Subcision is a procedure used to treat acne scarring, specifically depressed acne scars. Depressed acne scars are caused when fibrotic strands pull the skin downwards, creating the superficial indentations. During treatment a small needle cuts these fibrotic strands thereby releasing the tension of the scar, allowing the skin to rise.
About the Procedure
Subcision addresses depressed acne scarring. Unlike dermabrasion which treats scars by abrading them away, subcision reduces the appearance of scarring from the underneath the skin’s surface. Other methods for treating skin indentations caused by previous acne include dermal fillers however the effects are only temporary. During the procedure, individual scars will be treated using a tiny, hypodermic needle that will be inserted into the skin. The needle will be moved back and forth in a fanning pattern as the sharp edges of the needle will be used to cut away at the fibrotic scar tissue. These cuts effectively release the tethers of the scar from the underlying tissue. This release elevates the previously depressed skin and will continue to improve as the wound healing cascade will stimulate further collagen production. Providers will be cautious around sensitive areas such as the eyes and mouth to avoid injury of facial nerves and vessels. If many scars need to be treated, treatment will be divided into multiple session.
Commonly Treated Concerns
Acne Scar Treatment – Subcision adresses concerns such as:
• Acne Scars
Typical Cost Range
$50 – $1790
The ideal candidate for subcision has “rolling scars” (distensible, depressed scars with gentle sloping edges) or tethered acne scars.