Jandali Plastic Surgery performs subcision and direct surgical excision of deep acne scars for patients in Connecticut, Greenwich, Stamford, Norwalk, Westport, Fairfield, Bridgeport, Trumbull, Monroe, Shelton, and Milford.
Subcision is a technique that is useful for the treatment of superficial atrophic acne scars. A needle is inserted through the skin next to the scar and is passed underneath the scarred and indented area. The side of the needle tip is then used to release the fibrous tissue that pulls the scar down and gives it the indented and depressed appearance. The small amount of blood clot that forms underneath the scar keeps the skin elevated until new collagen forms. This procedure is best performed with injection of Juvederm® or Restylane® underneath the scar to fill in the space that normally fills with blood clot. This has led to improved outcomes with fewer further treatments necessary.
For very deep “ice-pick” acne scars, the best method is to surgically remove the scars. A small ellipse is made around the indented scar and then the lesion is excised. The area is then sutured together to give a small straight line scar instead of the previous indented round acne scar. The scar fades with time and has a better cosmetic appearance than the previous acne scar since it is no longer indented and dark with shadow. A dark, indented scar that catches a shadow is much more difficult to hide with cover-up makeup than a smooth straight line scar.
Call 203-374-0310 to set up an appointment with Board Certified plastic surgeon Dr. Shareef Jandali or one of our skin care specialist nurses. We look forward to seeing you!