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INTRODUCTION

Acne Scar & Scar Removal in Singapore

Acne scars mar the surface of our smooth skin, making it look rough and aged. Acne scar removal in Singapore can help reduce 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 in Singapore.

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 is the best you can achieve.

Picture Examples of Various Scar Types

Rolling Scars

Rolling scars have the appearance of undulating hills. These scars form as a result of fibrous bands below the skin’s surface that tugs on the top layer of the skin to pull it down. Separation of scar tissue and intense collagen are required for treating rolling scars.

Box Scars

Boxcar scars look like sharp cliffs with defined edges. Compared to ice pick scars, boxcar scars are more shallow but wider. Aside from acne, boxcar scars can also form as a result of chickenpox.

Ice-Pick Scars

Ice pick scars look like deep valleys. These depressed (atrophic) scars are very narrow and deep, sometimes extending by a few millimeters into the second layer of the skin.

Hypertrophic or Keloid Scars

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 thick raised scars that protrude out from the skin.

EVIDENCE-BASED METHODS

Acne Scar Removal Treatment

Acne scar removal and 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 synergistic combinations and the timings between the various acne scar removal combinations are a carefully developed clinical science which is precisely tailored for each individual with respect to both their scar type and skin type. Learn more on how and why combination treatments are so important here.

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 also have the added benefit of treating active acne, fading acne marks and prevent acne from recurring.

Subcision

Subcision is a treatment 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.

Skinboosters and Collagen Stimulators

Skinboosters such as Rejuran and Nucleofill, as well as collagen stimulators such as Ellanse, combined with Subcision and injected 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.

Why You Should Treat Your Acne Scars Early

Conventional thinking might suggest you “wait” to see if your acne scars improve over time. In reality, waiting means your scars may worsen over the years and take longer to treat. Depending on the location of your scar, acne scars can worsen in appearance as you age, due to reduced collagen and elastin in the skin. Depressed or atrophic scars are scars that tend to look worse as you enter your 30s and 40s. Certain areas of the face such as the temples and mid cheek experience fat loss as we age. As volume loss happens in these areas, the appearance of depressed scars is accentuated.

Another reason is because older skin requires much more stimulation to produce enough collagen to smooth out scars. Acne scars left alone naturally become costlier to treat since a greater number of sessions are required to stimulate collagen for scar improvement.

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OUR DOCTORS

Dr Chua Cheng Yu

  • 10+ years of medical experience
  • 10,000+ cases of aesthetic treatments
  • Known for unique treatment protocols from years of experience
  • Speaker and Trainer at American Academy of Aesthetic Medicine
  • Regional Trainer for Ultraformer 3 HIFU, ProYellow Laser, Ellansé, AGNES RF, etc
  • The only official trainer for Fotona Lasers in Singapore

Dr Lena Fan

  • 10+ years of medical experience
  • 10,000+ cases of aesthetic treatments
  • Known for specialised treatments that cater towards feminine health
  • Trainer for non-invasive Vaginal Laxity & Urinary Incontinence treatments
  • KOL for fat loss and body sculpting treatments
  • Combined background in Aesthetic Medicine & Family Medicine

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Singapore 178905

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