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Acne scars that cause the skin's surface to look uneven and bumpy are unsightly and make us look older than we are. But before you run off in search of the solution, it is crucial to understand the type of acne scars you suffer from as it determines the most suitable treatment for your condition.
Keloid Acne Scars
Keloid 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 can continue to grow laterally even after the site of the acne is healed. While uncommon, 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 but extend deeper into the skin than other 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 skin's surface, with some looking very much like huge open pores. Ice pick scars are usually caused by severe 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 known as an ice-pick scar.
Boxcar scars, unlike ice-pick scars, 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 skin's surface is created. The severity of boxcar scars depends mainly 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 prolonged 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 Fractional Laser
While dealing with acne can be emotionally and psychologically taxing, coping with the aftermath of acne can prove to be equally distressing. With many acne treatments in the market that promise to eradicate the outbreak, what is the solution for acne scars that can promote the restoration of smooth and healthy-looking skin?
What is Pico Fractional Laser, and how can it help with acne scars?
Pico Fractional Laser is a multi-function laser that combines ultra-short picosecond laser and HEXA Laser Induced Optical breakdown (LIOB) to treat various skin conditions, such as acne, acne scarring, and enlarged pores. It is non-invasive and delivers noticeable and improved results in lesser sessions than other comparables.
How does Pico Fractional Laser work?
Pico Fractional Laser treats acne scarring by first creating thermal injury on the targeted area. The injured skin will then trigger the body’s natural healing cycle, after which collagen production is stimulated; skin repairing and remodelling will occur.
Depending on your scar type, skin condition, and severity of the scarring, Pico Fractional Laser may be done as a solo treatment or combined with the following treatments:
• Microdermabrasion Skin Renewal
• Chemical Peel
• Steroid Injection
• Facial Fat Grafting
Pico Fractional Laser is a picosecond laser, making it faster and more efficient than the previous nanosecond lasers. In treating enlarged pores, this laser penetrates deeper into the skin than just its surface to deliver pulses that cause tiny globules of air or bubbles. During a patient’s recovery stage, collagen fills up the bubbles and raises indentations and depressions, resulting in a smoother appearance.
Advantages Of Pico Fractional Laser
There are several advantages, including:
- Shorter treatment and lesser downtime
- Increased patient safety
- Minimises surrounding skin damage
- Delivers energy in shorter bursts to remodel skin, and improve skin texture.
PICO Acne Scars Laser
As the appointed trainer for Pico Fractional Laser in Singapore, Dr. Ivan Puah has much knowledge and experience behind this efficient acne treatment. He thoroughly understands acne, having attained a Graduate Diploma in Family Dermatology from NUS and over 15 years of experience in laser skin treatments.
As each patient is unique, Dr. Ivan Puah will concoct a personal acne treatment plan for each patient. Tackling acne scars doesn’t have to be a disheartening process. Talk to Dr Ivan Puah today.