Chickenpox Scar Treatment in Singapore

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Atrophic Chickenpox Scars

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What are chickenpox scars?

Chickenpox, caused by the varicella-zoster virus, often results in a widespread, itchy rash of fluid-filled blisters. While most cases of chickenpox resolve without long-term skin damage, scratching or severe infections can lead to permanent scarring. Chickenpox scars can take on different forms depending on the nature of the initial rash and how the healing process was managed.

Causes of Chickenpox Scars:

  • Scratching: Intense itching from chickenpox blisters often leads to scratching, which can damage the skin and increase the risk of scarring.
  • Infection: Secondary bacterial infections of the blisters can complicate healing and lead to more prominent scarring.
  • Severity of Rash: Severe chickenpox with numerous or deeply inflamed blisters is more likely to result in scarring.
  • Healing Process: Individual differences in the healing process and skin type can influence scar formation.

Our Approach

Chickenpox Scars Treatment

At our clinic, we offer a comprehensive range of advanced treatments to effectively reduce the visibility of chickenpox scars and restore your skin’s natural texture and tone. Our personalized treatment plans are tailored to meet your specific needs, utilizing the latest technologies and techniques for optimal results.

How common are chickenpox scars?

The varicella virus is responsible for chickenpox, a common and highly contagious disease in childhood. With a peak incidence at the ages of 5 to 9 years of age, about 90% of individuals would have had suffered from chickenpox by the age of 14 years. It is estimated that about 7-20% individuals who had contracted the varicella virus would result in significant scarring. Chickenpox scars can profoundly affect one’s self esteem and may cause functional impairment during a young person’s formative years and into adulthood.

What are the types of chickenpox scars?

The majority of chickenpox scars are located on the face (40%), abdominal and back areas. Chickenpox scars can result in a variety of scarring patterns, which can be classified as:

  • Atrophic scarring: Depressed scarring due to epidermal and/or dermal injury and loss of collagen.
  • Hyperpigmentation: Increased melanin production as a result of an inflammatory process.
  • Hypopigmentation: Loss of melanin post varicella infection. This may be associated with atrophic scarring.
  • Hypertrophic-Keloid scars: This can occur in susceptible individuals and can be difficult to treat.

It is important to identify your scar type to determine the most appropriate scar removal treatments.

What type of chickenpox scars treatments are available?

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1. TCA CROSS

Using high concentration trichloroacetic acid via the chemical reconstruction of skin scars (CROSS) technique, this procedure results in improved epidermal thickness, more collagen synthesis with resultant chickenpox scar resurfacing. An average of 4-8 sessions are required, at treatment intervals of 6 weeks. Healing is within 5-7 days. Studies have shown TCA CROSS to be effective and safe in most patients. Risk of hyperpigmentation or hypopigmentation are uncommon and resolves in a matter of weeks.

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2. Fractional Lasers

Utilizing fractional laser technology, we target scar tissue to stimulate collagen production and encourage the growth of new, healthy skin. The carbon dioxide, CO2 laser and erbium (Er:YAG) laser systems target water from within the skin to improve the epidermis, increase collagen production in the dermis and enhance scar remodeling and appearance. 

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3. Pigment Lasers

Pigment lasers such as the Pico-second lasers are an effective modality for reducing the appearance of pigmented chickenpox scars. These lasers specifically target melanin, the pigment responsible for skin coloration, and work by breaking down the excess pigment in the scars without damaging the surrounding skin.

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4. Subcision

Subcision is a procedure to release the fibrotic or tethered strands beneath the scars, recruiting blood and growth factors to initiate wound healing and scar resurfacing. Depending on your skin and scar type, we can use either the blunt cannula or Nokor needle method for the best results.

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5.  Microneedling

This technique involves creating controlled micro-injuries in the skin to stimulate the body’s natural healing process. Microneedling promotes collagen and elastin production, leading to the gradual improvement of scar texture and appearance. Fractional RF microneedling is an advanced dermatological technique that combines radio-frequency energy that is released from the microneedles to deliver heat energy into the dermis. The resultant wound healing process induces collagen and scar remodeling over the next few months.

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6. Injection steroids

Keloid scars are raised, thickened areas of skin that result from an overproduction of collagen during the healing process. Steroids help soften scars by reducing the inflammatory process, inhibiting collagen production and reducing blood flow to the scars. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Recovery time varies depending on the treatment. Non-invasive treatments like topical creams and some laser therapies have minimal downtime. More intensive treatments, such as deeper chemical peels or microneedling, may require a few days to a week for the skin to heal.

Most treatments have mild side effects, such as redness, swelling, or temporary discomfort. More intensive treatments might cause temporary skin sensitivity or changes in pigmentation. It’s essential to follow post-treatment care instructions to minimize side effects.

 

The number of sessions needed varies based on the type and severity of the scars and the chosen treatment method. Some patients see improvement after one session, but multiple sessions are often necessary for optimal results.

 

Before treatment, avoid excessive sun exposure and follow any specific instructions from your provider. After treatment, keep the treated area clean, moisturized, and protected from the sun. Follow any additional post-treatment care instructions to promote healing and achieve the best results.

Most individuals with chickenpox scars are good candidates for treatment. However, it’s essential to have a consultation with an experienced doctorto assess your skin type, scar severity, and overall health to determine the best treatment options for you.

Dr Moses Ng dermatologist

Chickenpox Scars Treatment

Chickenpox scars result from the body's healing process in response to the viral rash. For those already affected by chickenpox scars, various effective treatments are available to improve skin texture and appearance, restoring confidence and comfort.

Schedule a consultation for Chickenpox Scars treatment in singapore

At APAX Medical & Aesthetics Clinic, we offer a range of advanced scar removal treatments tailored to your individual needs. Our experienced team is dedicated to helping you achieve the best possible results, improving both the appearance of your skin and your confidence. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and learn more about your treatment options.

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