ACNE (ATROPHIC) SCARS

Acne scars mar the surface of our smooth skin, making it look rough and aged. This can cause much distress in individuals affected. Patients sometimes pile on the makeup to cover these blemishes, but unlike pigmentation, these problems are not easily “covered up”. Active acne destroys the collagen in our skin, leaving behind these depressions and acne scars even after the acne infection clears up. This is why we advocate early and appropriate treatment of active acne.

Please read our article on active acne scar treatment here.

These acne scars can get worse with time as our skin loses collagen when we age and also when we accumulate more sun exposure.

Acne scars come in different forms and different acne scars frequently need different acne scar treatment modalities in Singapore. This simple diagram explains the different types of acne scars in Singapore. It is important to note that acne scars improve by collagen stimulation of the deep (reticular) dermis and this can take time for results to show, but appropriate treatment can yield visible results from the very first acne scar treatment! A complete scar removal for acne treatment approach in Singapore can yield complete removal of acne scars as well, contrary to popular belief that acne scars can only improve and not be removed completely. Run of the mill and single dimension acne scar treatments in Singapore frequently give very limited improvement, which many people will try to convince that is the best you can achieve.

Picture examples of various scar types:

rolling-scars
Rolling
Acne scars

These look like undulating hills.

box-scars
Box
Acne scars

These look like sharp cliffs.

ice-pick-scars
Ice-pick
Acne scars

These look like deep valleys.

hyperthropic-scar
Hypertrophic
or keloid Acne scarring

A less common type of acne scar in Singapore you see with acne scars are known as hypertrophic scars. Instead of dented skin areas, hypertrophic scars are bumpy and protruding from the skin.

Various Evidence Based Methods

  • Subcision. This is an acne scar treatment in Singapore that breaks apart fibrous bands/tethers formed during the inflammatory acne process and left behind after the healing phase. Subcision releases tethered acne scars and is highly recommended to follow up with procedures like fractional CO2 laser. Fractional CO2 laser stimulates collagen.
  • Rejuran Healer combined with Subcision with various collagen stimulators to inject into the scar tissue – a must for certain (but not all!) acne scar types in Singapore. This procedure requires very skilled techniques but give drastic improvements when done properly
  • PERFECT Resurfacing – PERFECT stands for a blend of various acne scar removal fractional lasers to target the different layers and targets of acne scar tissue
  • Starwalker FracPICO Scar and Tattoo Removal
  • Enerjet 2.0 – unique subcision acne scar treatment in Singapore that relies on explosive kinetic technology to subcase acne scar tissue
  • TCA Cross and spot laser irradiation – Deep acne scars like ice-pick acne scars may require this, but it really depends on the scar morphology, skin type and most importantly doctor experience
  • Punch Excision – best acne scar treatment in Singapore for deep icepick acne scars, executed most appropriately with facial plastic micro-sutures

The Veritas Method

Acne scar treatments benefit most from using the most appropriate treatment for the appropriate acne scar type. Some acne scars only require laser treatments/energy device resurfacing, others only need subcision etc. Run of the mill and mass market acne scar treatments will give average results at best, and we frequently see patients who have been through multiple treatment sessions from such mass market acne scar treatments that yield no results at all! Remember that many treatment centres in Singapore will tell you that scars can only be reduced and not removed. This is normally due to limits in treatment equipment, knowledge and technical skills.

Sometimes, a combination of acne scar treatment is necessary. These combinations and the timings between the various acne scar removal combinations are a carefully developed clinical science which is precisely tailored for each individual.

Acne scar treatments in Singapore are best kicked start with a proper consultation and discussion with an experienced doctor.

At Veritas, we formulated a BLEND laser protocol, a proprietary acne scar removal tailored-combination of lasers that provide a no-downtime treatment for pigmentation, blemishes and deep acne scars conditions. This acne scar treatment protocol can treat active acne, fade acne marks and prevent acne from recurring.

FAQs

All acne scars including rolling acne scars, box acne scars, ice pick acne scar, deep acne scar and keloid acne scar are suitable for our scar treatment. Our doctors will use a combination of dermal fillers laser treatments, some of which involve fractional CO2 laser, for scar treatment.

Dermal fillers are best used for rolling and atrophic scars.

Contact Us

Please drop us a call or send in a contact form and we’ll be happy to assist you.


13 Stamford Rd, #B2-35 Capitol Piazza, Singapore 178905
ask@veritas.com.sg
+65 6283 3885

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