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Skin disorders are prevalent in people, especially in adolescence. One of the most common skin disorders that most people are busy struggling with is acne. This skin condition happens when hair follicles become clogged with dead skin cells, oil, and dirt. It is known to be the cause of bacterial growth underlying your skin.
Acne is a dermatological problem that usually develops on the face but may sometimes occur on the neck, shoulders, upper arms, chest, and back. This skin disorder includes persistent pimples, nodules, inflamed papules, cysts, blackheads, and whiteheads.
Acne scarring happens when these outbreaks are left untreated for a long time. Acne scarring is a mark of severe symptoms of acne that have become deep injuries. It also happens when you frequently and relentlessly pick on your acne.
All you need to know about
Subcision for Acne Scars
Acne scar tissues tend to create a crater-like infraction on the skin. It leaves an uneven and pitted skin texture on the affected area. The scarring usually happens when acne cysts and nodules start to clear out and scarring simultaneously forms.
Acne scarring leaves a permanent and hurtful reminder of your past skin issues. For some people, acne scars can often be worse than acne itself. Thus, it is best to seek the help of professional doctors and surgeons to eliminate those acne scars that have been taunting you for a long time.
One of the best ways to treat acne scars is subcision treatment. This is a minimally invasive surgical procedure that is designed to eliminate depressed scars while providing skin rejuvenation. Subcision treatments are a simple, safe, and effective procedure that reduces the impact of the depressed scar while promoting skin clearing and fast healing.
Subcision for acne scars involves the use of a specialized hypodermic needle. These needles aid in disrupting the scar tissue to release its deep hold while allowing collagen to take action. It relatively breaks down the scar tissue anchored deep in your skin.
Subcision for acne scarring works by slowly motioning the needle forwards and backward to break down the scar tissues. This constant action tends to disturb the blood vessels in the underlying skin of the treatment area. This, in turn, allows blood to accumulate while creating a blood pod that will develop into a blood clot that will help prevent short-term reattachment of your scars deep in your skin.
While this “lifts” the anchored skin of the acne scar, it also stimulates collagen production to promote growth factors that can help wound healing faster. This creates a chance for collagen to regenerate and allows the improvement of scar appearance over time.
Subcision for acne scarring is a scar revision technique that is performed entirely in a clinical setting.
Just like any other procedure, subcision for acne scars starts when patients walk into our SKIN CLUB Cosmetic Doctors office and seek our advice about acne scars. During this phase, we will ask you some questions that can help us evaluate the acne scarring condition.
After a thorough assessment and diagnosis, the doctor will create a patient-specific treatment plan that will directly address your skin woes. Depending on the type, age, and severity of the acne scar, the doctors will recommend the best procedure that will work well with you.
If subcision treatment is not the right approach for your acne scars, or if this treatment is best paired with other treatments, your doctors will explain why it is so. However, rest assured that we aim to provide the best treatment that will help you achieve your skin aesthetic goals.
The procedure starts by thoroughly cleansing the intended treatment site to ensure that dirt, oils, and makeup are removed. Afterwhich your surgeon will define the scar margins with a surgical marker.
Tumescent anesthesia or local anesthesia with adrenaline substances is then administered in the treatment area to ensure ease and comfort during the procedure. When the treatment area is ready, the hypodermic needle is then inserted at an acute angle adjacent to the scar with the bevel upwards and parallel to the skin surface.
You will hear a snapping sound as the needle is advanced through the dermis and will be slowly and gently moved back and forth. This needling technique will cause the disruption of the blood vessels under the affected skin.
After your doctor removes the needle, he or she will apply pressure on the treated area to prevent the formation and development of large hematomas. Your doctors will also prescribe a topical antibiotic ointment to prevent infection and boost the healing process.
The best way to know if subcision treatment is the right procedure to combat your acne scars is to learn more about the type of scar you have. Subcision treatment is an excellent option for rolling scars, tethered scars, chickenpox scars, and stretchable scars incurred from an injury or surgery.
Acne scarring differs in severity, size, age, and depth of the scar.
Rolling scar appears as wave-like scars like undulations on the skin. The common cause for this type of acne scarring is the tethering of the skin’s underlying structures.
A boxcar scar is characterized by deep indentations and sharp vertical edges on the cross-section. These are superficial punched-out scars that are usually seen as round or oval-shaped on the skin.
Ice-pick scars are differentiated by their tiny but deep holes on the skin. The appearance is similar to the pockmark left by the ice-pick.
Deep divots are distinguished by remarkably deep scars. This type of scarring involves the loss of subcutaneous tissue volume, thus resulting in a large divot.
A keloid scar is characterized by the size of the scar. They are extensively raised and red or purple. Keloids are commonly lopsided to the extent of the initial trauma caused by acne.
Hypertrophic scars are a result of moderate to severe acne that appears to be pigmented raised scars on the affected site of the skin.
Macular scars are indicated with flat areas that have extreme pigmentation – either too dark or lighter than your skin tone. This type of scarring does not show any indentations or raised scars on the skin.
Microdermabrasion is used to treat the more serious types of acne. This method is a minimally abrasive technique that gently exfoliates the surface of your skin. It is an effective treatment plan for combating acne and preventing it from reoccurring.
TCA CROSS is a localized treatment that focuses on the skin issue without affecting the normal parts of the skin. This is a treatment for acne scarring that uses high concentrations of trichloroacetic acid directly on atrophic acne scars to induce inflammation and collagen refurbishment.
Dermal fillers are best known for treating wrinkles, fine lines, and sagging skin but this approach can also be used for treating acne. A filler treatment can also help boost collagen production in the depressed areas of the skin. Dermal filler is ideal for rolling and boxcar scars. However, significant scarring that does not respond well to this approach may better benefit from a subcision treatment.
Laser treatments are one of the most effective approaches for combating acne scarring. This method directly targets the affected area without damaging the surrounding skin. Laser treatments use an intensive light pulse system that targets the most severe types of acne and deep-seated acne scars.
Microneedling uses a small, handheld, needle-studded roller “pen” applied on the surface of the acne-affected site. The needling technique helps reduce the depth of scars, but this treatment can take up to nine months for the improvement to become noticeable. Microneedling is most ideal for a depressed scar.
Chemical peels consist of a strong acid that is used to remove the top layer of the skin surface to reduce deeper scars. This treatment can be used for all types of acne scars.
Subcision acne scarring treatments offer effective and permanent results after completing the prescribed number of sessions. However, there may be instances when acne scars may reappear. Thus, it is best to strictly adhere to your patient-specific post-care regimen provided by your trusted doctors and surgeons to prevent this from happening.
SKIN CLUB Cosmetic Doctors will check the severity, and extent of your acne scar and will recommend the best scar revision technique to achieve the best results. On average, a patient may require about three to six subcision sessions to see great results, the number of sessions varies on the age, area, and depth of the scar.
Managing your lifestyle and skincare regimens play an important role in maintaining smooth and blemish-free skin. If your skin is prone to acne, make sure to use oil-free moisturizer skincare products. You should also try to avoid foods that may trigger an outburst.
When an outburst is becoming a burden, it is best to visit your trusted skin clinic in Melbourne to help you reduce the outburst and prevent them from developing into atrophic acne scars.
Subcision treatments for acne scars have minimal downtime associated with mild bleeding and swelling. On average, it takes about two to seven days for the bruises to settle down.
Subcision treatment is under the guise of tumescent anesthesia, hence, most patients may experience quite a lot of swelling. Thus, after the procedure, the treated skin is applied with a minimal amount of pressure to help reduce the appearance of bruises and swelling. You will also be given a topical antibiotic ointment to prevent infection and boost the healing process.
Subcision Treatments are minimally invasive scar revision treatments that require two to three weeks of recovery time.
Depending on the type of scar and your skin’s laxity, some patients can enjoy instantly noticeable results immediately. However, for other patients, it may take a while for the effects to become visible.
The swelling, bleeding, and bruising may take about one to two days to resolve. From the time of the treatment, your skin continues to rebuild and refurbish the crater-like form on your skin. Thus, the full effects can be seen after about three to six months.
During your consultation, your surgeon will evaluate the condition of your skin and scars. Your doctors will then create a treatment plan that will specifically address all your skin woes. It will include the number of subcision sessions that you may need and if there are other procedures necessary to help optimize the results.
In some cases, laser procedures like laser resurfacing, TCA CROSS, micro-needling, and other procedures may be recommended to treat your depressed scar tissue and help improve its appearance.
On average, the cost of subcision treatment starts from $595 onwards for every treatment. However, the price varies depending on the severity of the scars and the laxity of your skin.
The cost for this treatment also considers the area intended to be treated and the number of subcision sessions needed to completely obliterate your scars. If there are other procedures combined with your subcision treatment, this will also be considered in the cost.
Most skin clinics also consider if patients have Medicare Threshold as this can help lower down the cost.
Subcision treatments tend to release the clamp that anchors the scarring tissue down the layer of the skin. Treating the skin as it evens out and making your skin smoother and softer.
The results are essentially permanent. However, proper skin care regimens during the recovery period must be observed to prevent the scars from re-anchoring to the underlying layer of the skin.
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