Medical skin conditions

Acne scar treatment

Acne often results in scars that can lead to significant distress. We offer a number of treatments that address acne scarring. Depending on the type and severity of scars, we will recommend different treatment options for you that may include just one or a combination of therapies.

Your options
Acne scar treatment

Treatment options include:

  • Subcicison and punch lesion
  • Vascular laser and intense pulse light therapy
  • Non-ablative fractionated laser resurfacing
  • Ablative laser resurfacing
  • Dermal fillers and dermal grafting

Our dermatologist will recommend the most suitable treatment plan for you.

ACNE SCARRING
Conditions we treat

Subcision and Punch excision
Both of these are minor surgical procedures.

Subcision is an excellent treatment for rolling and tethered skins. After numbing the area with local anaesthetics, a needle is inserted under the skin to loosen the scar tissue that’s pulling the skin down. Minor bruising is expected for a week after the procedure.

Punch excision is ideal for small ice-pick scars. After the injection of local anaesthetics to numb the area, the scar is excised and skin is sutured together. This leaves a thin flat scar rather than the preceding deep depressed scar. The new scar line can then be resurfaced with laser to further soften the appearance.

Ablative laser resurfacing
By removing the top layer of skin via an intense wavelength of light, impressive improvements can be seen with a single treatment. However, the treatment carries high risk of complications compared to non-ablative treatment. It also has considerable downtime.

Dermal fillers and dermal grafting
For certain depressed scars, dermal fillers are a great option for immediate improvements. The procedure is quick with limited downtime. Fillers are however temporary and often needs refilling after several months. They can be combined with other treatments to give more sustained benefits.

Dermal grafting involves insertion of a small dermal graft taken from another part of your body, under the skin to lift the depressed tissue. The advantage is that the effect is long term and sustained. However, it is a surgical procedure that results in scarring at both the donor and recipient site.

Vascular laser and intense pulse light therapy
Red marks and scars improve slowly after treatment of active acne. Vascular laser and intense pulse light therapy can increase the speed of recovery of red marks and scars. These are indicated when the recovery has been slow and cosmetically displeasing.

Non-ablative fractionated laser resurfacing
Non-ablative fractionated laser resurfacing is effective for improving atrophic scars and box-car scars. It has less downtime, pain and risks compared to ablative laser resurfacing. Several sessions are needed to achieve good results. Read about ResurFX Fractionated laser.

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