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What is subcision?
Subcision is a minimally invasive procedure to help improve the appearance of fine lines, scars, and skin depressions. A cannula or needle is inserted into the skin at a specific depth to help break up the tight, fibrous tissue bands that cause these superficial indentations. It will help the area look “refreshed” by decreasing the appearance of scarring and wrinkles while improving the overall texture of the skin. This treatment can be performed with or without dermal fillers.
How does subscision work?
During the procedure, a cannula or needle is inserted into the skin and moved back and forth in a fanning pattern. This will effectively release the tethers of the scars or wrinkles from the underlying tissue. This release elevates the previously depressed skin and will continue to improve the skin’s texture as the wound healing cascade further stimulates collagen production.
What does subcision treat?
Subcision is an effective treatment to help improve the appearance of fine lines (especially around the mouth and neck) acne scars, and other types of skin depressions.
The number of treatments depends on individual skin types, lifestyle factors, and the severity and depth of the scarring, wrinkles, and skin depressions. It is recommended to follow-up 6 weeks after the initial treatment, then every 6-12 months for repeat treatments (if needed).
Discontinue blood thinning products (ASA, ibuprofen, supplements) 1 week prior to treatment. Skin must be completely clean prior to treatment (no makeup, moisturizer, etc.). Numbing cream or lidocaine (with epinephrine) may be used to reduce any discomfort.
- Expect redness, tenderness, swelling, and bruising (allow 2 weeks for healing).
- Apply ice if any discomfort is noted post-treatment
- Avoid strenuous activity for 24 hours
- In-depth post-treatment handout will be given the day of procedure
Who can get subcision?
Subcision is not recommended if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Subcision is not for those with a history of keloid formation, or those currently with acne or infection in the treated area. You should have subcision if you are currently on antibiotics, have recent or upcoming dental procedures, or recent or upcoming vaccinations.
Neuromodulators (Botox/Dysport) to treat lines/wrinkles in upper parts of the face
Microneedle (helpful for static fine lines/wrinkles)
Erbium:Yag and CO2 lasers (may be helpful for deeper scarring and wrinkles)
Dermal fillers (help to further smooth and fill fine lines, wrinkles, and scars)
Skinceuticals HA intensifier (hydrates, firms, and plumps the skin)