What causes acne?
There are a range of acne scar treatments available at our clinic, however, before we delve into your options, let’s touch upon what actually causes them. Due to an imbalance in the production of sebum in the skin, our glands can get clogged, leading to inflammation and infection, a condition known as acne or pimples. Pimple progresses through various stages. It can start with open or closed comedones (black heads or white heads), leading to pustules and in the worst case scenario, big boils that are medically classified as nodules or cysts. If nothing is done to stop this cycle of infection and injury to the skin, permanent scarring will result.
Treatment of acne
Although there are many products available today over-the-counter, not every product is effective or suitable for your condition. As pimples progress, permanent scars may result. Hence, the importance of seeing a doctor early if your pimples fail to respond to basic over-the-counter remedies.
In our clinic, treatment of this skin condition begins with accurately staging the condition. For very mild cases comprising comedones, our doctor may suggest undergoing our hydrafacial, which will effectively exfoliate the outer dull skin and treat comedones. Effective acne treatment entails using a combination of antibiotics to eradicate infection, good quality cleansers and topical creams to control sebum production or oily skin. In addition, our TCA chemical peel is a very effective way to exfoliate the outer skin, thereby unclogging pores and stimulating the recovery process.
Laser Resurfacing Treatment
We firmly believe that prevention of scarring is definitely better than cure. Unfortunately, acne scars are a very common and frustrating condition for many. It is often a painful reminder of our past problematic skin and draws unwanted attention. “Active pimples may have been long gone, but the scars are here to stay”. There are a few types of acne scars commonly encountered in our clinic.
Using the Sciton laser skin resurfacing mode and our fractional eCO2 laser in combination, we are able to achieve visible results. The lasers smooth old scars and stimulate the process of collagen renewal. We find that laser resurfacing treats not only acne scars, but the collagen renewal process benefits “normal” parts of skin as well. Patients report that there is noticeable tightening of skin after the laser treatment.
Is laser acne scars treatment suitable for all skin types?
Over the years, we find that most patients are suitable, subject to a proper evaluation in clinic.
Is the treatment painful?
A numbing cream is applied for 30 minutes before the laser treatment. This treatment is not painful. Our patients liken the experience to a mild heating sensation and very slight discomfort. It is highly tolerable.
Is there any downtime for this treatment?
In order for scars to be effectively treated, the laser has to penetrate to the appropriate depth. There will be a recovery time of 3 days. During this period, the treated area will appear reddish and there will be mild skin peeling. Light make-up can help.
Should I avoid any activities after the treatment?
It is important to avoid excessive sunlight exposure as the new skin is vulnerable to the harmful ultraviolet rays of the sun. We also advice no strenuous exercise for the first 3 days post-treatment.
How many treatments will I need?
Depending on the condition of the scars and skin type, most patients will benefit from 4 to 6 sessions of laser acne treatment. These treatments are usually spaced 6 weeks apart.
Combine with Needle subcision and Restylane Skinboosters injections
Needle subcision is a process we often perform to improve deeper scars. Combined with laser resurfacing, it is very effective to bring about an improvement to the skin. Performed under local anesthesia, this process is painless. This is often combined with Skinboosters filler injections to fill in depressed scars. There may be mild swelling and redness for 1 day. Over time, you will notice an improvement to the scars. In addition, speak to us about full-face Skinboosters treatment, to get that radiant, smooth and hydrated appearance.
If you have acne or chicken pox scars, make an appointment today and see how our Sciton/eCO2/Skinboosters resurfacing treatment will make a more confident and beautiful you.
Call +65 6735 8180 to speak to us about your concerns today
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