Acne Scar Subcision
PERMANENTLY remove all types of acne scars such as Icepick scars, boxcar scars, rolling scars, keloid scars, and chickenpox scars. Visible results can be seen in 1 session.
- Treats depressed acne scars
- Breaks down the fibrous strands
- Safe and simple procedure
- Buffer to stimulate collagen production
- Stop the bonds from reforming
- Heal and improve the scar area
What is the subcision technique?
Subcision is a simple surgical technique that is used to treat depressed acne scars and wrinkles. This procedure breaks the fibrous strands that anchor the acne scar to the subcutaneous layer of the skin.
The formation of fibrous strands in the skin is part of the inflammatory process during acne infection. These strands are strong fibers that tug the skin surface down, hence causing a crater-like depression on the skin.
The fibrous strands remain in the skin long after the acne has healed, causing an uneven skin appearance. Loss of collagen due to inflammation during moderate or severe acne can also worsen the appearance of acne scars.
Subcision breaks these fibrous strands and releases the anchored scar tissue, thereby lifting the depression formed in the skin. The result is an improved, evened out skin surface.
What types of facial scars can be successfully treated with subcision?
Almost all types of acne scars can be treated with subcision. Icepick scars, boxcar scars, and rolling scars can be treated using the subcision technique.
Subcision can also be used to even out keloid scars and chickenpox scars. The result is a smooth, young-looking skin.
How is subcision done?
Subcision is a safe and simple procedure that can be completed in the clinic.
The first step in subcision is thorough cleansing of the skin area to be treated. Thorough cleansing removes dirt and makeup residues that may clog the skin.
After cleansing, the margins of the scar will be defined using a surgical marker. A topical numbing lotion will then be applied onto the treatment area to minimize pain and discomfort.
Then, your doctor will insert a tiny needle into the target area. Your doctor will move the needle in a fanning motion. This technique will break the fibrous strands that anchor the scar tissue into the deeper layer of the skin.
After the procedure, you may notice minor bruising and swelling on the treated areas, which can last for 5 to 7 days. Your doctor will provide a topical recovery cream which can help resolve the bruising and swelling.
Deep scars may require 2 to 3 subcision sessions to effectively eliminate all the formed fibrous strands.
What other treatments can be done to optimize the results of Subcision?
Micro-needling RF treatments can be done together with subcision to optimize skin healing and to promote collagen proliferation. Micro-needling RF treatments can also help in preventing the reformation of fibrotic strands around the treated area.
Fotona Erbium Resurfacing Laser treatments can also be used to promote collagen growth and to further improve the appearance of the skin after subcision.
Is it safe to get fillers after Subcision?
It is a micro-surgical technique that breaks down skin scars that are depressed and tethered down by fibrous strands within your skin.
Acne scars are released and lifted up using a special needle. This special needle is used to manually break down scar tissue that is anchoring down your skin.
All types of acne scars such as Icepick scars, boxcar scars, rolling scars, keloid scars, and chickenpox scars can be effectively reduced by up to 50% using the subcision technique.
There will be some redness and swelling that lasts 2-3 days. Bruising is common after the procedure and will fade in 2-10 days depending on your healing and skin type.
The treatment is done under local anaesthesia to minimise discomfort.
You can expect to see good results after the first session, the result is permanent.
Most patients will see about 50% reduction, 10 days after 3 sessions. This varies among individuals.