Punch excision uses specialized biopsy tools to remove small, depressed ice pick scars or boxcar scars caused by acne. It’s a highly sophisticated procedure that involves scar mapping and removing the scarred skin from its root to promote healthy skin growth. The treated area is sutured with tiny surgical strings to create a continuous, smooth facial contour.
Punch excision treatment is often combined with other scar reduction treatments such as punch grafting, chemical peels, laser resurfacing, etc. for achieving optimal results.
Who Can Get A Punch Excision?
Dr. Ebrahim suggests that since punch excision involves removing some surrounding tissues of the scars, it is best suited for people who:
- Have a relatively small patch of ice pick acne scars
- Have relatively small boxcar scars
- Have generally healthy healing capabilities
- Have a rational understanding of what they can achieve with this treatment
How does Dr. Ebrahim perform the Punch Excision Treatment?
All scars have unique forms and cannot be removed with a single tool or technique. Dr. Ebrahim starts by examining the scars to be treated and deciding the best-suited punch tool and method to ensure you get the best punch excision treatment in Vancouver, BC.
Since the procedure involves exposing underlying skin tissues, Dr. Ebrahim takes special care for hygiene and safety. The scar region to be treated is cleansed and numbed with local anaesthetics.
A suitable surgical punch tool will be selected for your unique scars and will be used to carefully punch into the skin around the scar and remove it.
The wound will be immediately sutured with fine surgical strings and healing will occur within a few days to a week.
It is an outpatient procedure, so you’ll be allowed to leave once Dr. Ebrahim prescribes all the necessary precautions you need to practice for a few weeks.
What Can You Expect After Your Punch Excision Treatment?
Your treated skin will start generating new skin cells in the next 24 hours, but the wounds will be well-healed in at least a week. The sutures will dissolve by then or will have to be removed.
You should avoid any exercise routines or heavy lifting until the wounds look entirely healed.
For the first 3 to 4 months, the treated scar region will appear red or dark-toned, which will gradually lighten as the skin produces new collagen. It may take up to 9 months for the results to be completely apparent.
The treated area may still look slightly dull than your natural skin tone, but it will be barely noticeable and much better than your previous acne scars.