Having acne is bad enough but developing scars afterwards is even worse as some scars can persist.
Acne and acne scarring are areas of ongoing study and research for Dr. Tan. Over the years, he and his colleagues have developed measures to evaluate scars and to assess severity including photographic techniques for image capture.
Scars can be small or large, holes (atrophic) or bumps (hypertrophic). No one presents with the same number or types of scars.
Treatments for scars depends on scar type.
- For atrophic scars: these range from releasing the deeper tethers (adhesions) holding down the scars using subcision (a blunt tipped instrument inserted just below the skin surface) to treatments to lift up depressions by increasing production of collagen under the skin (using retinol creams, fillers, platelet rich plasma, microneedling, lasers, and pinpoint treatment of scar bases).
- If scars are thickened or hypertrophic, different treatments are required to reduce collagen including steroid injections, silicone ointments or lasers.
During your consultation, Dr. Tan will address your concerns, examine your skin, evaluate your scars including their type and help develop a personalized blueprint to help you with scar correction and your goal of clearer skin.