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Is laser therapy for stretch marks something that would cause scaring while on Accutane 70mg? What are some alternatives while on the med?
My dermatologist put me on Accutane during my fractional resurfacing therapy I found out dat it isnt good but the doc said its fine & i shouldnt worry?
Is erbium fractional resurfacing laser therapy ok if my girl uses accutane? She's on Accutane 20mgtwice a day and also is going through this procedure
Probably but....: This is an unusual question that should be answered by the physician performing the laser procedure. You should make sure he/she knows everything your daughter is taking. I would also recommend checking with the doctor/dermatologist prescribing her accutane. Accutane is a vitamin A derivative and can have many side effects including skin redness and irritation maybe worsened by laser surgery. ...Read more
My girl is on Accutane and she's also receiving her collagen activation therapy for resurfacing of scars left by acne, is it ok to do so?
Need details: Took it for how long? What dose? Usually a course is 20 weeks but sometimes longer or shorter. Most people are dramatically better. A few of them will need a second treatment, typically a year later. Higher doses are less likely to lead to repeat treatment. ...Read more
I'm currently on Accutane (day 52, 60mlgs a day), what rules && other things must i follow to get the best possible results from this treatment?
Accutane: Accutane rarely fails for cystic acne. Normally 50% of people are cured taking 1mg/kg for 20 weeks. 50% of people need a second course at double the dose. A very few people need higher doses and more prolonged therapy. Weekly blood tests are need to monitor for adverse effects at these higher doses. See a dermatologist experienced in administering higher doses of accutane. ...Read more
My Accutane treatment is over and idlike to know after how long will i know if it worked permanently. After how long people normally break out again?
Well, yes: Accutane is a very powerful drug that can be very helpful for the treatment of cystic acne. It has a whole host of possible side effects however, from fairly mild like dry skin, to very severe like psychosis. It's super important to not get pregnant while taking Accutane because it causes significant birth defects. If you are taking Accutane you need close follow up with a doctor. ...Read more
Accurate dose: Long-term use of Accutane, even in low doses, has not been studied, and is not recommended. It is important that Accutane be given at the recommended doses for no longer than the recommended duration. The effect of long-term use of Accutane on bone loss is unknown The recommended dosage range for Accutane is 0.5 to 1.0 mg/kg/day given in two divided doses with food for 15 to 20 weeks. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Is it normal to have an initial breakout from Accutane only after 3 months in? I thought it was suppose to start during 1st mth of treatment?
Uncommon: Your reaction is uncommon, but can happen. You might discuss a dosage adjustment with your dermatologist. ...Read more
For severe cases: Accutane is a very strong but very effective drug for acne. It has potential serious side effects and requires close monitoring. That said, i know multiple patients who have had phenomenal improvements with Accutane that say they would do the treatment over. I recommend you see a local dermatologist for a consultation and more information. ...Read more
Dark Spot: You have to protect your skin from the sun to avoid getting dark spots. But once the dark spots appear, it is possible to treat them. Potential over-the-counter treatments include hydroquinone creams that bleach the skin and microdermabrasion kits that buff out the rough, dark spots. Prescription drug treatments include tretinoin, known as retin-a. ...Read more
Pride in yourself: Stay with it. Remember why. Acne is a grave personal and professional liability. Your life will be far better once you're through it. Life is cruel and unfair, and you'll discover that once your face is clear, people treat you better. Comply with your lab work and appointments. And be grateful for scientific medicine that's made this possible. Best wishes. ...Read more
Does accutane thin out your hair? Even at a 5mg per day dose? If so will it return to normal after treatment is over?
Accutane: it can cause that and should return when off it ...Read more