Fractionated CO2 Laser Resurfacing for Acne Scars

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Dr. Soderstrom at Soderstrom Skin Institute in...

Dr. Soderstrom at Soderstrom Skin Institute in Peoria, IL did my laser resurfacing. He used a triple mix of numbing cream that sat for an hour prior. He did one pass with deep columns to stimulate collagen production and one pass that fractionaly ablated my outer layer of skin. It was quite uncomfortable, but hopefully worth it. I'm putting on ointment every hour on the hour all weekend long as to keep the area moist while healing. Dr. Soderstrom is a wonderful doctor. His and his nurses bedside manner are excellent and helped me stay calm through the whole process. I love places that joke and laugh to keep the air light, but know when to be serious. Dr. Soderstrom advised me that he had gone deeper than normal due to the severity of my scars. He is confident that I will see considerable improvement with this one treatment. I trust him fully! I researched and had several consults before choosing him. He said that I will see results through this next year. I'll keep posting updates of my progress!

3 Days Post Laser

My face is still peeling pretty good today. I'm still using the ointment and gently washing several times a day with a special cleanser. My skin is a bit itchy but the throbbing is gone. I'm definitely still swollen. Can't wait to see what it looks like under all this!

5 Days Post CO 2 Fractional Laser

I feel good today. My swelling is subsiding and so is the redness. I'm very itchy but the moisturizer that Dr. Soderstrom gave me helps a lot. I will be able to put mineral powder on tomorrow over moisturizer and Soderstrom medicated sunblock SPF 50+, so I'll be going back to work. My scars are reappearing, but are very shallow so far. Whatever reappears after the swelling is totally gone will be gradually remodeling thru the next six months or so. I'll probably get Ha fillers in the mean time. The updated pics are today, no makeup, just moisturizer!

11Days Post Laser

My skin is still red and blotchy. The ointment and possibly even the procedure itself has caused some breakouts. My jawline and parts of my cheeks are still minorly sensitive to the touch and the places that are still red itch off and on all day and sometimes during sleep. I'm not sure if I'm still swollen or if this is results from the partial ablation of my skin, but my scars are very shallow. As of today, I am impressed! I'm not sure how long this redness will last and the blotchy look, but with a bit of liquid foundation, it is tolerable. I switched back to my Aquation moisturizer, as it is hypoallergenic, non-comedogenic and fragrance free! My skin is still pretty dry! I've attached a pic collage. The left pics are two days before my laser and the right pics are today. No makeup, same lighting, same camera. Trying not to get my hopes up, but looks pretty good so far! I'll be getting temp fillers soon - then will be taking a break from all of this during the 6 month wait for collagen remodeling.
Peoria Dermatologist

Dr. Soderstrom is a great doctor with experience in acne scar revision. The entire staff at Soderstrom Skin Institute are wonderful!. I drove 4 hours from home just to get treated by this doctor. I would recommend this facility to anyone looking for treatments for cosmetic or medical skin issues.

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 Staff professionalism & courtesy
5 out of 5 stars Payment process
5 out of 5 stars Wait times
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