Subcision

What is Subcision?

Subcision is a minor surgical procedure aimed at treating various types of indented scars, most commonly those caused by acne. It involves using a sharp needle to cut the fibrous bands anchoring the scars to the underlying tissue, thereby significantly improving the appearance of the scars.

How does Subcision work?

The principle of subcision is to cut the fibrous bands that anchor the scars to the underlying tissues, releasing these bands to allow the indented scars to rise back to the surface level. Simultaneously, this process stimulates the production of collagen, further improving the appearance of the scars.

What is Subcision best suited for?

Subcision is particularly well-suited for treating:

  • Indented stretch scars caused by acne, trauma, or surgery
  • Contracture scars caused by acne, chickenpox, or surgical procedures
  • Indentations from skin grafts, wrinkles, and localized fat loss

What to expect during treatment?

The treatment area is numbed using topical anesthetic cream, followed by injections of a local anesthetic as needed. Then, the fibrous bands are released using a needle.

What are the treatment areas?

Subcision primarily targets indented scars, which may appear on the face or other body parts such as the back, chest, etc.

Is the treatment painful?

Subcision typically involves the use of anesthetic cream and/or local anesthesia to alleviate pain, so patients may feel discomfort but not intense pain during the procedure.

How many sessions are needed to see results?

The number of treatments varies from person to person, generally ranging from one to several sessions, depending on the severity of the scars.

How soon can I see results from?

The effects of the treatment can start to be noticed within a few days, with improvements continuing as collagen production increases over time. The final results are usually apparent within several weeks to months.

What to avoid after the treatment?

After the treatment, the following should be avoided:

  • Avoiding irritant skincare products and makeup for 24 hours
  • Avoiding UV exposure and vigorous exercise for the following week
  • Avoiding high-energy skin treatments for two weeks

Are there any side effects?

Although subcision is generally safe, there are some risks and side effects, such as:

  • Hematoma
  • Pain
  • Formation of new scars
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