Subcision: A Breakthrough Treatment for Acne Scarring

Acne is a common skin condition that affects millions of individuals worldwide, and unfortunately, it can leave behind lasting reminders in the form of acne scars. These scars can have a significant impact on one’s self-confidence and overall well-being. While there are various skin treatments available for acne scarring, one that has gained recognition for its effectiveness is subcision. In this blog, we will explore the benefits of subcision as a breakthrough treatment for acne scarring.

  1. Understanding Acne Scarring: Acne scars are a result of the skin’s healing response to acne lesions. Inflamed acne lesions, such as cysts or nodules, can damage the underlying collagen and leave behind indentations, depressions, or raised scars. These scars can be emotionally distressing and challenging to treat with topical creams or over-the-counter remedies.
  2. The Science Behind Subcision: Subcision is a minimally invasive procedure that targets the underlying fibrous bands or tethering that cause depressed acne scars. During the treatment, Dr. Gupta uses a special cannula (flexible tube) to break these fibrous bands, releasing the tension and allowing the scar tissue to lift and level with the surrounding skin. This process stimulates collagen production and encourages the formation of new, smoother tissue.
  3. Effective for Various Types of Acne Scarring: One of the significant advantages of subcision is its versatility in treating different types of acne scars. Whether you have rolling scars, boxcar scars, or ice pick scars, subcision can be an effective treatment option. It can improve the appearance of shallow to moderately deep acne scars and provide noticeable results.
  4. Minimally Invasive Procedure: Subcision is a minimally invasive procedure that can be performed in an outpatient setting. The procedure itself is relatively quick, depending on the number of scars being treated.
  5. Minimal Downtime: After subcision, some swelling, bruising, and redness in the treated area are normal and expected. However, these side effects typically resolve within a few days to a week. Most individuals can resume their regular activities shortly after the procedure. Your healthcare provider may provide specific aftercare instructions to promote healing and optimize results.
  6. Gradual and Long-lasting Results: Following subcision, you may start to notice gradual improvements in your acne scars as the skin heals and new collagen forms. It may take several weeks to months to see the full benefits of the treatment. The results are long-lasting, as subcision addresses the underlying cause of the scar and promotes natural collagen remodeling.
  7. Complementary Treatments: Subcision can be combined with other acne scar treatments to enhance results. Techniques such as microneedling, PRP and dermal fillers can be used in conjunction with subcision to further improve the texture, tone, and overall appearance of the skin. Your healthcare provider can recommend the most suitable combination approach based on your specific needs.

Subcision has emerged as a breakthrough treatment for acne scarring, providing hope to individuals who have long battled the physical and emotional impact of acne scars. By releasing the fibrous bands that cause depressed scars, subcision promotes collagen production, improves skin texture, and helps scars blend in with the surrounding skin. With its minimally invasive nature, minimal downtime, and long-lasting results, subcision has become a valuable tool in the arsenal against acne scarring. Consult with Dr. Gupta to explore the benefits of subcision and embark on a journey towards rejuvenated, more confident skin.