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Acne Scar Subcision Palo Alto | San Jose

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Smooth Solutions to Acne Scars

While many of us have fond memories of our youth, we may have had a few battles with acne at the same time. Despite attempts to cover with make-up, visible acne scars can threaten your self-confidence. The good news is that there are now innovative and permanent solutions to treating acne scars. For our patients in San Jose andPalo Alto acne scar subcision is a safe, effective, and minimally-invasive means to get rid of these scars once and for all.

What Is Acne Scar Subcision?

Subcision is an innovative, minimally-invasive procedure to treat acne scars. Thistechnique involves inserting a small needle into your skin to break the fibers that attach scars to underlying tissues, diminishing the appearance of the scar. Acne scar subcision also stimulates the production of healing collagen at your treatment sites. A filler using hyaluronic acid can also be injected into open spaces while triggering additional collagen production.

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What Types Of Scars Can Be Effectively Treated?

Acne scar subcision works particularly well against so-called “rolling scars,” which are scars with a sweeping and depressed contour. The procedure can also be effective in addressing:

  • Boxcar scars—scars with an abrupt drop-off depression
  • Icepick scars—scars with a deep puncture depression
  • Wound scars
  • Surgical scars
  • Chickenpox scars

Is Subcision A Good Idea For Anyone With Acne Scars?

Subcision does not work forhypertrophic (raised) scars or keloid scars. You may be cautioned against this procedure if you have a blood clotting disorder, a bacterial or viral infection or active acne. You may also be disqualified if you are currently taking oral retinoids.

Selecting The Right Provider For Acne Scar Subcision

At Illuminate Plastic Surgery and Med Spa in Palo Alto, our trained and experienced aesthetic specialists deliver superior results in a clean and safe environment. We’re here to help you experience a more clear complexion and more confident outlook.

Your Acne Scar Subcision Procedure

Subcision is performed in either our Palo Alto or San Jose offices.clinic. Your aesthetic specialist will first clean the areas around the scars targeted for treatment before applying a local anesthetic to make sure you remain comfortable during the procedure. A small needle is inserted horizontally into your skin beneath the scar and your doctor will then move the needle gently from side to side to release the scar from underlying fibers and tissue. Depending on the size and shape of the scar, this process may be repeated. Ice and manual pressure will then be applied to the treatmentsites to close out the procedure.

Aftercare and Follow-up

Your aesthetic specialist will likely prescribe antibiotics and anti-inflammatory drugs for 5-7 days following your procedure. You should expect some discomfort, swelling, and bruising for up to two weeks. Make sure you keep all follow-up appointments with your doctor and call us any time regarding any post-procedure concerns.

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Results

Win the fight against acne. Research shows that subcision is an effective and affordable technique to reduce acne scarring and approximately 90% of patients studied have reported improvements in their appearence.

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Schedule A Consultation At Illuminate Plastic Surgery And Med Spa.

Your aesthetic journey begins at Illuminate. We listen to you and partner with you to achieve a more positive relationship with the way you look and feel.

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Acne Scar SubcisionFrequently Asked Questions

Subcision is a simple surgical technique that carries an extremely low rate of complications.

All procedures come with risks and we encourage you to ask us questions about any possible concerns. Possible risks for acne scar subcision are:

  • Infection
  • Skin discoloration
  • Injury to nerves or blood vessels around treated scars
  • Failure to improve the scar

You will feel some slight discomfort, but we will apply a combination of a topical numbing cream and a local injectable anesthetic before your procedure to minimize any pain.

Each session will last from 30 minutes to an hour, depending on your individual needs.

Prior to any treatment Dr. Boudreault or Dr. Leader will offer you an estimate based upon the number, type, and severity of the scars you wish to treat.

If your acne scar subcision is a purely cosmetic procedure, your insurance will not cover the costs.

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At Illuminate we’re with you during every step of your journey toward greater self-confidence. Schedule a consultation with us today and let Illuminate’s expert team listen to your concerns and guide you through treatments and procedures to help you reach your individual goals. We look forward to seeing you and celebrating your renewed appearance and realized potential.