Due to a very nasty bout of shingles, I was left...
In May of 2013, Dr. Dupere had suggested we do a ebrium laser resurfacing, but due to a very busy work schedule over the summer months, I was simply incapable to give in to the possible downtime that may be required (he said it could be a month). After a treatment of Restylane, and a Selphyl (the vampire facial) treatment, my face was restored to it's old self for the summer months and I was quite contented at this temporary fix. The Restylane lasted about three months before fading away. The Selphyl lasted much longer and definitely helped the healing process with the scarring, as well as made my skin look flawless!
Well I have had the ebrium laser resurfacing treatment and the results are simply AMAZING. First before I go into the results I've experienced so far (I'm on day five of my healing), I must express a few things. This was no cake walk. The freezing was the worst part. I don't know if this is a necessity for most people, since we needed to go so aggressively (the scarring was VERY deep), but getting the freezing done was at the time almost unbearable. If it weren't for Dr. Dupere and his amazing staff, holding my hand, and letting me mutter curses under my breath, I don't think I could have made it through. He moved as quickly as he possibly could and when I apologized for swearing, he smiled and said, "It's okay. You are allowed to do that right now."
My eyes watered like crazy. It was quite unpleasant, but once the freezing kicked in, the pain went away and we were back to joking around. It's such a nice light, safe atmosphere in Dr. Dupere's office (Joyce is so much fun)! Then on with the goggles and the laser. I didn't feel a dang thing. However, anyone getting the laser treatment, I would suggest you breathe through your mouth, as the smell of burning flesh is not a pleasant one, even if you don't feel anything at the time.
My laser treatment was followed by a Selphyl treatment (which speeds up the healing ten fold!), and since we are only using so much on my nose, we used the rest on my cheeks. I am 100% positive you can do this treatment -without- the Selphyl, but I would suggest it, as it really does help the healing process and does really give your skin a beautiful glow and truly ups the quality--I didn't break out once in three months after my first Selphyl treatment! I must note that my Selphyl treatment is not included in the price here (but is an additional $900).
Post procedure, I was prescribed a narcotic painkiller, and sent on my way with my ride. We stopped and collected the necessary products (gauze, Polysporin, some large cloth band-aids since I needed to continue some errands afterwards).
However, shortly into running errands, the numbing went away, and I was beginning to cringe. It felt like I had 3rd degree burns on my nose and someone kept pouring lemon juice on it. It was -not- pleasant. I took one of my narcotic painkillers, and after an hour, when the pain was still persisting and getting worse, I took another one, but to no avail. For some reason that particular painkiller seemed to do nothing for me. Eventually I caved and called the office. It was promptly understood that I was in quite a serious bit of discomfort and I was promptly given a stronger narcotic painkiller. I went and collected the script, and I took that. The pain subsided and by the next day I was pain-free as long as I wasn't touching it. I took one more painkiller in the morning, but after that, the painkillers were no longer needed.
Oozing and peeling happened pretty quickly and frequently during the first handful of days, but I kept a box of tissues nearby and it wasn't much of a problem. I continued soaking my nose in wet gauze, and slathering on the Polysporin. I continued on my daily life, using hospital masks to protect my nose and hide my red nose from any passerby. Life simply cannot stop because of a red nose! And now, on day five, I am simply delighted by the results! My photos will speak for themselves though! I will continue to update this as I heal more and more. :)
I was warned that the skin would likely be pink for a month but after 7-10 days I could apply oil-free make-up without causing any damage to the new skin. I cannot possibly express how amazing the results are (and the fact that I can see the difference so abruptly is making me giddy)! The top part of the scar is completely gone and the lower scar is still healing. I am thinking I might just be able to wander out and about back to my old self in a mere couple of days! I'm very excited!
Completely healed! :)
Two weeks later!
There are no words for this man! He is amazing! He's wonderfully informative and intelligent, and I would insist that anyone looking for a skilled, professional, friendly doctor-Dr. Dupere is the doctor you should be talking to! His staff and his office are simply spectacular!