Acne Scar Treatment Singapore - Reviews and Prices 2020

If you are looking for a guide on acne scar treatment in Singapore, you are in the right place. 

Acne scar treatment Singapore

With tons of low-quality self-help e-books out there and countless advertisements on acne scar treatment, I am not surprised if you are confused and overwhelmed with acne scar treatment information or rather misinformation i.e. recommendations from Facebook friends, neighbours, beauty advisors, acne scar treatment forum recommendations, bloggers, search engine results etc.

We have searched around the internet and have compiled the following relevant credible reference links in order to facilitate your research for 'acne scar treatment Singapore' in one place. Do go through them and complement it with your own research.

This article has been categorized into several sections below.

  • Acne Scar Treatment in Singapore
  • Best 8 Acne Scar Treatment Clinics in Singapore
  • Acne Scar Treatment Reviews in Singapore
  • Fractional CO2 laser Singapore price

Acne Scar Treatment in Singapore - What Treatments Are There?

If your acne has already subsided, you might find yourself left with acne scars.

Do not get confused by a lot of the 'spammy and scammy' sites out there on the internet.
Use good and reputable websites such as WebMD and NIH in order to understand your acne scar condition including prevention, root causes, acne scar treatment that is proven and what is not.

Here are some common acne scar treatments recommended by medical specialists.

You may need more than one kind of treatment to smooth your skin. Most are done in the doctor’s office or as an outpatient procedure at the hospital.

Laser Skin Resurfacing

A laser creates a more even surface to your skin. The goal is to remove damaged layers of skin so that new, healthy skin appears. 

Dermabrasion and Microdermabrasion

While microdermabrasion focuses on skin cells that are either already dead or very close to it, dermabrasion removes several layers of skin, requiring a much longer time for the skin to heal.

Dermabrasion was developed to improve acne scars, pox marks, and scars from accidents or disease. It's not effective in treating congenital skin defects, most moles, pigmented birthmarks, or scars caused by burns.

Dermabrasion is generally only safe for people with fair skin. For people with darker skin, dermabrasion can result in scarring or discoloration.

Microdermabrasion works on all skin types and colors. It makes subtle changes, causing no skin color change or scarring. It is not effective for deeper problems such as scars, stretch marks, wrinkles, or deep acne scars.

With microdermabrasion, there is less down time than with dermabrasion. Skin is temporarily pink but fully recovers within 24 hours. It doesn't require surgery or anesthetics. That may help people who cannot take "down time" for healing.

Chemical peel
    A special type of acid removes the top layer of your skin. This can help with deeper scars.

    New skin will begin to form about 7 to 10 days after resurfacing. The area may stay pink from several weeks to several months.

    Both medium and deep chemical peels appear helpful for acne scar reduction.

    Types of Chemical Peels:

    • Glycolic acid
    • Salicylic acid
    • Lactic acid
    • Polyhydroxy acid
    • Amino fruit acid
    • Pyruvic acid
    • Trichloracetic acid (TCA)
    • Jessner's peel
    Dermal Fillers

    Your doctor puts a dermal filler (collagen or fat) into the damaged area with a needle. It puffs up the skin under the scar to help smooth it out. Because your body slowly absorbs the filler, the process needs to be repeated from time to time.

    Rolling (or needling)

    The doctor rolls a device covered in tiny needles over your skin. It’s a safe way to stimulate the tissue under it to grow. You may have to do it several times.


    Some people need an operation to remove bad acne scars or cysts. Your doctor cuts away or loosens the scars. The area is then repaired with stitches or a skin graft (skin from another area of the body).
    Do take note that WebMd is one of the top healthcare sites in the world. Its’ ranked as the 2nd most popular site under the health category -

    Best 8 Acne Scar Treatment Clinics in Singapore

    If your acne scars don't fade away on their own, it may be time to consider booking an appointment with your dermatologist or your local aesthetic clinic.

    Who do you consult? An aesthetic doctor or a dermatologist? If you do a Google search for acne treatment, the search results are mixed with sites from aesthetic clinics and dermatologist clinics.

    Aesthetic doctors, or sometimes called aesthetic physicians by the public, are general practitioner medical doctors who have a special interest in aesthetic medicine. Besides offering aesthetic procedures, some aesthetic doctors combine their practice with general practice (GP).

    On the other hand, dermatologists are doctors who specialise in the field of treating skin diseases. After graduating medical school, they further pursue courses in dermatology.

    Many dermatologists nowadays also offer aesthetic procedures such as dermal fillers and the various laser treatments at their clinics.

    According to the guidelines by the Singapore Medical Council, aesthetic practice is not regarded as a specialty or subspecialty. The use of the title of aesthetic plastic surgeon or aesthetic dermatologist or aesthetic physician is therefore not allowed.

    For the avoidance of doubt:
    (a) A doctor who is a Dermatologist or Plastic Surgeon and who provides and performs aesthetic procedures should only employ the title or designation of “Dermatologist” or “Plastic Surgeon” respectively;
    (b) A doctor who is a General Practitioner / Family Physician and who provides and performs aesthetic procedures should only employ the title or designation of General Practitioner / Family Physician, as the case may be

    Should you see a General Practitioner or a Dermatologist? 

    I would suggest that you short-list the doctors based on the following considerations:
    • How much experience he has with acne scar treatment. 
    • Referrals from reliable doctors and friends, and check out relevant reviews. 
    • Your actual experience during the consultation. Did your doctor take a genuine interest in your problem? Acne scar treatment is not a one size fits all. The best outcomes usually result from a combination of different methods, individualised to your skin type and scar. 
    We have shortlisted 8 Skin Clinics for you to seek treatment for your acne scar, and how you can budget for them.

    #1 National Skin Centre

    National Skin Centre is Singapore’s public dermatological centre.

    Day Skin & Laser Surgery service is provided at the National Skin Centre, at a reasonable cost. Acne scarring treatment is available but it has to be done in their non-subsidised clinics.

    The CO2 laser treatment ranges from approximately $160 to $900* per session and the Fractional laser costs approximately $1,300 to $2,000* per session. *Fees are subject to change without prior notice and all costs stated does not include consultations, medications and miscellaneous charges.


    #2 Dermatology Associates

    Established in 2005, Dermatology Associates is the largest independent dermatology specialist group in the private sector in Singapore. They have 4 dermatologists, 3 clinics and a comprehensive range of lasers and light equipments.

    Treatments here include the usual chemical peels, microdermabrasion, acne phototherapy, laser treatment as well as scar subcision.

    Dermatology Associates Acne Scar Treatment Cost
    Consultation: $120 onwards
    Chemical peel: $280/session or $1,400/6 sessions 

    #3 Niks Maple Clinic

    Run by dermatologists and aesthetic doctors, Niks Maple Clinic is a very well-known skin clinic with 3 outlets in Singapore.

    They offer acne scar treatments like laser/radio frequency treatments, IPL (intense pulsed light) treatments, chemical peels, subcision and dermal fillers.

    Niks Maple Clinic Acne Scar Treatment Cost
    Consultation: $25 to $40
    Chemical peel: $86
    IPL treatment: $300 to $700
    Subcision: $450 onwards
    Laser/radio frequency treatment: $450 to $1,000
    Dermal fillers: $800 onwards

    #4 The Dermatology Practice

    Run by 4 dermatologists, each with nearly 20 years’ experience, the 2 clinics under The Dermatology Practice focuses on skin, hair, allergies and laser dermatology.

    Apart from laser treatments and chemical peels, they also offer spot acid treatment (rather than peeling your entire face) and injections for tough, stubborn keloidal scars.
    The Dermatology Practice Acne Scar Treatment Cost
    Consultation: $140 onwards
    Chemical peels: $1,080/6 sessions
    Laser treatment: $1,900 

    #5 The Clifford Clinic

    Run by two doctors, Dr Gerard Ee and Dr Chow Yuen Ho, The Clifford Clinic is an aesthetics clinic that’s been around for 15 years. It offers both acne/scar treatments as well as high end skincare products.

    Clifford Clinic Acne Scar Treatment Cost
    • The consultation fee is $50 and the cost for the first session of fractional CO2 laser is about $200 before GST. Subsequent sessions are in the $500 range depending on the package signed.
    • Deep chemical peel: $300 onwards
    • Laser treatment: $350 to $650
    • Radiofrequency microneedling (Infini): $2,550

    #6 APAX Medical Aesthetic Clinic

    APAX Medical Aesthetic Clinic specialises in advance acne care, cosmetic dermatology and skin surgery. It’s run by Dr Moses Ng who’s won a slew of awards and qualifications in that area.

    APAX has the 
    Acne Scar Revision Program: A combination of chemical peels such as TCA Cross, subcision, lasers and radiofrequency microneedling for those with more persistent acne problems.

    APAX Acne Scar Treatment Cost
    Advanced laser acne treatment e.g. carbon peel laser: $259
    Laser pigment removal e.g. acne marks: $279
    Subcision: $300 onwards

    Chemical peel: $300 onwards

    #7 Prive Aesthetics

    Prive Aesthestics is an awarding winning aesthetics centre offering treatments for skin, face, body and hair. The main focus here is on laser treatment, but they also have other high-tech treatments that they call “Facetherapies”.

    Prive Aesthetics Acne Scar Treatment Cost
    Fotona 4D Laser: $428 to $1,288

    Laser treatment: $800 to $1,200/session or $3,000/3 sessions

    #8 The Chelsea Clinic, Dr Ewen Chee

    1 Laser Treatment Session: $600, 4 Sessions: $2300. 

    Consultation fees is at $60 but will be waived off if you are signing up for treatments at the clinic.

    Acne Scar Treatment Reviews in Singapore

    As mentioned above, there are not many unbiased, evidence-based information on the internet. However, we have curated a few below that I think may be worthy of your reading time.

    5 Singapore bloggers share their Fractional CO2 Laser reviews and experiences

    What better way to learn about Fractional CO2 Lasers than to have a compressed list of Singapore reviews and personal opinions of those who have undergone this highly sought after procedure? And this is what we, at PlastyTalk, have done for our dearest Plastytalkers.
    1. Jacquline Koh - The Clifford Clinic
    2. Katelyn Tan - DRX Clinic
    3. Shirley Tay - EHA Clinic
    4. Seth Lui - Tiffiny Yang Aesthetics and Surgery
    5. Joey Ong - DRX Clinic

    I Had A Procedure For Acne Scars And Regretted It The Next Day

    It was only six years ago that my skin stopped flaring up but, of course, the scars remain. So when I was asked to review an aesthetic treatment that purportedly treats scars, I was ecstatic...

    Before Dr Lam from Ageless Medical Centre proceeded with the treatment, she briefed me on the technology behind it – it involves using a microneedle, which delivers radiofrequency waves that, in turn, selectively destroys the oil gland...

    Acne Scar Treatment: CO2 Fractional Laser Skin Resurfacing at Tiffiny Yang Aesthetics & Surgery

    Due to my genetics misfortune, I’ve had the worst acne breakouts since my teenage years, which has spread into my adult life with quite widespread scarring on my face. Some bloggers can post photos of their beautiful face to get more readers, while others like myself have to post beautiful food photos instead. Well, at least I get to eat a lot while I’m at it...

    Read more:

    Acne Scar Treatment: CO2 Laser + TCA Results after 5 Sessions

    Do note that again, it takes time for results and there is a resting period of 1 month between each session. So 5 sessions of CO2 laser treatment will take you 5 months at least to finish the procedure and see revealing results. Before we go into the actual results, I want to show the downtime and redness that occurs after each treatment so you have a fair idea of what to expect after a treatment and whether you want to show your face to the world...

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    Acne Scar Treatment in Singapore

    Acne scar treatment in Singapore as told by a doctor with no affiliations. On this occasion, I also had the pleasure of picking the brains of my dermatologist colleague, Dr Yew.
    Why am I writing this post? Primarily because I’m that clich├ęd long-time acne sufferer myself, with a vested interest in this kind of stuff...

      Fractional CO2 Laser Singapore Price (2018)

      This depends on the type and extent of scarring you have, and nature of treatment required.

      To illustrate: For severe and extensive acne scars, your doctor may suggest 3 – 5 x sessions of laser resurfacing. Fractional CO2 laser treatment average price range in Singapore: SGD 500 to SGD 1,200 per session.


      National Skin Centre
      This Day Skin & Laser Surgery service is provided at the National Skin Centre, at a reasonable cost.

      The CO2 laser treatment ranges from approximately $160 to $900* per session and the Fractional laser costs approximately $1,300 to $2,000* per session. *Fees are subject to change without prior notice and all costs stated does not include consultations, medications and miscellaneous charges.



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