Scar removal using CO2 Laser resurfacing, January 8, 2009, 9:39 am
I went to see Dr. Latorre due to a surgical scar that I had in my right cheek, which resulted from the removal of a benign mole (this procedure was done by a dermatologist, not Dr. Latorre). This was an atrophic scar with rough and raised skin at its borders, which made it unsightly and aesthetically unpleasant.
During the first consultation with Dr. Latorre, I asked him several times about the risks and complications of CO2 laser resurfacing, as well as the expectations post-surgery. He stated that the herein procedure would smooth out the scar edges, even out the scar as to blend it with the rest of the face, and that there could be a risk of hypopigmentation due to my skin tone. Furthermore, he warned me that the area to be resurfaced would have to go beyond the scar so the skin would blend in better. After a careful analysis of my options (chemical peels, dermabrasion, fraxel, etc.), I agreed to the surgery and acknowledged the risk of hypopigmentation.
Four weeks prior to the surgery, Dr. Latorre told me to undergo 2 chemical peels and to use a series of PCA skin treatments to prepare my face and minimize the risk of hypopigmentation. I followed his advice carefully and thoroughly and he personally stated he weas pleased to see that I followed his indications so well.
I underwent CO2 laser resurfacing on September 9, 2008, and was told to wait 3-6 months to see results. I followed Dr. Latorre's post-surgery instructions, having to buy from him very expensive creams and sunblocks (not covered under the surgical costs). The creams did not help as he expected, the skin did not heal as promised, and today, 4 months after the surgery, the skin is still red and irritated, the scar is more visible than it was before, the skin is uneven, varicose vains and Milia developed in the treated area, and Dr. Latorre keeps saying that everything is going well.
Alas, 4 months after the surgery, I not only have the scar still, but also redness, varicose vains, and Milia. And, of course, I am now $3,000 dollars poorer.