Acne Scar Subcision

A highly effective treatment for depressed acne scars

Acne Scar Subcision Dermatologist in NYC

Acne scars can be broadly categorized into acne erythema (red discoloration from early stage acne scarring), hypertrophic scars (firm, pink, “bumpy” scars), rolling scars (scars with a sweeping, depressed contour), boxcar scars (scars with an abrupt drop-off depression), and ice pick scars (scars with deep, punctate, or “icepick” depression).  These clinical categories are only important because they direct the treatment methods.

Dermatologist Dr. Julia Tzu's Approach to Acne Scar Subcision

Dr. Julia Tzu

“Most of the acne scar subcision patients that come to me have tried every option from chemical peels, to lasers, to radio frequency micro-needling, but found limited improvement in everything they have tried. Acne scar subcision is a profoundly different and highly effective way that has helped numerous of these patients finally see improvement in their skin. Instead of being the method tried last, this procedure should be the first option that patients with rolling acne scars need to try.”- Dr. Julia Tzu, MD, FAAD

What is Acne Scar Subcision?

There are many different acne scar treatment modalities, depending on the type of acne scar targeted. Subcision is a specific acne scar treatment that addresses the depressed type of acne scarring. It is most effectively used to treat rolling scars, but can also moderately improve the appearance of boxcar scars, and minimally (if at all) improve the appearance of ice pick scars.

Acne scar subcision is a technique in which a sharp instrument is used to “subcise”, or break apart, the firm scar tissue that tethers the upper layer of the skin to its underlying layers.  This technique involves precise sweeping motions of a sharp instrument to free the upper skin from being bound down below. Filler material, known as hyaluronic acid, can also be injected at the same time to temporarily fill in the opened spaces, while waiting for the body to eventually create its own collagen to fill in the gaps.  The injected hyaluronic acid aids in stimulating the body to produce more collagen.

Acne Scar Subcision before and after
The left image shows rolling and boxcar acne scars prior to subcision. The right image shows significant improvement after one acne scar subcision treatment.

How Much Will Acne Scar Subcision Cost?

The cost of an acne scar subcision procedure depends on the extent of the subcision performed, surface area treated, and severity of scarring. In general, this can vary between $1,500 to $2,000 per session. Multiple sessions are usually required for optimum outcomes.

Taking the Next Steps on Acne Scar Subcision

If you are interested in exploring acne scar subcision for your skin, you can learn more about booking a cosmetic consultation with Dr. Tzu. We’d love to explore how we may be able to restore the natural beauty of your skin, and treat your acne scars once and for all.

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Before & After Gallery