California Skin Institute providers offer many treatment options for reducing the appearance of acne scars, with one such treatment being dermal grafting.* This acne treatment option is used for patients dealing with pitted and ice pick scars, and is combined with the subcision technique.* The main feature of dermal grafting is the transplantation of collagen-rich cells and fibroblasts under the deep acne scar to stimulate collagen growth that eventually leads to a lifting of the scar.* At California Skin Institute, our providers have cultivated deep experience with this delicate procedure and have helped many patients achieve significant improvement in the appearance of acne scars.*
How Dermal Grafting Works
Dermal grafting is an acne treatment procedure that is used by California Skin Institute providers to enhance the outcomes of acne subcision.*
During subcision, a small needle is inserted near the scar, and is moved around under the skin to break up the scar tissue and un-tether the scar so that it can be lifted.* With each treatment, the area is stimulated to produce more collagen and tissue under the scar; thus giving it support and helping to lift it over time.*
With dermal grafting, your California Skin Institute provider will go a step further and will transplant fibroblasts and collagen-rich cells under the scar, to help the body grow additional tissue and provide support faster.*
To do this, your provider will remove a small piece of skin from behind the ear, and will divide it into small portions that match the size of the scar.* After subcision has been performed and the depressed acne scar has been separated from the underlying tissue, a small portion of the skin cells removed from behind the ear will be inserted under the skin.* These cells are typically taken from the dermis, which is rich in collagen and fibroblasts, and will provide long term support for the healing process under the scar.*
The added benefit of dermal grafting versus standalone subcision is that the immediate improvements are more dramatic due to the added volume from the transplanted skin tissue.*
What Dermal Grafting Treats
Dermal grafting is typically used to treat deep acne scars that cannot be addressed through laser skin resurfacing, chemical peels, or microdermabrasion.* Although standalone subcision is also an effective acne scar treatment, dermal grafting produces improvement faster, due to the added benefit of transplanting skin cells into the treatment area.*
Is Dermal Grafting Safe?
Yes, dermal grafting is very safe when performed by the highly trained providers at California Skin Institute.* Because we use your own skin cells, there is no chance of your body rejecting the transplanted tissue.*
Further, our providers invest significant effort to ensure that the tissue is the correct size for the treatment area, so that the improvements look natural.*
How soon will Dermal Grafting Results Appear?
You will be able to see some improvements from dermal grafting right after treatment.* The scar will be lifted and will become less visible.* The appearance of the scar will continue to improve as the treatment area heals and more collagen and tissue grows under the scar to provide support.*
To further enhance the outcome, your California Skin Institute provider may recommend laser skin resurfacing or other exfoliating treatments after the treatment area has healed.* These additional treatments can provide additional improvement in skin texture and create a smoother surface.*
Dermal Grafting Side Effects
The side effects associated with dermal grafting are minimal.* During the procedure, your California Skin Institute provider will numb the treatment area with lidocaine, to ensure your comfort.* After the treatment is complete, you may experience some redness and mild inflammation at the treatment site, as the body begins to heal.* Because your own skin is used during dermal grafting, there is virtually no chance of the body rejecting the tissue.*
To see whether dermal grafting is the right option for you, please set up a consultation by calling a California Skin Institute practice listed below, or simply fill out the Contact Form!
* Individual results may vary and are not guaranteed.