Do you have acne scars and don’t know how to get rid of them? Try punch grifting, a new aesthetic treatment.
When it comes to punch graftingwe refer to an innovative technique used for improve the appearance of acne scars.
But you really know how does it work this specific treatment? Let’s find out together. Maybe it could be right for you.
What does the punch grifting technique consist of?
For those interested, we wanted to outline what the punch grifting technique consists of.
First you meet the dermatologist or the plastic surgeon who will perform the surgery. Together you will decide which scars to treat. On the day of surgery, a small tool which looks like a cookie cutter for cut the scar. Another small patch of skin, usually taken from behind the ear, is carefully placed in this empty space. The graft is held in place with sutures or a special surgical glue.
But it depends on the type of scars. In fact, for some of them, grafting may not be necessary. Instead, when the scar is removed, the small opening is sutured. This procedure without using the graft is called excision. Before starting the treatment, the affected area is put to sleep with a local anesthetic, so you don’t feel anything during the surgery but don’t worry, the recovery is almost painless.
We also want to reassure you that it is one outpatient procedure, so a hospital stay is not necessary. Also, most people drive home after treatment is finished. But the good news didn’t end there. In fact, the downtime is minimal. Generally, healing takes about a week. You will need to keep a dressing on for about five to seven days. The dermatologist performing the surgery will provide you with all the details.
Types of acne scars treated with grafting
The grafting technique just works for deep scars. By removing the scar and inserting a new flap of skin, the area is lifted and will be at the same height as the surrounding skin. The latter will appear smoother and more uniform immediately after treatment. The disadvantage of this technique is that it only improves the scars that are being treated. So, if you have a lot of scars to treat, it can be a long and painstaking procedure.
Furthermore, the graft cannot be used to treat raised scars. However, your doctor will tell you if this treatment is a good option for your acne scars. Although grafting makes a big difference in the appearance of the skin, the procedure itself can leave a slight scar. The latter, however, is smaller than the original scar.
Another thing you should know is that the skin graft may have a different color or texture than the surrounding skin, simply because the skin behind the ear is slightly different from that on the face. In general, however, the skin appears smoother compared to that prior to treatment.
Any irregularities can be alleviated with microdermabrasion or chemical peels after the skin has healed. Since most people have different types of acne scars, they are likely to be needed different treatment procedures to get the desired results.