Acne Scars

Acne occurs when our skin becomes clogged with oil and dead skin, trapping bacteria in the skin and thus causing inflammation. This leads to symptoms of acne such as pimples, nodules and cystic lesions, which are filled with sebum and pus. Even after these symptoms of acne are controlled, they may leave unsightly scars such as hyperpigmentation and scars.

 

Hyperpigmentation refers to the discoloured spots left behind by acne symptoms. They are usually red or brown and fade on their own after a period of time, usually taking a few months depending on your skin condition.

types of acne scar

Depressed scars are usually grouped into three categories, boxcar scars, icepick scars and rolling scars.

  • Boxcar scars are wide and U-shaped with sharp edges.
  • Rolling scars are wide with rounded edges and an irregular rolling shape.
  • Icepick scars are deep and narrow, resembling small round or oval holes.
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At our clinic, our wide range of treatment options will be able to reduce the discolouration and improve scarring while catering for your unique skin condition.

Types of Acne Treatment

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Subscision Of Acne Scars

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Subscision Of Acne Scars

This is a safe office surgery where a small needle is used to separate the scar tissue that are embedded below the scars. This minimally invasive procedure is able to stimulate collagen and promote regeneration of new skin tissues and improve the appearance of acne scars.

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BB Thulium Laser (Sub-Ablative laser)

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BB Thulium Laser (Sub-Ablative laser)

Thulium laser is a new technology that is more effective than the classic fractional CO2 laser that are commonly used for acne scar resurfacing. BB thulium laser is a less invasive, resulting in lower downtime and close to painless procedure that targets the superficial skin layer to improve enlarged pores, scars, uneven skin texture, wrinkles, and pigmentations such as melasma and aged spots.

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Dermal Filler Injections To Acne Scars

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Dermal Filler Injections To Acne Scars

Dermal fillers are made from hyaluronic acid to fills up deep and pitted scars. It stimulates the body to produces collagen which helps in repair of acne scars. It is best to combine dermal fillers with skin resurfacing laser like BB laser in order to improve acne scars more effectively.  

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Carbon Laser Peel

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Carbon Laser Peel

A highly effective laser treatment to control sebum production and kill bacteria within the pores. Debris within the pores will be removed leaving behind softer and clearer skin. Carbon laser peel is also able to improve mild acne scars, enlarged pores, and hyperpigmentation as well.

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Chemical Peel

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Chemical Peel

the mid to deep chemical peel can penetrate the epidermal layer of the skin to remove acne scars and discolouration with minimal downtime.

Scar Subcision

Scar subcision helps to reduce the appearance of scars while boosting collagen production and regeneration of new skin cells. Scar subcision uses a hypodermic needle inserted directly beneath the scar to loosen and break apart the fibrotic tissues connecting the scar to the tissue underneath. This allows the scar to be raised while the wound healing from the treatment boosts collagen production and cell regeneration. This helps to “fill in” the scar and reduce its appearance.

Scar subcision usually takes anywhere from three to six sessions, with about four weeks between each session, to improve scars more successfully. You will be advised on the number of sessions needed by our doctors after a consultation, based on factors such as age and skin condition. It is a minimally invasive procedure that is performed in a clinical setting and with numbing agents applied to the site to manage any pain.

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BB Thulium Laser

The BB Thulium Laser gives your skin the effect of applying BB cream – your skin will look smoother, brighter and more radiant a week after your first session. It is an unique sub-ablative laser that targets the upper dermis while not causing the top layer of skin to peel. The laser penetrates deeply into the skin to remove the melanin-producing cells that cause hyperpigmentation, while the heat causes the surrounding tissues to produce more collagen and boost cell growth. This helps to resurface the skin while tightening pores and removing general uneven pigmentation.

 

Depending on your skin condition, our doctors will advise you on how many sessions are needed to treat your concerns, with four to eight weeks between each session. The procedure is quite tolerable, having been described as mild pricks after numbing cream is applied. There is minimal downtime needed compared to traditional ablative lasers, and you will be able to go about your daily routine with little trouble as long as you reduce your exposure to the sun.

Dermal Filler Injections

 

Dermal filler injections are able to help with deep, depressed scars by giving them an almost immediate lift. Containing hyaluronic acid, fillers literally “fill in” the scar from below while promoting collagen production to help lift the scar even after your body breaks down the hyaluronic acid. They are most effective when used alongside subcision and resurfacing treatments such as the BB Thulium Laser treatment to provide long-lasting reduction of scars.

Dermal fillers typically last for a few months, depending on your skin condition and how long it takes your body to break down the hyaluronic acid. There might be some swelling and redness at the injection site, however, downtime is relatively minimal as it takes about a week or so for the effects of the fillers to show up properly. 

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Carbon Laser Peel

Carbon Laser peels are able to help with mild to moderate scarring, enlarged pores, oil control and hyperpigmentation. They use heat and liquid carbon to remove debris and oil within the skin and stimulate collagen production to leave the skin brighter and smoother.

 

Liquid carbon applied binds to dirt, dead skin cells and sebum deep in the pores that clog them. When heated with the laser, the carbon binds to the skin and collagen production is boosted as the tissues in the skin react to the heat. At a higher heat setting, the carbon fragments into tiny particles, taking the impurities in the skin with it. This unclogs pores, leaving skin brighter and cleaner, while the boost in collagen helps break down hyperpigmentation and reduce the appearance of scarring. 

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Chemical Peel

Chemical peels help with both hyperpigmentation and shallow scars. Chemical peels exfoliate the surface of the skin, causing the top layers of the epidermis to peel off and allowing the skin to regenerate. Due to the body’s reaction to old skin peeling off, the skin will produce more collagen, which breaks down the pigmentation, thus lightening hyperpigmentation. This boost in collagen production also helps to reduce the appearance of shallow scars as the collagen cause the skin to “fill in” the depression left by the scar.

 

There are several different types of peels, superficial to medium peels are such as, Jessner peel (combination of acid), glycolic acid (Alpha Hydroxy Acids, AHA) and trichloroacetic acid (TCA) being stronger. Depending on your skin condition, the depth of the pigmentation, scarring and the peel used, it typically takes about 2-4 sessions to reduce hyperpigmentation. 

** The results of treatment varies depending on the severity of the skin condition**

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