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Rolling Atrophic Scar Types

Acne Scar Specialist Gainesville

Rolling atrophic scars are relatively broad depressions in the skin that have gentle sloping edges in transition to normal skin. This is opposite from the box type of scar which has an abrupt sharp edge. They appear like a “thumb print” in the skin.
The combination of several of these types of scars in a region of skin gives it a rolling appearance, hence the name. They were created when infection resulted in loss of deep dermis and superficial fat. Thus, the rolling scar “sinks” lower than the level of the surrounding skin. Often tight scar tissue forms beneath the scar which is not necessarily observable from the outside.


Rolling atrophic scars are common for in individuals who have had patches of skin that have been afflicted by long term inflammatory acne. They tend to become more pronounced as the skin ages and loses its original elasticity and fullness. A mini facelift often releases and improves such scars. However, a mini facelift is often not an option for many. Subcision with the use of a special needle can create the same release of scar, without the need for a mini facelift.


Scar tissue beneath the level of the skin often prevents injectable fillers from “pushing” the skin up to the original flat level. It is as though the skin were “locked” and held from below.

It was infection which caused thinning of the dermis and fat under the skin. Thus, the rolling atrophic scar “sinks” lower than the level of the surrounding skin. Often tight scar tissue forms and locks or binds the depressed skin to deeper tissues.


Unfortunately, there are many such scars that are held down so tightly that injection alone is not able to push up the skin.

results that speak for themselves.

This classic rolling cheek scar was treated with subcision and filling

It’s time to get the skin you want.

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