SUBCISION VANCOUVER: IMPROVING ACNE SCARS

Many patients look for subcision treatments to improve their acne scars at our Vancouver clinic. Acne has been a widespread concern for people all over the world. The healing process of acne lesions can leave behind scars, which typically appear as indentations or uneven skin textures. Treatment for rolling and tethered scars, which have a wave-like or bound-down appearance, is especially successful with subcision treatments.

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Also known as subcutaneous incision-less surgery, subcision is generally considered a minimally invasive procedure that requires very little down time. Our doctors use a hypodermic needles or cannulas under a skin scar to subcise the adhesions and release the superficial skin.

The procedure at our Vancouver clinic is both safe and effective. Furthermore, subcision can be combined with other treatments we offer to deliver the best results.

QUICK FACTS

  • Length of Treatments: 30 - 60 minutes
  • Recovery Time: None - 7 Days
  • Cost: Varies

SUBCISION TREATMENT FOR ACNE SCARS: THE HISTORY

The technique of surgical subcision for treating acne scars was initially introduced in 1995 by a pair of American dermatologists. In their pioneering approach, a hypodermic needle was inserted beneath the skin's surface, right under the scar. The needle was then moved back and forth in a sweeping motion, effectively breaking up the scar tissue. Over time, this method has undergone various advancements, leading to the development of multiple surgical techniques and the use of diverse types of cannulas.

SUBCISION vancouver FOR ACNE SCARS: THE HISTORY

With the advancement of technology, subcision has improved in terms of efficacy and techniques. At our clinic in Vancouver, our doctors use a microcannula for subcision. It is more effective for breaking bonds. The blunt tip of the cannula enhances safety and decreases overall invasiveness of the treatment. Additionally, it serves as a versatile tool for administering dermal fillers, PRP, or biostimulators to enhance the effect. Our expert doctors also employ cannula in different layers and direction to deliver the best results.

SUBCISION vancouver FOR ACNE SCARS: THE HISTORY

SUBCISION VANCOUVER: HOW DOES IT WORK?

At our clinic, our subcision appointments always start with an assessement and consultation with our doctors. Then we can decide if subcision is the best treatment for your type of acne scars. After numbing procedures to ensure comfort during the procedure, our doctors will gently create subcuticular incisions. This breaks the fibrotic strands that hold the scar to the underlying subcutaneous tissue. This also helps with boosting collagen production. As a result, it makes the acne scar less noticeable and helps smooth out the skin texture.

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SUBCISION VANCOUVER: AM I GOOD CANDIDATE?

  • A good candidate for subcision at our Vancouver clinic are usually healthy individuals with a history of acne scars. If you have depressed acne scars, especially rolling scars or tethered scars, are the most suitable candidates.
  • Patients with ongoing skin infections or active acne are generally encouraged to treat their acne first. Furthermore, patients with a history of hypertrophic or keloid scarring are usually not good candidates for the procedure.
  • People with specific long-term medical issues such as blood coagulation abnormalities should consult with our doctors first before proceeding.

SUBCISION VANCOUVER: WHAT TO EXPECT

You should keep in mind the following before undergoing subcision treatment:

  • You may experience some numbness and discomfort as the procedure is minimally invasive.
  • You may experience some swelling and bruising at the site of injection which usually subsides in a few days.
  • You may experience the formation of some scars post-procedure.
  • You may be advised to take antibiotics at our doctor’s recommendation to counter the risk of infection.
  • You may be asked to use sunscreen to avoid any hyper-pigmentation post-procedure.
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ACNE SCAR SUBCISION VANCOUVER: TREATMENT BENEFITS

Multiple benefits of subcision treatment have been reported in the media such as Healthline and Byrdie. These include:

  • Production of collagen to help improve skin texture.
  • Reduction of scars from acne or chicken pox. 
  • Improvement of texture from both tethered and rolling scars.
  • Minimal to no downtime allowing you to resume your daily activities.
  • Significant overall improvement of the texture and tone of the skin with other procedures like laser therapy or microneedling.
Subcision for acne scarring Vancouver
Subcision for acne scarring Vancouver

SUBCISION VANCOUVER: COMBINATION TREATMENTS

Combination treatments with subcision for acne scarring can significantly enhance results by addressing various aspects of scar tissue and skin regeneration. At Sparrow MD, we offer three effective ways to combine subcision with other treatments, including PRP, Hyaluronic Acid fillers, and Sculptra®.

Doctors at the Vancouver clinic treat the deeper acne scarring with subcision.
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SUBCISION WITH PRP (PLATELET-RICH PLASMA)

While our doctors perform subcision to release the fibrous bands causing the scar depression, we can also inject PRP into the treated area.

PRP, derived from the patient's own blood, is rich in growth factors that promote healing and collagen production. This combination not only improves the appearance of scars but also accelerates the healing process and enhances overall skin texture.

SUBCISION WITH HYALURONIC ACID FILLERS 

Very fine, loosely cross-linked hylaruonic acid can be injected under the skin along with subcision. This not only breaks up scar tissue but allows for both hydration and collagen stimulation to occur.

The hyaluronic acid filler adds volume to the treated area, lifting the depressed scars and providing immediate improvement in the skin’s appearance. This can further improve skin texture and tone.

SUBCISION WITH SCULPTRA (Poly-L-lactic Acid):

Similar to the above methods, subcision is performed initially, followed by injections of Sculptra.

Sculptra works as a biostimulator, encouraging the skin to produce more collagen over time. This method provides a more gradual improvement in the appearance of acne scars and enhances the overall firmness and texture of the skin.

SUBCISION VANCOUVER: CHOOSING SPARROW MD

Subcision treatment is an important tool for treating acne scars with its versatility and efficacy. When it comes to acne scar treatments, our providers focus on delivering the best results with safe and effective treatments. We encourage you to book a consultation with us to consult with one of our team members regarding the best course of action for your aesthetic goals.

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

When do I expect to see results from subcision treatments?

Subcision for acne scarring produces long-lasting changes in the look of depressed acne scars. You may see instant results immediately after treatment. This can be obscured by mild swelling. The best results are usually seen after 3 months with collagen stimulation after a series of treatments.

Is there downtime with subcision treatment

There is minimal downtime observed with this treatment. You may experience some swelling and bruising that usually subsides within a week or two.

What is the treatment price for subcision in Vancouver?

The cost of subcision treatment can be variable. It may cost around 500-1000 per treatment depending on the combination of treatments we offer.

Is subcision treatment better than microneedling for acne scars?

In severe cases of atrophic scarring, subcision is a more practical course of treatment. It can be combined with microneedling for improving shallow scars and optimizing skin texture. 

SUBCISION VANCOUVER: COMPLIMENTARY TREATMENTS

At at our clinic in Vancouver, we offer other treatments and solutions that may complement subcision treatments. This may include medical-grade skin care regimens with topical active ingredients as well as advanced in-clinic treatments like below.

Micro-Botox

Micro-Botox, often referred to as intradermal Botox®, employs tiny doses of Botox micro-injections to create natural-looking effects that don't restrict facial movement. This when combined with subcision can lead to skin rejuvenation owing to boosted collagen production.

Microneedling

Subcision and microneedling have been combined in numerous studies to reduce acne based scars. Significant reduction in scars, minimized hyperpigmentation and a relatively safer combination are the outcomes reported in multiple studies. Microneedling involves the use of tiny needles to boost collagen production.

Dermal Fillers

The region where subcision is done can be supplemented with dermal filler. Fillers improve the lifting effect of subcision by adding volume under the depressed scars. Hyaluronic acid-based fillers are usually used as they are soft and moldable. They also hydrate the skin and improve the tone and texture.

Exosomes

Our exosome treatment harnesses the power of regenerative medicine. Exosomes are intercellular messengers that helps increase collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid in your skin. Exosome therapy is particularly useful for treating scars on the forehead and temple, regions where subcisions can be difficult to perform.

Sculptra

Sculptra® is a biostimulator treatment that provides a long lasting solution for gradual collagen stimulation. It provides natural results and improves skin quality. Sculptra can be combined with subcision or done alone to help stimulate collagen and improve the appearance of acne scars.

Microdermabrasion

Our advanced and innovative Bela MD skincare system combines targeted microdermabrasion, bio-infusion cleansing, muscle stimulation, electroporation, H2 infusion, and ultrasonic waves for a customizable skin health solution that leaves you skin glowing.

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