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How Acne Scar Removal Treatments Work - Explained In Simple Terms

Acne scar removal treatments have proven effective and useful for decades, with some of the most known ones being laser treatments. It may be quite scary to think about lasers on your skin, so it is good to know how the treatments work if you are considering acne scar removal treatments in Singapore

Psychological effects of acne scars

A majority of acne sufferers experience, to some degree, some form of acne scarring. This can come in the form of atrophic (depressed) acne scars, hypertrophic (raised) acne scars or pigmentation. These can negatively impact our general health and cause psychological problems such as lower self-esteem.

effects of acne scar removal

While acne scars in general are not physically painful, they can hurt our pride and feelings of self-worth. The psychological effects of acne scars have been heavily scrutinized in studies and medical journals, with individuals seeking holistic approaches to improve not just their acne scars but also their mental health. 

Acne scars can also serve as a painful reminder that we are riddled with external (and internal) imperfections. Subconsciously, we associate acne scars with “insecurity”, “shyness”, and might find ourselves on the lower end of the physical attractiveness scale. 

Will acne scar removal treatments help me?

It can feel like a monumental pressure to get any skin inflammation under control so that we can advance in our personal, social, and professional lives. There have been major advancements in acne scar removal treatments that leave individuals with many options to choose from, including medication and chemical peels.

However, laser treatments remain the most effective and powerful treatment for acne scars and have been clinically tested and proven in their success.

How do acne scar removal treatments in Singapore work?

Also known as laser resurfacing treatments, laser therapy can remove most types of acne scars, including ice pick scars, rolling scars, boxed scars and raised acne scars like keloid scars. 

acne scar removal treatments before after

Laser treatments help to reduce the appearance of acne scars and lighten the pigmentation left behind. Heat from the laser sheds the surface layer of the skin where the scarring is more prominent, leaving the layer to peel off on its own. Additionally, light from the laser triggers newer skin cells to rise to the surface and stimulates cell renewal for healthier, plumper skin.

Paired with good nutrition, adequate hydration and a proper skincare routine, laser therapy is hailed as one of the most effective methods of acne scar treatments.

It not only removes skin imperfections, but it also promotes skin healing and skin regeneration so you can expect your skin to feel and look smoother, more rejuvenated and less dull. 

What lasers are used in acne scar removal treatments in Singapore?

There are several kinds of lasers that are used to minimize acne scarring and improve overall skin complexion. The most common ones are:

  • CO2 or YAG Laser (also known as Er:YAG Laser)
  • Fractional Laser
  • Picosecond Laser 

laser acne scar removal

The primary difference between CO2, fractional and picosecond lasers is the procedural steps in these treatments. They also differ in the types of skin conditions that they can treat and their costs.

With a CO2 laser, the surface layer of the skin is targeted to shed superficial acne scars effectively. Fractional lasers work better for deep acne scars, like ice pick scars. Picosecond lasers emit strong lasers at shorter intervals and are also used for tattoo removal. 

Your aesthetic doctor will conduct a thorough analysis of your skin type, condition and take your goals into account to determine the type of laser that can help rid acne scars efficiently. For certain types of acne scars, you may be looking at a combination of treatments, including lasers and facial treatments, to help you achieve clearer, blemish- and scar-free skin.

Acne scar removal treatments in Singapore

Laser treatments work best for a range of dermatological issues like acne scars, and lasers like fractional and picosecond lasers are some of the top-performing laser therapies in Singapore.

SmartXide2 Fractional CO2 Laser

The SmartXide2 Fractional CO2 Laser treatment is a non-surgical, ablative procedure that is an improved-upon technology, a successor to the traditional skin resurfacing treatments.

It effectively treats acne scars, pigmentation, wrinkles, fine lines, and vascular lesions with minimal thermal damage and post-treatment complications such as post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH).

diagram of fractional skin resurfacing vs traditionalTraditional skin resurfacing treatments run the risk of causing skin injuries, infection and PIH due to high heat energy. 

With SmartXide2 Fractional CO2 Laser, heat energy is fired onto the skin in a controlled, short-pulsed manner to methodically shed the damaged topmost layers of the skin. This triggers the skin cell regeneration process, thus resulting in newer, healthier skin cells “resurfacing” to reveal a more even, smoother, and tighter skin.

As an ablative treatment, only topical anaesthetic cream will be applied to maximize the patient’s comfort during the procedure. Patients are also highly advised to refrain from picking at dried scabs or peeling skin in the days following the treatment. 

Discovery PICO Laser

Among the picosecond laser treatment machines available in the market, the Discovery PICO Laser utilizes the latest cutting-edge medical technology that allows laser energy to be rapidly fired onto the affected areas of the skin, at 1 trillionth (pico) of a second. 

Picosecond lasers can target various skin conditions including Sun-damaged skin, melasma, liver spots, acne, and acne scars. Compared to its predecessor the nanosecond laser, picosecond lasers can treat a whole host of skin pigmentation problems in fewer sessions.

pico laser vs q-switched laser for pigmentation removal diagramDuring the treatment, photoacoustic energy is fired onto the skin at super-fast speeds, promptly destroying pigment cells and breaking them down into even smaller fragments, thus lightening the skin texture and resulting in a more even complexion over time. 

Topical numbing cream is applied prior to the pico laser treatment as it is a non-surgical and non-ablative procedure. Besides refraining from touching the face after the treatment, clients are also advised to avoid strenuous activities for at least 48 hours.

Consult a doctor for your acne scar removal needs

Understanding how acne scar removal treatments work is key in determining the type that suits your needs best without wasting resources such as time and money. Depending on the severity of the acne scar, your aesthetic doctor will recommend the best type of procedure to eliminate the scars and reduce any accompanying redness and dryness of the skin. 

Schedule an assessment with our acne scar doctor to find out what acne scar treatments are suitable for your condition.

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