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Pores and Acne Scars
Pores are essential for your facial skin’s health. They provide natural oil to keep your face soft and supple. However, big pores often stand in the way of having a smooth facial skin. Prominent pores and acne scars make your facial texture appear uneven and rough.
There are thousands of facial products out there that may help with pores and acne scars. Certain products that contain retinol can make pores and scars appear less prominent. The point here is that they "appear smaller," but is there anything you can do to physically make them smaller?
Thankfully, the answer is YES. There are a few treatments that address both acne scars and enlarged pores.
What are the Top Treatments for Acne Scars?
1) CO2 RESURFACING LASER and LASER CARBON PEEL
How does it work*?
CO2 RESURFACING LASER is a non-invasive treatment that uses a device to deliver a LASER beam divided into thousands of microscopic treatment zones that target a fraction of the skin at a time. This effectively removes layers of skin tissues in a fractionated method, leaving the skin surrounding each column intact to aid in healing. This treatment causes skin cells over treated area to regenerate and reproduce more rapidly, therefore can effectively improve pores and acne scars.
CO2 Laser treatment helps improve pores and mild to severe deep acne scars. It also helps improve lines and wrinkles, uneven skin colour, textural irregularities, sun damaged skin and pigmentation.
LASER Carbon Peel involves applying a thin layer of carbon on your face before treating it with LASER. This removes a layer of dead skin from your face, unclog pores, improve fine lines and wrinkles as well as pigments.
It also stimulates and promotes healthy collagen production, which then improves the texture of pitted acne scars, and shrinks enlarged pores at the same time. Secondly, it collapses tiny, superficial blood vessels on the skin that are responsible for the reddish appearance on the area of old acne.
After CO2 Laser, treated areas will be red and mildy swollen. It takes about 1 week to recover fully. It is important to follow doctor's post treatment instruction to recovery quickly. This involves using post treatment recovery cream and mask, and appropriate facial wash and products.
As for Laser Peel, there is no downtime. Some patients experience mild redness right after the treatment, that goes away very quickly. You can come in to have it done during lunch time and go back to work immediately looking more radiant. Your colleagues will not even notice you have had a treatment done on your face.
Is it painful?
This varies from person to person.
CO2 Laser can be uncomfortable but very tolerable. Numbing cream is applied on the treated area before treatment to minimise any discomfort.
Pain is minimal for Laser Peel . It feels more like a rubber band gently hitting your face. Once you are used to it, you will barely feel it.
Do i see results immediately?
Results after LASER treatment tend to be gradual and progressive, rather than immediate and dramatic. There will be noticeable improvements in acne scars, pores skin texture, pigments and wrinkles over a few sessions. Most patients report seeing visible results and looking more radiant after the first CO2 Resurfacing Laser treatment.*
How many sessions do I need?
This really depends on individual and the severity of facial conditions. Typically, it takes up to 5-10 sessions (1 session every month) to see optimal results. Optimal results can be achieved by a continuous effort of LASER treatment, giving you a longer lasting effect. *
2) Rejuran Healer (DNA Skin Booster)
This is a skin rejuvenation and anti-ageing treatment from South Korea. It contains Polynucleotide(PN) extracted from Salmon DNA.
Polynucleotide induces skin regeneration from within the inner skin layer, therefore improving skin quality and texture. This directly improves the appearance of pores and acne scars.
How is it done? Is it painful?
Rejuran Healer is placed in the inner skin layer by a series of micro-injections, similar to the traditional skin booster injections. Numbing cream is applied prior to treatment to minimise any discomfort. It is very tolerable for most people.
Your facial skin will be reddish with needle marks right after treatment, which will resolve within 2-3 days.
How often do I need to get the treatment done?
An initial course of 3-6 treatment, 3-4 weeks apart, is recommended for optimal results. After that, you can repeat the treatment every 4-6 months for maintenance.
Apart from reducing Pores and Acne scars, there are other benefits you can get from Rejuran Healer:
1. Improves skin elasticity
2. Promotes collagen synthesis in the skin
3. Tightens and lifts skin
4. Balances oil and moisture of skin
5. Reduce pigmented scars
6. Improves fine lines
7. Improves skin texture
8. Recovers protective layer of the skin by increasing thickness and density of inner skin
Acne scars subcision is a simple procedure to help with deep facial scars (especially rolling scars and boxed scars).
How is it done? Is it painful?
A special needle is being used to break down stubborn scar tissues under the skin resulting in elevation of the scar, therefore restoring smooth contour of your skin.
Areas of acne scars are marked and numbed with local anaesthesia before the treatment. Pain is minimal during treatment.
How many sessions do I need?
Most patient see improvement after 1 session of treatment. Depending on the types and severity of the scars, your doctor may advise you to undergo a few more sessions (typically about 3-5) to further improve the scars.
You will experience some redness and swelling around the treatment areas, which will subside within 2-3 days.
4) Injection Treatment
Injection Treatment, also known as micro-injection treatment, is a modified injection technique that helps shrink pores and acne scars.*
How does it work?
Tiny amount of material is injected just underneath the facial skin at multiple sites using micro-injection technique, effectively tighten the skin surface, making the pores appear smaller and facial skin appear more toned. This directly targets the muscles that open up pores, causing them to shrink, leaving you a smooth clear skin.*
Pain is really minimal. A numbing cream is applied on the injection sites before the procedure. You can barely feel the needle because it is so tiny.
This may varies from person to person. The amount of material injected into the skin is really tiny that it does not leave any marks. You may experience mild redness at the injection sites that disappear very quickly.
How long does it last?
Injection treatment lasts for 3 - 4 months, after which the procedure will be repeated to maintain the effect of shrunk pores.*
Any side effects?
Unlike wrinkles treatment, Injection Treatment does not affect the major facial muscles. There is no need to worry about potential facial asymmetry. In the worst case scenario, there may be some redness at the injection sites but they go away very quickly.*
The question you may want to ask is, “Which one is better?”
The answer is, consult your doctor! Every treatment works in different ways to improve pores and acne scars by targetting different skin problems.
Let our doctor assess your facial skin condition to formulate the treatment regime for you.
If you are keen to find out more, do not hesitate to contact us at +65 6235 0338 or visit us at our clinic to speak to our doctors.
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*Note: The outcomes and results of this medical procedure may vary from person to person. Outcomes and results may not be guaranteed.
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