to b(bl) or not to b(bl)

yesterday afternoon i finally made it back to see dr  CENSORED of the CENSORED  over at CENSORED. he did my laser peel just over 9 months ago. my laser peel which for a multitude of reasons was a horror-story waiting to unfold. you can read all about it, with pictures from day 1 in the category “my micro-laser peel diary”.

CENSORED’s been calling and asking me to come in so that we could see how he can fix this, but i’ve been resisting (i’m sure the fact that this blog exists has not been good PR for him), seeing that he was suggesting using more laser to fix the damage caused by the first laser treatment. and when you see the pictures and read my account of the first experience, you’ll understand why i’ve been leary.

when i saw him yesterday he was very adamant about doing whatever it took to make me “happy”.”at no charge. of course”.

can i just state for the record that though i’m happy he wants to fix the damage, i’m mad as hell that he caused the damage in the first place.

ok that said. he suggested  3 possible treatments.

  • blending and bleaching cream; i bought it from him when i had the laser treatment (not cheap). didn’t work. alternative. hydroquinone 6% soln mixed with aqueous cream. this worked before, but bleached my whole face.
  • pro-fractional laser treatment.  he mentioned this before, which is why i haven’t been back as i subsequently got this comment from a dr on one of my posts:

The laser used for your peel was the Sciton Contour. It is and ablative erbium laser and with this laser there is a high chance of hyperpigmentation in your skin type. Ablative means that the entire surface of your skin is ablated off and this raises the already high chance of hyperpigmentation in your skin type. The Fraxel laser (or profractional) laser that your doc offered to use on you to treat the hyperpigmentation is also an erbium laser, but it is fractional — meaning the laser shoots scattered dots of laser energy on your skin without ablating the entire surface of your skin. This laser can also cause hyperpigmentation, though not to the same extent because the entire surface of your skin is not being treated. It is especially dangerous in your case because you already have pre-existing hyperpigmentation. I have seen people with type V skin who look like they have a dark dotted pattern covering their face after this treatment. It will do nothing to help resolve your problem. If I were to treat a patient who wants their hyperpigmentation more speedily resolved, I wouldn’t even consider fraxel as option as their are much better lasers available to do the job, but even then, the best and safest bet is not to treat at all.

  • broad band light.

this is the info i’ve managed to find on the different kinds of lasers:

bblvsprofrac

What is ProFractional?

Pro-Fractional is a quick and comfortable laser procedure with little to no downtime, used for improving the overall appearance of your skin. ProFractional dramatically improve wrinkles, scars and sun-damaged skin. Pro-Fractional uses a laser micro-beam to treat thousands of pinpoint areas of your skin. And because only a fraction of the skin is directly treated with the laser, healing time is quick and downtime is short.

What conditions can be  treated with Pro-Fractional?

  • Wrinkles
  • Fine lines
  • Post-traumatic scars
  • Acne scars
  • Age spots
  • Sun spots
  • Freckles
  • Aging skin
  • Sun-damaged skin
  • Stretch marks

How does the Pro-Fractional laser work?

Pro-Fractional uses laser energy to create thousands of microscopic channels in the skinwhich are surrounded by areas of healthy, untreated skin. The zones of untreated skin invigorate the body’s natural healing process, and the treated areas stimulate production of new collagen, plumping up the skin and smoothing out wrinkles, lines, scars and other irregularities.

so i’ve made an appointment to be back later for the first of at least two bbl treatments. i’ve been putting off going back to the doctor because i’ve also hoped that the hyperpigmentation would go away on its own, but after 9 months, i’m reasonably sure that’s not going to happen. in fact, it looks pretty much like it’s here to stay if i don’t do something about it.

my s.o. thinks i’m crazy to go back to the person who scarred me in the first place.

my appointment’s for 4pm wednesday. *am* i crazy? what do you think?

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7 thoughts on “to b(bl) or not to b(bl)

  1. I think you should get a second opinion from another doctor and then if they say the procedures he suggested are what he’d do then maybe. I dunno though. I’m not 100% trusting of him with another laser especially after the mistake he made.

    Hey! Another Angel! We’re all over the place!

  2. Please tell me more about your BBL treatment with Dr Gordon Cohen. I am about to go for the same treatment for hyperpigmentation caused by Chemical peel and I am not sure if I want any more damage done to my skin.

    PLEASE PLEASE… let me know what was the outcome of your BBL.
    THanks

    • i’ve been meaning to do an update, but i’ve been too busy. sorry. i did go for the treatment even though i was apprehensive about it. the sting of the laser was not as bad as the first time, but still delivered quite a zap. i felt tight and sunburny afterwards and had a few dark brown spots which gradually started flaking off (the technician worked on very specific areas and was very cautious). it took about a week for everything to flake off, but once it did, it looked fine. i was meant to go for another session, but i couldn’t fit in in before my trip so i’ll go when i get back. i think one would only really see the effects after a few treatments, so give it a go and just be patient.

  3. Thank you for you reply on your BBL Treatment.
    Sorry to ask so many questions…… but did you have a full face BBL or only on your pigmentation marks. I am using hydroquinone 6% for a week before my BBL and it seems if the cream is making the pigmentation stand out, if you know what I mean. Please tell me more about your experience.

    Thank you very much, I appreciate your comments.

  4. i only had the bbl on the pigmentation marks, not full face. i too am using hydroquinone, but it seems that depending on whether i have any sun exposure or not, it comes and goes. sometimes it’s better, other times, not.

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