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Erase Acne Scarring with expertly performed Subcision

Experience world leading scarring treatment protocols with experienced Cosmetic Doctors, expert in the treatment of acne and general scarring.


Consultation with our Cosmetic Doctors are complimentary and obligation free.

All submitted photos are assessed by one of our expert Cosmetic Physicians to determine suitability for subcision treatments. This is complimentary and obligation free.


Before and After Subcision

Before and After acne scarring treatments using the Contour Clinics subcision/laser protocol

Before and After Subcision

Before and After acne scarring treatments using the Contour Clinics subcision/laser protocol

Before and After Subcision

Before and After acne scarring treatments using the Contour Clinics subcision/laser protocol

Before and After Subcision

Before and After acne scarring treatments using the Contour Clinics subcision/laser protocol

Before and After Subcision

Before and After acne scarring treatments using the Contour Clinics subcision/laser protocol

Before and After Subcision

Before and After acne scarring treatments using the Contour Clinics subcision/laser protocol

How it works? The Science of Subcision

Pits, box car, punched out or rolling acne scarring are all attributed to some degree by scar tissue caused by healing acne.

Deep dermal attachments caused by scar tissue pull down the skins outer layers to cause depressions in the skin. This is also true of depressed scars of any cause.

Subcision works by bluntly severing deep dermal scar tissue attachments that are holding the skin down. This is done by Nokor needle or with use of a subcision cannula. Placement of the cannula under the outer layers of the skin allows the cannula to cut through these deep dermal attachments, thereby causing a lifting of depressed/pitted scars.

Frequently Asked Questions

How is subcision performed?

Your subcision starts with careful assessment of the areas requiring treatment. Local anaesthetic is then placed around the areas to be treated to ensure complete comfort throughout your subcision procedure.

A blunt cannula is then inserted under the skin and deep dermal scar attachments are released, allowing the overlying skin to lift back up to its natural place, now untethered by scar tissue. This smooths the overlying skin, significantly reducing the appearance of scar depressions.

Is subcision painful?

No. Once the local anaethetic is placed in the treatment area subcision is completely painless.

How many subcision sessions will I need?

That all depends on the severity of your scarring. Most scarring can be treated with one session. Moderate to severe scar depressions may need 2-3 sessions.

Does subcision break up scar tissue?

Yes. Subcision cuts through deep dermal tethered attachments thus allowing scar depressions to raise back to their pre-scar positions. This smooths skin texture and improves the overall skin aesthetic.

What are the potential complications of subcision?

Complications associated with subcision are uncommon. Treatments are restricted to the superficial (shallow) layers of the skin. Hence, there is minimal chance of damage to deeper facial structures, particularly in the expert hands of the doctors at Contour Clinics.

Some risks include:

  • Bruising
  • Swelling
  • Infection- rare
  • Post inflammatory hyperpigmentation. Uncommon when properly assessed by a Contour Clinics doctor and pre-treated with pigment inhibiting creams prior to treatment if deemed necessary.

Will I have bruising post subcision?

Yes. It is likely you will bruise following this procedure. This usually resolves in 2-4 days and can be easily covered by makeup.

We recommend icing 10 minutes every 2 hours afterwards on the day of the procedure.

Can I wear makeup after subcision?

We recommend avoiding makeup for 24 hours post subcision. This allows the tiny cannula entry points to heal over prior to applying makeup, thus reducing your risk of infection.

Can I have alcohol after subcision?

We recommend abstaining from alcohol for 24 hours post procedure. The reason for this is that alcohol causes expansion of the tiny blood vessels in your skin. This is the reason some people look flushed when drinking alcohol. This can increase swelling in the 24 hours post subcision.

How long does it take to see results from subcision?

You will start to notice results usually 2-4 weeks post procedure, however full results are seen 3 months after your last subcision session.

What are the best treatments to compliment subcision?

Subcision is rarely performed in isolation of combination treatments. Some treatments that perfectly compliment subcision include:

  • Skin resurfacing laser
    • This erases the redness from your scarring, while smoothing and resurfacing damaged skin.
  • Radiofrequency skin needling
    • One of our more aggressive scarring treatments, providing amazing improvements in scarring as well as improvements in skin quality and tightness
  • Dermapen skin needling
    • A staple of any good skin rejuvenation regimen. Skin needling is a perfect way to stimulate collagen, and remodel scarring without any appreciable downtime. Consistent, effective results are a hallmark of this treatment.
  • LED light therapy
    • Improves skin texture and tone, speeding the healing process after any cosmetic facial treatment
  • Dermal fillers
    • Often, scarring causes atrophy and shrinkage of fat underlying the skin surface. This can contribute to acne scar depressions. Replacing this volume with dermal filler can be the answer, smoothing and revolumising the skin back to its pre-acne state.

Treatments to Compliment

LED Light Therapy

LED phototherapy is the perfect non-invasive treatment for facial rejuvenation.

Acne Scars

Put your best face forward and leave behind the physical and psychological scars caused by acne.

Micro needling Five Dock

Dermapen Skin Needling

Skin needling precipitates an intense collagen stimulating process which helps to restore a healthy, glowing and youthful skin appearance.

Morpheus8 Radio-Frequency Skin Needling

Treat yourself to the ultimate in collagen stimulation. The Morpheus 8 is second to none when it comes to skin tightening, acne scarring, pore reduction, and rejuvenation of skin tone and texture.

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Recent Reviews

Mia D Dec 20, 2020

The absolute best in Sydney. I would not go anywhere else to get anything done. Everyone I have encountered at this clinic has been so extremely warm and professional and put in so much time and effort to truly achieve your desired outcome. Can’t recommend this place enough, do not waste your money elsewhere.

Amanda K Feb 1, 2021

First time at Contour Clinics and was very happy with the whole experience. Easy to find, easy to park, friendly and helpful staff. Highly recommend and will be a regular from now on.

Rekka P Jan 20, 2021

Very happy with my experience at Contour Clinics Newtown. Everyone was so friendly, professional and knowledgeable. I felt very comfortable during my treatment. Dr Josh made me feel so comfortable. I am so happy. I’ll definitely be back!

* Testimonials are from satisfied customers, results may vary. We offer complementary 1:1 consultations to understand your specific requirements before commencing treatment.


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