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Acne Subcision

Acne Subcison - Carlsbad/Encinitas in San Diego County

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Scar Treatments.

Treat Acne Scars For Radiant, Even Skin

Acne scarring is a frustrating, yet common problem that many of our patients face. These depressed marks along acne-ridden skin create uneven skin texture that often needs medical intervention to improve. At Glow Theory Aesthetic & Dermatology Studio, we believe in using the power of science to enhance our patients’ natural beauty and boost their overall confidence. Our warm aesthetics experts are proud to offer subcision acne scar treatments and other cutting-edge medical dermatology treatments to patients in Carlsbad (La Costa), Encinitas and the neighboring communities of Rancho Santa Fe, Oceanside, Solana Beach  and Del Mar, California.

Subcision is a surgical procedure that uses a fine needle to lift acne scars. It also stimulates the production of collagen. It is not appropriate for all types of scars, but it can reduce the appearance of depressed scars. Subcision can combine with other treatments for acne scars to achieve optimal results.

Subcision is a safe, noninvasive procedure that improves the appearance of acne scars. The recovery time is less than other types of cosmetic procedures. Depending on the location of treatment, the patient may experience bruising in the treatment area. Afterward, icing and makeup can help reduce pain and discomfort.

Subcision is not a cure for acne scars. It will only minimize the appearance of a depressed scar and trigger collagen production to smooth the area. It’s recommended to undergo several subcision procedures over the course of a few years to achieve the best results. Subcision can also combine with other treatments, including laser treatment or microneedling.

Subcision is an outpatient procedure that perform in Glow Theory, Carlsbad. Most patients will be able to go home the same day. Our provider will discuss the procedure with you and will mark the area that needs to treat. You will give a local anesthetic to numb the skin before the subcision procedure.


What Causes Acne Scarring?

  • Imperfectly healed acne
  • Picking at the skin
  • Genetics
  • Severe acne
  • Not treating acne in a timely manner
Acne Scars Before and After - Subcision

Subcision is a procedure for reducing scars from acne. The procedure works by breaking down fibrotic strands, allowing new collagen to form under the skin. This helps promote healing and improves the overall tone of the skin. The results can see immediately, although the first few weeks may characterize by swelling.


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Acne Scar Treatments Explained

The Science Behind Your Confidence.

Personalized Treatment Plans Tailored To Your Skin

At Glow Theory Aesthetic & Dermatology Studio, we believe in using the power of science to help fuel our patients’ confidence. We also believe that each of our patient’s skin is as unique as their personality. For that reason, we are proud to provide each patient with an individual acne scar treatment plan tailored to their skins’ needs. Our medical professionals use the advanced VISIA® skin analysis system to capture high-quality images of your skin and assess your problem areas for the ultimate acne scar treatment regimen. Your acne scar regimen may require a combination of revision treatments to give you the radiant results you desire.

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More About Subcision Acne

Subcision is a surgical procedure that breaks the fibrotic strands of the skin. This kickstarts the body’s natural healing processes and increases collagen production. This helps the skin heal safely and improves its overall tone. However, the procedure has some drawbacks, and some patients have reported complications.

Before the procedure, patients should avoid certain medications, including anti-inflammatory medications, blood thinners, and fish oil. These medications may cause bruising around the treated area. Patients should also refrain from taking multivitamins or herbal supplements for at least one week before the procedure. These precautions will help reduce the risk of bruising after the procedure.

In addition to treating acne scars, subcision is a great option to fading scarring. It helps improve skin tone and texture by using acid-based ingredients to promote skin cell turnover and collagen production. The procedure can perform on small or large areas, depending on the severity and location of acne scarring.

Although subcision can improve the appearance of scars, it will not remove them completely. Ideally, patients should undergo three to six subcision sessions. Each session should schedule at least four to six weeks apart. The total duration of the treatment can take up to a year. Once the skin has recovered, the results will last for a lifetime.

While the procedure is relatively painless, it may cause minor bruising and swelling after the treatment. Usually, a topical anesthetic applied before the procedure, which will numb the treatment area for the duration of the procedure. Subcision may also cause nerve damage. The result is a smoother skin surface.

Many people wonder, “Does subcision work for acne scars?” This surgery is a popular option for those with severe scarring. The procedure is safe, and often performed by a dermatologist. It usually takes about 30 minutes and involves numbing the skin with a local anesthetic. The dermatologist then inserts a special needle under the scarred area. There may be a slight pulling or poking sensation during the procedure, but the pain is usually minimal. After the first treatment, additional treatments will spaced at least four weeks apart.

A 20 or 18-gauge needle used during the procedure. This inserted into the scar at an acute angle and moved back and forth through the dermis. This action helps break down fibrous strands tying the scar to the underlying tissue. It can also stimulate the production of new collagen. The procedure costs few hundred dollars, but the price may vary from location to location.

While subcision sounds easy, it requires great skill and years of experience. It is only effective for certain types of scarring. Subcision can improve rolling and box scars, and can stimulate new collagen production in the skin. However, it not recommended for icepick, red, pigmented, or stretched acne scars. Subcision is not an effective option for keloid scars.

Subcision is an acne scar treatment that improves skin by 30% or more. It may combine with resurfacing lasers and fillers for additional benefits. While the procedure is generally safe, it can result in mild to moderate pain. After the procedure, the skin may swell, and a cold compress will help alleviate some of the discomfort. After the procedure, the patient should avoid the sun or exposure to other UV rays.

A qualified plastic surgeon will charge a fair price. He or she should have good patient reviews and a modest practice. Some providers also offer financing options, such as CareCredit. Before selecting a surgeon, make sure to discuss your finances with them. Also, pay attention to how many areas you want to treat, as this can affect the price.

Subcision costs vary by clinic, but it typically costs about $1,500 for the procedure. Several sessions typically required to see results. The procedure is typically suitable for atrophic and hypertrophic scars, though keloids may not respond to this treatment. It can also help to smooth nasolabial folds.

Subcision can perform on a single depressed lesion or multiple depressed lesions at a time. It can also perform on multiple acne scars at once. In some cases, multiple treatments required for dramatic results.

The procedure performed by inserting an 18 or 20 gauge needle into the skin at an acute angle adjacent to the scar. It then moved back and forth through the dermis. This process displaces the scar tissue and stimulates collagen regrowth to help the skin heal. It also reduces depressions in the skin and lifts the skin back into its proper place.

The procedure takes about thirty to sixty minutes to complete. Before starting the procedure, a dermatologist will inject a local anesthetic to numb the skin. Next, the dermatologist will insert a special subcision needle under the scarred area. The patient may feel a slight pinching or poking sensation, but there is typically minimal pain. The procedure will repeat as needed.

One recent case study showed that a combination of subcision and autologous fibroblast injection was effective in reducing rolling acne scars. The study carried out on nine patients with acne scarring. Each patient evaluated before and six months after the final injection. Patients received an average of two treatments each.

The procedure is successful in reducing the size of scars and improving their appearance, but it is not a cure for all acne scars. For instance, subcision cannot eliminate keloid scars or hypertrophic scars, and it cannot improve scarring on all skin types. Only a small number of studies have shown that subcision can permanently improve acne scarring.

Take the First Step in Your Glow Theory Experience.

The medical staff at Glow Theory Aesthetic & Dermatology Studio is excited to help you regain your confidence and become the best version of yourself. Our expert aesthetic professionals are proud to offer a variety of non-surgical cosmetic treatments in a welcoming environment that transcends the traditional medspa experience. We are proud to help patients in Carlsbad (La Costa), Encinitas and the neighboring communities of Rancho Santa Fe, Oceanside, Solana Beach  and Del Mar, California to level up their glow. Contact us to schedule your private Glow consultation today.

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