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Microdermabrasion (Subcision)

Scar removal with Subcision

Subcision is a simple and safe office surgery procedure for treatment of depressed acne scars.

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Microdermabrasion (Subcision)


Microdermabrasion or Subcision is a cosmetic procedure with is an incision-less procedure for treating scars.  The procedure is performed with a special device that can reach beneath the scar and complete the subcision procedure.

Pathologically the depressed / pit scar exhibit 2 major issue – the formation of a fibrous band connecting the dermal layers with the subcutaneous layer, and healed area (scar) without the collagen. Subcision/microdermabrasion addresses these two issues by breaking the fibrous band and triggering the production of collagen in the depressed/pit scar resulting in a reduction in the scar depression/pit size making the skin surface uniform

Subcision procedure is completed in the following 3 steps

  • Skin is prepared by cleansing the acne scar area and treated with topical anesthesia
  • The special device – hypodermic needle; is inserted below the scar and the fibrous band is broken and the needle is withdrawn on completion of the procedure
  • Needle is removed and the wound is treated with pressure, and ice pack is placed for controlling the bleeding.

Microdermabrasion (Subcision) FAQ

Following are the benefits of subcision –

  • Effective and safe treatment for scar removal
  • Effective for treating acne scars and other deep skin scars
  • Out-patient procedure
  • Can be combined with other cosmetic procedures for treating acne & acne scars
  • Provides lasting results

Healing takes around 8-10 days as the procedure happens in the deeper layers of the skin. The resolution process keeps happening even after 30 days and the improvement is reflected in form of enhanced skin texture and appearance.

The results of the subcision are visible in 8-10 weeks, the rejuvenation of the skin is reflected in the form of enhanced skin texture and uniformity

Depending upon the depth, severity, and degree of the scar, the doctor decides upon the number of sessions of subcision for getting the optimal results. Sometimes, subcision is combined with other cosmetic procedures for optimal results.

Other cosmetic procedures like chemical peeling, microneedling, laser treatment, Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) etc. are considered to complement the subcision for optimal results.

The following type of skin scars can be treated with subcision –

  • Acne scars
  • Chicken pox scar
  • Deep facial scars
  • Deep wrinkles

The side effects of subcision can be –

  • Swelling
  • Redness
  • Infection
  • Bleeding
  • Skin dis-colouration
  • Injury to blood vessels

Post-subcision instructions include the application of the anti-infective, moisturizer, and sunscreen lotions by the doctor.