Acne Scar Laser Procedures
Unless you’ve been blessed by the puberty gods, pimples and the darkened marks are a familiar pain. And if you’re prone to severe acne scarring, you know how tough the fight for clear complexion can be.
While formulas that contain actives like salicylic acid, glycolic acid, retinol, and vitamin C can lighten pigmentation, they do little for the deep pits in the skin.
This is where laser treatments come in.
How a laser treatment works
Laser treatments utilise focused light therapy to either exfoliate the outer layer of skin or heat up blood vessels to promote collagen production. These two methods stimulate the growth of new skin cells to fill in the tiny holes.
This is because when a pimple forms, your pore swells and causes a break in the follicle wall. If the body produces too little collagen, depressions form as the skin heals. This results in rolling, icepick, or boxcar acne scars.
Laser treatments take around 3 to 10 days to heal. You may experience mild side effects such as redness and swelling. If you seek a permanent solution to even your skin texture, consider these 5 laser treatments.
1. Dr SN Wong Skin, Hair, Nails & Laser Specialist Clinic: Fotofacial® with elōs™ Technology
Powered by elōs™ Technology, this Fotofacial™ laser smooths facial wrinkles, lightens pigmentation, and reduces redness. The combination of laser and light energies also improves skin texture and acne scarring, reduces pore size, and regulates sebum.
A total of 6 sessions are recommended. There aren’t any major side effects, although a few clients have experienced temporary sensitivity and redness.
Price: S$650 for 1 session, S$4000 for 8 sessions
Address: 3 Mount Elizabeth, #07-09, Mount Elizabeth Medical Centre, S(228510)
Contact: 6690 4682 / 6733 3629
2. The Clifford Clinic: Edge Fractional CO2 Laser
The Fractional CO2 Laser delivers tiny beams of light to the face and heats the dermis layer of the skin. This stimulates the body’s natural repair process to rebuild lost collagen for plumper, smoother, and tighter skin.
Each treatment of Fractional CO2 Laser takes 10 minutes. After each treatment, your skin will be slightly red and warm but the side effects usually subside within a day.
Price: S$650 for 1 session, S$2,450 for 5 sessions, S$3,900 for 10 sessions
Address: 24 Raffles Place, #01-03, Clifford Centre, S(048621)
Contact: 6532 2400 (Call) / 8318 6332 (WhatsApp)
3. Dore Aesthetics: Acne Scar Removal Treatment
Dore Aesthetics’ treatment only takes aim at damaged skin, and leaves the surrounding healthy tissues unaffected. The laser closes pitted acne scars by stimulating collagen production.
This targeted treatment has a faster healing process and shorter downtime.
4. SW1 Clinic: Vbeam Perfecta
The Vbeam Perfecta laser delivers intense but gentle pulsed laser energy to targeted blood vessels, without affecting the surrounding tissue. This reduces redness, pigmentation, and stubborn acne while rejuvenating the skin.
Each treatment takes about half an hour, and has no downtime.
Price: S$600 for 1 session
Address: Paragon, 290 Orchard Road, #13-01, S(238859)
Contact: 6817 8888
5. 8 Medi Aesthetics Group: Acne Scar Removal
The laser 8 Medi uses penetrates deep into the skin to trigger collagen production, allowing the scars to close up.
Like the aforementioned treatment, the laser targets only damaged skin to shorten healing time.
Laser Treatments For Severe Acne Scars
Before you sign on for multiple laser treatment sessions, do first consult the clinic’s beauticians to assess your skin’s needs. Hopefully, this article will help you on your search for better skin!