This section of the forum is dedicated to discussions on managing, treating, and correcting acne scarring. (Of note, Dr. Lam is focused principally on acne scarring rather than on managing the ongoing condition of acne, which a dermatologist would be better equipped to address.)
I have recently written about a cheek scar that I have. I said that I was happy with the fraxel results because I have seen improvement. I have had 5 sessions spaced at 2 weeks apart. My doctor in NYC said to come back in 3 months so he could have a look and it may be ok to resume further fraxel treatment at that time. I believe that he is a highly qualified doctor but i would like a second opinion as to wether it is safe and effective to conitnue fraxel treatments at that time. Also thank you for the advice about the assymetry in my cheeks. I would like to send you some pics of the area but I broke my camera so hopefully soon I can send some. One question I did have about the puffiness that I explained was if it is a fatty area could mesotherapy be an option or could you explain the procedure for revising a "dog ear". Like I said it is only a slight rise at the bottom of the scar but it is enough to look slighly swollen. I am terrified to go under the knife again. Sorry about all the questions and thanks for all the information it is very helpfull.
as far as fraxel, to be fair to your doctor, he/she should answer that question since he/she sees you and knows your condition. i do not want to comment further. i think that mesotherapy is unpredictable in the face. you don't want a divot. if it is a slight raise, forget about the dog er correction. it is just a method of cutting out tissue to reduce the raised portion, but i don't want you to take another risk of a prolonged incision line being visible.
Samuel M. Lam, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Diplomate, American Board of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
Diplomate, American Board of Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery
Diplomate, American Board of Hair Restoration Surgery