Acne Scar Removal in Singapore
Acne and Acne Scar Removal
Laser Treatment for Face
and Chemical Peel Procedure
Acne isn’t just for teenagers. In reality, many people especially women are plagued by adult acne into their 30s, 40s and even 50s.
Thus, From teenage to adult acne it is important to customize a skincare regimen.
At Dr Tyng Tan Aesthetics and Hair Clinic, our acne scar removal procedure specifically cater to the unique acne or acne scar concerns of each client, emphasizing on the importance of an extensive evaluation process to guarantee patient satisfaction.
Acne and acne scarring is a problem shared by teens and adults alike. While most people outgrow acne in their late teens or early twenties, many continue to be affected for much longer. Aggravation of acne in later life may occur with menstrual periods, use of birth control pills, use of oil-based products and stress.
Those affected by it can say that having such conditions can certainly put a dent on one’s confidence, aside from it being a nuisance. If you are not careful and pick on your acne, or expose the scars to direct sunlight, you only worsen your chances for healing. Fortunately acne and acne scars can be prevented and remedied.
Early treatment can prevent acne from worsening, which can also lead to acne scars. But if your skin is already dotted with acne scars there are professional treatments for that as well. Advances in skin care technology have made it possible for acne scars to become virtually invisible after treatment.
Our Acne Treatment system uses a 2 in 1 step microdermabrasion machine which first gently applies a suction to the skin and unclog the pores, followed by a very mild acid peel, and finishes off with a pampering mask. A series of treatments 2 weeks apart are usually necessary. Some patients prefer to be treated with lasers instead to target the bacteria that is causing the acne outbreak. Each session is approximately 30 minutes.
However, your patience will reward you with a clean and clearer complexion, on top of a youthful-looking appearance. This made chemical peels and microdermabrasion to be the most sought after treatments for acne and acne scars.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Acne Causes, Types and Treatments
1. What causes acne scars?
There are instances when acne breakouts damage the skin deeply and severely that it not only affects the upper layers of the skin, but also the tissues beneath it. In response, the body produces collagen, which is a protein that is an important component for skin regeneration.
This is a critical process because when there is very little or excess collagen formation, a scar can eventually form. What is more concerning is that acne scars become more noticeable as a person ages because of the decline in collagen levels.
To effectively treat these acne scars, it is important to determine the type of scars.
2. What are the types of Acne Scars?
The type of acne scars depends on the extent of damage done to the skin. These include the following:
a. Ice pick scars
This is the most common type of acne scarring that creates deep pits on the skin. Also referred to as a depressed acne scar, this happens when your body produces little collagen resulting in depressions on the skin as it heals.
b. Box car scars
This type of scar is characterized to take on an angular form usually found on the temples and cheeks. The depth can range from deep to superficial, and it is often compared to chickenpox scars.
c. Hypertrophic scars
These are protruding scars and are thickened in nature due to the body producing too much collagen during the healing process. It is also considered to be keloidal scars. These scars are more pronounced and are often a result of cystic acne. This type of acne scar is widely common among Asians, African Americans and Hispanics.
d. Rolling scars
This type of scars are named to be such because it creates a wave-like appearance on the skin.
3. What treatments are available for acne scars?
There are several medical treatments in addressing acne and acne scars. Upon consultation, your doctor will thoroughly assess the type of scarring and create a personalized treatment plan.
Acne scars that result in skin depressions can be treated with:
i. Acne Scar Surgery
This is a minor surgical procedure that is usually done on noticeable scars. It is done as an outpatient procedure, as it only requires local anesthesia and is relatively quick to perform. It involves lifting the depressed scar to make it even with the surrounding skin. This makes the scar less visible and any remaining scar will simple fade overtime.
ii. Skin Resurfacing Treatments (e.g. dermabrasion, chemical peels, microdermabrasion, laser resurfacing)
These treatments are more suitable for people who suffered from acne scarring that takes on a more diffused pattern. It basically removes the outermost layer of the skin, while stimulating the production of new skin cells to achieve ultimate renewal. Although aggressive to some extent, these treatments are effective in treating acne scars that are nearly flat or those that are not too deep.
iii. Skin Needling (Collagen-induction therapy)
The needling process stimulates the skin to produce more collagen so that any depressions become levelled. A roller that is studded with sterile needles is rolled across depressed acne scars to create puncture wounds on the skin. The healing process stimulates collagen production. Results will take a considerable amount of time, usually taking as much as 9 months. However, you may see some changes in a few months’ time.
This treatment plumps up the depressed areas of the skin by injecting collagen, the patient’s own fat or other synthetic substances. Fillers can have temporary results, while others can be permanent. There are even some that also promote collagen renewal.
v. Skin Tightening
Radiofrequency energy used in treatments like Thermage is used for skin tightening to even out acne scar depressions. Their effect is achieved as collagen production is stimulated. The entire procedure can take up to an hour at the most to perform. Several appointments are needed to make the scars less noticeable. This is appropriate for box car scarring and deep icepick scars.
On the other hand, treatments for raised acne scars include:
vi. Scar Creams, Gels and Special Dressings
You can buy these without any prescriptions, making this an easy and convenient option in treating acne scars. However, this option requires continued use and takes more time to achieve effective results.
vii. Laser/Light Therapy
Laser therapy and other light treatments are safe and effective procedures for raised acne scars (Pei et. al., 2016). Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) is one of the popular light therapies that is used on people with lighter skin color. A pulsed dye laser, on the other hand, can help diminish pigmentation and effectively flatten raised scars.
This treatment involves injecting medicine directly into the scar to soften and break the tissues and ultimately flattening the raised tissues. Corticosteroid injections, or a chemotherapeutic medication are among the treatments that can be used for this purpose. If the scar remains to be unaffected after a fourth injection, scar surgery may be recommended.
viii. Acne Scar Surgery
This approach is done to reduce the size of raised acne scars. Usually, this is done in conjunction with another treatment. For example, and acne scar surgery may be followed by corticosteroid injections or radiation to prevent these scars from coming back.
4. How does microdermabrasion and chemical peel work for scars?
Microdermabrasion eliminates and significantly reduces the appearance of light acne scarring (Lloyd 2001). This treatment helps to exfoliate the skin and clears up pores that have been clogged with oil and dirt. However, this is not appropriate for ice-pick scars, although deeper scars can respond effectively to this treatment as well.
Chemical peels, on the other hand, is perfect on acne scars that result in dark spots and depressions (Rendon 2010). Since it comes in different strengths, it reaches different levels of the skin to promote skin renewal. Aside from removing dead skin layers on the surface, it can also promote collagen regeneration.
5. What is the difference between microdermabrasion and chemical peel?
Basically, these two treatments differ on the methods used.
Microdermabrasion uses crystals to remove dead skin layers and promote skin rejuvenation by stimulating collagen renewal in the skin. It is usually performed for acne scars that are mostly on the skin surface. On the other hand, a chemical peel uses chemicals that come in different strengths to remove dead skin layers and stimulate collagen renewal. Chemical peels can be used for deeper scarring, especially with deep peeling treatments.
6. Why choose Dr. Tyng Tan Aesthetics and Hair Clinic for acne scarring treatments?
Dr. Tyng Tan, with her degree and training in performing medical aesthetic treatments, is able to meticulously perform treatments that can help correct various types of acne scars. Her training and experience with chemical peels, microdermabrasion and laser treatment gives her the ability to help you in achieving your desired spotless skin. Through careful assessment she maps out a unique treatment plan that will suit your specific acne scar concern.
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DISCLAIMER: Dr Tyng Tan Aesthetics and Hair Clinic website provides general information about medical aesthetic treatments and procedures. It must be remembered that individual client’s circumstances may vary and each treatment may not be suitable for all.
Our website serves as basic information for clients and does not substitute a detailed and personal consultation with a practitioner.