ACNE SCARS TREATMENT WITH INFINI - SINGAPORE
Infini Treatment for Acne Scar Removal
✔ Do you have sunken acne scars on your face?
✔ Do you have sunken acne scars on your face?
✔ Do these signs of ageing appear on your face?
✔ Sagging “bulldog” cheeks
✔ Loose skin under your eyes
✔ Sagging brows
✔ Deep laughter lines beside your nose/lips
There are many treatments in Singapore to increase the amount of collagen in the skin and improve the tightness of the skin. One of these is Radio Frequency (RF). Using RF energy that is emitted on the surface of the skin, it is possible to get a small degree of tightening of the skin. However, this was usually not lasting and the effects tended to last only a short period of time, perhaps one to two weeks on average. In order to get around this problem, a new technology was employed. This made use of RF energy emitted using a special tip which broke the energy up into small and focused fractions. Hence the name Fractional RF. Using Fractional RF, we are able to get around the problems of traditional RF treatments, while delivering higher and more effective doses of RF to achieve the skin tightening effects we desired.
We use the Infini Fractional RF treatment to stimulate deep collagen production. With Infini, we are able to produce lifting with a certain degree of confidence. Why we chose to invest in the Infini system was because of the maximum depth of the treatment. During our comparison of the various machines on the market, we found a number of fractional RF and ultrasound systems which could produce lifting. However, after extensive testing, we decided on the Infini system because it produced the best and most consistent results.
Radiofrequency has been known to produce excellent results on the skin, including skin tightening, face lifting, wrinkle reduction, and facial rejuvenation. In addition, a new application of radiofrequency treatment is the treatment of moderate to severe pitted or depressed acne scars. How does this work? Radiofrequency causes thermal stimulation of the skin. When the skin is stimulated, deep collagen production begins. Using FRF, collagen stimulation can be stimulated as deep as 3.5 mm below the surface of the skin. Because of this new collagen production, the skin shows good improvements in tone, texture, tightening and lifting, reduction of wrinkles and acne scar removal.
Traditional treatments in the past have always been associated with long downtime and pain. This is because older technology treatments rely on using complete surface area treatments which would treat 100% of the skin surface at the same time. This gave good results, but the downtime and pain was often severe and there was a high incidence of side effects.
Fractional technology was invented, which did not treat 100% of the skin at once. Instead, only about 10-15 percent of the skin area was treated at one session. Therefore, there was always good skin in between the treated areas to quickly heal the treated area, hence promoting rapid recovery and low downtime. In addition, because the damaged areas were very small, it was possible to get good results using a very slow and controlled manner while avoiding side effects caused by too much heat damage (which occurs collateral damage because of the high concentration of heat delivered to the skin during conventional treatments).
Our skin is on average 2.5 mm thick, depending on the area of the face, and in some areas, up to 3.5 mm thick. Collagen is found loosely distributed all over the dermis of the skin, also known as the deep layer of the skin. The collagen and elastic fibres in this layer of the skin are responsible for preventing sagging and wrinkles, and lack of collagen in this layer happens as a result of ageing, sun damage, or even previous damage due to infections like acne/pimples or even chickenpox. In order to reverse these problems, our skin needs to be stimulated to produce new collagen fibres. Deep collagen fibres plump up the skin, producing tightening, lifting and filling out of scars and wrinkles.
Many facial treatments exist on the market today, such as laser treatments, to try to stimulate collagen production on the skin. However, because of the structure of the skin, they can be ineffective. Firstly, the skin is covered by a very sensitive layer called the epidermis. Damage to the epidermis leads to all kinds of side effects on the skin, including pigmentation, scars and burns. Therefore, many older treatments are limited because they cannot safely go deep enough without damaging the epidermis. With modern treatments like FRF, the epidermis is bypassed and hence there is low risk of damage to the delicate epidermis. These treatments are able to stimulate our body to produce deep collagen which is able to produce strong lifting, skin tightening and scar or wrinkle filling effects. Unlike other treatments where synthetic fillers are used, FRF stimulates our body to produce its own collagen. This deep collagen produced is by far the most lasting and effective type of collagen as it can stay in the skin for a long period of time.
As the old adage goes, “no pain, no gain”. The treatment is slightly painful and there is at usually one or two days of redness. We will use local anaesthetic cream to numb the face before the treatment. Patients with thinner skin that bruises easily should be prepared for multiple tiny bruises on the face which may stay for up to a week.
Usually the patients will notice that the face is tighter, and looks younger. Wrinkles are reduced, and the jowls and laughter lines are shallower and smaller. Some patients notice that the face looks slimmer and the chin is sharper after the treatment. Acne scars, especially pitted scars, are shallower and less obvious.
The FRF treatment takes approximately 15 minutes to complete. During this treatment, numbing cream is applied to the skin and this reduces the discomfort of the treatment. The discomfort experienced by the patient is very tolerable.
In cases where the patient’s scars or sagging are severe, multiple treatments may be necessary to obtain the optimum result.
Some patients see results as early as one to two weeks, and most patients see maximal results after two to three months. This is because the skin takes time to build up the deep collagen. These results can last for up to one to two years.
Sagging of the face can be due to loss of fat volume, sagging skin and sagging muscles. Because sagging of the face is multifactorial, not everyone will see the same extent of lifting. With a professional consultation, we can explain to you your likelihood of success with Infini. The results are quite consistent across our patients, however, some patients may not respond to the treatment. This is usually due to the failure to produce deep collagen despite stimulation, and it is estimated to be about 5 percent of our patients who fall into this category. For these patients, we will usually substitute a different acne scar removal treatment such as fractional CO2 laser.