- What is Punch Elevation?
- How does this treatment differ from the other options?
- What Conditions May Be Treated?
- Whom is the treatment for?
- Whom is the treatment not for?
- How is the treatment done?
- What results may be expected?
- When will one see the results?
- How long do the results last?
- How to maintain or enhance my results?
- What is the recovery like?
What is Punch Elevation?
Punch elevation is a minor surgical procedure whereby unwanted ice pick acne scars are mobilized upward vertically using punch instruments to improve the scar.
How does this treatment differ from the other options?
1. Generally one time procedure
2. Healing required
What Conditions May Be Treated?
1. Acne scar
Whom is the treatment for?
1. Patients with realistic expectation
2. Patients in good healthy conditions
Whom is the treatment not for?
1. Patients with unrealistic expectation
How is the treatment done?
The unwanted skin lesions can be raised or excised by punch. Depending on the size of skin lesion, the wound can be left for self healing or can be closed with layered suturing. The removed specimen may be sent to pathology to confirm the type of skin lesion.
Generally, one session is required.
The treatment takes about one hour in an outpatient clinic setting.
Local anesthesia may be used.
What results may be expected?
When will one see the results?
The results are seen immediately.
How long do the results last?
Results last years to decades, with further treatments suggested for maintenance.
How to maintain or enhance my results?
Additional maintenance is required.
Healthy eating and exercise are helpful to enhance results.
Further treatment may be recommended to further results.
What is the recovery like?
Recovery lasts one week, with most people returning to work and activities thereafter.
Temporary swelling, soreness, and mild bruising are expected. Gravity dependent areas may have more temporary swelling.
Prescription pain medications may be needed.
Cost of Treatments
Cost of treatment options ranges from three to four digits. An in-person consultation with your specialist physician will help to determine the best suitable solution to your own individual needs.