Acne Scar Treatment Options
If home remedies and over-the-counter acne treatments have not been highly effective to cure your acne and treat your scars, acne scar treatment is one of our signature treatments at The Clifford Clinic. We have been treating acne scars for over a decade with various types of treatments in Singapore. Over the years, our acne scar treatment protocols have evolved to become more effective while reducing pain and downtime for our patients.
There are different types of acne scars that cause concern, distress and sometimes embarrassment for our patients. These are:
Pigmented and Red Acne Scar Treatment or Blemishes
Finding the best acne spot treatment for you can help to take down the inflammation and cure your pimples to avoid minimal scarring. Typically, after acne has subsided, the pimples will commonly leave behind a spot, blemish or mark which is usually brown or red in colour. This is caused by the inflammation and tissue damage during the pimple/acne phase, and leaves a blemish behind when it heals. Laser treatment and a combination of lightening agents are used to gradually lighten and get rid of these acne scars without causing any downtime. We use the Q-switch laser to lighten brown marks, and the V-beam laser to lighten red marks. Often, a combination of the two is necessary as an effective acne marks removal treatment at a reasonable cost.
Rolling Acne Scar Treatment
For milder cases of acne, the skin often heals well. Although, after years of repeated acne, shallow pits may eventually form in the skin. These undulations in the skin look like rolling hills and are hence, aptly named rolling acne scars. As a solution to treat these scars, the treatment involves inducing the skin’s collagen production so a fresh layer of collagen will be produced underneath the epidermis. This will thicken the skin and fill or reduce skin imperfections, thus smoothening the skin surface’s appearance.
Using the Edge Fractional CO2 laser, the depressed scars are made shallower by breaking down scar fibres while promoting collagen regeneration and pore shrinking. Infini and Fraxel are also effective as rolling acne scar treatment methods.
Boxcar and Ice Pick Acne Scar Treatment
Boxcar scars are deep craters with almost vertical walls, while ice pick scars are narrow mouth and very deep. They have the appearance of someone having chipped away at your skin with an ice pick scar, hence the name. These scars are often formed after suffering from severe nodular and cystic acne. People with such scars can benefit from more intense treatments like Infini Fractional Radiofrequency, Edge CO2 Laser Treatment, or Fraxel Dual for faster results.
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Infini Fractional RF Treatment
This is the single best treatment for very deep acne scars. This minimally invasive treatment utilises microneedles which is pressed against your skin and sends precise radiofrequency (RF) energy up to 3.5mm deep to multiple layers below the surface. This results in stimulating your body’s natural collagen and healing processes, for the removal of acne spots, marks and scars. It has the added advantage of lifting the face, reducing the appearance of wrinkles and overall, provide significant improvements as a skin rejuvenation procedure.
Fraxel Dual Laser
The Fraxel Dual is a dual wavelength 1550nm and 1927 nm laser which effectively resurfaces scarred skin through a partially ablative laser resurfacing technique. This minimizes downtime while providing maximal results.
Edge Fractional CO2 laser
This treatment is ideal for depressed acne scars, which has a depth of up to 1.5mm deep. The laser delivers extremely fine beams to treat intensively within the targeted zones to stimulate the body’s collagen production while the surrounding healthy tissues helps to speed up overall healing. Overall, it will make your skin fairer and smoother with a more radiant glow. Scars will also get shallower and lighter. With a reasonable price point, this treatment is a great option for those who are cost-conscious.
Pico MLA Laser is an effective treatment for enlarged pores, acne scar removal and skin rejuvenation. As one of the the latest technological advancements in skin laser equipment, HEXA MLA (Microlens Array Technology) is an advanced extension of the PICO Laser. It works together with PICO to deliver light energy at ultra-fast speeds in ultra-short pulse durations, delivering up to 15 times more pulses within each precise spot for effective acne removal.
The handpiece comes with a wide range of spot sizes (3 – 10mm) that allows for more delicate and precise targeting to treat enlarged pores, fine lines, wrinkles, uneven skin texture, and acne scars. Unlike other more aggressive lasers for acne scars, 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 Picocare 450 lasers is able to distribute energy at a staggering rate (within several billionths of a second). The shorter bursts of energy disrupts 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 resulted in consistent levels of high performance and high customer satisfaction levels across all our patients.
SECRET RF is a novel, revolutionary technology that utilizes controlled, fractional radio frequency (RF) and minimally-invasive micro-needles for powerful acne scar treatment, while fighting the signs of aging by improving skin texture and discolouration to bring your skin back to its youthful and radiant state.
Secret RF works on the theory of tissue coagulation and hemostasis, which essentially means transmitting controlled heat to specific parts of the skin. By 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 micro-needles, Secret RF is able to deliver energy at various depths (from 0.5 – 3.5mm) into the skin’s layers to where it is needed most, emitting heat to stimulate tissue tightening almost immediately.
Unlike other lasers for acne scars, Secret RF works to restructure and rebuild the affected areas damaged by aging and acne scarring with long-lasting effects. This is a great choice if you desire significant results with minimal side effects – at our clinic, we have found this to be one of the best acne cure for deep acne scars and depressed scars due to it’s tightening effect, giving us absolute confidence in the benefits.
Dermal fillers provide excellent results when it comes to filling depressions associated with scars, volume loss due to a decrease in collagen levels and facial contouring. Experts say that at around age 25, collagen and elastiscity levels tend to decline at a rate of about 2% per year, making this treatment ever more valuable to those who wish to enjoy smooth, younger-looking skin.
Essentially, dermal fillers are small injections of gel that mimics what is naturally found under the skin in order to help fill in wrinkles and add volume to soft tissue. Our Ellansé filler is a popular choice that involves a non-invasive and easy procedure that provides results you can see and feel almost immediately. Unlike others in the market, Ellansé fillers work differently by stimulating your own natural collagen to fix the problems from the root.
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 will absorb the gel, which is why you will continue to see improvements to your appearance weeks and even months into the acne treatment. Each injection is done carefully and precisely by our experienced doctors to minimize any pain, and the natural-looking effects 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 CO2 laser treatments alone. Since deep acne scars and enlarged pores tend to lie below the zone that lasers can penetrate, TCA Cross is hands-down the most preferred, complementing acne scar treatment, especially for those with ice-pick scars.
TCA Cross utilizes a strong dosage of TCA that is deposited onto the surface of atrophic pitted ice-pick acne scars to cause a local inflammatory reaction. This causes the formation of new collagen fibres that help to raise the scar by increasing dermal volume and restructuring 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 couple TCA Cross with other treatment modalities such as laser resurfacing for a more extensive acne cure treatment that also aims to improve your overall facial skin texture and tone for beautiful, synergistic results.
Deep Chemical Peels
Deep Chemical Peeling using TCA Cross technique is an aggressive but effective method for treatment of acne scars. The scar tissue is ablated, and leaves behind granulation tissue which remodels the scar bases.
To get rid of very deep acne scars, we use the subcision acne scar treatment to break down certain skin scars and add some filler to get an immediate lifting of the scar. With needle subcision, we use a fine needle that goes under the scar to break up the tight collagen bands under the skin. This will then stimulate collagen growth and repair during the healing phase and see an improvement of the scar appearance over time. This option should be used selectively and is only suitable for certain individuals depending on personal skin condition. Consult with one of our doctors at The Clifford Clinic in Singapore for your ideal acne scar treatment.