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#1 Jerhop1

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Posted 31 May 2016 - 05:40 AM

Hi

Just joined this forum today.  I have had limited scleroderma CREST for about 11 years now.  I want to get advice on removing telangiectasia on the face with laser.  What is best recommendation from someone that actually had it done, did they came back?  It has been bothering me for a couple of years now.  Probably bothering now more because I am recently divorced and want to start dating again.  lol

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Posted 31 May 2016 - 07:31 AM

Hi Jeremy,

 

Welcome to these forums!

 

I'm sorry to hear that you've been suffering with telangiectasia and can understand how it can affect your confidence when entering the dating scene! :wink:

 

Thankfully, I don't suffer with telangiectasia, so can't offer you any first hand advice. However, we do have a useful link on Treatments for Telangiectasia, which does include laser and other treatments as well.

 

It's very likely that we do have other members who may be able to advise you further.

 

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#3 Jerhop1

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Posted 31 May 2016 - 08:04 AM

Hi Jo,

Thanks for taking the time to reply.  I can definitely see this site and forum of great help to me.

Jeremy



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Posted 02 June 2016 - 04:25 AM

Hi Jeremy - I saw your post and knew I had to respond. I have had 4 laser procedures done in the last 10ish years. I will need another within in the next year or so. The telangiectasia on my mouth bleed. So not attractive. It's not a very comfortable procedure but in my case, I have no choice. The old ones don't come back but new ones did. However, that may not be the case for you. We are all so different. Recovery for me wasn't too bad but one time the doctor (one I hadn't used before) was a wee bit aggressive and I had a lot of scabbing. Again, not so attractive. It eventually all healed up and I felt great. If you decide to do this please find a doctor who has done this procedure before (many times before).

Let us know if you go forward with it. Personally, I never regretted it.

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Posted 02 June 2016 - 10:48 AM

Hi Ann,

Thank you for your reply.  It sounds like it may be hopeful with the right doctor.  Did you use IPL or APL laser treatment?  I appreciate all of the info. 

Jeremy



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Posted 02 June 2016 - 09:48 PM

Hi Jeremy,

I had a laser treatment on my face, I am sorry I do not remember the name/method, but it was pretty deep laser treatment, I had skin falling off for awhile.... I was instructed to use strong sunscreen constantly for a few weeks (and after), but unfortunately we were evacuated from our home for a natural disaster and that did not happen. I spent more time in strong sun in the next two weeks after the deep laser treatment with lesser than strong sunscreen that was quickly sweated off from prolonged times in the heat and direct sun than I had in the last several years combined, it was a chaotic period. I cannot say if it was lack of sunscreen, or my scleroderma progressed, or other reasons, but mine are far worse now. I asked my sclero specialist before I had it done, he said they could come back worse, guess he was right, they did. A year or two later I had different one done that I think was called yagi. Looked great for awhile, a couple of years later I have new ones and I am in the same boat as before without sun exposure and I used strong sunscreen.

I use a particular makeup formulated for rosacia, my husband has borrowed this in the past for publication pictures or critical business meetings for a finished look. It works great. Not that I wear makeup much anymore, but for first impressions it could give you confidence. Send me a message for the brand if you are interested. Good luck and let us know what you decide :happy:
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Posted 03 June 2016 - 04:16 AM

Kathy,

Thanks for sharing your experience and information.  I will keep you posted on what I decide.  I plan to get a couple free consults.

Thank Goodness it's Friday,

Jeremy



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Posted 09 October 2016 - 10:06 AM

Hi Jeremy

 

Just wanted to let you know that I have recently started IPL Laser treatment for my facial telangiectasias.  Although I don't have a great number of them, I do feel very conscious of them!  I have them on my eyes (between brow and eyelid), on my lips (and neither of these areas can be laser treated), on my nose, cheeks and just generally dotted about my face.  I also have them on my fingers but they are very small and you wouldn't notice them unless you were looking for them!  I recently had to have both sides of my nose cauterised because of telangiectasias that were bleeding.  That wasn't very nice and my nose continued to bleed for a few weeks after the cauterisation but, fingers crossed, it seems to have stopped now.  My ENT doc said that I should be OK unless and until I develop more telangiectasias and then I may need further cauterisation. 

 

When I decided to have the laser treatment I had a 'patch test' and was amazed that the biggest and reddest telangiectasia almost vanished from my face just from that patch test.  I have had one treatment since and have noticed a reduction in size and redness of all the treated telangiectasias.  As other posters have said I now have to use a factor 50 sunscreen (but I always did anyway!) and have to apply a post treatment serum for as long as I keep having the treatment.  There is no way of knowing how many treatments will be needed but based on the patch test and first treatment, I don't think it will be many.  I have to have at least 4 weeks between treatments and am booked in to have my 2nd treatment soon. I can't wait!  Anyway, hope this helps and that you have managed to get some free consults.

 

By the way, you certainly can't see any telangiectasias on your photo.  Your skin looks fab!

 

Sierra x