SUBCISION VANCOUVER: AN OVERVIEW

Acne has been a widespread concern for people all over the world. Subcision treatment, also known as subcutaneous incision-less surgery, is used to treat depressed acne scars. It is a minimally invasive procedure in which a hypodermic needles or cannulas are placed through a skin puncture and moves under a skin scar to create small incisions. 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. The procedure is deemed safe overall and must be carried out by a medical professional.

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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.

With the advancement of technology, subcision has improved in terms of efficacy and techniques. At Sparrow MD, 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: WHAT TO EXPECT 

Our highly trained, board-certified doctor will first clean the targeted area and mark around the scars. A local anesthetic will then be injected. Afterwards, a hypodermic needle or cannula is inserted through a skin puncture, adjacent to the scar. Its sharp edges are maneuvered under the defect to create subcuticular incisions. This breaks the fibrotic strands that hold the scar to the underlying subcutaneous tissue. It also helps with boosting collagen production. As a result, it makes the acne scar less noticeable and helps your skin to rise. Once the procedure is completed, the wounds are cleaned and antibiotic is applied.

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SUBCISION VANCOUVER: AM I GOOD CANDIDATE?

  • A patient who is in generally good health would be the perfect candidate for subcision treatment.
  • Patients with depressed scars such as rolling scars or tethered acne scars are suitable candidates.
  • Patients with ongoing skin infections and those 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 not undergo subcision.
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SUBCISION TREATMENT VANCOUVER: WHAT TO EXPECT

The following considerations must be kept in mind 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.

ACNE SCAR SUBCISION TREATMENT VANCOUVER: TREATMENT BENEFITS

Several benefits of subcision treatment have been reported in buzzing skincare magazines like Healthline and Byrdie. These include:

  • Boost in the production of collagen that helps to improve skin texture.
  • Helps to reduce scars formed in conditions like acne or chicken pox. 
  • Helps to address both tethered and rolling scars.
  • It has minimal to no downtime and allows you to resume your daily activities.
  • Subcision combined with procedures like laser therapy or microneedling may result in a significant improvement in the tone and texture of the skin.
SUBCISION VANCOUVER: WHAT TO EXPECT
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ACNE SCAR SUBCISION TREATMENT VANCOUVER: TREATMENT BENEFITS

Several benefits of subcision treatment have been reported in buzzing skincare magazines like Healthline and Byrdie. These include:

  • Boost in the production of collagen that helps to improve skin texture.
  • Helps to reduce scars formed in conditions like acne or chicken pox. 
  • Helps to address both tethered and rolling scars.
  • It has minimal to no downtime and allows you to resume your daily activities.
  • Subcision combined with procedures like laser therapy or microneedling may result in a significant improvement in the tone and texture of the skin.
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SUBCISION VANCOUVER ACNE SCAR TREATMENT: 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:

  • Subcision with PRP (Platelet-Rich Plasma):
    • While our doctors perform subcision to release the fibrous bands causing the scar depression, we 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.

Each of these combinations leverages the benefits of subcision in releasing scar tissue with the additional advantages of either PRP, hyaluronic acid fillers, or Sculptra. This multimodal approach can lead to more comprehensive and lasting improvements in acne-scarred skin. It's important to consult with our doctor to determine the most suitable combination treatment based on your skin type and scar appearance. 

SUBCISION VANCOUVER ACNE SCAR TREATMENT: COMBINATION TREATMENTS

COMPLIMENTARY TREATMENT OPTIONS

Subcision can be carried out independently or in conjunction with other procedures. These include:

Microbotox

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.

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Fillers

The region where subcision is made can be filled up with filler injections. Fillers improve the lifting effect of the subcision by adding volume to the depressed area. Hyaluronic acid-based fillers such as Restylane®, are usually employed as they are soft and moldable. They also hydrate the area. Over the next six to nine months, fresh replacement tissue grows while Restylane® is gradually absorbed.

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Exosomes

When applied to scarring, stem cell-derived exosomes are multi-purpose nanovesicles that encourage tissue regeneration and healing. Exosome therapy is particularly useful for treating scars on the forehead and temple, regions where subcisions can be difficult to perform.

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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 a few studies. Microneedling involves the use of tiny needles to boost collagen production that helps in rejuvenating the skin.

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Retinoids

Topical retinoids can be used in conjunction with subcision to effectively cure acne scarring. Atrophic acne scars have been reported to be treated effectively with this combination in a study. The retinoids reduce the hyper-pigmentation and boost collagen production.

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CHOOSING SPARROW MD

Subcision treatment is a vital tool for treating acne scars due to its adaptability and efficacy. When it comes to invasive medical treatments, our medical staff is excellent at providing you with the outcomes you want while maintaining safety.Our diverse clientele is a reflection of the range of ethnic backgrounds from which we provide our services. 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 particular needs and 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. 

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