than one cyst at a time, so I never appeared to have “bad acne”.

Finally, I saw dermatologist whom prescribed several things from adapalene gel to clindamycin pills (laser treatment was recommended too, but, I could not afford it). After two years of steady regimens, my skin had zero improvement. Nonetheless, I was hopeful so I stuck with my prescriptions for another few months until I had an acne cyst so bad it sent me to the emergency room! The cyst was on my right cheek, near the middle of my nose. One morning I woke up and the cyst had become so swollen my right cheek was level with the bridge of my nose, literally! At the emergency room they told me I had an abscess and drained it!

After the abscess healed I decided to see a different dermatologist. As a last resort, my new dermatologist put me on Accutane. Despite Accutane’s bad reputation, I had minimal side effects during my 5 month treatment! The best part, it worked! I’ve been cyst free for 6 months now!

All the years of cystic acne and harsh treatments have left my face looking weathered, furrowed and riddled with scars. Because of this, my self-esteem/confidence has plummeted. I want to put my best face forward immediately, so I am getting Botox and Radiesse! – Parallel to my decision, I’ve had several family/friends criticize my decision to get the procedures telling me I am too young for Botox or fillers! Some tell me to opt for something else like peels or laser treatments because I am too young to live with the results of a bad Botox/filler procedure. WELL, I think their criticisms are close-minded and bias. My reasoning: I am an adult who made an educated decision on both treatment and doctor. I am a full time nursing student with a part-time job, which leaves me with no down time to heal from laser/peels or go to multiple appointments. I do not have the funds to pay for the amount of laser/peels needed to “correct my face” to my ideal. I want the immediate results of Botox and Radiesse. I know they are not a permanent solution, but, they are a very real solution.

I will post pictures of my Botox and Radiesse RESULTS after my appointment! The current pictures I’ve included show my skin currently. When I smile my pitted/rolling scars fold and make me look like a 90 year old.

I have a similar story... I never had acne as a teen. When I was 29 my Mom was diagnosed with cancer (that was March, she passed in Dec the same year. January came and I got my first cyst. I never had more than one at a time and but sometimes I would have a normal pimple or two to go with it. I would wake up and the cyst would be swollen so much I had no contour to my face, just a big swollen mess. Then it would turn to staff. I went to Dr after Dr for 8 months! Some dermatologist some were just general medical. No one really addressed the issue. They just said quit picking your face and it will stop, I was NOT picking my face. Finally a dermatologist listened to me and asked what was going on in my life when it started and I told him about my Mom. Bingo! He said...stressed started this...now we have to stop the cycle. Accutane is awesome, it is totally worth t he risk. Now I'm left dealing with the scars. Reading your story and solution has opened my eyes to a solution that may not be typical but sounds right up my ally. So thank thank you so much for sharing your story. I would love to hear how your results turned out and to see a pic or two. Thanks again for telling your story.
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I had great results with ProFractional laser treatment of my pitted scars from cystic acne. Discomfort and expense, but worth it in the long run, because results are wonderful and permanent!

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You do what ever makes you feel better! I am 43 years old and people don't understand about acne and scarring unless they have experienced it. I have scarring and have had 15 chemical peels. The peels have worked out great and aren't all that expensive. I have only had to pay $150 to $200 for a peel. However, I do think if you are going to try the peels you need to have at least four before you decide if they are working for you or not. I have had a lot of people tell me that my face looks great! I have noticed a big difference. I also get botox to help with forehead lines. I pay about $400 every 3 to 5 months. You do what you want! Who cares what everyone else thinks. I think a lot of it just is jealousy!

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