Is it possible to get rid of acne scars and pigmentation? This must be one of the most common questions we’ve been asked.
While teenage acne is a temporary problem, unfortunately, acne scars aren’t. And they’re among the hardest skincare concerns to address because there really aren’t any topical products that claim to be able to revert these scars.
Another problem that’s just as pesky? Probably pigmentation. They’re obvious on the skin, hard to hide even with makeup, and is difficult to eliminate visibly with topical products.
Before we get to the solution, we have to first understand the cause. First, how do acne scars develop?
Acne is essentially inflamed blemishes, and they occur when follicles or pores are engorged with excess sebum and dead skin cells, and are attacked by bacteria. When inflammation happens, the pore swells, breaking into the follicle wall. It gets serious when there’s a deep break in the follicle wall caused by lesions, where the infected cells spill out into the dermis, destroying healthy skin tissue in the meanwhile.
In order to repair this damage, our skin naturally form new collagen fibre – which is a healthy process of the skin’s function. The unfortunate thing is that the repair is often uneven, so we can never get the smoothness that we see before the damage.
Note that sometimes what we thought is an acne scar may actually just be post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, which is a type of discolouration on our skin.
Hyperpigmentation is commonly caused by an excess production of melanin, the pigment that gives skin its colour. Over-production of melanin can be caused by several factors. Most commonly, it’s excessive exposure to UV rays, but pregnancy, hormonal changes, and certain medication can cause hyperpigmentation too.
What topical skincare products are limited by, medical aesthetic treatments are able to achieve. Amaris B. Clinic offers PICOCARE Fractional Laser to help you eliminate the appearance of acne scars and pigmentation.
If you’re curious about the Amaris B. Clinic’s PICOCARE Fractional Laser, we’ve compiled some of the most commonly asked questions and helped you ask the doctor for some professional answers.
PICOCARE Fractional Laser offered at Amaris B. Clinic is an FDA-approved, a 450-picosecond Nd: YAG based laser. It comes with a fractional handpiece, and is the only handpiece with a wide range of spot sizes for better precision and efficacy. It is also safer.
PICOCARE Fractional Laser is able to generate faster pulses than nanosecond pulse lasers previously the common standard. This capability enables PICOCARE Fractional Laser to complete treatment in a shorter time.
You might have heard of or even done other types of laser treatments. Here are the key differences between PICOCARE Fractional Laser from other common laser treatments.
Compared to Fractional Co2 Laser Resurfacing Laser, PICOCARE Fractional Laser by Amaris B. Clinic is suitable for tanned skin, better at treating indented scars and enlarged pores, and also present significantly less post-treatment side effects, which means you’ll see a faster recovery.
Among other PICOsecond Laser, PICOCARE Fractional Laser is also safer and has less downtime. This is thanks to the four different wavelengths it has that allows better customisation to achieve desired result.
If you compare PICOCARE Fractional Laser to Traditional Q switched Lasers, it also has more advantages. PICOCARE Fractional Laser delivers energy in shorter bursts, which can help remodel skin, improve its texture, and also penetrate better without causing damage to skin surface.
Besides acne scars and pigmentations, PICO Fractional Laser can also treat a variety of other skin concerns such as dull skin, acne, rosacea, and also as general skin rejuvenation solution or for preventive skin care (anti-ageing). If you ask us, sounds like most people could benefit from a treatment like this!
The treatment is generally tolerable, but you can share your concerns with your doctor during consultation.
Compared to traditional laser treatments, side effects from PICOCARE Fractional Laser are much less. You can expect pinkish spots or redness tone on the skin for up to four to five days after treatment so keeping skin moisturised is important during recovery. You should also try to shield your face from the sun.
The number of sessions will depend on the extent of your condition. In general, it may require anywhere from two to six sessions, which may be repeated every one to four weeks. During the consultation, your doctor will advise you on what is recommended.
During the consultation, share important information such as the current state of your general health including any skin allergies you may have and skin treatments you may have had. Always remember to raise any concerns and queries that you have in regards to your condition, the treatment, and the realistic result that you can expect.
A signature treatment of Amaris B. Clinic, PICOCARE Fractional Laser is usually administered together with their doctor’s designed SkinSOS Botanical Facial Series. Together, Amaris B. Clinic is able to repair, restore, and rejuvenate their patients’ skin even better.
This is one significant way Amaris B. Clinic does it differently from other laser providers, which probably explain why they have so many satisfied patients for this procedure!
Each of the SKINSOS botanical-based facial series is tailored to target different skin concerns such as acne, acne scars, oily skin, enlarged pores, pigmentations and skin dullness. The facial is administered by a trained and certified therapist, and uses products formulated with only pure Australian botanical ingredients. By speeding up cellular turnover, removing dead skin cells, and repairing skin, this facial series is done after the laser treatment to leave skin looking refreshed and healthy, without compromising and damaging its protective barrier.
Laser treatments can only be performed by a medical doctor who is trained and qualified to operate a laser machine. Dr. Ivan Puah, medical director of Amaris B. Clinic is the official appointed trainer for PICOCARE in Singapore.