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Acne Scar Removal Treatment in Singapore: Cost & Types

Acne Scar Removal Treatment in Singapore: Cost & Types undefined

Acne scars are the biggest nemesis to smooth and healthy looking skin. These facial scars are difficult to hide even after piling on heavy concealers; thus many patients are seeking solutions for this problem.

There is much confusion regarding the cost of acne scar treatments in Singapore because:

  1. There are too many establishments offering acne scar treatments. The options run the gamut from beauty salons, aesthetic clinics, to plastic surgeons.

  2. There is a big price discrepancy among treatments offered, e.g. “scar creams” at $50 vs treatments that can go up to the thousands.

  3. The complicated trade names of scar removing laser machines confuses people.

Let us have a comprehensive look at the cost of acne scar treatments (that actually work).

1. How much does acne scar treatment cost in Singapore?

Spoiler: creams and superficial chemical peels are NOT effective for deep acne scars.

Effective acne scar treatments usually require lasers and minor skin surgery procedures. These have to be performed by a trained doctor in a clinic.

AESTHETIC PROCEDURETREATMENT NAMESCOST IN SINGAPORE
Fractional CO2 lasers

DEKA Smartxide

“DOT”

Lumenis Ultrapulse

Fraxel Repair

Edge CO2 

Lutronic eCO2

Mixto SX

$400 - $1000/session

3-6 sessions required

Fractional erbium lasers

Fraxel Dual

Pixel Pro

Mosaic by Lutronic

Cutera Pearl

Sciton Profractional

$400 - $800/session

2-5 sessions required

Fractional micro-needling Radio-frequency Laser

Lutronic Infini

Intracel

EndyMed Intensif

$900 - $1500/session

2-3 sessions required

Fractional Picosecond Laser

PicoPlus

PicoSure

Picoway

Discovery

$600 - $1200/ session

2-5 sessions are required

Chemical peelsTCA Cross

$150 - $500/ session

2-3 sessions are required

Punch Biopsy $500 - $2000/ session depending on severity and area of scars
Subcision (+/- filler) 

$400 - $1000/ session

Filler costs are usually separate. From $500 onwards.

Pneumatic subcision

Enerjet 2.0

Airjet

$800 - $1500/session

2-5 sessions

Corticosteroid injection 

$250 - $1000/ session

2-3 sessions

2. Why are there so many types of acne scar removal treatments?

Not all scars are created equal. There are several types of acne scars, and each type requires a specific type of treatment. Most people have scars that require a combination of different treatments to effectively remove them. 

3. What factors affect the total cost of acne scar treatments?

Effective removal of acne scars requires several sessions of treatments. This is why the total cost of treatment can range from $3000 - $10,000.

1. Area, type, and severity of acne scars

Deeper scarring that affects a larger area of the face would require a more intensive type of treatment with multiple sessions. This translates to higher total cost.

For example, shallow acne scars affecting a tiny area of the cheeks may only require 1 session of subcision, and one session of Fractional CO2 laser. That will not cost more than $800.

However, deep acne scars affecting the full face and neck may require more than 6-10 sessions of different types of treatments. This can bring the cost closer to $10,000.

2. The type of laser machine:

Lasers range from $50,000 to $300,000. The price is often determined by the “brand” of the laser.

3. Experience of the doctor:

Laser technology is important because it is a valuable tool that enables your doctor to deliver results. However, the experience of your doctor in treating acne scars also matters.

An expert acne scar specialist can advise on the most suitable treatments (usually a combination) for you so that you do not waste unnecessary money on treatments that are inappropriate for your scar type.

4. Post-laser care:

Post-laser recovery creams, antibiotics, and sunblock are essentials for good recovery and to minimise complications.

Tip: Ask for any hidden costs! For example, find out from your doctor if your post-laser recovery creams and sunblock are included in the treatment price.

4. Why are some acne scar laser treatments so cheap?

Cheap vs expensive

As the old adage goes “Cheap things are never good. Good things are never cheap.” Especially so for medical aesthetic treatments. There are two possible scenarios: 

1. There might be hidden costs 

Sometimes, clinics offer low prices at the beginning. However as you progress with the treatment, you might have to top up because some of the medication you need (e.g. post-laser creams) are not included in the inital price. 

2. They might be using bad machines 

If the cost of the treatments is really cheap with no hidden costs, you should find out the brand of the machines they are using, and check with the clinic if they are HSA (Health Science Authority) approved. 

5. How do you choose your acne scar doctor?

Acne doctor

a. Experience in scar removal

Experience really counts, especially in scar removal. Look around for experienced doctors who have helped many patients to achieve satisfactory results. You should also choose a doctor who has a keen interest in scar removal. 

b. Technology is key 

Acne scar removal is heavily dependent on technology. In this field, even top aesthetic doctors cannot function without these tools. Find a clinic that offers a good range of acne scar removal laser so that you get the most comprehensive range of treatment options.

If a clinic only has a Fractional CO2 laser, they will only offer you Fractional CO2 Lasers and that might not help you with your acne scars. 

Tip: Don’t be thrown off course by trade-names of lasers. Ask the clinic for the generic name of the type of technology. For example, Fractional CO2 lasers can be marketed as Edge, eCO2, SmartXide.

c. Price of treatments

The total cost of acne scar treatments is in the thousands. Look for a clinic that is cost-effective and has your best financial interests at heart.

d. Convenience

This is one of the most important factors but it has always been overlooked. Acne scar treatments requires a long term commitment. The treatment duration usually spans over several months to a year.

Choosing a doctor at a convenient location helps you save travelling time for the multiple clinic visits.

6. Can you use insurance or Medisave to pay for acne scar treatments?

Unfortunately, no. Not even in government hospitals/clinics. You can only claim active acne treatments through insurance. 

7. Are there any subsidies or discounts for acne scar treatments in Singapore?

Unfortunately, the Singapore Ministry of Health doesn't allow clinics to give "discounts" on any medical procedures to prevent inducing patients to seek unnecessary treatments.

To help patients, some clinics allow payments by instalments. 


Conclusion:

Acne scars are a highly treatable condition. There are many effective ways to go about treating it but it is costly. You should definitely do your research before committing to a treatment plan.

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Dr Justin Boey’s practice of aesthetic medicine centres around the busy modern individual. He is experienced in Facial Aesthetics (lasers and injections) and hair loss treatments. Learn more about him here.

 


References:

  1. Clark, A.K., Saric, S. & Sivamani, R.K. Am J Clin Dermatol  Acne Scars: How Do We Grade Them? (2018) 19: 139.
  2. Fabbrocini, G., Annunziata, M. C., D'Arco, V., De Vita, V., Lodi, G., Mauriello, M. C., Pastore, F., … Monfrecola, G. (2010). Acne scars: pathogenesis, classification and treatment. Dermatology research and practice, 2010, 893080.


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