Are you looking for the most cost effective ways to clear pimple scars and remove acne scarring for good?
Acne is the bane of many teenagers and young adults. It’s a condition that can affect one’s self-esteem and morale. Even post-puberty, the remnants, and tell-tale scarring can still cause many to be self-conscious. Is there an effective acne treatment that can help you remove these scars?
Finding the Right Treatment
When you visit dermatologists to enquire about acne scars treatments in Singapore, these are the top six options you’ll hear:
- Dermal fillers
• Chemical peeling
• Laser treatment
• Radiofrequency micro-needling
The truth of the matter is that most of the time these techniques may be used in combination with each other to get the best overall results. However, it is possible that a dermatologist will stick to using just one technique. The extent of your acne scars, the type of scars you have, and also how much recovery time you are prepared to bear will all be factored in when selecting an acne scar removal treatment for you. With that said, these are the top three and most common treatments performed in the country.
- Laser Treatments
When it comes to treating acne scars with a laser, there are two major types of lasers that are in use in Singapore – pulse-dye lasers and fractional CO2 lasers.
Pulse-dye laser treatments cost on average SGD 250 to 400 per session; while fractional CO2 laser treatments range anywhere between SGD 500 to 1,000 per session. For best results, you will need 2 or 3 treatment sessions of either pulse-dye or fractional laser.
Pulse-dye treatments are preferable for people whose acne scars appear red and inflamed. It helps reduce this redness.
Fractional acne treatments are often recommended to those with atrophic acne scars (these look like ice picks, or boxcar scars or rolling scars). This is the most popular and most common kind of acne scar treatment in the country because of its effectiveness.
Grafting is a favored method by dermatologists to help improve the skin of patients whose scars resemble ice pick scarring. The ice pick scars have to be deep and narrow for this method to be truly effective.
Grafting is also known as punch excision and consists of the dermatologist cutting out the areas with acne scarring using a device that resembles a puncher. Using skin taken from elsewhere on the body (usually from the back of the ear), the scar is then covered with the new skin. A stitch is used to suture both wounds closed. The stitches are then removed after a week when both sites have healed.
The price per session for grafting is around SGD 200 to 350 per session. However, the price can be more if there are more acne sites that need to be grafted and sutured.
- Chemical Peeling
The results of peeling vary from individual to individual. It is this lack of certainty about the success of a treatment that makes doctors in Singapore hesitant to advise a chemical peel, but when a client’s skin accepts the chemical, the results are very encouraging.
One of the chemical peeling techniques you’ll find many dermatologists using in Singapore is a technique known as TCA Cross. This hybrid technology involves the use of a needle or toothpick-like device that’s used to inject TCA solution into each of the acne scars. It’s a time-consuming process but these injections help to even out the skin tone by filling out the deep acne scars.
Skin looks improves by at least 30 to 40% with each session.
It is possible to help improve the appearance of skin affected by acne scarring. A consultation with a dermatologist is the first step to finding the right acne treatment for you.