What are Keloids?

Keloids are a type of raised scar that occur when the skin has healed following an injury. When the skin is injured, scar tissue forms over the wound to repair the injury. In some instances, excess scar tissue will grow, forming smooth, hard growths, which are keloids. They can be much larger than the original wound and can affect any area of the body. Although keloids are not dangerous to your health, they may create self-consciousness or be uncomfortable.

Keloids often have the following characteristics:

  • Steady growth.
  • Start off as a raised red, pink, brown, or purple scar.
  • Have a different firm, even rubbery texture than surrounding skin.
  • Cause itching, pain, or tenderness.

Both men and women are equally affected by keloid scarring, though people of East-Asian and African descent may be more prone to keloids.

Keloid Treatment Options

There are a number of keloid treatment options available today, including the following:

Corticosteroid Shots: These shots contain medication that helps to shrink the scar.

Fluorouracil injection: These shots contain medication that helps to shrink the scar.

Cryosurgery: This includes freezing the scar with liquid nitrogen, which can be used to reduce the hardness and the size of the keloids. This treatment option works best on small keloids.

Laser Therapy: Certain lasers can be used to help flatten out the keloid, as well as fade the color.

Surgical Removal: In rare circumstances, keloids can be excised.However, most keloids will return in some form after this treatment.

Who is a Good Candidate for Keloid Treatment?

Individuals who are unhappy with the look or feel of a keloid scar can benefit from keloid therapy. Keloids can be treated at any time, even years after they appear. The best way to determine if this treatment option is right for you is to schedule a consultation with board-certified dermatologist Dr. Beach at DermAtelier on Avenue for an assessment and review of treatment options. 

What to Expect After Keloid Treatment?

Following keloid treatment, patients will notice that their keloids are softer, smaller, less noticeable, and less uncomfortable. Dr. Beach will provide you with instructions on how to care for your keloid following treatment. Avoid tanning or sun exposure which may cause scar tissue to become slightly darker than the surrounding skin, making a keloid stand out more. Keep the scar covered when you are in the sun to prevent this.


Patients may experience redness at the injection site following Kenalog injections. There is no downtime following treatment, so you can return to your everyday routine as soon as you feel comfortable. The speed at which results are seen will differ from patient to patient depending on the size, stage, and size of the keloid.

Contact Us Today

If you are unhappy with a keloid scar, contact DermAtelier on Avenue today to inquire about scheduling a consultation with Dr. Beach. Our team will be happy to answer any questions that you may have.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are keloids cancerous?

No, they are the growth of collagen and fibroblasts.

Are keloids covered by insurance?

Treatment of Keloids on the face and neck are covered.

Are keloids dangerous?

No, they are not dangerous but they are inconvenient and unsightly for some people.

Are keloids painful?

They can be painful during treatment, depending on the method of treatment attempted

Can you freeze off a keloid?

No, but cryotherapy can be helpful in decreasing pain for some people

Can you microneedle keloid scars?

There is a small risk that microneedling could actually increase keloids or help new ones form.

Can aloe vera treat keloids?

No, it does not remove or decrease the size of keloids.

Can I get a tattoo if Im prone to keloids?

There is some risk that a keloid could form at the site, depending on the method of tattooing done.

Can keloids get infected?

Yes, they can get infected.

Can Plastic Surgery remove keloids?

Yes, it can remove them, but there is a risk that they return

Do keloids go away?

They generally persist once theyre there - they may slowly grow in some cases.

Does cryotherapy work on keloids?

It helps to relieve some of the pain that is associated with treatment of keloids.

Does massaging keloid scar help?

Massaging can help to minimally soften a keloid car.

How do you hide keloid scars?

You can wear clothing that hides where your keloid is. Sometimes compression style earrings block an earlobe keloid from enlarging.

How do you stop a nose ring keloid?

Remove the nose jewelry that is contributing to the keloid. Show your doctor for further assessment.

How long do keloid injections take to work?

Keloid injections may show signs of working weeks after they are given.

Is keloid removal surgery painful?

It has some pain but this is minimized with local anaesthetic or freezing that gets injected.

Is lavender oil good for keloids?

This is not a medical therapy for keloid removal.

Is there any treatment for keloid?

Several treatments exist depending on the size and site of keloid. There are creams, injections, surgical treatment and lasers that all help reduce the size and firmness of the keloid.

Should I remove my piercing if I have a keloid?

If the keloid is at the site of the piercing, then yes, removal of the piercing will help limit further growth and expansion of the keloid.

What does steroid injections do to keloids?

Steroid injection reduces the size and the firmness or thickness of keloids.

What is a keloid nose piercing?

It is a firm thick scar that develops at the site/ adjacent to the site of a nose piercing.

What is pressure treatment for keloids?

Pressure treatment helps compress the keloid when used consistently on small keloid sites like earlobes.

Whats inside a ear keloid?

There is dense collagen and fibroblasts inside a keloid.

Whats inside of a keloid?

There is dense collagen and fibroblasts inside a keloid.

Who gets keloids?

Anyone can get a keloid, but people of East Asian and African ethnicity tend to be more prone to developing them.

Why do keloids hurt?

Sometimes the keloid has nerve fibres close to it/ embedded in it and these cause pain.

Why do keloids itch?

Sometimes the keloid has nerve fibres close to it/ embedded in it and these cause itch. The inflammation of the keloid can also cause an itch sensation.

What steroid is used for keloids?

Some that can be used include clobetasol or triamcinalone acetonide or betamethasone diproprionate.

What is the best treatment for keloid scars?

There is no single best treatment for keloids; treatment depends on the size of the keloid and its body site.

What do keloids look like at first?

They may look like a small firm skin coloured to red bump at the site of the surgical scar or skin injury

What causes keloid?

Keloid occurs due to a tendency to form more scar tissue than others. These patients have more growth factors that are active when scars form.

What causes a keloid?

Keloid occurs due to a tendency to form more scar tissue than others after surgery or a mild injury like a piercing. These patients have more growth factors that are active when scars form.

What causes keloid C section scar?

The surgical scar forms a keloid due to the patients tendency to form more scar tissue and have more, overactive growth factors within the scar.

Is cauliflower ear a keloid?

Cauliflower ear is seen with a different condition called perichondrial hematoma or wrestlers ear

Is it normal for keloids to hurt?

They can hurt sometimes if theyre close to nerves that transmit pain sensation.

Is Baking Soda Good for keloids?

This is not a treatment for keloid removal or size decrease.

How long does it take to get rid of keloid?

It depends on the size of the keloid. Generally, a larger longer-lasting keloid will take longer to go away.

How do you get rid of cartilage keloids?

It is best to see a dermatologist or plastic surgeon to discuss how to get rid of cartilage keloids.

How do dermatologists remove keloids?

Dermatologists may do surgical excision of use laser devices to remove keloids.

Does Vaseline help with keloids?

This is not a treatment for keloid removal or size decrease.

Do keloids flatten over time?

At some sites, a keloid may flatten or soften over years.

Does Mederma work on keloids?

This is not a treatment for keloid removal or size decrease but may soften its firmness somewhat.

Can you put hydrogen peroxide on a keloid?

This is not a treatment for keloid removal or size decrease.



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