Subcision is a minor surgical procedure used for the treatment of scars and wrinkles. It is performed using a special hypodermic needle inserted through a puncture in the skin surface. The sharp edge of the needle is used to break fibrotic strands that are tethering the scar to the underlying  tissue.

The release of the fibrotic strands and new collagen deposition caused by wound healing leads to cosmetic improvement of the scar. Subcision can be safely performed in the office and is usually well tolerated.

Will Subcision Work for You?

The decision to perform subcision will depend on your type, location, and severity of scarring, your preference and expectations, and also clinician experience and expectations.

Subcision may be used for the treatment of:

  • Depressed distensile scars due to acne, trauma and surgery
  • Depressed bound down scars (due to acne, chickenpox, trauma and surgery)
  • Depressed skin grafts
  • Wrinkles
  • Cellulite dimples