Acne Scar Removal Treatments

Laser & Alternatives

Everything You Need To Know

acne scar treatment singaporeAcne scars and pores often make our facial skin texture appear rough and uneven.

An uneven skin does not reflect light very well, causing a person to appear less energetic and lively than he or she should be. The imperfections in skin tone may also result in a person feeling self-conscious and withdrawn, constantly afraid that people might judge him or her because of what they see on the outside. If you are one of them, feeling defeated and lost on what can be done to improve your situation, rest assured that what you are experiencing is not permanent and may be treated effectively with the right treatment and care. Acne scars and pores may be scary and persistent, but you need not live with and suffer from it anymore under the right diagnosis and treatment.

Defining Acne Scars In The First Place

People often mistook an acne mark for an acne scar. So what exactly is the difference between the two? Both acne marks and acne scars are caused by acne; one key difference is in the duration in which they last. Acne marks are not permanent while acne scars are permanent scarring to the affected areas.

Acne marks are also commonly called post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, or in short, PIH. They are dark colored spots that arises after a pimple growth. The spots may be reddish or brown in color. Without intervention, they usually disappear on their own in two to six months’ time.

Acne scars, on the other hand, are more serious marks on the skin caused by scarring after pimple growth. They are permanent and causes unevenness on the affected areas. The causes of acne scars may include cystic acne; pimples that are larger, tender to the touch and reddish, or inflamed pustular acne; pimples filled with whitish pus). Acne scars are more common when a person picks or ruptures the pimples on his or her skin.

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Types of Acne Scars & Treatments

Primarily, there are 5 different kinds of acne scars. They are:

  1. atrophic acne scars (mostly near to the surface),
  2. boxcar acne scars (broad, squarish depressions with steep, clear edges)
  3. icepick acne scars (deep and narrow rather than broad depressions)
  4. rolling acne scars (broad depressions with sloping, rounded edges)
  5. valley scars
  6. hypertrophic scars

Acne scars may not just be depressions. They may also be raised elevations of the skin. Examples include elevated hypertrophic scars and keloid acne scars.

Regardless of the kinds of acne scars, most importantly it’s to get the right treatment and get them removed. The first step is usually to ensure that any active acne and future outbreaks are stopped or minimized to prevent further scarring. The next step, that is to smooth the marks caused by acne scars, includes the following treatments:

  1. CO2 Laser and Clear + Brilliant Laser
  2. Rejuran Healear Treatment
  3. Subcision
  4. Micro Botox

Each treatment will be explained in more details in the following sections.

Acne Scar Treatments

Acne scar treatments include the following:

  1. CO2 Resurfacing Laser and Clear + Brilliant Laser
  2. Rejuran Healear Treatment
  3. Subcision
  4. Micro Botox

CO2 Resurfacing Laser & Clear + Brilliant Laser (Fractional Laser) 

How does it work? – Acne Scars Laser Singapore

CO2 Laser uses a device to deliver a Laser beam divided into thousands of microscopic treatment zones that target a fraction of the skin at a time. This effectively removes layers of skin tissues in a fractionated method, leaving the skin surrounding each column intact to aid in healing. This treatment causes skin cells over treated area to regenerate and reproduce more rapidly, therefore can effectively improve pores and acne scars. CO2 Laser helps improve pores and mild to severe acne scars. It also helps improve wrinkles and lines, irregular skin textures and sun damaged skin.

Clear + Brilliant Laser is an advanced laser skin rejuvenation treatment designed to combat and prevent skin ageing. It functions like a fractional laser but unlike CO2 laser, Clear + Brilliant has much shorter recovery time. Therefore, it is very suitable for busy working adults. It works by creating millions of microscopic treatment zones in the upper layers of the skin. This replaces damaged skin with healthy tissue and results in a smoother skin.

Both CO2 laser and Clear + Brilliant Laser stimulate healthy collagen production which then improves the appearance of pores and acne scars over time. Treatment also collapses tiny, superficial blood vessels on the skin that are responsible for the reddish appearance on the area of old acne.

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Any downtime? – Acne Scars Laser Singapore

After CO2 Laser, treated areas will be reddish and swollen. Recovery time is about 1 week.

As for Clear + Brilliant laser, there will be mild redness for about 12-24 hours.

Is it painful? – Acne Scars Laser Singapore

Both treatments are very tolerable with the help of numbing cream. Most patients experience very mild discomfort during treatment.

When can I see results? – Acne Scars Laser Singapore

Results after CO2 laser and Clear + Brilliant Laser treatment tend to be gradual and progressive, rather than immediate and dramatic. There will be visible improvements in acne scars, pores, skin texture and wrinkles over a few sessions.

How many sessions do I need? – Acne Scars Laser Singapore

Typically, it takes up to 5 sessions or more to see noticeable improvements. Results can last for months depending on age, gender, existing skin condition and what you do routinely to protect your skin.

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Rejuran Healer Treatment (DNA Skin Booster)

Rejuran Healer is a revolutionary skin rejuvenation and anti-ageing treatment from South Korea that contains Polynucleotide(PN) extracted from Salmon DNA. It can be used specifically to improve acne scars and pores due to its ability to stimulate collagen and skin regeneration.

Rejuran stimulates skin regeneration from within the inner skin layer, therefore improving skin health, quality and texture. This treatment can directly improve the appearance of pores and acne scars.

How is it done? Painful?

Rejuran Healer is placed in the inner skin layer by a series of tiny injections. With the help of numbing cream prior to treatment, it is very tolerable for most people.

Downtime?

Needle marks and some redness are expected immediately after treatment. They will resolve within 2-3 days.

How often do I need to get the treatment done?

An initial course of 3-4 treatment (each treatment is 3-4 weeks apart) is recommended for optimal improvement. After that, you can repeat the treatment every 4-6 months for maintenance.

Other benefits of Rejuran Healer

Apart from improving pores and acne scars, there are other benefits you can get from Rejuran Healer:

1. Improves skin elasticity

2. Promotes collagen synthesis in the skin

3. Improves pores and acne scars

4. Balances oil and moisture of skin

5. Tightens and lifts skin

6. Improves fine lines

7. Improves skin texture

8. Recovers protective layer of the skin by increasing thickness and density of inner skin

9. Improves general skin health

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Subcision – Acne Scar Treatment Singapore

Subcision treatment is a simple procedure that helps with deep facial scars (especially rolling and boxed acne scars).

How is it done? Painful?

During subcision, a needle is being used to break down stubborn scar tissues under the skin. This results in elevation of the scar, therefore restoring smooth contour of your skin.

Treated areas are numbed with numbing cream and/or local anaesthesia before the treatment to minimise discomfort.

How many sessions do I need?

Most patients see visible improvement after 1 session of subcision treatment. Depending on the types and severity of the scars, most patients will require more than 1 treatment to further improve the scars.

Downtime?

You will experience some needle marks, redness and swelling around the treatment areas, which will subside within 3-5 days.

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Micro Botox Treatment – Acne Scar Removal Singapore

Micro botox or sometimes known as meso botox, is a modified botox injection technique that helps improves pores and scars.

How does it work? – Acne Scar Treatment Singapore, Acne Scar Removal Singapore

Small amount of botox is injected in the facial skin layer using micro-injection technique. When injected in the skin layer, botox can effectively tighten the skin, making the pores appear smaller. It works by directly targeting the muscles that open up pores, causing them to shrink and leaving you a smooth clear skin.

Painful? Downtime?

Pain is minimal with numbing cream. You can barely feel the needles because they are so tiny. Some needle marks and redness will disappear within 1-2 days.

How long does it last?

Effect from micro botox treatment lasts for approximately 3-4 months, after which the procedure can be repeated to maintain the result.

Any side effects?

Micro botox treatment does not affect the major facial muscles therefore there is no need to worry about looking frozen or potential facial asymmetry.

For more information, you may also watch the video below.

Possible Side Effects – Acne Scar Treatments & Removal

Hyperpigmentation may occur after an acne scar treatment if there is inadequate protection against the sun and careful skincare treatment. With each procedure, the doctor will adjust the intensity of treatment accordingly to suit the patient’s skin type and also to minimize the chances of pigmentation arising from harsh or improperly handled procedures. Infections are rare though possible as well. Anti-infection medication may be recommended or given to prevent any such possibilities. If an infection does unfortunately occur, certain doctor prescribed medication or creams may be given to facilitate the pace of recovery. Where downtime is concerned, it is usually from redness, swelling or bruising. These will usually resolve by themselves in 3 – 7 days. Results are typically visible within a month after completion of procedure. The effects of an acne scar treatment may be felt up to 4 months after each last treatment.

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For Hard To Remove Acne Scars

With acne scars that are harder than typical scars to remove, they may even resist the standard laser treatment. In such cases, a combination of treatments may be used to smooth the skin. Your doctor will advise you accordingly on the severity of the acne scars and to recommend the appropriate treatments. More often than not, just one treatment is required to achieve visible results, but if you’re looking for more pronounced results, be open to the possibility of having a few different treatments to experience the benefits of each.

Speak a specialist doctor today for expert advice. Here, at S Aesthetics Clinic, our doctors and nurses will guide you through the best treatments for your skin with minimal pain and downtime.

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Can We Prevent Acne Scars After Pimple Growth?

In short, the answer is an astounding, yes! Even after bouts of pimple growths, if the acne that causes scarring (commonly cystic acne or pustular acne) is intervened early with robust treatment, the chances of having acne scars may effectively be brought down to close to zero.

If you suspect that your pimple growth might cause acne scarring in the near future, consult a trained aesthetic doctor promptly to avoid deterioration of your condition. Effective treatment should be administered as soon as possible to avoid more serious problems to the skin.

In Singapore, Who Should I Seek Help From For Acne Scars Removal & Treatment?

There are many who spend a great deal of time on acne scar solutions that simply do not work. By the time they realize the correct avenues, their conditions could have deteriorated so much that it becomes costlier and harder to fix. Do not fall for untested medications and dubious treatments that some of you may see online. Seek the help of trained aesthetic doctors. They will be able to quickly and accurately diagnose the root of your acne scar problems, in turn administer the correct treatments.

Such approaches usually end up seeing quicker results and at lesser of the costs.

When looking for an aesthetic doctor, it is also important to look out for the following:

  • is the doctor experienced with acne scar treatment and removal – are there positive reviews
  • what is the course of treatment, e.g. how many sessions or treatments are needed
  •  what results to expect realistically – discuss this in-depth with your doctor before commencing treatment, you could also request from your doctor some before and after photos of the relevant treatments

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How Much Do Acne Scars Treatments / Removals Typically Cost In Singapore?

The costs for having an acne scar removal treatment in Singapore depends on the seriousness of the condition.

Please note that the costs mentioned below are based on treatments from professional and certified aesthetic clinics and doctors in Singapore.

On average, the costs range for acne scar removal treatments is from $300.00 (inclusive of GST) in our clinic.

As seen above, the costs for acne scar removal treatments may be wide-ranging. Discuss with your doctor today on the severity of your condition and confirm the course of treatments necessary. It is important to have a clear understanding of the procedures and costs involved so that expectations are realistic and to avoid additional distress. When checking on the costs, ensure that the amount quoted is final and net with no hidden or potential additional fees involved. If there are any, be sure to confirm those as well. Also, take note on the kind of results to expect from each treatment.

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With Acne Scar Removal Treatment, What Kind Of Improvement Can I Expect?

As a rough gauge, one may expect an improvement of 50-80% upon completion of acne scar removal treatment. For majority of the patients, an 80% improvement is not uncommon, especially with early intervention. The initial few treatments usually yield the most visible and greatest results.

The percentage improvement and duration for improvement may also depend on :

  • the severity of acne scarring present in the patient
  • the patient’s individual skin type and response to the relevant acne scar removal treatment

An example of the above may be a case of atrophic scars in darker skinned individuals. In such cases treatment may possibly yield improvements of only up to 50%. Whereas in cases where ice-pick scars or shallow box-car scars are the culprit, one may more easily see improvements of up to 80%.

Speak with your doctor today to have a realistic expectation of the kind of improvements to expect.

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Why Choose S Aesthetics Clinic Singapore – Acne Scar Treatment Singapore / Acne Scar Removal Singapore / Acne Scars Laser Singapore

S Aesthetics Clinic Singapore, conveniently located in the heart of Orchard, has helped countless patients with their acne and acne scar problems achieve their desired results. Our doctor, Dr Sii Sik Liong, is also known to be meticulous and remarkably gentle in his field, often giving clients an undisputed sense of security and comfort; there is no need for excessive bruising and pain. His eye for beauty is also unparalleled; while any certified medical expert may go through a procedure with you, when it comes to aesthetic treatments, an eye for beauty is equally if not more important than medical skills.

It is important not to experience any unnecessary distress before, during and after a procedure. It is also important to obtain the desired results that you are looking for.

Here at S Aesthetics Clinic, you can be assured that Dr Sii, together with his team of exceptional doctors, nurses and service providers, can give you a complete and wonderful experience in beauty and aesthetics.

We look forward to having you here with us.

Contact us today for a no-obligation appointment.

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For More Information – Acne Scar Treatment Singapore, Acne Scar Removal Singapore

For more information about our pricing, services or to book an appointment with us, please feel free to get in touch with us at either +65 6235 0338 or this contact form. We are conveniently located at 9 Scotts Road, #07-07, Scotts Medical Centre (Pacific Plaza), Singapore 228210.

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