Punch Grafting for Scars
Learn more about treatment options for scars
In punch grafting, the doctor uses a small instrument to punch a hole in the skin, remove the scar and replace it with a plug of new skin.
Why choose punch grafting for scars
Punch therapy is often recommended for deep ice-pick scars.
What you should know about punch grafting for scars
The skin plugs inserted into the treatment area usually are removed from behind the ear lobe. The plugs are taped into place for about a week to promote healing. While the procedure produces new scarring, the new scar will be smoother and less conspicuous than the old depressed scar. In some cases, color and texture difference may be noticeable, but a skin resurfacing technique can be performed four to six weeks after the grafting to correct this difference.
As with any treatment, there are risks associated with it, though they are minimized in the hands of a qualified ASDS dermatologist. These include:
- Excessive Bleeding
The average cost for punch grafting is about $1,300, though costs can vary widely depending on patient condition and procedure. Since most medical insurance companies consider punch grafting a cosmetic procedure, it usually is not covered.
How to prepare for the procedure
Before the procedure, an ASDS dermatologist will review the patient’s medical history. This is the time for the doctor and patient to discuss expectations, potential risks and outcomes of the procedure. Patients also should:
- Avoid smoking two weeks before surgery.
- Prepare to have someone drive you home since most procedures are outpatient.
- Prepare to take it easy for a day or two following surgery, with assistance if necessary.
- Local anesthesia and, in some cases, sedation, will be administered.
What to expect after the procedure.
The treatment area is bandaged. The new scar created by the punch graft usually takes five to seven days to heal.
Find a doctor for your punch grafting for scars
Visit “Find a dermatologic surgeon” and choose “Acne Scar Treatments” from the dropdown menu (even if it is not for acne scars). Because ASDS doctors are trained in a variety of the best and latest techniques, they are the most qualified to evaluate and select the best treatment choice based on the individual patient’s condition.