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.
WHAT TO EXPECT AFTER KENALOG INJECTIONS?
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.