What’s the secret to getting rid of acne scars?

It isn’t uncommon for people to spend an unnecessary amount of money on over-the-counter products and DIY home remedies in hopes to cure their scarring, only to attain subpar results.

If you are tired of being disappointed in your acne scar treatment, then perhaps it’s time to seek professional help. Our doctors have decades of experience successfully treating acne and acne marks for a wide variety of patients in Singapore.

Our acne scar removal treatment remains to be one of the signature treatments available to help restore your complexion and confidence. Over the years, we have refined our treatment techniques and strategies to become much more effective, offering reduced downtime and pain for our patients.

There are different types of acne scars that bring great distress and concern for many people. These are:

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Blemishes, Pigmentation, and Red Acne Scars

After acne has subsided, a common consequence is to see a red or brown spot, mark or blemish left behind. This is caused by the inflammation and tissue damage done during the formation of acne.

To effectively remove them, a combination of lightening agents and laser treatments can gradually lighten and improve these acne scars with no downtime. Both the Q-switch and V-beam lasers are effective in treatment brown and red marks respectively, and our doctors can employ both of these lasers as part of a holistic treatment plan.

Rolling Acne Scars

This type of scar develops as undulations in that skin that resemble rolling hills, and hence its name. For milder cases of acne, there is a better chance of the skin healing well. However, acne that recurs in the same spots can cause shallow pits to form in the skin.

To treat this type of acne scar, collagen production is induced to develop fresh collagen under the epidermis layer. This will help thicken the skin and fill in skin imperfections, which results in a smoother skin surface.

The Edge Fractional CO2 laser can break down the scar fibres to improve the appearance of depressed scars. At the same time, it can help to shrink the pore size and promote collagen regeneration for healthier-looking skin. Both the Infini, Secret RF and Fraxel lasers are also popular and effective methods for rolling acne scar treatment in Singapore.

Boxcar and Ice Pick Acne Scars

While boxcar scars resemble craters with almost vertical walls, ice pick scars appear much narrower and deeper. Ice pick scars are known for being the hardest acne scar type to treat since they often develop deep within the skin.

Mostly caused by severe nodular and cystic acne, these types of scars can be improved using more potent treatments like Infini Fractional Radiofrequency (RF) Treatment, Secret RF, Fraxel Dual Laser, Pico MLA laser or Edge Fractional CO2 Laser which deliver faster results.

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Infini Fractional RF Treatment

This minimally invasive treatment works best to address very deep acne scars. Utilising patented microneedles which are pressed against your skin, it delivers precise RF energy up to 3.5mm deep below the surface of the skin. As a result, it helps to stimulate collagen production and the skin’s natural healing process for effective results.

The treatment also has the additional benefit of providing a lift to the face and reducing the appearance of wrinkles with minimal downtime and risk of side effects. Overall, INFINI is a skin rejuvenation procedure that brings significant improvements and durable results.

Fraxel Dual Laser

What makes the Fraxel Dual Laser stand out as an acne scar treatment is that it features two wavelengths (1550nm and 1927nm) which effectively resurfaces scarred skin through a partially ablative skin resurfacing technique. In turn, this minimises downtime and provides maximal results.

Edge Fractional CO2 Laser

The gold standard for improving skin texture, ageing skin, acne scars and fine lines and wrinkles, the Edge Fractional CO2 laser is also ideal for depressed acne scars with a depth of 1.5mm in the skin. Using laser beams delivered with extreme precision to target spots, the skin’s collagen production process is triggered to accelerate healing and provide an improvement to the appearance of acne marks.

Overall, the skin will boast a fairer and smoother look, combined with tighter skin that looks more young and radiant. Our clinic uses the latest generation of the laser – Edge Pulse to greatly reduce the downtime and side effects, all while keeping it at a reasonable cost.

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PICO + HEXA MLA Laser

PICO MLA Laser is an effective treatment for enlarged pores, acne scar removal and skin rejuvenation. As one of the latest technological advancements in skin laser equipment – HEXA MLA (Microlens Array Technology) is an advanced extension of the PICO Laser that allows for more delicate and precise treatments.

How does it work? When combined, the PICO laser and HEXA MLA provide higher peak power that is delivered at extremely fast speeds and ultra-short pulse durations for better and faster acne scar removal!

The handpiece comes with a wide range of spot sizes (3 – 10mm), allowing our doctors to more accurately target and treat enlarged pores, fine lines, wrinkles, uneven skin texture, and acne scars. Unlike other more aggressive lasers, PICO MLA does not breach the superficial skin – minimizing the occurrence of micro-injuries to the skin’s surface and promoting better healing times.

Available at The Clifford Clinic, our Picosecond lasers can distribute energy at a staggering rate (one billionth of a second). The shorter bursts of energy disrupt the pigment-containing cells within the skin, resulting in the successful fading and clearing of the affected area.

Secret RF

Employing controlled, fractional RF energy with the aid of minimally-invasive microneedles, Secret RF helps to tackle acne concerns and the first signs of ageing. By improving the skin’s overall texture, you can expect this treatment to not just get rid of acne scars, but also bring your skin back to its youthful and radiant state.
Designed to promote tissue coagulation and hemostasis, Secret RF transmits controlled heat to specific areas of the skin. This process then triggers collagen and elastin remodelling – two important ingredients for youthful-looking skin.

Using the finest and most precise gold-coated microneedles, our doctors will deliver heat energy at various depths (reaching up to 3.5mm) into the skin to stimulate a tissue tightening effect almost immediately, effectively lifting small areas of saggy skin on the jowls, double chin and even the undereye area!

Unlike other lasers, Secret RF works to restructure and rebuild the affected areas that are damaged by ageing and acne scarring. This is a great treatment for those who wish to achieve minimal side effects and maximal results that last. Our doctors have found this to be one of the best acne treatments in Singapore for deep and depressed acne scars to its tightening effect – giving us absolute confidence in the results.

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Dermal Fillers

For filling depressions associated with acne scars, dermal fillers provide equally great results as a possible solution. Essentially, dermal fillers are small injections of gel that mimics what is naturally found under the skin and are administered to fill in wrinkles and add volume to soft tissue.

Experts say that at around age 25, collagen and elasticity levels tend to decline at a rate of about 2% per year – making this treatment ever more valuable to those who desire smooth, younger-looking skin.

Our Ellansé filler is a popular choice that involves a non-invasive and quick procedure providing instant results. Unlike others in the market, Ellansé fillers work differently by stimulating collagen to fix the problems from the source.

Dermal fillers are typically injected in small amounts to reduce the appearance of certain types of scars – particularly rolling scars and less defined boxcar scars, all while improving the texture of your skin. Over time, the body absorbs the gel, which is why you will continue to see improvements in your skin’s appearance weeks and even months into the treatment.

Each injection has to be performed by a meticulous and experienced doctor in order to minimize any pain and maximise its natural-looking effects that can last up to 4 years. For synergistic effects, our doctors like to combine the use of dermal fillers with manual techniques like subcision.

TCA Cross

TCA Cross is the chemical reconstruction of skin scars (CROSS) with the use of trichloroacetic acid (TCA) at high concentrations to stimulate the formation of collagen fibres to raise the scar.

For patients who were unable to achieve satisfactory results with other laser treatments, TCA Cross has been successful in delivering optimal outcomes. This is because not all lasers can penetrate beyond a certain depth in the skin. In this case, TCA Cross is the most preferred acne scar treatment for tackling deep acne scars and enlarged pores – particularly ice-pick scars that are known to be notoriously hard to treat and get rid of.

A strong dosage of TCA is deposited onto the surface of the deep pitted scars, thus causing a local inflammatory reaction. In this process, the new formation of collagen fibres helps to raise the scar – which increases dermal volume and encourages the restructure of the skin’s dermal elements. Depending on the individual’s skin condition, most patients report a 1 to 2-grade improvement in their acne scars over a short 6-month period.

While it might look painful, it is a safe and painless treatment that give results for those who weren’t able to get satisfactory results from CO2 laser treatments alone. At The Clifford Clinic, our doctors perform TCA Cross with other treatment modalities for a more extensive acne scar removal procedure.

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Deep Chemical Peels

Deep chemical peels using the TCA Cross technique is a more potent but effective method for treating acne marks. The scar tissue is removed, leaving behind granulation tissue which helps remodel acne scars.

Subcision

For very deep acne scars, subcision can be used to break down the scars and add in fillers for an immediate lifting effect. During the procedure, a fine needle is injected under the scar to break up the tight collagen bands underneath the skin. This triggers the healing phase and activates collagen growth and repair, which leads to a progressive improvement of the scar over time. Subcision should be used selectively – it is only suitable for certain patients and depends on their skin condition.

With so many acne scar removal options with different pros and cons, it is best to consult a doctor to get a proper diagnosis of your skin before starting treatment. If you’re thinking about how to get rid of your acne scars once and for all, book a consultation with our doctors and embark on your journey for smoother skin today!

FAQ

Why is it important to go to a doctor to remove acne scars?
Having acne scars and marks can take a huge toll on one’s self-esteem and also be exceptionally stressful to deal with on your own. The majority of people with acne marks will notice that they do not have just one type of acne scar. Trying to resolve acne scars by yourself can sometimes backfire and worsen scarring, which is why it is important to consult a doctor who can recommend the best solutions. Our doctors have assembled probably the largest collection of acne scar treatment devices in Singapore. Each different device offers different effects on different types of acne scars so that we can effectively cure even the most stubborn acne scarring where patients have failed with over-the-counter creams and medications.
Who are ideal candidates for acne scar treatment?

Depending on the type of scars you have, these are the recommended solutions:

Pigmented scars and blemishes Rolling, boxcar and ice-pick scars
- Q Switch Laser
- V Beam Laser
- Chemical Peels
- Edge Fractional CO2 Laser
- Pico MLA Laser
- Infini and Secret RF
- Fraxel Dual Laser
- Chemical Peels (for very shallow scars)
You will usually undergo a combination of treatments as multiple types of acne scars typically occur together. Should you be dealing with active acne, we recommend treating it first with our acne spot treatment. Our doctors will assess your condition during the consultation and recommend a customised treatment plan for you.
When can I see results?
This is highly dependent on the treatment as well as your current skin condition and body’s natural healing abilities. In general, patients with more severe acne scarring will require more treatment sessions and time to see their scars clear up.
What can I expect from my acne scar treatment?
Most of these treatments only involve some mild pain and discomfort. We will apply numbing cream to the treatment areas before the procedure to minimise this. In general, most of these treatments have minimal to no downtime. The skin may flush red and feel tender after the treatment but will subside in a few hours or within 1 to 2 days.
Where can I book an appointment?
Simply drop us a call at (65) 6532 2400 to book an appointment or learn more about our treatment cost.
How is The Clifford Clinic different from other aesthetic clinics?
From over twenty years of experience in treating acne scars, our doctors have managed to build a protocol that combines our various treatments into a comprehensive treatment plan that leverages the advantages of each. Our doctors are also constantly researching new and more effective ways of delivering you great results in the area of acne scar treatments and acne scar resurfacing, so you know you are in great hands!