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ACNE SCARIRNG


ACNE SCARIRNG

Overview
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Acne is a common skin condition caused by a combination of factors: hyperactivity of sebaceous glands (oil glands), clogging of pores (blackheads and whiteheads) and action of bacteria (Propionibacterium acnes).

Most cases of acne can be treated effectively with topical medication. Others may require oral medication. However, some acne cases may persist and become chronic resistant acne. Chronic resistant acne can cause damage to the skin leading to acne scarring with uneven skin surface and pitting. Acne scarring commonly affecting the cheeks and sometimes the chin and forehead as well. Acne scarring can be effectively treated with laser treatment that targets the surface and deep layers of the skin. The laser will ablate a thin layer of skin on the surface which will then be replaced by a layer of new skin. In the deeper layer of skin, laser energy will stimulate skin reaction and lead to formation of new collagen. The result is improvement of skin unevenness and improvement of skin texture.

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Procedure
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Laser System: Fractional CO2 Laser
Duration of each session: 40-60 min (including waiting time for numbing cream)
Anaesthesia: Numbing cream (waiting time 30-45min)
Downtime: 3-5 days
Total sessions required: 1-3 sessions (more in severe cases)
Interval between sessions: 1-3 months

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Recovery
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• Skin redness and swelling for 3-5 days.
• Sunburn sensation and itchiness for first few days. Do not scratch the skin.
• Oozing of yellow fluid may occur during the first 3 days. Gently wipe with clean cotton soaked with sterile saline or sterile water.
• As the skin heals, it is common to see the ‘laser dots’ all over the face. Skin starts to peel off from the third day.
• Recovery usually complete in 5-6 days.
• During the course of the laser treatment, follow the skincare protocol in sequence:
  1. Clean the face 4 times a day with a mild facial cleanser (morning, afternoon, evening, bedtime)
  2. After each cleansing, apply a special moisturizer (with healing property)
  3. After the moisturizer, apply the antibiotic cream (optional, only for the first week)
  4. After the antibiotic cream apply the sunblock (during daytime)
• Sun protection is necessary. The use of umbrella, hat and sunglasses is encouraged.


 
 
 
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