Subcutaneous incisionless (subcision) surgery for the correction of depressed scars and wrinkles

David S. Orentreich, Norman Orentreich

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Background: A new method of subcuticular underming for the treatment of depressed cutaneous scars and wrinkles is introduced. Objective: To define the newly coined term "Subcision" and to describe this minor surgical procedure for treating depressed scars and wrinkles. Methods: A tri-beveled hypodermic needle is inserted through a puncture in the skin surface (hence, "incisionless" surgery), and its sharp edges are maneuvered under the defect to make subcuticular cuts or "-cisions.". Results: The depression is lifted by the releasing action of the procedure, as well as from connective tissue that forms in the course of normal wound healing. Conclusion: This technique is useful in treating a variety of cutaneous depressions, including scars and wrinkles.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)543-549
Number of pages7
JournalDermatologic Surgery
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 1995


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