Punch Elevation Treatment | Illinois Dermatology Institute

Acne is the most common skin condition in the country affecting over 50 million people a year.

At IDI, we recognize that acne and acne scars can cause you to feel self-conscious about your skin. As dermatological leaders, we encourage you to choose a viable solution, like punch elevation, to reduce the appearance of acne scars to boost your confidence and clear your skin sooner.

Who’s at risk for acne?

Although acne normally begins during the onset of puberty, it can occur at any age and is most prevalent in teens and young adults. The severity of acne can range from mild to severe. The chances of developing it depend on a number of factors, including age, family history, genetics, skin type, and hormonal changes.

There are various treatment options available to get rid of acne and scarring. Still, we highly suggest punch elevation to reduce the appearance of acne scars without disrupting the skin surrounding the affected area.

Let’s dive into punch elevation as a way to help you nix the acne scars for good.

What is Punch Elevation?

Punch elevation or excision is a surgical dermatology method that effectively treats acne scarring. A punch tool, regularly used for biopsy of skin cancer,  is utilized to remove scar tissue caused by extensive acne breakouts. This treatment is minimally invasive and ideal for deep scars.

What does punch elevation treatment involve?

During punch elevation treatment, a punch tool is used to remove the acne scars one by one. The base of the acne scar is extracted, leaving the surrounding area and tissue free from damage, minimizing scarring risk. Base removal is essential in smoothing out the skin’s surface while elevating the overall appearance of the skin in the affected area to match the surrounding healthy, unaffected skin.

During treatment, prior to the punch tool being used, the skin is injected with a local anesthetic to account for the discomfort caused by the surgery.

After removal, the wound left behind is closed with sutures. In some instances, punch grafting may be performed. This option involves taking a small amount of skin from another area of the body, such as the ear lobes, to cover the treated area.

How long does recovery take?

There is no downtime following punch elevation treatment. Patients may resume normal daily activities. Although no symptoms are typically standard, patients may experience slight soreness or tenderness at the treatment site.


To learn more about punch elevation treatment or to schedule your consultation today, contact us. Clearer skin is in your future; don’t delay treatment.

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