How To Remove Your Acne Scars?
If home remedies and over-the-counter medications have all been ineffective in treating your acne and reducing acne scars – perhaps it is time to get professional help.
Acne scar removal treatment is one of the signature treatments offered at The Clifford Clinic in Singapore – we have been successfully treating acne scars for over a decade, using various types of methods designed to bring your skin back to tip-top condition.
Over the years, our acne scar treatment techniques have evolved to become much more effective, alongside reduced pain and downtime for our patients.
There are several different types of acne scars that causes great concern and distress for many of our patients. These are:
Pigmented and Red Acne Scar Treatment or Blemishes
Finding the best acne spot treatment can help to minimize the inflammation and treat your pimples promptly before it leads to scarring. Typically, after acne has subsided, the pimples often leave behind a brown or red spot, blemish or mark. This is caused by the inflammation and tissue damage done during the formation of acne.
Laser treatment, as well as a combination of lightening agents can be used to gradually lighten and remove these acne scars with zero downtime, such as the Q-switch and V-beam laser – both effective treatments in treating brown and red marks respectively. Often, a combination of the two is necessary and recommended.
Rolling Acne Scars
For milder cases of acne, the skin often heals well. However, recurrent acne in the same spots can eventually cause shallow pits to form in the skin. These undulations in the skin resemble rolling hills and hence, aptly named rolling acne scars.
In order to treat this type of acne scar – it requires inducing the skin’s collagen production to develop a fresh layer of collagen underneath the epidermis. This will help thicken the skin and fill or reduce skin imperfections, thus smoothening the skin’s surface.
Using the Edge Fractional CO2 laser, the depressed scars can also be made shallower by breaking down the scar fibres, shrinking the pores and promoting collagen regeneration. Both Infini and Fraxel lasers are popular and effective rolling acne scar treatment methods in Singapore.
Boxcar and Ice Pick Acne Scars
Boxcar scars are craters with almost vertical walls, while ice pick scars are much narrower and deeper. They have the appearance of someone having chipped away at your skin with an ice pick, hence its name.
These scars are mostly formed after suffering from severe nodular and cystic acne. People with such scars often benefit most from more potent treatments like Infini Fractional Radiofrequency (RF) Treatment, Edge Fractional CO2 Laser or Fraxel Dual Laser for quicker results.
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Infini Fractional RF Treatment
This is the best solution for very deep acne scars. This minimally-invasive treatment utilises microneedles which are pressed against your skin, sending precise RF energy up to 3.5mm deep below the skin’s surface. This functions to stimulate your body’s natural collagen and healing process for powerful acne scar removal.
In addition, INFINI has the additional benefit of lifting the face, reducing the appearance of wrinkles and overall – providing significant improvements as a skin rejuvenation procedure.
Fraxel Dual Laser
Fraxel Dual is a dual wavelength (1550nm and 1927nm) laser which effectively resurfaces scarred skin through a partially ablative skin resurfacing technique. This minimizes downtime, while providing maximal results.
Edge Fractional CO2 laser
This laser treatment is perfect for depressed acne scars that go up to 1.5mm deep. By delivering extremely precise laser beams to intensively treat the targeted spots, the body’s collagen production is activated to help speed up the healing process – improving the appearance of acne scars. Overall, it gives rise to smoother and fairer skin, combined with a more radiant glow.
Offered at a reasonable price point at The Clifford Clinic, this treatment is a great choice for those who are cost-conscious.
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.
How does it work? When combined with PICO, the laser works to deliver light energy at rapid speeds at ultra-short pulse durations, successfully delivering up to 15 times more pulses within each individual spot for effective acne 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 are able to 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.
When performed under the hands of our qualified doctors, this has brought about consistent levels of high performance and customer satisfaction levels across all our patients.
Secret RF is a novel, revolutionary technology that utilizes controlled, fractional RF energy and minimally-invasive microneedles to fight acne and the first signs of aging – improving skin texture and discolouration in order to bring your skin back to its youthful and radiant state.
Working on the theory of tissue coagulation and hemostasis, Secret RF essentially transmits controlled heat to specific parts of the skin. In doing so, it stimulates the skin tissues to remodel collagen and elastin – both essential ingredients for younger-looking skin.
Using the finest and most precise gold-coated microneedles, Secret RF is able to deliver heat energy at various depths (from 0.5mm – 3.5mm) into the skin’s layers – triggering tissue tightening almost immediately.
Unlike other lasers, Secret RF works to restructure and rebuild the affected areas damaged by aging and acne scarring with long-lasting effects. This is a great option if you wish to achieve maximal results with minimal side effects. At our clinic, we have found this to be one of the best acne treatment for deep and depressed acne scars due to its tightening effect – giving us absolute confidence in the end results.
For filling depressions associated with acne scars, dermal fillers provide equally great results as a possible solution.
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.
Essentially, dermal fillers are small injections of gel that mimics what is naturally found under the skin ¬– administered to fill in wrinkles and add volume to soft tissue. 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 your own natural 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.
TCA Cross is the chemical reconstruction of skin scars (CROSS) using trichloroacetic acid (TCA) at high concentrations. This procedure has been particularly successful amongst patients who weren’t able to get satisfactory results from other laser treatments. Since deep acne scars and enlarged pores tend to lie below the zone that lasers are able to penetrate, TCA Cross is hands down the most preferred, complementing acne scar treatment – especially for those with hard-to-treat ice-pick scars.
TCA Cross utilizes a strong dosage of TCA that is deposited onto the surface of deep pitted ice-pick scars to cause a local inflammatory reaction. This causes the formation of new collagen fibres that help to raise the scar – increasing dermal volume and encouraging restructuring of the dermal elements within the skin. Depending on your skin situation, a majority of patients see a 1 to 2 grade improvement in their acne scars over a short period of 6 months.
At The Clifford Clinic, we usually recommend and perform TCA Cross with other treatment modalities, such as laser resurfacing for a more extensive acne cure treatment that also enhances overall skin texture and tone for beautiful, synergistic results.
Deep Chemical Peels
Deep chemical peels using TCA Cross technique is a more aggressive, but effective method for treating acne scars. The scar tissue is ablated, leaving behind granulation tissue which remodels the base of the scars.
To get rid of very deep acne scars, we use subcision to break down the scars and add in fillers to get an immediate lifting effect. With needle subcision, a fine needle is injected under the scar to break up the tight collagen bands under the skin. This activates collagen growth and repair during the essential healing phase – progressively leading to an improvement of the scar over time.
This option should be used selectively and is only suitable for certain individuals, depending on their skin condition. You can stop wondering how to remove your acne scars and instead, take an active step towards your journey by consulting our doctors today!
Most of these treatments only involves some mild pain and discomfort. We will apply numbing cream on 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.
This will depend on the type of scars you are having. In summary:
|Pigmented scars and blemishes||Rolling, Boxcar and Ice pick Scars|
|- Q-Switch Laser|
- VBeam Laser
- Chemical Peels
|- Edge Fractional CO2 Laser|
- Picocare 450 Laser
- nfini and Secret RF
- Fraxel Dual Laser
- Chemical Peel (for very shallow scars)
You will usually undergo a combination of treatments as multiple types of acne scars typically occur together. Our doctors will assess your condition during the consultation and recommend a customised treatment plan for you.