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#1 Nae

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Posted 24 July 2008 - 02:06 AM

Hello,

I'm 17 and I have a morphea on the cheek several years, it seems to be stable now, the skin isn't hard at all and it had stop spreading now.

My problem is that I've a pigmented patch now, it is more pigmented and we can see little blood vessels. I would like to know if the laser could help me to reduce the pigmentation.

My other problem is that it have led to an atrophy of the skin. I have a hollow on my cheek now, do you know if injections can help to "fill" it ?

Thanks and sorry for my bad English, I'm French.

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Posted 24 July 2008 - 03:32 AM

Hello, Nae. Welcome to the ISN Sclero Forums. I am glad your condition has stabilised. I am not a doctor, nor do I have any personal experience with the problems you have brought up, but hopefully our page on Morphea Treatments will give you some help. Others who have the condition should jump in and share the own experiences. As for your English, there is nothing I could fault in it. I'd hate to see how I would fare on a French forum. biggrin.gif


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#3 Nae

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Posted 24 July 2008 - 05:28 AM

Hello,

Thank you for welcoming and your answer. I read an article "Pulsed Dye laser 585mn in treatment of morphea" (it's in Jefa's link). It is said that the laser is a "viable" treatment, however, I found only this article on the web, and I can't base my hopes on only one case.

As for my patch (I wouldn't call it disease as it is relatively benign when it doesn't cause mobility problems or pain, mine is just "ugly", very "ugly" but I feel blessed that it will never kill me), it (seems?) to be stabilized and I hope I will never relapse.

I am followed by the best dermatology service in France (Hospital Necker), they're very prudent and they don't want to give me too much hope; they tell me that "we'll see for doing something later" and I understand them, if the cosmetic surgery fail, I'll can't put this on their fault.

So, if someone have experienced the laser on "inactive" morphea, I would very happy to know what is the "improvement".

Thanks, and again, my English seems to be very clumsy. :(

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Posted 24 July 2008 - 09:05 AM

Hi Nae!

Welcome to the Sclero Forums! I'm so glad you've joined us. You will receive a wealth of information, support and friendship here. Again, welcome!
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Posted 24 July 2008 - 11:53 PM

Hello all.
Nobody knows for the laser ?

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Posted 26 July 2008 - 08:22 AM

Hello, on another forum, a doctor "think" the YAG laser could be helpful. Has someone experienced it ?

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Posted 26 July 2008 - 01:40 PM

Nae,

I've no experience with laser treatment, but I do know that a YAG laser is used for cataract surgery and has shown to be successful in removing scars due to acne (PubMed).

I added a couple more studies to the laser treatment section on the morphea page that Jefa linked you to. You might take a look.

Hope this helps.

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#8 Nae

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Posted 27 July 2008 - 01:35 AM

Hello, thanks for the article.

Acne and morphea pigmentation are caused by the same thing ?

I don't know what gives this color to morpheas. I'll try to post a picture.

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Posted 01 September 2008 - 10:58 AM

Hello all, I went to the hospital today, control visit.

My dermatologist is very glad since my morphea is now stable for a couple of years.

Today, for the first time, she told me about the cosmetic, it's a big step for me, one of the best dermatologist in France were in the hospital today (C. Bodemer), she told me that something CAN be tried too, and tomorrow, she'll show the picture to another excellent doctor, a plastic surgeon this time :) , and they'll contact me to take a book.

This is not for the color but for the "hollow" on my cheek.

This is a very good day for me, I went to the hospital to watch my morphea like I am used to, and I came back home with a book with a plastic surgeon! Wow !

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Posted 03 September 2008 - 05:00 AM

Hi Nae!

Glad to hear that your control visit at the hospital went well. I have morphea as well, but it is on my arm, hand, and chest, not on my face, and although this is completely unrelated to the morphea, I had laser on my face on August 21 for rosacea. Rosacea has caused my face to look flushed all the time. But anyways, the laser is supposed to help with the pigmentation, to help my face look more normal. I have only had one treatment and it will take a series of them to help the rosacea. I know there are several types of lasers. The one I had, was called IPL (Intense Pulsed Light), which I have read is not actually a laser, but if just as, or more effective than laser. I don't know anything about laser for morphea, but I could see it being effective it if is safe, as lasers are excellent at correcting pigmentation.

Let me know if you have any questions!

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Posted 03 September 2008 - 05:59 AM

Nae,

I'm happy to hear you had a sucessful appointment and some viable options were presented to you. I too have morphea and the plaques appear all over (chest, breast, torso, upper arms and legs). I have one that is quite large on my chest (right below my shoulder area) and it can be seen when wearing some tops/blouses. It's about 2 inches long and 1 inch wide so I am going to seek some treatment options. I'll keep you posted on what my dermatologist recommends.
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Posted 03 March 2009 - 07:43 AM

Hello,

Any news smac0719 ?

Concerning my lipofilling, it worked but the fat has already begun to disappear, but it is even better than before. And, as my surgeon told me before the surgery, I am going to need an other injection, which is going to stay that time.

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Posted 03 March 2009 - 10:28 AM

Hello Nae,

Je voule réserver un bon accueil à ISN!
(I know my decades-old French is very bad. ;) )

It is wonderful news that you are being given cosmetic treatment for your facial morphea.

I'm very glad you are posting messages about your treatment. It is especially valuable because it seems not many Forum members have had personal experience of either laser treatment or lipofilling.

Again, warm welcomes to the International Scleroderma Network (ISN).

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