Acne scars that cause the surface of the skin looking uneven and bumpy, are not only unsightly but also makes us look older than we are. But before you run off in search of the solution, it is first crucial to understand the type of acne scars you suffer from as it is a determinant of the treatment that is most suitable for your condition.
Keloid Acne Scars
Keloids scars are one of the more severe types of acne scars where the acne scars are raised as compared to the indented scars that most acne leaves behind. Keloids grow many times the size of the original wound, and it can continue to grow laterally even after the site of acne is healed. While uncommon, there are some people are more prone to developing keloids.Keloids are caused due to the overproduction of collagen in the body. As such, the body is unaware that the acne wound has healed and continues its production of collagen, thereby leaving a raised scar also known as keloids.
Ice Pick Scars
Ice pick scars are narrowly pitted shaped scars but extend deeper into the skin as compared to other types of scars, as such ice pick scars are one of the trickiest acne scars to treat. Ice pick scars look like many small and narrow but deep holes that pierce through the surface of the skin with some, looking very much like huge open pores. Ice pick scars are caused usually by severe cases of acne such as cystic acne or deep, inflamed blemish that occur deep in the pores. As such, the skin tissue is destroyed, leaving a deep and column-like scar also known as ice pick scars.
Boxcar scars, unlike ice pick scar, are shallower but wider. They have round or oval depressions that give the skin an uneven appearance. Wider than ice pick scars, boxcar scars give the skin an uneven appearance.Boxcar scars are developed when the inflammation of the acne breakout destroys collagen, causing tissues to be lost. The loss of tissue causes the skin around the area to be vulnerable. Without this support, the pitted appearance on the surface of the skin is created. The severity of boxcar scars is largely dependent on the amount of tissue lost during the acne outbreak.
Very much like boxcar scars, rolling scars are also characterised by their shallow indentations on the surface of the skin. Having soft and smooth edges, rolling scars are barely noticeable should the skin be stretched. Rolling scars are caused, usually by a prolong term of inflammatory acne where bands of tissue develop in the deeper structures of the skin’s surface as well as between the surfaces of the skin. Such acne scars are typically more noticeable with age when the skin loses elasticity, creating the trademark ‘rolling’ effect.
Acne Scar Solution: PICO Acne Scars Laser With PICOCARE
While dealing with acne can be both emotionally and psychologically taxing, coping with the aftermath of acne can prove to be equally distressing. With a plethora of acne treatments in the market that promise to eradicate the outbreak, what then is the solution for acne scars that can promote the restoration of smooth and healthy-looking skin?
What is PICOCARE and how can it help with acne scars?
PICOCARE is an FDA-approved Picosecond laser. Targeting and specialising in the treatment of acne scars and reduction of pore size, it has shown promising results for patients who suffer from severe acne scarring. Using a 450-picosecond pulse, its laser energy is able to penetrate into the skin with great precision, targeting the treated area without damaging the skin surface. Emitting short but powerful laser pulses, PICOCARE treatment is proven to have higher efficacy when targeting acne scars.Due to its precision, PICOCARE treatment also promises lesser downtime, improved safety and greater patient satisfaction rate.
How does PICO Acne Scars Laser work?
PICO Acne Scars Laser can penetrate several layers into the skin, allowing treatment to target from the root. Upon identifying the targeted area, a pulse is delivered, causing tiny globules of air or bubbles to be formed. After the treatment is done, collagen will fill up the bubbles that were created from deep within, allowing former indentations to be raised. As a result, patients will find themselves with a smooth and supple appearance. During a patient’s recovery stage, collagen fills up the bubbles and raises indentations and depressions caused by acne scars. This results in a smoother and healthier appearance.
Advantages Of PICOCARE
There are several advantages to PICOCARE. These include:
- Shorter treatment and lesser downtime
- Increased patient safety
- Higher precision which minimises surrounding skin damage
- Painless and comfortable
- Delivers energy in shorter bursts, to remodel skin, improve skin texture.
- Technologically more effective than Q-switched lasers
PICO Acne Scars Laser
As the official appointed trainer for PICOCARE in Singapore, Dr. Ivan Puah has much knowledge and experience behind this efficient acne treatment. Having attained a Graduate Diploma in Family Dermatology from NUS and with 14 years of experience in laser skin treatments, he has a thorough understanding of acne and treatments that deliver the optimal results for his patients. As each patient is unique, Dr. Ivan Puah will concoct a personal acne treatment plan for each of his patient. Having helped many of his patients who struggle with different types of acne scars, Dr. Ivan Puah is well-acquainted with the various forms of acne scars and is proficient in helping his patients restore a smoother and healthier complexion.
Tackling acne scars doesn’t have to be a disheartening process. Talk to Dr. Ivan Puah today.