Procedure of subcision
How Is The Procedure?
With your face numbed by local anesthetic, a hypodermic needle is inserted underneath the skin, below the scar tissue, and run from side to side in a fan-like motion, beneath the surface of the skin. This breaks the connective tissue holding the scar to the undamaged skin below, encouraging the skin to regenerate, and eventually promote new collagen growth, which lifts that depression in the skin causing the scar. A snapping sound is heard as the fibrous bands are broken. The procedure takes no longer than 20 minutes and has minimal discomfort associated with it.
The side effects of swelling, bruising, and pain are transient and will subside within 2-3 days after the procedure.
Combining Subcision with Lasers?
Definitely! The collagen stimulatory effects from subcision and Fractional CO2 Lasers are synergistic and will work well when done together. They can be done in a single session for maximum efficacy. Multiple studies have shown that subcision prior to the CO2 laser procedure showed excellent response when compared to CO2 laser alone.
Combining Subcision with TCA Cross?
Patients struggling with deep acne scars are great be candidates for treatments with subcision and TCA Cross Technique. The TCA Cross Technique relies on trichloroacetic acid to stimulate collagen production. However, unlike a TCA peel which is meant to resurface a larger treatment area, the Cross Technique is used for targeted spot treatment. Precise amounts of the acid are applied to the base of the scar, causing micro damage and stimulating he body’s natural healing processes. This works hand in hand with subcision. Several treatments may be needed to achieve optimal outcomes, with each successive procedure stimulating more tissue growth, thus raising the scar.
Combining Subcision with Fillers?
This method would be most ideal when doing subcision. With subcision, the fibrous scar bands are cut to help soften and elevate a scar. However, by itself, there may be instances where the indentation may reform due to scar contracture. Hence, filler injections work as an adjunct to prevent the tethers from reattaching and help in permanent acne scar correction.
Any Risks for Subcision?
Though there are few risks involved with subscision, it is nevertheless a specialised procedure and can only be performed by a medical practitioner. Risks of subcision include nerve injury, hematoma and deep scarring.
How Long Does It Take To See Results?
Our skin will take time to heal. The process of re-collagenation takes 2 to 6 months and during which, the acne scars will progressively fill out and lighten further.