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#1 Clementine

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Posted 03 July 2007 - 04:28 AM

Hello everyone!
The saga continues....I saw the dermatologist yesterday. He feels confident he can successfully minimize my telangiactasias by using Cynergy laser. It will take anywhere from 3-5 treatments. I have not made up my mind if I want to take the risk. I would not be able to deal if it is any worse!

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Posted 03 July 2007 - 04:54 AM

Hey Jen,
I am glad that you were able to see the dermatologist. I think I would ask to see some pictures of before and after other peoples laser procedure. If you really trust this doctor, and she says that it will look better after the procedure, than by all means go for it.

I have had laser done to remove bumps on my face. On my first treatment the dermatologist did a terrible job, (i never did any research). The second time I had it done, I went to a plastic sergon and he was much more gentle with the laser. This sergon had the final product in mind rather than just getting rid of the problem...(along with all of the surrounding skin!)

I think that if the Doctor has done lots of these procedures and is up to date on the newest technology than you are in good hands.
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Posted 03 July 2007 - 05:39 AM

Erin and all,
I sent my original post on accident. I was not finished but somehow I hit the wrong key and it sent.

After I left the Dr. office I thought of so many questions for him. One is to see his before and afters of Cynergy and another is to do a trial laser on one telangiactasia.

I think I trust this Dr., but I also trusted my previous dermatologist and I didn't have good results. He has good credentials, and he was voted number 1 dermatologist by the people of Denver. There's a lot to be said for that...but I'm also thinking it's all Botox patients!! LOL.

I went to the Dr. yesterday sans makeup, and another patient actually asked me in a kind way if I'd always had a bad complexion!! She was very nice, so I know she meant it sincerely. I told her I had an autoimmune disease....people just do not know, do they?

Broken blood vessels
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Posted 03 July 2007 - 05:44 AM

Hi Jen - I have had the procedure done by two different dermatologists. One was at a "Children's Hospital" (I felt a little silly, but she was amazingly gentle and professional). The other was at a well know teaching hospital and he brought in a bunch of med students to watch (again, I felt a little silly), but the point is I did alot of research and found what I considered the best. I have had great success (and I was a mess). I wish you all the best. There are some amazing doctors out there...just a wee bit hard to find, sometimes! - Ann

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Posted 03 July 2007 - 06:25 AM

Hi Jen,

Is it covered by insurance? Is it expensive?
Warm and gentle hugs,

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Posted 03 July 2007 - 07:05 AM

Hello again!
Ann, I am so glad to hear your treatment worked. May I ask how profound your telangiactasias were? What is your complexion type? I am naturally fair skinned with blue eyes and have a history of a lot of sun. Did you have Cynergy laser or another form of laser?

Sweet, it is not covered by insurance. I had to pay $65 for the consultation. The treatments come in packages. For 3, it is $865 and for 5 it is around $1600. I know it IS cosmetic, but it doesn't seem fair, does it? After all, it is from a medical condition. Oh well, can't win them all.

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Posted 03 July 2007 - 07:32 AM

My prices were for the full face....it's much cheaper to get one area done. For instance, my Dr. charges $510 for 3 treatments on the nose $816 for 3 treatments on the nose and cheeks. The full face includes the forehead, nose and cheeks. Single treatments are a little more than prorated but the Dr. says it typically takes more than one treatment.

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Posted 03 July 2007 - 10:12 AM

Thanks Jen for the information. In a way it seems like a lot, but it's definitely something I would pay for if, and when I need it.

Please let us know what you decide to do! It would be awesome to see some before and after pics.
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Posted 04 July 2007 - 10:25 AM

Hi Jen - My telangiactasias was not considered cosmetic and was covered by my insurance. I am fair skinned with red hair/brown eyes. My major problem is that the spots are on my lips and they bleed from time to time. The blood trips into my throat and it's pretty yucky. The sun is not a friend....the spots seem to get bigger and I have a cross-over symptom of Lupus. I also have spots all over my body. They don't seem to cause much trouble. I'm afraid I do not know what type of laser treatment I had. I could check that out. The treatment is essential for me....a tad bit uncomfortable but well worth it. Hope this helps. -Ann