So like all of you have I'm sure, I have been researching doctors, surgeries, treatments, products and the like for almost 2 years.
Everything I've researched has led me to pretty much more anxiety as I know my only options in the United States is MORE laser (out of the question) or Dermabrasion, which also comes with some very scary, ugly risks.
I've e-mailed Jeremy Rawlinson, who is a plastic surgeon at SkinFX in the UK who is (from what I've heard from OTHER doctors in the UK) a very skilled plastic surgeon who very experienced in the Recell procedure. A lot of the surgeons use ablative lasers first, then do the Recell. I like the fact that Dr. Rawlings does dermabrasion first, then Recell. Unfortunately, I've read some forums that are saying he has moved to Australia, and only performs surgeries at the UK clinic once a quarter. I don't know if that is true, so I e-mailed him through his website. I'll let anyone know his response for anyone who is interested.
I was also referred to Zenith Laser Clinic in Nottingham by another doctor. I have already spoken to the patient coordinator who asked me to send pictures of my skin, and is setting up a Skype consultation for me (all consultations are free, whether in person or via Skype). I don't like the idea of them performing a deep ablative laser on my skin first, but I'll see what the doctor has to say. I'm open to it ONLY because the Recell speeds up the healing process so your chances of scarring is greatly reduced. Plus, I think it also avoids that waxy skin texture that so many of us have already from IPL and laser treatments. If I'm sill left with a waxy skin texture, but it's smooth, I can live with that (and hide it with make-up).
I'll keep you all updated on what Dr Mailin says about my scarring and if it can be improved with Recell.
I'm for once seeing light at the end of this tunnel. Of course, it won't fix the dermal atrophy in my cheeks, but that doesn't bother me as much as the texture of my skin, and realistically, it can be improved with temporary fillers before/if I take the FG plunge in the future. We'll see.