Treatments/Invasive/Other Invasive/Subcision


Subcision, also known as subcutaneous incisionless surgery is a treatment used to improve ice-pick, rolling and pitted scars. Scar subcision is commonly used for acne scarring however can be used for scarring all over the body that may be tethered to fibrotic tissue.  

The aim of subcision is to release the tethering that is present which is pulling the scarring inwards attaching to the subcutaneous tissue so that the scars volume may improve and become more even. This procedure is carried out under local anaesthetic and patients may require anywhere between one to four treatments dependent on the severity of the scarring.

How long do the results last?

The results from the acne scar subcision treatment can last for years however the procedure may need to be repeated for optimal results.  


How long is the recovery period?

Recovery from subcision for acne scars is approx. 1 week, there may be swelling and bruising that will settle down throughout this week.  


Why have I been recommended filler with my scar subcision treatment?

Whilst subcision can provide effective results on its own, some patients whose scarring may be deeper may benefit from pairing a filler treatment to give the skin that extra boost to create as flat appearance as possible.

Treatment Overview

  • Surgical technique to flatten and improve the appearance of scarring 
  • Typical recovery period of 1-2 weeks 
  • Performed by highly skilled, specialist plastic surgeon or dermatologist with expertise scar treatments 
  • Tethered scars, acne scarring such as ice-pick or rolling

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