Acne Scar Treatments In Singapore

Battling acne and emerging victorious from the days with inflamed skin may feel like a battle won, but the scars that remain can be another frustrating reminder. Having acne scars may be a mentally draining and emotional affair. We understand, and our doctors can customise a treatment plan that is specific to your skin and needs.

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Acne Scar Treatments In Singapore

Battling acne and emerging victorious from the days with inflamed skin may feel like a battle won, but the scars that remain can be another frustrating reminder. Having acne scars may be a mentally draining and emotional affair. We understand, and our doctors can customise a treatment plan that is specific to your skin and needs.

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What Causes Acne Scars?

Acne scars occur as a direct result of deep trauma to the skin caused by acne inflammation leading to either over or under production of collagen. External factors such as picking on acne lesions can worsen scar formation.

Our Approach To Treating Acne Scars

There are many different types of acne scars and marks and every individual has a different combination of scars. It's important that treatment is catered specifically to your unique skin condition.

What are acne scars?

Acne scars typically occur in the form of permanent depressions or indentations in your skin. Scars can sometimes be elevated as well. They result in textural changes of the skin. 

What are the causes of acne scars?

Acne scars are often a result of the inflammation your skin undergoes when acne is formed. The inflammatory process damages the skin tissues in your skin. When the skin is damaged, a scar is left behind in the deep layer of the skin, known as the dermis. Often, this scar is contracted or does not contain enough collagen fibres, leading to an irregularity or depression in the skin. They are often worsened if you are prone to picking or popping your pimples.

If acne is treated in its early stages, it is possible to avoid acne scars completely.

What are the different types of acne scars?

Not all acne scars are the same. There are a variety of types of scars, each of which requires a different or customized procedure to treat effectively. It is common to have a combination of a few types of scars.

Ice Pick Scars

Ice pick scars have a narrow opening but are often deep acne scars in the skin.

Box Car Scars

Box car scars are relatively shallow scars and have rather rectangular, well-defined edges of the openings. 

Atrophic/ Rolling Scars

Rolling scars appear as broader depressions. These scars don’t have well-defined edges but rather, often have rounded or sloping edges. 

Hypertrophic Scars/ Keloid Scars

These scars are elevated. They appear as lumpy scars that remain after acne has healed. 

This is because after the skin is inflamed, fibrous scar tissue will form over the wound to repair the wound site. Sometimes, these scar tissues grow excessively, resulting in an elevated bump over the original wound. 

Acne Marks

Post Inflammatory Erythema

Post Inflammatory Erythema usually appear in the form of pink or red marks that are a result of a severe acne outbreak.

Post Inflammatory Erythema often develop due to the dilation or damage of small blood vessels (called capillaries) near the surface of the skin. They are generally caused by inflammation and trauma, such as picking or popping pimples.

Post-Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation

Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation is often seen as dark spots on the face after acne has resolved. These marks are different from Post Inflammatory Erythema. They appear when the skin is healing, when the red marks fade away to leave a variety of discolouration spots that can be pink, red, brown or black.

Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation is generally caused by trauma to the skin such as burns, excessive picking, rubbing, or irritation to the skin caused by chemicals. This results in the overproduction of melanin, resulting in the discolouration of the skin.

Acne Marks vs. Acne Scars

Acne marks are commoning mistaken for acne scarring due to the discolouration and redness they appear in. After an inflammatory acne outbreak, it is common to have a variety of marks and scars left behind.

What are the differences between acne marks and acne scars?

Although they are easily confused, acne marks and acne scars are different.

Acne scars are often permanent depressions or elevations on your skin. They can be categorized into atrophic or hypertrophic scars, and they occur in a variety of shallow scars to deep scars. For example, there are ice pick scars, boxcar scars, rolling scars or keloid scars.

On the other hand, acne marks are generally not permanent. However, they can be extremely stubborn and last for weeks or months. Treatment options can help to significantly reduce the time needed for these marks to fade.

Acne Scar Removal Treatment in Singapore

We understand that there is no one-size-fits-all approach to acne scar treatment as every individual has different genetic backgrounds and medical history. At Fusion Medical, we provide customised treatment plans, specific to your every need.

Fotona Laser Treatment in Singapore

How does the Fotona Laser treat acne scars?

Unlike chemical peels and dermabrasion, laser skin resurfacing using Fotona Er: YAG provides a controlled treatment of deep scars while leaving the surface skin undamaged. The precise and gentle delivery of Er: YAG laser energy vaporizes scarred tissue and stimulates the production of new skin-boosting collagen without harming the top skin layer. Recovery is faster with optimum results.

How does the Fotona Er:YAG differ from a CO2 laser in treating acne scars?

Er: YAG is increasingly becoming the laser treatment of choice in the treatment of acne scars due to its low occurrence of adverse events and faster recovery time. It has been clinically proven that CO2 laser treatments cause more discomfort and a higher chance of causing Post Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation (i.e. darkened scarring of the skin after laser treatment) when compared to Er: YAG laser treatments.

How long does the treatment procedure take?

The treatment procedure itself takes only about 15-20 minutes, topical numbing is applied beforehand for the acne scar treatment. Most patients are able to go about their normal daily activities after the treatment.

Is the treatment painful?

The Fotona laser treatment is effective with no pain involved. The skin may slightly warm post-procedure but this is highly tolerable.

How many treatment sessions do I need?

The number of treatments required depends on the individual’s skin but generally, 2-4 sessions are recommended for acne scar treatment.

FAQ About Acne Scar Removal Treatments in Singapore

  • Are acne scars permanent? Do I need acne scar removal treatment?

    The permanence of your acne scars depends on the type of acne scars you have. Some shallower scars or marks may fade away over a period of time. They can also be treated simply with some over the counter topical cream applications for faster and more effective removal.

     

    However, deep acne scars such as ice pick or rolling scars are generally permanent and require laser or other acne scar removal treatment options. Book a consultation with our doctors as they are best equipped to counsel you on the most effective acne scar treatment that is best for the types of scars you have.

  • How much improvement can I see in my scars?

    Generally, there will be an average improvement of at least 50% after acne scar treatments. For most cases, you can expect a higher percentage than that. Results vary since every individual has different acne scars, skin conditions and genetics.

     

    You will usually see the most improvement in your acne scars after the first few scar treatments.

  • How long do the results last? Are they permanent?

    The Fotona laser treatment accelerates the healing process of the scarring tissues and stimulates the production of natural skin-boosting collagen, producing effective long-term results.

  • Can I do the Fotona Laser if I am on other medication for acne?

    Yes, the Fotona Laser is a viable treatment option even if you are on other medication since it is a non-ablative laser treatment. 

  • Can acne scars be prevented?

    Acne scars can definitely be prevented.

     

    Acne scars generally root from problems with inflammatory acne. To prevent acne scars from forming, it is best to treat the root of the problem. Acne can sometimes be treated with various home remedies and over the counter medication. However, if your acne problems are not resolved by these options after months, it is wise to seek a consultation with your doctor.

     

    At Fusion Medical, we have a variety of acne treatments available. By seeking early intervention for your acne, you can prevent the formation of scars, and save on the need for future acne scar removal treatments.

While dealing with acne scars and marks can be frustrating and distressing, they are entirely removable. At Fusion Medical, we offer highly effective treatment options that are customizable to fit your specific skin condition, genetic, and medical history.

Every individual has different skin conditions, genetics, and medical history. Book a consultation with our doctors and they will customise an effective acne scar removal treatment plan that caters to your specific needs.

About Fusion Medical

Fusion Medical was set up in the year 2015. Our founders, being passionate about offering one-stop quality healthcare services at affordable rates, decided to set up the first Executive Medical Centre in One-North. This centre is equipped with diagnostic and imaging equipment to provide convenience to our patients. Diagnostic and imaging equipment include X-Ray, Ultrasound, ECG treadmill, Spirometry, Tonometry, Mammogram, Electrocardiogram, Audiometry Tests and Bone Densitometry.

  • Our Doctors

    Dr Wenus Ho

    Dr Wenus Ho is a family physician and a designated workplace doctor with more than a decade of clinical experience. She is also currently a postgraduate tutor for the Graduate Diploma of Family Medicine (GDFM) Training Program in the Yong Yoo Lin School of Medicine, Singapore....

    Qualifications

    • MBChB (Edinburgh)
    • Postgraduate diploma of dermatology with distinction, The University of London.
    • Postgraduate diploma from the Royal College of Physician, UK (MRCP UK)
    • Diploma of Obstetrics and Gynaecology from the Royal college of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, UK
    • Graduate diploma of family medicine, National university of Singapore
    • Graduate diploma of occupational medicine, National University of Singapore.
    • Diploma of aesthetic medicine, American Academy of Aesthetic Medicine
    • Certificate of competencies in botox, dermal fillers, ablative laser, intense pulse light and chemical peels
    • Certificate of Korean Thread Lifting, The American Academy of Aesthetic Medicine
    • Certificate of Vaginal Rejuvenation treatment, The American Academy of Aesthetic Medicine
    • Certificate of Bioidentical hormonal replacement, Marion Gluck Academy, United Kingdom
  • Our Doctors

    Dr Amy Kaonang

    Dr Amy graduated with a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) from the National University of Singapore (NUS) in 2008 and has undergone various postings in emergency departments, inpatient wards and polyclinics. She found her calling in Family Medicine and went on to attain...

    Qualifications

    • Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS)
    • Graduate Diploma in Family Medicine (GDFM)
    • Graduate Diploma in Family Practice Dermatology (GDip FP Derm)
  • Our Doctors

    Dr Juliana Latif

    After graduating from Guys’, King’s and St Thomas’ School of Medicine in the United Kingdom, Dr Juliana went on to complete her Graduate Diploma in Family medicine at the National University of Singapore. She is currently pursuing her diploma in Occupational Medicine. Dr Juliana applies her...

    Qualifications

    • Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, Kings’ College London, UK
    • Graduate Diploma in Family Medicine, National University of Singapore
    • Master of Science in Non-surgical Facial Aesthetics, Anglia Ruskin University, UK
    • Diplomate in Anti-aging and Regenerative Medicine, American Board of Anti-aging & Regenerative medicine
    • Diploma in Aesthetic Medicine, American Academy of Aesthetic Medicine
    • Korean Thread Lifting Master Course, American Academy of Aesthetic Medicine
    • Certificate in competence in Skin Rejuvenation (Fractional Lasers), Chemical peels, Filler injection, Botulinum toxin injection, Laser for treating skin pigmentation and Assisted lasers or intense pulsed light for hair removal awarded by the Aesthetic Dermatology Educational Group, Singapore
    • Certificate of Vaginal Rejuvenation treatment, The American Academy of Aesthetic Medicine
    • Certificate of Bioidentical hormonal replacement, Marion Gluck Academy, United Kingdom

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