Treatment: Laser treatment for rash on face
Laser(s) used: n/a
Number of Treatments: n/a
Scars: Around nose, chin, eyes, and eyebrows
“I literally looked like Rudolph the red nosed reindeer. Besides the fact that is was on my face, it really, really hurt. Dr. Waibel explained to me that it was physical, an auto-immune disease, but also caused by stress. I did two laser treatments and the medical ointment. When I saw the before and after pictures of myself on the computer, I couldn’t believe it. It blew my mind. I love her more than anybody under the sun because she got rid of it! She helped me! Aces in my book.”
What treatment did you receive?
I had a rash on my face, it would come and go, and it was really painful. Nobody seemed to know what it was. It was little, but it was so painful. It got worse when I would exercise and when I would get upset.
Dr. Waibel figured out what it was. It was three different things; Peri-oral dermatitis, rosacea, and saboric dermatitis.
First she gave me an antibiotic, then an ointment. Then she used the new laser on me. I cannot tell you how thrilled I was because she removed it and along with that the pain was gone. I had had it for years and it was driving me absolutely bonkers. My mother would say to me, “what is wrong,” and I would say “I don’t know.” It was just so painful.
She explained to me that it was physical, an auto-immune disease, but also caused by stress. I love her more than anybody under the sun because she got rid of it! She helped me. I did two laser treatments, and the medical ointment.
Was the first time the antibiotic and ointment, then the laser?
Yes. It’s called a compound and I had to go to a special store to get it. Evidently it is kind of a difficult thing to treat, because it affects the auto-immune system.
How did you come across Dr. Waibel?
My son went to Dr. Waibel for his acne problems. He had acne for a teenage boy which is very disturbing socially. I was so happy with what she did to his skin that I went to her for mine. I was sitting there in the lobby and I did not realize that Dr. Waibel was the one who had treated those girls I had seen on the Today Show. I put two and two together. I was so happy. She also gave me a little bit of stuff for my upper lip, and for the first time in my life I have a little upper lip.
It was like a nice addition? (to get filler)
Yeah. I was in her office, and I saw a picture of a girl with filler and she had even less of an upper lip than I did. So I asked her, and she said, “oh you’re perfect for it, let’s do it!” And I was like “yeah!”
Were you hesitant to treat your rash with a laser at first?
I kind of thought I was crazy, because it would come and go. I figured it was my nerves. I thought I was going to have to live with it. Dr. Waibel told me “no.” All the way around it was just fantastic. I don’t know how many years I was living with this thing. It was really painful.
How long did you suffer?
I went to my Uncle’s surprise party in Key West when he turned 50. That was about 6 years ago. But it was really, really bad after my dad died and had to fight with his wife.
What is the difference with Dr. Waibel than other doctors?
I had been given a couple different ointments by other dermatologists that just didn’t do it. She was the only one who knew. I was supposed to do this, this, and this.
I know I keep saying this. It was just a little red area around my face and people said “no big deal.” First of all, it was the first thing everybody saw. I literally looked like Rudolph the red nosed reindeer. It was all that area around my nose; I had a couple spots on my chin, and on my eyes, my eyebrows.
It’s your face, but the other thing was that it really, really hurt. It was really painful. It was like my face was on fire. When she said it wasn’t all in my head, that we can take care of it, I was relieved. It was so nice to have somebody reaffirm that I wasn’t crazy.
Was the laser painful?
No, not at all. It kind of shocked you a little. It reminded me of a bug zapper. They put the little things on your eyes. The nurses were great. I had two different nurses. They told me “don’t even worry.” And they were right. As soon as you realize what it’s going to be like, it’s fine.
How long is the treatment?
It just depends. Sometimes not even 10 minutes. It does the affected areas; and the rosacea too.
So the pain and the redness went away after the first treatment?
Yeah. When I saw the picture of myself on the computer, I couldn’t believe it. When you see an actual picture as opposed to just looking in the mirror, when you see it side by side, it blows your mind.
Did your appearance bother you?
It did bother me. It was so painful. It was on fire. The more upset I got, the more painful it would get. I don’t look like Rudolph anymore, which is really nice.
How do you feel about Dr. Waibel? Your experience?
I love her. I love her. I can’t tell you a difference that she made me feel, and look. She held my hand, and said, you’re not crazy, it’s real. And we can get rid of it. I know there are lots of worse things, but it really bothered me for a long time.
Did you start taking pictures again?
You know it’s so funny, how other people take the red eye out? I always wanted to take the red out of my face.