Subcision is a minimally invasive surgical procedure designed to treat depressed scars, such as those caused by acne or trauma. The technique involves the use of a specialised needle or cannula to break the fibrotic strands tethering the scar tissue to the underlying structures of the skin. By releasing these attachments, subcision effectively lifts the depressed area, promoting collagen production and stimulating the skin’s natural healing process.

How it works
The efficacy of subcision lies in its ability to disrupt the fibrous bands responsible for tethering scars to the underlying tissue. During the procedure, a doctor carefully inserts a needle or cannula beneath the skin’s surface, targeting the fibrotic strands within the scar tissue. By manoeuvring the instrument in a controlled manner, these adhesions are severed, allowing the depressed area to elevate and the skin’s surface to become smoother.

Side effects
While subcision is generally safe, potential side effects may include temporary bruising, swelling, redness, and discomfort at the treatment site. In rare cases, there’s a risk of infection or scarring, particularly for individuals prone to hypertrophic scarring or keloids. Temporary numbness or tingling in the treated area may also occur. It’s important to discuss any concerns with your dermatologist and follow post-procedural care instructions carefully to minimise risks and optimise results.

Subcision offers a comprehensive array of benefits for scar improvement and skin rejuvenation. Firstly, it significantly enhances the appearance of depressed scars like rolling, boxcar, and tethered acne scars by releasing fibrotic bands, resulting in smoother skin texture and reduced scar visibility. Moreover, subcision stimulates the production of new collagen fibers, improving skin elasticity and thickness, thereby enhancing overall skin texture and appearance. 

Additionally, as a minimally invasive procedure, subcision requires minimal downtime, allowing patients to quickly return to their daily activities. Its versatility extends beyond acne scars to treat various depressed scars from trauma or surgery, and it can be combined with other treatments like laser therapy or dermal fillers for enhanced results. Lastly, with proper post-procedural care, subcision yields long-lasting outcomes by promoting collagen production and remodeling, ensuring sustained improvements in skin texture and scar appearance over time.

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30 min

What To Expect

During a subcision procedure, the treatment area will be cleansed before the application of numbing cream for comfort. Local anesthesia might be administered depending on your preference. Using a fine needle or cannula, they’ll target fibrotic bands or scar tissue beneath the skin to release adhesions, allowing depressed areas to lift. You may feel some pressure or mild discomfort, but it’s usually minimal. Subcision is typically focused on localized areas with depressed scars, like those from acne or trauma.


Most patients can expect some mild swelling, bruising, and redness at the treatment site, which typically resolves within a few days to a week.