Do you have acne scars? If so, you’re not alone. Acne scars are a common problem, and there are many different ways to treat them.
In this blog post, we will discuss the best options for acne scar treatment in Singapore. We will also discuss the pros and cons of each treatment option. So if you’re interested in getting treatment for acne scar by Dr Edwin Lim, keep reading!
What are the Different Types of Acne Scars and their Causes?
Acne scars are the result of inflamed follicles during acne breakouts. There are several types of acne scars, each with their own unique appearance.
The most common type of acne scar is called an “ice pick” scar. It looks like a small, deep pit in the skin. These scars are caused by damage to the skin’s collagen and elastin. Ice pick scars are usually less than 2mm wide.
Another type of acne scar is called a “boxcar” scar. These scars have sharp edges and well-defined sides, giving them a rectangular shape. Boxcar scars are usually wider than ice pick scars.
They can vary in size from 2mm to 4mm. Boxcar scars are also more likely to be indented than raised. The third type of acne scar is called a “rolling” scar. Rolling scars occur when the skin around a pimple forms dips and hills.
This gives the skin a rolling or wave-like appearance. Rolling scars range in size from 2mm to 5mm wide. Finally, the fourth type of acne scar is called a “keloid” scar. Keloid scars occur when the body produces too much collagen during wound healing.
Keloids can be very large, sometimes growing larger than the original pimple. They may also be itchy and painful to touch. Keloid scars most commonly occur on the chest, back, shoulders, and earlobes.
What are the best Treatments for Each Type of Acne Scarring?
There are many over-the-counter acne scar treatments available, but oftentimes they are not effective. This is because everyone’s skin is different, and what works for one person may not work for another.
In addition, people with different skin types will require different treatments. For example, someone with dry skin may need a different treatment than someone with oily skin.
As a result, it is important to get custom-tailored treatment for your acne scars to maximize your chances of success. A dermatologist can assess your individual skin type and make recommendations based on the latest research.
In addition, they can also provide additional treatments, if necessary. By getting custom-tailored treatment for your acne scars, you can improve your chances of achieving clear, smooth skin. So, what are the best treatments for each type of acne scarring?
For ice pick scars, your plastic surgeon or dermatologist may recommend punch excision. This involves using a small punch tool to remove the entire scar. The area is then stitched closed.
Punch excision is effective for small, deep scars. For larger scars, your doctor may recommend a procedure called punch elevation. This involves making an incision around the scar and then using stitches or a surgical tool to lift the scar tissue up.
This can help improve the appearance of deeper scars. For boxcar scars, your doctor may recommend a procedure called subcision. This involves using a needle to break up the fibrous bands, causing scarring.
Subcision can help improve the appearance of shallow to deep boxcar scars. It is often combined with punch excision for best results. For rolling scars, your doctor may recommend a procedure called dermabrasion.
This involves using a rotating tool to remove the top layer of skin. Dermaplaning is another option for treating rolling scars. This involves using a blade to shave off the top layer of skin.
Dermabrasion and dermaplaning can help improve the appearance of shallow to deep rolling scars. For keloid scars, your doctor may recommend a procedure called cryotherapy. This involves using extreme cold temperatures to destroy the scar tissue.
In some cases, your doctor may also recommend steroid injections or surgery to remove the scar tissue. Cryotherapy is effective for small, localized keloid scars.
Laser treatments are another very popular option for treating all types of acne scars. There are many different types of lasers, and each type is effective for treating different kinds of scars.
Your doctor will assess your individual needs and make recommendations based on the latest research. If you are concerned about the appearance of your acne scars, talk to a dermatologist or plastic surgeon.
They can assess your individual skin type and recommend the best treatment options for you. Remember, there is no one-size-fits-all solution for acne scars. By getting custom-tailored treatment, you can improve your chances of achieving clear, smooth skin.
How can you Prevent Acne Scars from Forming in the First Place?
Most possibly, your best bet against developing acne scars is to avoid them in the first place. There are several things you can do to keep your skin as healthy as possible and prevent acne breakouts. They include;
- Wash your face twice a day with a gentle cleanser
- Exfoliate regularly to remove dead skin cells
- Use noncomedogenic (non-pore clogging) products
- Avoid picking, popping, or squeezing pimples
- Treat acne breakouts early to prevent them from getting worse.
If you do develop acne scars, don’t despair. There are many treatment options available that can help improve the appearance of your skin. So, don’t hesitate to talk to a dermatologist or plastic surgeon about your options.
Acne scar treatment can be a long and difficult process. However, by working with a qualified dermatologist, you can develop a treatment plan that is tailored to your individual needs. With the right treatment, you can achieve clear, smooth skin.
Our board-certified plastic surgeon and skilled staff offer a variety of acne scar treatments. We will work with you to develop a treatment plan that is best for your individual skin type and needs.
If you are interested in learning more about our acne scar treatments, contact us today to schedule a consultation. We would be happy to see you and answer any questions you may have. Call: +65 6904 2218.
Edwin Lim Medical Aesthetic Clinic (Orchard)
304 Orchard Rd, #05-51 Lucky Plaza, Singapore 238863
+65 6904 2218