What is Subcision
To repair acne scars, a small office procedure called subcision is performed. It entails pricking your skin with a tiny needle to separate the acne scar from the underlying tissue. As a result, your skin can increase and the acne scar’s appearance can be lessened. This procedure encourages the release of collagen at the location of the needle insertion in addition to helping to raise a depressed scar.
It can be used to improve the appearance of:
- depressed scars
Your dermatologist will clean the area around your scar before beginning the operation. Additionally, a local anaesthetic will be used to numb and freeze your skin in order to make the operation painless for you.
Then, beneath the scar, your dermatologist will horizontally prick your skin with a needle. Depending on the nature of scar, subcision is performed using a cannula, Taylor liberator, or Nokor needle. To break and loosen the fibres connecting the scar to the tissue below, the needle is gently moved from side to side under the scar. It facilitates the scar’s separation from the underlying tissue. Collagen is released as a result, which helps to lessen the scar’s visible appearance.After the treatment, the wound site will either get manual pressure or cold. By doing this, bleeding and inflammation are reduced.
In accordance with the size and shape of the scar, this procedure may need to be repeated. Typically, it is done three to six times, with a minimum of four weeks separating each session.
It usually takes one to two weeks for the pain, bruising, and swelling to go down. To aid with the healing process, your dermatologist can recommend an antibiotic or anti-inflammatory.
In addition to other surgical procedures, subcision is frequently advised to reduce the visibility of scars. These treatments may include:
- Topical retinoids -These prescription creams, which contain vitamin A, can help smooth out the appearance of scars.
- Dermabrasion – This technique involves using a wire brush to exfoliate your uppermost layer of skin. It’s most effective on shallow scars.
- Laser treatment
- Chemical peels