What is the average swelling/micro-swelling time post punch/scalpel excision for acne scars on the face?

what is the average swelling/micro-swelling time post punch/scalpel excision for acne scars on the face?

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What is the average swelling/micro-swelling time post punch/scalpel excision for acne scars on the face?

Thanks for the query. Scalpel excision for acne scar takes about 15 days to heal. The redness goes in 15-20 days. For speedy recovery you can apply scarend gel twice. Hope it helps. 


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India Plastic Surgeon
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Swelling after acne scar excision

Hi there and thank you for the question. 

Unless there is a different problem, then swelling after minor excision of scars should be short lived; that is to say the majority of the swelling will take 48 to 72 hours to settle down but everyone varies and the reduction of the surgical swelling is not an all or nothing phenomenon but simply becomes less and less as time goes on.

If swelling is present to a significant degree beyond this then there may be other underlying problems and I would seek expert advice.

I hope that you found this information helpful.

Best wishes

Tariq Ahmad, MBBChir, FRCS(Plast)
London Plastic Surgeon
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2-3 days for excision at most.

If small scars are punch excised, apart from the local anaesthetic swelling there should be little if any. Bigger excisions, eg. on forehead 2 days maximum. Swelling follow surgery is minimal, which swelling follow subscision can be a week or longer. All the best, Dr Davin Lim. Brisbane, Australia. 

Davin Lim, MBBS, FACD
Brisbane Dermatologist
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Swelling post excision of acne scars

There shouldn't usually much swelling from excising acne scars and most of the swelling, if existing, generally would be gone in 2-3 days. If sutures are used they are usually removed at 5-7 days.
Best to you,
Dr. Norcom

Derek Norcom, MD
Portland Physician
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