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Acne can be a major cause of low self-esteem and dissatisfaction with our appearance. For most people, acne first starts breaking out when we enter our teenage years. If you are a parent with a child with acne scars, there are some treatment options that you can consider.
Let’s take a deeper look at acne and the available options for acne scar removal in Singapore.
Understanding Acne Scars
If your child has already developed acne scars, then treatment is essential. However, there are several types of acne scar treatments in Singapore. To choose the right one for your child, you need to first understand the different types of scars.
After all, different techniques and methods will be used to treat different types of acne scars.
There are 4 main types of acne scars. These include:
- Ice-pick scars – these are deep scars that look like dots on the face
- Boxcar scars – these are wavy scars that appear like bumpy roads on the face. They have defined and sharp edges.
- Rolling scars – these look like boxcar scars but the edges are much smoother.
- Hypertrophic scars – these are acne scars that protrude upwards from the skin.
While there are different types of acne scars treatments, most work by stimulating the skin to produce more collagen. As a result, the skin becomes smoother.
Let’s consider the different types of acne removal treatments in Singapore.
- Laser treatment
You can get laser treatment in some of the top aesthetics clinics in Singapore such as 1Aesthetics. With this method, lasers are directed on the affected part of the skin. The heat from the laser stimulates the skin to produce more collagen. This causes new cells to form on the scarred area which pushes up the depressed skin. Furthermore, lasers can be used to remove skin blemishes.
Since lasers are designed to target a specific point, the healthy skin cells are not affected and are left intact. Laser treatment also has the benefit of being less painful. What’s more, there is minimal downtime. Patients can see a big difference in the appearance of their skin after the first treatment.
- Radiofrequency micro-needling
With this procedure, the skin is punctured resulting in a minor wound. Consequently, this causes the skin to produce collagen which results in new cells. To boost the healing process, radiofrequency is used to deliver small amounts of energy into the skin.
One of the benefits of radiofrequency micro-needling is skin lifting in areas where there are deep scars. Moreover, the technique can be used to improve the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.
- Dermal Fillers
Dermal fillers are best suited for acne scars that are easily visible. This means large scars such as rolling scars or boxcar scars. Dermal fillers constitute a gel that is similar to collagen. This gel is injected directly under the scars to fill up the space that is left behind by the scar and to even the skin.
One of the main advantages of dermal fillers is that they produce immediate results. While the skin will absorb the gel over time, a patient can continue enjoying the results for the next 4 or so years.
The patient will require 1 or 2 days of downtime.
- Chemical reconstruction
Chemical reconstruction involves the use of chemicals for acne scar removal. Traditional methods would remove the top layer of skin. However now, a chemical called TCA Cross is applied to the acne scar. This removes the skin in the scar stimulating the body to produce more cells and collagen which then closes the skin.
The TCA Cross comprised of concentrated acid. Patients can see visible results in 2 or 3 days and require 3-4 days of downtime.
If your child has much deeper scars, then you may want to consider subcision. Granted the procedure comes with a longer downtime compared to other forms of treatment but has the advantage of producing immediate results.
The doctor uses a needle to break down the collagen bands under the skin where there is a scar. This creates spaces under the skin where collagen and new skin cells grow. This type of treatment requires 1 week of downtime.
Will all the scars be erased using acne scar removal?
Note that the above-mentioned treatments only work to improve the appearance of acne scars and the face. They will not produce 100% treatment and take back the skin to what it used to look like before the treatment.
Patients can expect to achieve a 50% – 90% improvement. The results will depend on factors such as:
- The type of skin
- The severity of the scars
- The type of treatment
If you have decided to take your child to a clinic for acne scar removal, do your research and find a doctor with many years of experience. They will be able to not only advise on the best type of treatment but can also help avoid any possible side effects.
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