Subcision – Adelaide

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Subcision for acne pitted acne scars is one of the best methods of treating scars. This treatment method is used for; tethered, anchored, rolling scars.  These scars usually form on the cheeks, chin and temple regions.

Best results are achieved when matching the treatment method to the scar type.

What is acne subcision treatment?

Subcision acne scar treatment is a technique for treating scars that are depressed and bound down within the skin by fibrous scar tissue.

Subcision basically refers to “subcutaneous incision-less surgery” used in the treatment of scarring.

Subcision can be performed in the doctors’ office.  Scars are released by inserting a special needle into the skin.  The needle is used to manually sever the scar tissue that is anchoring the skin down.  The injury not only releases the epidermis from the lower dermis but also creates an injury that stimulates collagen growth and improves the appearance of the scar over time.

What Types of Scars Can be Treated Using Subcision?

Subcision is most successful on certain types of scars. It is important to take into account your scar type, scar depth, skin type and downtime involved. Subcision for acne scars is a very good option for the following types of scars:

  • Rolling acne scars
  • Chickenpox scars
  • Stretchable scars from injury or surgery
  • Deep wrinkles

How is Subcision Treatment Performed?

Subcision is performed under local anaesthesia and is well tolerated by most patients. Your skin is first cleansed with a skin prep solution to disinfect the area.  The scars are then mapped out with a surgical pen. Local anaesthesia is then injected to numb the skin.

The type of needle used will depend on the scar type. Typically, we use either a hypodermic 18-23G needle or an 18G Nokor needle. The Nokor needle is a tri-bevelled needle designed especially for subcision. Upon insertion, the needle is manoeuvred to break the bands of scar tissue beneath the skin. You may feel a ‘plucking’ sensation as the needles break away the scar tissue tethering the skin downwards.

Once the procedure is complete, pressure is applied to the area to help reduce bleeding and swelling. A topical antibiotic ointment is applied to prevent infection and encourage healing.

How Does Subcision Treatment Work?

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Subcision is performed under local anaesthesia and is well tolerated by most patients. Your skin is first cleansed with a skin prep solution to disinfect the area.  The scars are then mapped out with a surgical pen. Local anaesthesia is then injected to numb the skin.

The type of needle used will depend on the scar type. Typically, we use either a hypodermic 18-23G needle or an 18G Nokor needle. The Nokor needle is a tri-bevelled needle designed especially for subcision. Upon insertion, the needle is manoeuvred to break the bands of scar tissue beneath the skin. You may feel a ‘plucking’ sensation as the needles break away the scar tissue tethering the skin downwards.

Once the procedure is complete, pressure is applied to the area to help reduce bleeding and swelling. A topical antibiotic ointment is applied to prevent infection and encourage healing.

Why Are Dermal Fillers Sometimes Used With Subcision?

Dermal fillers for acne scars can help improve rolling scars, atrophic scars and tethered scars. We use a natural filler developed from cross-linking technology. This makes the filler more stable and lasts longer.

This natural filler is a commonly found molecule that supports skin architecture and keeps skin hydrated through its water-retaining properties.

Combining subcision with fillers for selected atrophic acne scars can lead to long-lasting results.

Are The Results Permanent?

By releasing the anchoring of the scar the surface skin is then free to rise up, resulting in smoother skin. The results are largely permanent, however, during the healing period, it is possible for the scar to re-anchor. 

To prevent this from happening, fillers are often used to act as a spacer between the skin and deeper scar tissue.  The filler will naturally be absorbed by the body over time and eventually be replaced by collagen, resulting in a permanent lifting of the scar.

Subcision should not be performed in individuals that have an active skin infection, and in individuals who are prone to abnormal skin scarring like hypertrophic and keloidal scars. If you are on blood thinners or have a bleeding disorder this increases the risk of bleeding during and after the procedure, therefore a consultation is needed to weigh the risk versus benefits of the procedure. In addition, if you have been on oral retinoids for the last 12 months, this procedure may not be suitable as the risk of poor wound healing is significantly increased.

Immediately after the procedure, there will be some redness and swelling that lasts 2-3 days. Pain is minimal post-procedure. Bruising is common after the procedure and will fade in 7-10 days depending on your healing and skin type.

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Our commitment to you is to provide you with the highest standard of service, treatment and patient care. You will always receive personal attention and treatment from Dr Rahma Targett each and every time you visit us.

Dr Targett will take the time to listen to your cosmetic needs and provide you with sound advice and realistic expectations. We will work with you to develop a plan tailored to your specific needs and goals.  Dr Targett will take the time to explain the procedure and provide you with expectations of the outcomes.

Following your treatment, we will provide you with the aftercare and advice that you deserve.  At Advanced Cosmetic Medicine, you will have the peace of mind that you are being treated by a qualified doctor in aesthetic medicine.

Dr Targett and her team will provide you with everything you need to achieve your aesthetic and health goals.

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