I expressed all this to Dr Markus during our consult and he was very sympathetic and understanding. He took the time to explain a few things to me and lay out my options. He highly suggested a series of laser treatments to improve my boxcar and ice pick scars. I think he could sense I was very hesitant to take him at his word seeing that I've had no luck with past dermatologists and their empty promises of improvment with Fractora. He then offered to do one Deep Fx treatment free of charge if I agreed to allow him to post my before and after pictures on his website. I of course agreed!
Day of procedure: numbing cream was applied to my skin and I was also injected with several numbing shots. These burned slightly but trust me, you want them. Procedure took a total of about 30 mins. Laser was uncomfortable in sensitive areas, like around the eyes and nose. But it's bareable. Immediately after I had a few droplets of blood on my face and was slightly pink. Almost unnoticeable. My skin felt tender and sunburned. The redness and oozing gets worse over the following 24 hours. I did not wear makeup of any kind for the following 4 days after treatment. I highly advise taking at least 4-5 days off of work. Redness can be masked with makeup for the most part 4 days after.
I had this procedure on a Thursday and it is now the following Monday. Without makeup, I'm still uncomfortable being in public. I still have some micro swelling which others don't notice but I can. My face looks a bit more plump, which isn't a bad thing. Because of this the scars seem to be gone but this isn't an accurate result. The Dr said the true results can be judged around 3 months post procedure. I've been sure to keep my face and hands very clean and my skin protected with vasaline. This is very important. It's also key to be gentle while washing and no picking or excessive touching of the face. Let it heal. The redness is still present and looks funny but is significantly improved.
Overall I am very hopeful. I'm pleased with how my face is healing and although it's been pretty unpleasant and a bit of an annoyance to have my face look crazy these past few days, I have a good feeling that it'll be worth it in the long run. I'll be sure to post before and after pics and to update in about a month on my progress.
I also highly suggest Dr Markus to anyone in the Houston area who suffers with skin issues. He goes above and beyond the call of duty and I couldn't be more pleased with his professionalism. The total cost of the Deep Fx to both cheeks was quoted at $700, again he waived this fee in my case in exchange for before and after pictures.