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Telangiectasia/laser Treatment

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#1 Clementine


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Posted 25 September 2007 - 03:39 AM

Hello All and Sheryl,

I decided to post a new topic instead of answering Sheryl's question that was in another thread.

I've had 3 laser treatments on the red dots on my face. You cannot see a difference at all. Oddly enough, I thought the first week after the treatment, once they had healed, that they appeared slightly lighter.

It was a total waste of time and money. Yesterday, I told my rheumatologist he was right when he told me the treatment would not work, but I did it anyway thinking the dermatologist knew better and that new lasers may work. This is my second attempt within 5 years to get rid of them.

I do have one last follow up later this month that is a freebie, so maybe, just maybe, it will work but I won't hold my breath.

Not to say laser won't work for someone else. Mine are really profound and profuse.


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Posted 25 September 2007 - 04:32 AM

I'm sorry Jen that it didn't work for you. I really was hoping that you'd be seeing better results from the laser. I'll keep my finger's crossed for your last treatment.
Take care and stay warm,


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Posted 25 September 2007 - 05:07 AM

Hi Jen,

I'm sorry you are disappointed with your treatment. I know you had put a lot of hope (and money!) into it.

What does your dermatologist say about the treatment failure - or does he see it as a failure - yet?


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Posted 25 September 2007 - 07:28 AM

You know, it's not a big deal in the grand scheme of things. It's just that I want to look healthy and I don't unless I layer the makeup. Then I just look fake.

Barefut, my Dr. upped the laser on the 3rd treatment, enough to damage the vessel, so really the 3rd treatment was the only one that was beneficial for a successful end result. I think he was perplexed by my dots because he was taken aback when I went in the 3rd time with no results.

We'll see. I go back in a few weeks. I'll post so that others can learn from my experience.


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Posted 25 September 2007 - 09:22 AM

Hi Jennifer,

Thank you for updating us on your progress with laser for telangiectasia, or rather, lack of progress with it. I'll still hope your next treatment works, although my impression is that in general, laser for telangiectasia just isn't as effective for people with scleroderma.

People who don't have scleroderma, but who have telangiectasia, should take heart, though, in that it is often effective for them.

As a side note, congrats on becoming a Gold Member, as I see you have over 500 posts to the forum!
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Posted 25 September 2007 - 10:21 AM

I'm really sorry Jennifer that you haven't had positive results so far with the Laser Treatments. I found they didn't work for me either. If you would send me a personal message I will give you the name of a good make up specially made for people in our situations. Good luck with your free treatment, you never know what can happen.

Jackie S.

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Posted 25 September 2007 - 10:37 AM

For those who have an interest there are some links on makeup on the Telangiectasia page.
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Posted 25 September 2007 - 11:05 AM

Hi Jen ,

What a bummer....three treatments and no positive results. Don't suppose the Dermatologist will give you your money back?!?!? Thank you for sharing your experience with everyone.

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Posted 25 September 2007 - 11:07 AM

Oh Jen, I am so sorry. I know how much you wished this would work. *hugs*
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Posted 25 September 2007 - 11:13 AM

Thanks you all. I really do appreciate all the support. I guess most of you can relate.

No refund. I was fully aware it may not work. He actually said it could take possible 5 or more treatments but there is no way I woud fork out the money to "try". It it were a sure thing I would do it.

I am over 500 posts? I have posted at least 20 today. I need to get off the computer. :unsure:

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Posted 26 September 2007 - 05:35 AM

Sorry to hear about the lack of success. My treatments, though not breathtaking in the change, made for a definite improvement, especially the second time, when the doctor turned up the power a bit. Never any bruising, since the treatments were pin-pointed. But different skins can react differently...


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Posted 26 September 2007 - 05:51 AM

It's good to hear that your treatments worked for you! Hooray! Thanks for letting us know because, you're right, different skin, different doctors, different levels can all make the difference in how this procedure works.

I'm so sorry that Tangelo's didn't work for her. Oh well, it really doesn't affect her beauty any.

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Posted 26 September 2007 - 11:45 AM

Craig, I am so glad the type of treatment you decided on, worked well for you. It is good to hear that some of the torture we put ourselves through does, "sometimes" work. Are you still receiving treatments? How many do you think you will need to get accomplished what you desire? Inquisitive! Sheryl
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Posted 09 April 2013 - 08:40 AM

To Jackie s who posted in 2007 about a good makeup for covering telangiectasia in scleroderma sufferers: I'd be grateful if you'd let me have the brand name. I've tried laser surgery (fortunately, free on the NHS) but it failed comprehensively!

In hopes and thanks,

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Posted 09 April 2013 - 01:17 PM

Hi Helen,


I'm sorry to hear that you have been suffering with telangiectasia and that the laser surgery wasn't successful.


I've included a link to our page on Corrective cosmetics which I hope you'll find interesting and helpful.


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