skin destruction - Vancouver, BC

If i could stop anyone from getting this treatment...

If i could stop anyone from getting this treatment I would. I am interviewing lawyers and putting posts out to bring a class action suit against the makers of the machines & my doctor. It is clear that the machines destroys the healthy cells in the skin, maybe at first it seems to work, but long term.:(

I was told it was the MADONNA lift, where you have almost no down time and takes 10 years off your face. I had 10 added to my face and the skin has no elasticity left. if I smile, my wrinkles have almost 3 trippled. with in 1 year of the treatment, it was clear that my skin was ruined. now 3 more years later.. AWFUL

Please join RealSelf or sign in.

0 Comments

BEFORE AND AFTER 2010-11

Please join RealSelf or sign in.

0 Comments

Before and after fraxel

22 Comments

Have you had any good progress pants ?? Were you able to pursue a lawsuit against the doctor who did this to you ?
  • Reply
As always, there is always yayy's and nays when it comes to laser. Now, i am not sure of the legalities in Canada for laser as i am in the U.S. So, as for Fraxel, i know many that has had this procedure done by a board certified dermatologist or plastic surgeon(very crucial) that has dealt with cystic acne and had had nuthing but great results. now, take in mind that the ones i know have only dealt with one particular dermatologist Dr. Jeanine B. Downie, M.D in Montclair.NJ. There is alot to take into consideration before having this procedure done of course as in high exposure to sun,tanning, and smoking. Any good Dermatologist will tell you that these will prevent you from achieving the expectations your looking for. As for getting Fraxel laser done, here is a couple things to keep in mind. Does the doctor actually use the Fraxel machine, along with the Fraxel cooling fans? trust me, there IS a difference.Any highly reputile doctor will have no issue in verifying this to you. Sadly there are many out there that offers Fraxel laser but dont use the Fraxel machine. Secondly, Any doctor that is willing to up the power of the laser for any laser procedure, if u ask for it or not, your best bet is to walk away. Fraxel is a powerful laser that needs to be calibrated to not only your skin type, but to your skin color also.If not, it can become a nightmare. Always get a consultation 1st and do your homework. I do however agree with some here with more research should be done before a doctor is allowed to use it. Laser works when in the right hands. Sadly, when in the wrong hands it dont. Hopefully this will help out a few. Just remember, its your body to do as you see fit. Homework, references, referrals and ask questions will make it worth your time
  • Reply
Most jurisdictions have statutes of limitations - some are only 3 years, and a lot of docs will tell you it takes about 18 mos or so to see whether IPL/laser complications will go away on their own, so that's a lot of time right there down the drain. What is the time limit in Canada? I agree w/ you that we are all guinea pigs in a giant experiment, because most of these machines are rubberstamped by the US FDA on the basis of the manufacturer's claim that the new machine is substantially similar to an older machine that the FDA already approved. The FDA doesn't even check! They rely on the mfgr's say-so! And the medical device approval laws have been changed for the worse as far as consumer protection and safety goes. Basically they unleash a device on the public, and wait and see what happens, relying on a hit-or-miss reporting system. If enough people get damaged, maimed or killed, THEN they might do something. Just look at the J&J joint replacement fiasco - it took expensive lawsuits to unearth the fact that the company knew there were problems but they kept selling the devices. Same w/ the transvaginal mesh thing. I know something went very wrong w/ my IPL, and no one seems to understand how to treat the complications, or even how it happened. Or if they know, they are not being open and transparent about it.
  • Reply
Dr. Morel

Dr is sweet and thoughtful, however he is very sales oriented, at the end of the day i think that these lasers are harmful and the product went to market with out enough research. Doctors used it on clients without enough history to know what the long term efforts might be. I am very upset and frustrated that there is no liability being taken or moreso responsiblity.

1 out of 5 stars Overall rating
1 out of 5 stars After care follow-up
1 out of 5 stars Wait times
Was this review helpful? 3 others found this helpful