Subcision for Acne Scarring
Scarring is a nasty after-effect that can result from acne breakouts. While a breakout may have subsided, affected areas often still remain red or swollen – especially if the person experiencing acne gave in to the temptation to scratch and pick at pimples.
When irritated and damaged, the skin naturally produces collagen to repair itself. However, when an excess is produced, depressions and raised patches may appear in affected areas resulting in what is known as ‘acne scarring’.
The good news is that there are treatments available to prevent such scarring from being life-long, and one of these is called a subcision.
What’s a Subcision?
Effective on all skin types, a subcision is a minor surgical procedure that can help smooth-out dimples and depressions associated with acne scarring by up to 50%. As part of the procedure, local anesthetic is applied to the skin – rendering it painless – and a small incision is made with a needle on affected areas.
By breaking up the fibrous tissue that holds skin down, the needle creates gaps which are later filled by new skin cells. This allows scarred areas to properly heal while causing no further damage to surface skin. After the treatment, patients will be required to wear compression bandages – so as to speed up the healing process and minimize the risk of infection.
You can expect some downtime following a subcision – with most patients advised to avoid heavy activities for up to 48 hours. However, this will be worthwhile in the long run as results are permanent. It is likely that you will be prescribed antibiotics as a precautionary measure, and you may experience slight bruising and some minor pigmentation on targeted areas – which will disappear within 3 months to a year.
You can expect to see results within 2-3 treatments, depending on your skin’s rate of recovery. Sometimes, depending on what your doctor recommends, a subcision may be complemented by other treatments such as PRP (platelet rich plasma) therapy, Fractional CO2 Laser or Dermaroller. As such, be sure to consult your doctor on what procedures are available and will work together good on your skin.
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