Nothings spells adolescent-rage like a face full of fiery acne and for many of us, who are victims of this insufferable condition called ‘Acne’, what’s most painful in the entire acne epidemic, is the scars left behind despite graduating from adolescent-hood, years after.
Acne scars not only haunt us of one of life’s most depressing moments, but are hideous to say the very least.
These abhorrent scars are notoriously known for the very cause of the unevenness in our skin texture and the ‘craters’ formed on the surface of our skin contribute to the unsightly and ‘bumpy’ facial countenance.
But that’s not the end of all the bad news that surround acne scars; acne scars become more noticeable as we age as we lose collagen!
If the condition above sounds uncannily familiar to you, fret not, because it’s exactly what Singapore’s renowned comedian, Mark Lee faced since his acne outbreak when he was 15.
Plagued by a severe acne outbreak that were “red and swollen”, Mark Lee was left with a face inundated with indentations and perpetual roughness despite having his acne under control in the later part of his life.
It is no secret that dealing with acne scars is agonising as it is, but to have your scars broadcasted and subjected to public scrutiny was having the agony increased tenfold.
Met with the harshest critics, Mark Lee was disparaged for his pitted scars.
“I’ve heard criticisms like why do people put me on TV when my face is so rough, it needs sandpaper to smoothen it? Since I can’t change my face, I try not to let the comments get to me,” the 48 year old comedian said.
Prevention of Acne is key
To keep acne scars at bay, it is of utmost importance to reduce inflammatory breakouts as much and as soon as possible.
Having the acne under control as soon as it develops is one of the surest ways to ensure that the acne situation does not escalate to that of acne scars.
Tempted as we are to pick at or squeeze the pus-filled pimple, doing just that can force debris deeper into the dermis and thereby causing a potential spreading of an infection to other tissue, leading to the worsening of inflammation.
Understandable as it is that we want to pick at scabs, doing so would unfortunately prolong the healing process and worse of all, increase the chances of developing scars.
Sadly, even the most careful of treatments cannot guarantee a scar free face caused by acne…
So what’s the Acne Solution or Treatment?
Savage as these acne scars are, the silver lining to this whole acne scar nightmare is that, there is a solution and an extremely effective one!
As an on-screen entertainer who requires to put his best face forward, Mark Lee was burdened by the ugly scars that were left behind by his teenage years and sought several outlets such as aesthetic treatments to hopefully erase those pitholes that were conquering his face but it was only until receiving a systematic and meticulous 3 prong approach (Edge Fractional CO2, Fractional Radiofrequency and curated growth serum) to his Acne scars at the Clifford Clinic, that Mark Lee saw significant change to his facial countenance.
What is the 3 Prong Approach (Edge Fractional CO2 Laser, Infini Fractional Radiofrequency and Curated growth Serum)?
For many, Fractional CO2 Laser was the solution when it came to all things acne related.
While Fractional CO2 Laser is effective in stimulating our body’s natural repair process to rebuild lost collagen, skin redness that last for three days followed by scabbing that lasts for a week is a common downside attached to the traditional Fractonal CO2 Laser.
The new and improved Fractional CO2 Laser aka Edge Fractional CO2 Laser allows acne patients to have the best of both worlds.
With finer beams that deliver similar energies compared to its predecessor, Edge Fractional CO2 Laser works wonders, producing minimal skin redness and barely discernable scabbing yet delivering smoother, plumper, and tighter skin that looks younger and less scarred.
To effectively eradicate the scars left behind by Acne, Infini Fractional Radiofrequency, when paired with Fractional CO2 laser produces remarkable results for patients with lasting Acne scars.
Infini Fractional Radiofrequency is significantly less invasive and damaging and is exceptionally effective in the treatment of Acne scars.
With extremely fine and small microneedles used, these microneedles are paired with radiofrequency to deliver energy by heating up a specific area within the dermis of the skin.
Most conventional laser and RF treatments can only reach 1.5-1.75 mm below the skin. However with Infini, the penetration depth of the treatment is up to 3.5mm below the skin. This ensures that even deep acne scars can be treated with the Infini treatment.
Not only that, the accuracy that Infini Fractional Radiofrequency delivers, targeting very specific points, also means that it significantly reduces the risk of damaging the epidermis layer while treating the most severe of Acne scars.
Last but not least, in the Clifford Clinic’s 3 prong approach to Acne scar cure, is the Curated growth serum.
Curated growth serum is essentially naturally occuring proteins found in the cells of our skin to promote and regular cellular growth.
Thus, it is key in maintaining a healthy skin structure and function especially for patients with a history of Acne scarred skin texture.
How Does The 3 Prong Treatment Approach Help with Acne Scars?
Upon stimulating our body’s natural repair process to rebuild lost collagen in skin, Edge Fractional CO2 Laser gives off a number of cell signals that encourages the body to repair and rebuild skin in the treated area.
This in turn causes the body to channel collagen raw materials to that area and causing it to build up the collagen in the skin.
With the entire remodelling process taking place over weeks to a month, the final result is one that is smoother, plumper, and tighter skin, diminishing scars while improving the quality of the treated skin.
Infini Fractional Radiofrequency complements the Edge Fractional CO2 Laser with its capacity to reach Acne scars as deep as 3.5mm, targeting the scars not only more effectively, but also more accurately.
With added advantages of skin lifting and collagen regeneration, Fractional Radiofrequency promises younger and plumper looking skin for patients who have suffered from pitted scars.
The last component, Curated growth serum is essential as it accelerates the process of promoting skin tissue repair, regeneration as well as collagen growth.
The growth serum allows the face to be fuller, thus significantly reduces and eliminates the uneven texture on the skin surface.
What to expect from the 3 prong approach Acne treatment?
Each session of The Clifford Aesthetics Acne Scar Program can take about two hours.
Before the Infini Fractional Radiofrequency is used, a numbing cream is applied and left on the skin for 60 minutes.
A typical Edge Fractional CO2 Laser treatment session takes about a mere 10 minutes. Based on the doctor’s discretion, the laser may be used on the whole or part of the face.
When it comes to the Edge Fractional CO2 Laser, the numbing cream needs to be applied for only 30 minutes before treatment.
The laser works by shining tiny beams of light on the face, and heating up the dermis layer of the skin.
After each treatment, the skin feels slightly red and warm but the effects will subside usually within a day.
As for Inifini Fractional Radiofrequency, the treated area will be cleansed with alcohol.
Similarly, a warm sensation will be felt during the treatment and moderate redness will be evident during post treatment which would typically last a mere few hours.
The curated growth cell serum is most effective when used upon completion of the laser treatments for that smoother and firmer looking skin.
Results can be seen as quickly as one to two weeks after the treatment and will continue to improve with each holistic treatment.
Why Clifford Clinic for your Acne woes?
The doctors at Clifford Clinic are your go to experts when it comes to your acne woes.
Thoroughly understanding the works of acne and recognising that each patient is different, the professionals at Clifford Clinic tailor your acne treatment regime to suit you for the most effective and proven results.
With specialised acne treatment for every patient, the doctors at Clifford Clinic have been integral in helping countless acne patients, like Mark Lee, regain their confidence, giving them a smoother and healthier countenance they were denied for years.
Acne scars can become a thing of the past with Clifford Clinic’s 3 prong approach Acne program. Talk to the experts at Clifford Clinic today.
Pay just S$200 for your first Edge Fractional CO2 Laser trial (usual price: S$650). To make an appointment, contact below:
24 Raffles Place
#01-03 Clifford Centre
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Q-switch + HF Laser x 10 package $3000
Fractional CO2 Laser x 5 package $2450 x 10 package $3900