What is Subcision?

Subcision is the therapeutic undermining of atrophic acne scars that breaks up their attachments and releases the tethers binding down the scar. Blood then accumulates under the scar; its subsequent organization is believed to result in collagen and connective tissue formation. This leads to long-term improvement of the scar.

Which are the indications of Subcision?

Subcision has been effective in the treatment of atrophic acne scars and cellulite.

What should I expect during the procedure?

The skin is anesthetized for 20 minutes with an anesthetic cream followed by injectable anesthesia. The technique involves the insertion of a sharp hypodermic needle immediately below the level of the scar under local anesthesia.  The needle is then moved backward and forward (“tunneling”) to free the attachments and then passed sideways in a sweeping action to free the overlying atrophic scar from its base. W wound healing reaction occurs with new collagen and connective tissue formation resulting in the improvement of acne scars.

How many treatments are required?

The improvement is usually not complete following the first treatment, and successive treatments can produce further improvement. Two to three treatments are typically required for acne scars.

Greater Boston Subcision for Acne Scars

At GK Dermatology, we provide Greater Boston Subcision at our Weymouth, MA, dermatology office. We offer a modern, clean, and welcoming environment for your acne scar treatments. Contact us to learn more about Subcision and our many other cosmetic services.

Acne Scars: Subcision

Subcision - before


Subcision - after


Acne scars before and after subcision. If you like the results you see here, please request a cosmetic consultation (click on online consultation link) to learn more about this procedure.