Hey, I hope that you become a dermatologist and then you can perform subcision and other acne scar treatments on patients.
Only someone who has suffered through disfiguring acne scarring can truly relate to the inner pain we all experience from our scars.
The only side effects that I experienced with the subcision/suction method was prolonged bruising and two subcutaneous nodules that formed. It looked as if my doctor had beaten both of my cheeks due to the bruising and swelling that I had. I think that he may have used more insertion points than in previous procedures because he seemed to really undermine the tethered bands. The suctioning caused some bleeding on day three and that's why I used my other hand to reduce the suctioning power - it was way too powerful to apply the nozzle directly to my skin.
By the way, the bruising, swelling, and nodules are all gone now. I had another physician at my dermatologist's office inject the largest nodule with a shot of cortisone and it finally went away about a month later.
I suctioned both cheeks (everywhere) two to three times a day for two weeks.Maximum time per cheek: 15 or 20 seconds and several passes over each cheek. My left cheek looks GREAT! The few deep scars that were there are no longer visible.
I never would have thought that something has simple has vacuuming your face with a nozzle would yield such great results. Very unorthodox but very effective for me.
I would encourage you to look at dermarolling, too. For me, I left no 'stone unturned' on my quest to improve the appearance of my scarring and dermarolling has been an important part of that process - one dermarolling session every six weeks.
Let us know how your journey progresses - we can all learn from each other.
Hey Mr Matt,
How long after subcision do you wait to do derma rolling? And could you tell me which dermarolling device you use? My biggest worry with starting this has been getting a decent roller - I'd hate to do further damage to my skin with faulty/easily bent needles.
Also, I see that you've done TCA treatments before - on a scale of which procedures yielded the best results (I catch that subcision was one of them), where would you rate TCA? I can't find any doctors that do this in town and I'm a bit nervous to do it myself, although I see that some of the ones online are a milder (12%) form. Have you used these home ones?