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Acne Scar Removal Surgery

Acne Scar Removal Surgery

Acne scar removal surgery is the last resort for dealing with the unwanted acne marks. There are several types of surgeries in this field, which have been discussed in the following BeautiSecrets article.
Medha Godbole
As if the acne alone isn't enough, there are these scars! Still, the scene is not totally hopeless as it seems. There are a lot of ways, in which, you can get rid of acne scars. From chemical peels to microdermabrasion, to surgery, you can consider quite a few options to get rid of the scars left behind by acne.

Types of Surgery

Surgery is one of the most effective ways to deal with the scars of acne but of course, it should be your last resort to deal with them. Nevertheless, when there are depressed acne scars, this method works the best. Dermatologists remove, fill, raise, and even separate the scar tissue from the skin beneath.

Punching Techniques

Punch Excision
In this method, a surgical instrument, which looks like a round cookie cutter, is used to remove the entire scar. After a local anesthesia is applied to the affected area, the tool, along with removing the scar, also removes the edges. The tool measures between 1.5 mm and 3.5 mm, but it depends on the size of the treatment area. Once the scar is removed, the skin is sutured together and then it heals. The scarring that happens as a result of the process, usually fades off in some time after the surgery.

Punch Elevation
Mainly used when the scars are deeper and are boxcar types, the tool used for this method is almost the same as excision. However, instead of the suture or graft of the wound, the scar tissue is followed by elevation and attachment. What happens is, after the dermatologist removes the scarred tissue, he or she carefully raises the part of the tissue, which is left. This is done so that, when the tissue heals, it matches with the level of the skin.

Punch Grafting
In this surgery, the same tool and almost the same process is used to remove the scars. The only modification is that, after the scar is removed, the wound doesn't go through suture. The doctor fills up the portion of the skin that is removed, with a skin graft of the patient's own skin.

Subcutaneous Incision

Here, the dermatologist uses a surgical probe to separate the scar tissue and the skin. It is followed by raising the skin and flattening the surface.

All these methods point out the fact that the use of punch techniques in a surgery, is to replace a deeper, bigger scar with a flatter and smaller one. That makes it less noticeable and it has better chances of fading away.

Laser Technique

Although, in use for quite some time, research is being carried out o know, whether laser treatment can prevent acne formation in the first place. The laser is used to burn away the sebaceous gland producing oil and to encourage oxygen formation in the bacteria, which leads to their destruction. It is also used to burn away the follicle sack from which the hair grows. In a laser surgery, lasers and intense pulsed light is used to treat the scars.


Dermabrasion and derma planning is a process, in which, the surgeon scrapes away the outermost skin layer using a rough wire brush or burr containing diamond particles attached to a motorized handle. Microdermabrasion is also used to get rid of acne scars.

The cost of the surgery will be determined on the basis of the type of surgery you choose. The cost will also include the sophistication of the tools and material used. It will also depend on, how much the doctor will have to work on the scars.