Acne Techniques that work

| January 13, 2014

Advancing acne scar treatments

silkpeel_baThere are many acne scar treatments on the market today but Dr Clark at SAI believes that Subcision will become a common treatment option for individuals whose traditional treatment options have not been fruitful. Subcision is a treatment protocol whereby a needle is used to puncture the skin and cut the fibrous scar tissues causing the indentation in the skin. By breaking the fibrous scar tissue the scar is no longer bound to the fatty tissue below and the skin returns to a smoother contour.

Why does Subcision work?

To answer this question, we need to understand the anatomy of the acne scar. In most cases the acne scar is directly beneath the skin, and it is this scar close to the skin surface that influences the visible depression. If we can release the fibrous scar it makes sense that the surface of the skin will not be bound any longer and can return to a normal smooth position.

Sounds too good to be true?

Subcision does require specific technique training to achieve good results and it is advised that you work with a doctor trained in dermal filler techniques. Often dermal fillers are required to be placed beneath the skin depression to rehydrate and completely plump the scar to form an unblemished skin surface. This is a very specific technique.

How many treatments are required?

In most cases roughly three treatments are needed to have a lasting impact. Each treatment should take Dr Clark 20 minutes to complete and each session should be spaced one month apart. Costs do vary based on the quality of the skin and amount of scarring.
This technique does have its limitations and Dr Clark does not consider it a useful procedure to treat ice-pick acne scars. For ice-pick scars, Dr Clark prefers a combination of TCA Chemical Peels and Laser procedures to achieve your desired aesthetic results.

For more information or to make your acne scar treatment appointment call SAI now on 011 883 3116.

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