It was definitely a different experience. I chose...

It was definitely a different experience. I chose my doctor based on reviews from this site and they laser that this facility uses... I have done several skin TCA peels over the years and my scars have improves. Now that I could afford it I decided to go with the laser in hopes of improving these scars. The procedure itself was pretty easy but I did experience some pain in areas where the local did not numb. However I have done many hours of tattoos and this reminded me of tattoo pain. I am about three hours postop and it just feels like I have had a really bad sunburn or like being post tca peel. I will post my developement over the next week. The staff was great though and Shelly from the office was awesome. I also felt Dr. GROFF had great bedside manner. I just hope this really works on my face.

Before after

Before after

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No pain at all today. Just going through the process of staying indoors all day and doing soaks every two hours. I am already getting pretty bored...

nothing really new

Just going through the process with the soaks. No pain whatsoever. I also took a shower to get some of the blood out of my hair. They also have me using clobetasol to help prevent hyperpigmentation. I also have my first postop appointment today.

Day 3 review

Occasionally I get itchy when the aquaphor gets wiped off and I just put more on. There is no pain. Small flakes of old skin are starting to fall off. Last night at 2 am I went for a walk near the ocean just to get in exercise without worrying about the sun. I can't wait to go back outside again. I feel like I'm in a cocoon waiting to be hatched a butterfly.

Day 4 update

After showering this morning and lightly washing my face with a gentle cleanser the dead skin practically fell off. I tried not to force any of it off prematurely as I have learned from mistakes with tca peels in the past that peeling too soon equals unhealed skin and discoloration. I would say though that as of today 95 percent of my dead skin has sloughed off and I am left with the new red skin. I understand that this redness will eventually go away but I need to make sure I protect my new skin from the sun. It's tough when I can't wear sunscreen yet. I've learned that this period is critical in preventing hyper pigmentation so I'm being extra catious.

day 11

Still have redness going on and the sensation still hasn't returned to my face. I used a liquid foundation to go to work and the doctor still has me using clobetasol every other day. The doctor is still following up well with my care. My skin is looking pretty smooth but as of right now there doesn't seem to be a huge improvement in scarring.

day 22 pictures

Still wearing my sunscreen and tinted moisturizer.

time for an update

So now I am in week six. I would have to say that as of right now I do not see any improvement in my scars. My biggest concern right now is actually the hyperpigmentation. Since day one I have religiously worn sunscreen and hats. Last week I was started on tri-luma as prescribed by dr. Groff for lightening the skin. Insurance doesn't cover it and it cost me $120 ouch. I have noticed my skin evening out in color with this and I can't wait to at least not have the lines on my face any more from where my old skin and lasered areas meet. I do have hope for healing though as my pores are looking normal and daily the hyperpigmentation improves. I just still think that overall my scars do not look any better than pre surgery. I am just being patient though as I know it takes time for collagen to grow so we will see.

pics to accompany week 6


9 months later and...

My skin is finally starting to look like my old skin pre surgery. If I had to put a rating of improvement on my scars I would say less than 10%. Would I think its worth it right now? I would say "no" for the cost outweighs the benefit. Here are my lists of costs:
- Expensive procedure

- hyperpigmentation (I still have a line under my left cheek where you can see the newer face skin to my neck skin...neck skin still looks better)

- increased breakouts (pimples and milia) I had not broke out much in years and never had milia in the past

- less smoother skin (looks like "orange peel"), but I do have to say it is still improving

Benefits: Less than 10% improvement of scars

On a side note: Finding a better sunblock does seem to be helping me out more. I am also using SkinMedica Retinol 0.25% per the doctors recommendation and it does seems to help smooth out my skin and decrease the size of my pores.
San Diego Dermatologist

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 Payment process
5 out of 5 stars Wait times
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To bad you didnt get more improvement. What did the doctor say? He did recommend another round of laser?
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Thank you so much for sharing such helpful pictures. Your skin looks beautiful but after seeing B/A pictures at a lecture the other day, I can see why the C02 laser resurfacing that hits every molecule get's the best results with deep lines, lifting, and most likely acne scars. I can see why it is crucial to go to an expert dermatologist who knows what is tolerated for a person's skin too. Even with the long term recovery period etc. I think I will do the C02 by Feathertouch/Silktouch because I am hoping this will replace getting a facelift as she also does the neck and eyes all for $4000 and she keeps you covered in bandages and special cremes afterwards. I will share my journey as it is important for people to see what happens and what the results are as all these lasers are so confusing. I hope you will send an updated picture as it has been over a year now.
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I am also indecided between a Fraxel Repair and a CO2/dermabrasion. I just think Repair might not go deep enough.
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thanks for sharing. Hope your patience pays off.
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hey man, hows the healing coming along?
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The lines of hyperpigmentation are almost all faded. I will have to say thoug h that as of right now I don't feel my face scars look any better than pre procedure but again I'm being patient.
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good to hear the hyperpigmentation is fading..Im also considering this laser, do you think it was worth it?
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Thank you SO MUCH for sharing this!! I'm thinking about getting it done but I'm nervous. What medications do they have you take after the procedure? And for how long do you have to take them? Also, it doesn't look like you currently have any acne--are you on any acne medication?
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How are you making out? Looks like your healing is coming along great! Keep us posted!

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I will post up my current pictures tomorrow. I am healing fine but still can't wait for the redness to go away. I am still wearing tinted moisturizer to conceal the redness. As of right now there seems to be minor improvement in scars. I am trying to be optimistic that it just takes time for the collogen to start growing new skin.
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Thanks for your update, glad you are doing well! Look forward to you updated photos. 

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I had mine done today as well, but I did not do the CO2 so I don't have bleeding and redness. Could you find out from your doctor the level he used and the type of fraxel laser specifically. I am curious to see if I should try that for the lines around my mouth.
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Well I know that this is the fraxel repair. I am also pretty sure he uaed a bit of active fx at the end to top it off. One of the big reasons I chose this doctor was due to reviews from other realself members and also because dr groffs office was involved in the initial testing for these lasers. I have my next follow up Wednesday so I will get the settings then. Keep in mind that with this laser it goes deeper than others (ie. Activefx and fraxel restore).
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I had no idea there were different fraxel lasers. It's confusing because I have heard conflicting reviews, based on but "fraxel", but I'm only finding out now that there are several types.
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Again, thank you for sharing your journey which was very helpful for us and I hope you are happy with your long term results. I forgot to ask you about my two concerns: 1. Has the redness gone away? 2. Have you experienced or heard anything about people losing volumn from the laser because it melts the fat? I thought this was suppose to do the opposite (build collegen) but I just read from one woman that she lost volumn under eyes and everywhere from some type of fraxal treatment and she was very unhappy.
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Thanks for sharing.  That looks painful!  I hope you keep us posted on your day to day healing and final results. 

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