Subcision acne scars

Acne scarring is a common consequence of acne, many sufferers are left with life long scars which are defined as box, ice pick or rolling. Most patients have a combination of scars and there are a variety of treatments available.

Ice pick scars are deep holes that are small in size that are on the surface of the skin. Commonly these scars are formed due to acne. These acne scars will look like the skin has been punctured with a very sharp object. They are narrow, deep, and depressed and are very common, measuring 2 mm or less in length. They appear vertically and are cylindrical in shape.

Ice pick scars begin as a comedone. Comedones, also referred to as blackheads or whiteheads, are formed when sebum forms on the skin, mixing with skin cells. A soft plug will be formed in the hair follicles, blocking the pore. Inflammation will set in as bacteria is multiplied, and pus is formed. The pus can build up pressure, which will cause the inflammation to go deeper into the skin. This will cause damage to the skin, as the collagen will not form in the skin as needed. The loss of this collagen will allow the acne inflammation to sink deeper into the skin, forming ice pick scars.

Many acne scars are tethered and held down by fibrous scar tissue, for successful scar treatment this tethering must be released before collagen synthesis can be promoted and the cars smoothed. 

Subcision is an effective method to release the tether AND promote collagen synthesis. Treatment starts from £350. 

Ring 01482 662480 or E for an appointment,

acne scars before subcision

acne scars after subcision