My Photo Album *
Lisa's Laser Experience
This page shows before and after pictures of me. I had laser surgery on the Angiofibromas on my face. Angiofibromas are a manifestation of a disorder called Tuberous Sclerosis. They tend to get worse with age. Mine got to the point where they would bleed so I thought it was time to look into a treatment.
The pictures on this page are not pretty. Beware of that before you decide to look at the full size image. As thumbnails they aren't too detailed. But if you look at the full sized image you will see a big difference. None of the pictures here were professionally taken. These are from my own personal photo album,as you can probably tell. :) They aren't the best of pictures, but they are the best that show the facial angiofibromas.
Click on the thumbnail image to view the full sized image.
**The information here may not be
completely accurate. I tried to be as accurate as possible, but I am not a
doctor so I may be a bit off on some of the descriptions of the lasers. I
created this page to show the difference that laser surgery can make for some
people with Tubeorous Sclerosis and Angiofibromas. This is only *my* personal
experience and every person will have a different one. Talk to your
doctor to see if laser surgery might work for you.**
The second picture is me talking to the doc before the procedure. The machine in the background is the Pulse-Dye Laser that they used on me.
The third picture is me on the table waiting for the doc to
begin. This was for the Pulse-Dye procedure.
During and After Pulse-Dye
The next 2 pictures are what my face looks like immediately after the procedure. The 'bruise' goes away after about 3 days. You can see in the "after" pictures how big the area is for each zap. Each little circle is one zap.
picture is me leaving with my "hand-full of ice". They would give me a rubber
glove and fill it with ice to put on my face for the drive home. During that
time there is a bit of stinging and the ice helps alot.
After Laser Surgery
Also, you probably noticed that near my nose the skin looks pretty 'white' and not bumpy. That is from the dermabrasion. That area was where the most angiofibromas were. The difference between the 'before' pictures and the 'after' pictures is really amazing to me. But as a note, I still am not done with my laser surgery experience. I will continue to add new pictures after each procedure I get done.
I am very happy with the results of my laser surgery. There is
such a big difference in the color and "texture" of my face since starting.
Totally amazing to me. I have another appointment coming up in October.
There will probably be new pictures up here after that time.
October17, 1996. I missed my appointent for laser surgery today. I will have to rescedule, but I am not sure when that will be. I will be sure to write here when I find out the new appointment. I don't expect it to be anytime soon though.
April 21, 1999. I haven't gone back for any treatments for years now. I really want to, but I'm a bit nervous. I keep putting it off, but maybe I'll get my nerve up soon. I'll let you all know when I decide to go again. :-)