We thought that acne scars are just acne scars, but who knew that there were different types of acne scars? That’s what our MyFatPocket videographer Desmond found out when he went for his first ever aesthetics consultation at The Clifford Clinic in an attempt to get rid of his acne scars.
We accompanied Desmond to his consultation at The Clifford Clinic, known for their safe and effective acne scar removal treatments, and he met celebrity doctor, Dr. Chow Yuen Ho, who will be the doctor in charge of him. Read on to see his final results, and how much his scarring improved in the comparison of his pre and post-treatment photos at the end.
During the consultation, Dr. Chow took a detailed look at Desmond’s skin and shared that Desmond had three different types of acne scars – ice-pick scars, boxcar scars, and rolling scars. Apparently, different types of acne scars require different treatments for the best results. Dr. Chow customised an acne scar removal program for Desmond, which included Secret RF, Pico-Hexa MLA laser and Infini Fractional R Treatment, a total of three sessions over three months.
Acne scar removal session 1: INFINI Acne Scar Treatment
INFINI is the latest and most effective technology available in Singapore to treat deep acne scars, and it comes with the bonus of overall skin lifting and rejuvenation.
INFINI uses a microneedle system that reaches into the dermis layer of the skin to stimulate collagen production from below. The collagen then pushes up the pits of the acne scars and thus, smoothing out the skin. Because of the collagen production, this acne scar removal treatment comes with the “side effect” of a youthful and lifted skin. Isn’t that a bonus?
The beauty therapist at The Clifford Clinic cleansed Desmond’s skin and applied numbing cream and injected anesthesia on his face prior to the treatment. Once the numbing took effect, Dr. Chow went ahead to administer the INFINI treatment and the entire treatment took about 20 minutes.
Desmond was nervous but shared that Dr. Chow calmed him down a lot by chit-chatting with him throughout to distract him from the needles. There were some discomfort during the treatment but it was definitely bearable.
Post-treatment, Desmond's face looked really red but the redness went away in a day or two.
Acne scar removal session 2: Secret RF
Secret RF uses controlled, fractional RF energy and minimally-invasive microneedles to fight acne and the first signs of aging, and restructure and rebuild the affected areas damaged by aging and acne scarring with long-lasting effects.
After cleansing and numbing, Desmond was led to the treatment room where Dr. Chow administered the Secret RF treatment on him. Gold-coated needles deliver heat into the skin at various depth to remodel collagen and elastin.
Desmond’s face was red and he had patches on his skin that looked like burnt marks. Not wanting to scare everyone, he wore a mask to work for the next two days. At this point, he was pretty worried about scarring from the treatment but there was nothing to worry about. He recovered after a few days, and in fact, his skin looked smoother, and his acne scars improved a lot after this second treatment.
Do keep in mind that there will be some downtime for the Secret RF treatment, and remember to make sure that you plan your schedule in such a way that there are no important events for the next few days after the treatment. However, everyone is different and may react differently to the treatment, so it is still best that you check with your doctor so that he/she can give you the best advice.
Acne scar removal session 3: Pico MLA Laser
Picosecond lasers are effective removal tools for skin pigmentation and acne scars and its extreme precision means that it can minimize the risk of damage to surrounding tissue, thus causing less discomfort to the patient and greatly reduces recovery time.
Just when Desmond was gearing himself to brave any form of pain, he was elated when he realised that the Pico MLA Laser is a relatively painless process. There was zero downtime, and Dr. Chow also informed him that besides helping to reduce the appearance of his acne scars, Pico MLA Laser can also treat enlarged pores, fine lines and wrinkles, and uneven skin texture. Now, look who is grinning from ear to ear?
Results of Desmond’s 3-month Acne Scar Removal Program
On the 4th month, Desmond returned to The Clifford Clinic for a review. Comparing his pre and post-treatment photos, we can say that the acne scar removal treatment was a success!
Desmond's acne marks lightened significantly, and his pitted acne scars evened out. His skin tone is now more even and skin is much smoother. The 3 treatments stimulated his collagen production and if you look closely, you can see that even his laugh lines are less obvious and his skin is more youthful and rejuvenated!
If you are plagued by acne scars leftover from your younger days, do book an appointment with The Clifford Clinic for a consultation with Dr. Chow Yuen Ho to see which treatment program is best for you.
The Clifford Clinic
24 Raffles Place
#01-03 Clifford Centre
(Exit A from Raffles MRT)
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Call Us: (65) 6532 2400
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