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When I was 18 I had the new acne treatment, "x-ray" and I have radiation damage and became hypothyroid. They simply did not know the outcome of x-ray treatments that strong. I have recieved almost maxium rads x-ray on my face and must limit dental x-rays.

The new laser treatment has not been around long enough to see the long term results. I sure hope it does not do damage like the x-ray treatments did. Damage is not realized for many years later, was in my case.

Remember, if laser treatments are not done correct a person can end up with white streaks on their face.

My dermatologist, a professor at a medical school, told me to choose a doctor who "owned" his own laser machine and did not rent one. Some dermatologist these days will rent a laser machine and then do several patients. In other words his expertise is not that great, does a fast production for the money. It was explained to me the dermatologist that owns his own machine is not doing a quickie for pocket money, but is more dedicated/experienced to the art of using the laser when needed.

I still have not had the laser treatment for Rosacea, still a coward knowing what new treatments can do and have to suffer long term side effects. I am not sure I want to risk white streaks which can never be corrected. I am a senior citizen and wish to let younger people know what can happen. I have paid a heavy price for having a new treatment (x-ray) that was suppose to be the magic bullet at the time for acne.

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