Ive been a lurker on these forums for a while. Reading peoples experiences on acne scar treatments really educated me and guided me on how to treat my own scars! I just had my first subcision today and want to share my experiences. First a little background info: I had horrible acne when I was 17-20 and was subsequently put on Accutane. Accutane did wonders but left me with horrible scars (and extremely low confidence). I would rate myself as having severe scarring (see before picture of my left side, which is much worse than my right side). Now Im 25 and have gotten acne under control (still get minor pimples once in a while). Ive recently decided to become serious about treating my acne scars, and subcision seemed like a good first step since it was rather low-risk (and not as expensive). I plan on doing a few rounds of subcision and then Fraxel Repair.
I live in the NYC metro area and there are two well-known doctors who do subcision: Dr. Jeff Rapaport and Dr. George Yang. I called both offices and decided to go with Dr. R since he was more experienced and slightly cheaper (whod thunk?) I went into his office today for the procedure (had a free consultation a couple of weeks prior), signed in, and was called to the back room by a nurse 30 minutes later. The nurse took several pictures of my face, and Dr. R came in to mark scar spots. Afterwards, the nurse numbed my face with anesthetics (took about 10 minutes or so). This was slightly painful since my forehead, my temples, and my cheeks were numbed! Dr. R came in 10 minutes later to proceed with the subcision. He informed me that I may hear popping noises during the procedure. I asked him whether taking Vitamin C/Collagen supplements would aid in the healing process, but he offered me no clear answer. The entire subcision procedure took way less time than I expected (about 7-8 minutes total). This may be because all my scars are aggregated in single spots. After the procedure was done, I asked Dr. R to prescribe me some antibiotics just in case I get acne flare-ups. I was then patched up by the nurse and given a handheld suction device to be used everyday for a week. I was also advised to take Arnica pills over the course of 10 days. Overall, Dr. R seemed to be a little rushed, but I hope with his expertise and experience, I will see improvements in my scarring. I will have a follow-up with Dr. R in a month or so and go from there.
For those of you who have done subscision, I have several questions:
- Would anyone recommend taking Vitamin C/Collagen supplements after the procedure to induce collage formation and faster healing?
- Has anyone applied MSM cream on their face post-subcision?
Let me know if you guys have any questions, and I will keep you posted on my results!
Edited by phorko, 01 October 2013 - 02:10 PM.