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So Far, Very Good -- Beats Fraxel Hands Down - Tinton Falls, NJ

I had Deep/Active FX done four days ago to correct...

I had Deep/Active FX done four days ago to correct moderate acne scarring. I'm a 36 year old female.

Backstory: I had pretty bad acne in college and took Accutane as a last resort. By that time, I had amassed some scarring. The scarring wasn't terrible, but it was in a very conspicuous place, right around my nose and mouth...my own personal the triangle of death as far as breakouts were concerned! There was worse scarring on my temples and the side of one of my cheeks. But it was the front and center stuff that bothered me the most.
I had four rounds of Fraxel in 2007 that didn't really do too much, and I also had my main scar area injected with restylane last year, which helped for a while.

The procedure: Ow. I had two 5 mg percosets and the usual face numbing, but this HURT. I'm pretty good with pain, I managed most of childbirth without meds, and delivered a 9 lb 7 oz. baby. But I actually cried a bit as I was being lasered! It was this crackling, needling feeling, and the smell (burning skin?) just added to it. My dermatologist was fabulous though, more about that later. And luckily it was quick, maybe 10, 15 minutes tops if I had to guess. I was a little bleary from the meds though.

The recovery: There was very little pain or discomfort afterwards other than feeling nauseous and out of it from the Percoset. Of course, I was extremely red and swollen and couldn't leave the house, which I expected, but in terms of facial pain, it was fine. Each day you get less and less red and swollen. On day 3, there was a big difference between morning and afternoon even, so recovery is quick. My regimen is simple: Cetaphil wash 4x a day, coat with Aquaphor after each washing. On the third day, I added Avene restorative creme to the mix. I took Benadryl to help me sleep and to ward off any itching. One word of advice: Be prepared for how you will look. You will look horribly burnt in the first two or three days.

Day Four: I had it done on Wednesday, it's Sunday morning. I was able to go out and get a coffee for the first time! I'm still pretty red, and peeling extensively on my lower cheeks and chin. My forehead and the apples of my cheeks are healed, relative to the rest of my face, and they look GREAT. I had a few tiny freckly spots scattered around that area, and they're gone. The skin just looks so young and luminous. I'm hoping when the peeling and redness subside the rest of my face will also look this good.

It's still too early to say for sure how it did on the scarring because of the swelling. From what I can see they are gone, but of course four days post-procedure is way too early to declare unilateral success.

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What kind of acne scars did you have? I'm interested in have Deep FX done to help with the texture & ice pick scars on my cheeks. I've had the Cosmedix Deep Sea Peel done 4 times & slowly seeing results.
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How is your skin right now? I'm thinking about getting co2 laser this coming winter, can you update with some pics?
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Hi Belledep, I'm going to try get some apples to apples pix and post them. I've got some before and afters, but they're in different lighting, so it's hard to really make a true comparison. Overall I'm happy with the results, I should have updated this sooner. It's not completely perfect, but my skin in general looks a lot better. I've received a lot of compliments of just general "wow you look young" or "your skin looks so radiant" from people who didn't know I had anything done. I plan on getting getting some Juvaderm injections soon just to maximize the effects. Side note, if you still have skin issues: eliminating dairy from my diet has been the magic bullet against breakouts. Wish I had discovered that at age 19!
Dr. Lisa Zimmerman

Dr. Zimmerman was great...she went through all my options. She didn't try to sell me on any particular one but gave me lots of info. She told me I could expect to see a 75% improvement in my scarring with this treatment. I appreciated that she was realistic about this. Also, when she was lasering me, she was really sweet. She was very chatty, which definitely helped distract me from the pain! And she stopped when it got bad and let me take a breather. Her receptionist was also very helpful. She had the procedure done herself and was a wealth of practical information...like get your grocery shopping done and your house cleaned ahead of time...sounds basic, but it was stuff that wasn't necessarily on my radar.

4 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 Time spent with me
5 out of 5 stars Phone or email responsiveness
5 out of 5 stars Staff professionalism & courtesy
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5 out of 5 stars Wait times
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