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Acne Scar Removal and the Options Available

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Don’t waste your time and money on treatments that don’t work!

It is important that you need to know your options. Before coming to see me, it’s not uncommon for patients to try ineffective methods such as skin care routine and chemical peel.

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What is an acne scar?

The 3 different types of acne scars are:

  1. Ice pick scar: Deep and narrow scars.
  2. Boxcar scar: Broad, rectangular depressions with steep edges.
  3. Rolling scar: Broad depressions that have sloping edges.

Acne marks can also be elevated. This includes hypertrophic scars and keloid.

The type of treatment technology your require depends on your scarring.

How much does acne scar removal treatment in Singapore cost?

The average price range of acne scar removal treatment:

  • Mild to moderate acne scar removal treatment costs: $1800 – $3500
  • Severe acne scar removal costs: $3500 – $7000

How much improvement can I expect after acne scar removal treatment?

In my experience, most patients can expect an average improvement of 50 – 70%. For the majority of cases, patients see a 70 – 80% improvement in acne scars.
adult acne treatment

The amount of improvement also depends on:

  • the type of acne scar you have
  • your skin type and skin response.

What are the available options for an effective acne scar removal treatment in Singapore?

acne scar treatment before and after

Some of the acne scar removal treatments available are:

  1. Laser treatments eg. Edge One fractional CO2 laser
  2. Radiofrequency (RF) microneedling eg. INFINI, Intracel, EndyMed
  3. Chemical peels eg. TCA CROSS
  4. Subcision
  5. Dermal fillers eg. Juvederm, Restylane, Belotero, Radiesse, Rejuran

The solutions recommended by your doctor depends on:

  • the scar types and skin types you have
  • the amount of downtime post-treatment that you are willing to accept

How to get rid of acne scars?

Laser treatment can be helpful for both acne indentations and acne marks (post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation). There are several types of medical technologies for treating different skin conditions.

Lasers either peel off the outer layer of dead skin cells or boost skin collagen production to repair the damaged skin cells.

Fractional CO2 Laser treatment is effective for treating acne scarring at the top layer of your skin.

Fractional CO2 treatment has a downtime of 2 – 5 days. Common brands of CO2 Lasers include Edge, eCO2, SmartXide, Mixto, Fraxel.

Fraxel Dual

Fraxel 1927nm wavelength treats the pigmentation spots while Fraxel 1550nm wavelength improves skin texture.

Pico Lasers are effective in treating post-inflammatory hyper-pigmentation (brown marks).

This is amongst the latest non-ablative lasers that is able to target acne scars with more precision and safety, resulting in shorter downtime. The solution is proven to be one of the safest technologies as it has the least damage to the surrounding tissues.

Pulse-dye lasers

Pulse-dye laser treatment use heat energy to tackle the redness and blood vessels associated with acne marks/ post-inflammatory hyper-pigmentation. This technology has minimal downtime.

As you can see, there are MANY types of acne scar treatments. Hence, it is best to consult with your doctor to understand which treatments give your the best results.

2. Radiofrequency microneedling

Radiofrequency (RF) treatments, such as the INFINI system, use small micro-needles to deliver radiofrequency energy to the deep layers of your skin (up to 3.5mm) for deeper collagen boost and superior skin remodelling.

3. Chemical peels

In my practise, I like to use a specialised solution called TCA CROSSThis involves using a toothpick or needle to place TCA solution. This treatment has downtime of 5-7 days.

Time-consuming and tedious? Yes it is, but ice pick scars can have good results with TCA cross. 

4. Subcision of acne scars

Acne depressions might be due to fibrous scar tissue that pull down the surface of your skin. In this situation, lasers will have limited effects, as your skin surface is “tethered down” by these scar tissue.

With subcision, a small needle is used to release the fibrous tissue beneath the scar. As the area heals, the new collagen also helps to push the base of the pimple scar up.

You’ll see visible improvements in your pimple scars after each subcision acne scar treatment.

The downside to subcision for treating acne scars is bruising after the procedure, which can last for 2 – 5 days.

5. Acne Scar Fillers: Juvederm, Restylane, Radiesse, Rejuran S

Dermal fillers such as Restylane, Juvederm and Rejuran S fillers are used to elevate shallow, broad-based indentations.

Although the fillers are temporary, they will stimulate collagen in your skin, which improves your skin condition.

This newly-produced collagen gives permanent scar improvement results.

Bellafill is the first FDA-approved dermal filler for permanently correcting moderate to severe indentations. It’s unfortunately not available locally yet at the time of writing.

Specialised Acne Scar Treatments are Necessary to Remove Every Type of Scar

Your scars are unique. Your solutions ought to be too.

Dr Justin Boey treats each individual scar using a customised combination of treatments for more effective and visible results.

Sozo 360º Acne Scar Treatments – Precise & Personalised

I believe in Precise and Personalised treatment for your skin condition.

With a full suite of more than 8 types of treatments, I use a customised combination of the latest technology to ensure the most optimal results.

I commonly combine up to 3 types of treatments in 1 session for faster and more effective results.

But Dr Justin, if this 360º approach is so effective, why isn’t it more widely practised?

Types Of Pimple Scars

Rolling Acne Scars Treatment in Singapore

Rolling/Atrophic Scars

Ice Pick Acne Scars Treatment in Singapore

Ice Pick Scars

Boxcar Acne Scars Treatment in Singapore

Boxcar Scars

Post-inflammatory Erythema Treatment in Singapore

Post-inflammatory Erythema

Technology of choice:

Post-inflammatory Hyperpigmentation

Technology of choice:

Hypertrophic Acne Scars Treatment in Singapore

Hypertrophic Scars

Corticosteroid Injection

Sozo’s Acne Scar Treatment Price List

Treatment
Mechanism
Scar Type
Price
360° Acne Scar Treatment Program
Combination of the most suitable treatments
All
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Fractional Pico
Fractional Non-ablative Laser
Shallow Rolling Scars
From $450
INFINI Fractional RF
Microneedling Radiofrequency
Deep Rolling Scars
From $850
EndyMed Nano-Fractional Radiofrequency
Nanofractional Radiofrequency
Shallow Rolling scars
From $500
EdgeOne Fractional CO2
Fractional Ablative Laser
Box-car, Rolling Scars
From $450
Subcision
Mechanical Breakdown of scars
All Scars
From $400
TCA Cross
Chemical Breakdown of Scars
Ice Pick Scar
From $300
Enerjet 2.0
Jet Pressure Subcision
All Scars
From $800
Rejuran S
Injectable Collagen Stimulator
All Scars
From $500
Price list
360° Acne Scar Treatment Program

Mechanism

Combination of the most suitable treatments


Scar Type

All


Price

Ask Now


Lutronic Fractional PicoPlus

Mechanism

Fractional Non-ablative Laser


Scar Type

Shallow Rolling, Atrophic scars


Price

From $450


INFINI Fractional RF

Mechanism

Microneedling Radiofrequency


Scar Type

Deep Rolling, Atrophic scars


Price

From $850

EndyMed Nano-Fractional Radiofrequency

Mechanism

Nanofractional Radiofrequency


Scar Type

Shallow Rolling scars


Price

From $500

EdgeOne Fractional CO2

Mechanism

Fractional Ablative Laser


Scar Type

Shallow Rolling, Boxcar scars


Price

From $450

Subcision + Filler

Mechanism

Mechanical Breakdown of scars


Scar Type

All Scars


Price

From $400

TCA Cross

Mechanism

Chemical Breakdown of Scars


Scar Type

Deep Ice pick, Boxcar


Price

From $300

Enerjet 2.0

Mechanism

Jet Pressure Subcision


Scar Type

All Scars


Price

From $800

Rejuran S

Mechanism

Injectable Collagen Stimulator


Scar Type

All Scars


Price

From $500

* Individual results may vary. Final treatment prices depend on severity of condition. Please see a doctor for formal face-to-face medical consult.

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After graduating from the National University of Singapore, Dr Boey’s journey in aesthetics brought him to esteemed institutions such as Harvard Medical School, American Academy of Aesthetic Medicine and Queen Mary University of London in diverse cities like Seoul, London, Boston and New York.