My Acne Scar Subcision Video

My Acne Scar Subcision Video

I had acne scar subcision on my forehead and temples yesterday and I wanted to show you the video! I’ve been trying to upload these, but as always, my issue with making anything online is ALWAYS THE TECHNOLOGICAL PART, not the motivation to do so. I’m struggling to figure out how to get these here on my blog.

Acne scar subcision is an important, yet less known technique for significantly reducing the appearance of atrophic acne scars.

No portion of these videos may be copied or used without my consent. These videos are a bit graphic (at least by my taste).

If you have acne scars, forget microdermabrasion, forget LASERS, forget peels and most certainly forget any and every topical cream/gel/lotion/concoction on the market!

The BEST THING FOR deeper acne scars is ACNE SCAR SUBCISION. Hands down. I cannot emphasize this enough. Fraxel laser will certainly help smooth out your skin, but that comes with a cost: For me it was a “thinner, over-all look” to my face; a more “gaunt look”, if you will. Many of us with numerous and deep acne scars had thicker skin with more volume—especially when we were teenagers! Once you have a few laser treatments (I had Fraxel) you’ll see a slight change in the thickness of your skin—and you might not be happy with it!

The first time I learned about subcision for acne scars was in 2000. I read about the technique online. I was living in Seattle then and I remember calling every dermatology and medispa clinic I could find asking “Whether they performed subcision for acne scars” and “how much it cost”.

The response, even in a thriving metro like Seattle was pretty much the same, “We suggest you try LASER treatment.” Or, “Maybe if you have one or two scars the doc can subcise them, but she’s not going to want to spend all day addressing acne scars all over your face in a piecemeal fashion.” They must have not been performing very many subcisions in those days so the technique was not yet really developed or refined.

If you’ve endured the brutal agony (both physical and mental) of nodular-cystic acne and the subsequent scars, find someone competent in acne scar subcision. This could be a plastic surgeon, a general MD, a nurse, or, in my case, an Esthetician-turned medical assistant.

The medical assistant I had was AMAZING! I’ve looked everywhere for this kind of treatment but have had difficulty finding anyone who knows how to effectively wield a needle or blunt-tip cannula underneath the surface of the skin to break up the scar tissue HORIZONTALLY.

Remember, dermal rollers/needles and LASERS all work vertically. You need to address acne scars horizontally TOO because fibrous bands of scar tissue attach and pull from all directions which add to the distortion and disfigurement of the skin! This fact is often overlooked in the esthetics world.

Acne scars have thick bands of fibrous tissue that tether them to the deeper regions of the dermis. This, combined with tissue loss from inflammation creates the indentations, depressions, rolling, boxcar and ice pick scars on the surface of the skin.

Deep rolling and boxcar acne scars respond wonderfully to subcision because the underlying bands of scar tissue are being slashed apart, broken down and “subcised”.

The body will initiate a healing response where the scar tissue has been subcised. The skin that was once pulled down by fibrous tissue can lift itself up, reducing the appearance of the depression. Clotting factors will arrive on the scene, a hematoma will form and then matrix remodeling can occur. Collagen and elastin tissue will form like scaffolding where the scar has been subcised. It will not be perfect—but the scar will not be quite as deep.

In this video I’m having my medical assistant perform acne scar subcision on my forehead and temples.

It was a very painful experience (at least for me) because I had really deep bands of scar tissue in my face that needed to be broken up. Thankfully, she did inject a lidocaine numbing agent in each area prior to subcision.

My Acne Scar Videos

 

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SIMPLE MINI CHOCOLATE GANACHE CAKE FOR VALENTINE’S DAY!!!

SIMPLE MINI CHOCOLATE GANACHE CAKE FOR VALENTINE’S DAY!!!

I’ve found myself so busy with everyday life that I decided to stop doing Facebook. What do I mean? I mean, I decided I needed a break. No. I wouldn’t use it that much, just when breastfeeding. I would stop scrolling through all the posts and reading comments and getting agitated or curious.

I really do like any post that makes me think or inspires some sort of thoughtful cognitive application. I love being involved in clarifying discourse.  I like the smart people on Facebook who fight battles with their intellect and knowledge. I like being the spectator. I enjoy posts that prick at me, or bother me, and I like ones that inspire me too. I really love them all–(except memes with cute animals or any uncreative “reshare” post.)

BUT….this was taking WAY too much time and removing me from things that I wanted to accomplish, like blog, write, sew, bake, paint… work on my online course–anything more productive that Facebook.

The list of things I want to try grows by the day and I find myself overwhelmed with ideas and unable to tackle any of them. Having two children is great because it really gets you thinking of all the things you could be doing or learning–meanwhile, I’ve got a bucking bronco and I’m trying to change his diaper as he runs off screaming mid-diaper change EVERY SINGLE TIME.

On this blog I like to post what I’m doing; what I just whipped up–even if it’s a bit boring or “imperfect”. What else are you going to blog about if you can’t fit it into your “everyday happenings”, right?

With Valentine’s Day coming up very soon, I thought I’d share a pic of a cake I recently made.

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This is a simple little Valentine’s Day Cake. I thought this one up but I’m sure there are a million similar versions out there.

Instead of using a big cake pan (like the big one pictured below) I used the two little ones.

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I used the recipe off the back of this Hershey’s Cocoa powder box:

Very easy.

Once the chocolate cake was baked and cooled in the fridge, I whipped up a chocolate ganache (there are a million recipes on the internet). I just used the ones with heavy whipping cream, chocolate chips and light corn syrup.

I made a raspberry filling. I cooked up red raspberries in a little pot with a squeeze of lemon juice and some sugar and corn starch.

Then I made a little raspberry heart shape on the top of the ganache (once the ganache had hardened).

 

Let your imagination take you away this Valentine’s Day!

 

 

FELT IS SO FUN!!!! HOW TO USE IT?

FELT IS SO FUN!!!! HOW TO USE IT?

For a while now I have been experimenting with felt and its sundry uses. You know, that plush, soft, fuzzy stuff that is made from PLASTIC BAGS??!! YES! RECYCLED PLASTIC BAGS! You can get it in sheets at your local fabric store or even places like Michaels, Walmart or Hobby Lobby–usually $1-$1.50 per sheet. I buy a ton when it goes down to 50 cents a sheet at Joann Fabrics.

It looks kind of like this. Always keep a bag of cut-up scraps. Also, have your glue gun handy. This is how I attach cut felt pieces together.

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Felt is bright and colorful. It’s durable and fun to cut up and use! You can sew it on things. (I cut up my husband’s old shirts and turn them into boy shirts). I finish them off with felt appliques that I design, cut out and sew on. Here are 3 (toddler) boy shirts I made from scratch this week.  2 of them have felt applications. You can see my felt elephant and palm tree.

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You can also make a FELT BOARD as I like to call it. It reminds me of the flannel graph board that was used by missionaries and in Sunday schools in the 70’s and 80’s. I took an old canvas and covered it with the non-slip stuff that you put under rugs. This non-slip material was being stored in a closet and not being used….so why not?

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Then you staple it on a canvas or board and put a bunch of velcro pieces on it. Children who haven’t watched a ton of television like to stick the felt pieces on the board and make up stories.

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Like this:

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You can also make your own fun felt books as I have here:

Felt is so much fun! Cutting it out and making your own creations with a glue gun is one of my favorite things to do. Bonus: the kids get a new thing to play with!

 

 

 

Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice. (Welcome to my painting blog :)

Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice. (Welcome to my painting blog :)

Lately I’ve become obsessed with painting.

I decided to create a separate blog documenting my dive into FUN AND BRIGHT acrylic painting on recycled cardboard boxes.

I’m just starting out but you can plunge into my painting blog here:

MY PAINTING AND ARTWORK BLOG!

Oh, and I’m haphazard and very free with my art/painting here. Perfection is out the door because I feel so liberated using cheap materials! I’m just having fun.

A little color will brighten your day. Guaranteed.

ACNE SCAR UPDATE (1 Year After FRAXEL LASER). DON’T DO IT!

ACNE SCAR UPDATE (1 Year After  FRAXEL LASER). DON’T DO IT!

A while back I had posted about my ACNE SCAR FRAXEL LASER EXPERIENCE (yes, this is my most-viewed blog post, you can dig it up as I won’t be linking to it here). I Wanted to finally give an update. Yes, It has been ONE FULL YEAR since my 3 FRAXEL LASER TREATMENTS.

BEFORE FRAXEL LASER SKIN RESURFACING: Yeah I’m just too vain. I don’t even know why I worry about such trivial things, my skin didn’t even look that bad (as you can see from my before picture below).

Never forget, there are people out there who actually have real problems. There are people out there without limbs… people who have full-body burns. Now that’s suffering!

Anytime you see someone complaining about their looks, remember to think of legitimate victims, not someone like me with literally nothing to complain about.

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AFTER FRAXEL LASER RESURFACING: 3 spaced out treatments during 2017-18 $1,200 (for all 3).

I guess I’m glad I took before and after pictures. Would I do Fraxel again? NO. The reason? Despite making my skin smoother and the depressions less noticeable, it seems to have thinned my dermis and even my underlying “baby fat layer”. These are two important layers which give youth and glow to the skin.

People with a thicker dermis and more fat look younger than people with a thinner fat and dermal layers. Fraxel laser will make you look older because it inevitably thins out your skin. I guarantee it. They will tell you up and down that it doesn’t. But this has been my experience.

I really have no other way of describing this. I think that acne scar subcision would have been a much better solution to maintain the previous thickness of my skin.

Guess what? I will be getting ACNE SCAR SUBCISION along with injectable filler THIS COMING MONDAY. Oh how I wish I would have known about this option and had someone willing to give it to me before my FRAXEL LASER SURGERY. Yeah, it’s a more involved process and the technician would have had to work on each individual acne scar (and I have HUNDREDS of acne scars on my face) but the overall thickness of my dermis and fat later would have remained the same.

REMEMBER once these skin layers are diminished, it will be very, very hard to get them back. The medical spa professionals/Estheticians etc will tell you that “they will regenerate” and that “collagen synthesis will occur”. Not much. You’ll notice smoother skin but much thinner too. I don’t like this part.

P.S. I’m no expert but I AM both an RN and an Esthetician, so I’m not entirely clueless.

Crescent Rolls With a Twist (also, cheap and trashy cardboard Christmas Tree Ornaments)

Crescent Rolls With a Twist (also, cheap and trashy cardboard Christmas Tree Ornaments)

To get this fantastic Crescent Roll Dough, head over to this website for a great recipe:

Crescent Roll Dough

I’ve used this recipe 2 times now and have been very pleased with the results. The first time I made cinnamon rolls (super yummy!) and the second time, I made the crescent rolls.

I added things like: chocolate chips and fresh cranberry sauce. I added chocolate chips for a few of them. I mixed up my homemade cranberry sauce and brie cheese in a few others. I also tried a mix of chocolate chips and cranberry sauce. It was a brunch delight.

One has chocolate chips. The other has Brie cheese and leftover (homemade) cranberry sauce for Thanksgiving! You can freeze cranberry sauce and thaw it when you need it again 🙂

 

Here are some more:

Wrap them up in whatever conformation you desire.

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And pop them in the oven.

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Remove them from the oven when they are baked. (I followed the baking directions of the recipe linked at the top of this blog post. I HIGHLY recommend that you use this recipe too!)

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This was a great way to use up the remainder of my crescent roll dough.

 

Cardboard Christmas Tree Ornaments

Find some cardboard. I used cardboard from a diaper box. Cut your cardboard into Christmas shapes or whatever comes to your mind. Get glitter. Get paper clips so you’ll be able to hang them up. Get a glue gun. Find paint and paintbrushes. Also, I like to add various embellishments from my stash of old beads, unpaired earrings and broken jewelry.

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I also reused cardboard from other random boxes and then I painted the front of the ornaments, added glitter and glue-gunned random embellishments.

GRR IT’S A BEAR MARKET OUT THERE TODAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I like my pomegranate ornament:

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And here are a bunch of our other ornament creations!

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And a turtle my daughter and I made together:

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And another fun one:

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Finally. A snowman.

 

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from our home to yours 🙂