WHAT CAUSES ACNE SCARRING?
The presence of acne can often lead to acne scarring, which can often be expected when the skin becomes inflamed, which may appear red or swollen. This may also occur after the acne has cleared off or when the individuals ‘pops’ or pinches the pimples – this can lead to further inflammation of the skin.
Your skin will attempt to combat this by producing a natural substance known as collagen, which helps the skin repair itself. If too little or too much collagen is produced, you can expect raised or depressed acne scars to form respectively.
WHAT IS SUBCISION?
This is usually used to treat dimples or depressions in the skin that develop as a result of acne scarring. A minor surgical procedure, subcision is highly effective and suitable for all types of skin, and usually improves the depth of these blemishes by up to 50%.
After applying a local anaesthesia on your skin to render the process painless, a small needle is then inserted into your skin. This needle will be used by doctors to break up the bands of fibrous tissue which keeps the skin held down. The tissue is the cause of the blemishes like dimples, depressions and scarring – breaking this up allows your skin to heal as it generated new skin cells to fill up the gaps created. Following the procedure, compression bandages will be applied, and patients are typically able to return home unaided.
After subcision, some minor downtime will be required to recover properly and patients are advised not to perform any strenuous activities for 48 hours after the procedure. In addition, you may also be prescribed some antibiotics as a precaution. The side effects may include minor pigmentation and bruising on the treatment area, and will take about 3 months to 1 year to subside.
Results are permanent, and are visible after 2 or 3 treatment sessions, but this can vary from individual to individual. During the consultation session, a suitable number of sessions will be advised by your doctor in order to obtain the best results. The procedure can also be combined with Dermaroller, Fractional CO2 laser or platelet-rich plasma (PRP) to boost results even more – do check with your doctor to see what works best for you.
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