WHAT CAUSES ACNE SCARRING?
Acne scarring is a direct result of the presence of acne and can often be determined by inflamed skin which can appear swollen or red. It can also appear after the acne has cleared or when an individual picks or squeezes the pimples, which can further inflame the skin and worsen the condition.
A natural occurring substance known as collagen will be produced which is needed for the skin to repair itself. If the body produces too little or too much collagen, depressed or raised acne scars will form respectively.
WHAT IS SUBCISION?
This is a minor surgical technique that is utilised in order to treat depressions and dimples that come about as a result of acne scarring on the face. The treatment can be performed on all skin types, and usually helps to visibly improve the depth of these depressions and dimples, making your skin look better and more youthful.
A local anaesthesia will be applied to your skin which helps to render the procedure painless, after which a small needle will be inserted into the skin. Our doctors will use the needle to break up bands of fibrous tissue which hold the skin down. This fibrous tissue is the cause of depressions, dimples and
scarring and breaking it up will allow the skin to heal properly, as well as generating new cells to fill in the gaps made. After the procedure, compression bandages are applied and patients are usually able to drive home unaided.
POST SUBCISION TREATMENT
There is some minor downtime associated with this treatment, and patients are advised to avoid strenuous activities for 48 hours following subcision. Your doctor may prescribe antibiotics as a precaution or preventive measure. Side effects may include bruising and minor pigmentation on the treatment area, which will subside anywhere between 3 months to 1 year.
The results are permanent and are usually noticeable after 2-3 treatments, but this may vary from patient to patient. During consultation, your doctor will determine an appropriate number of treatment sessions in order to get the best results possible. Treatment may also be combined with Dermaroller, Fractional CO2 laser or PRP (platelet rich plasma) therapy for optimum results – do consult your doctor to find out which treatments work best for you.