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.

1. Generally one time procedure
2. Healing required

1. Acne scar


1. Patients with realistic expectation
2. Patients in good healthy conditions

1. Patients with unrealistic expectations

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.



The results are seen immediately.

Results last years to decades, with further treatments suggested for maintenance.
Additional maintenance is required.
Healthy eating and exercise are helpful to enhance results.
Further treatment may be recommended to further results.
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 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