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Keloids

Let Our Board-Certified Dermatologists Treat Keloids

Keloids

What are Keloids?

Keloids are thickened scars that can be challenging to treat and they might negatively impact your self-esteem. Our board-certified dermatologists at The Center for Surgical Dermatology provide professional diagnosis and treatment options for keloids that will allow you to get back to enjoying your life.

Put simply, keloids are smooth, hard overgrowths of scarred tissue. They’re sometimes considered to be “scars that don’t stop” as they do not regress overtime. In most cases, keloids occur where the skin has been injured from trauma, surgery, blisters, vaccinations, piercings, and more. They can also occur spontaneously. Keloids can range in size, from small to large, but they usually aren’t painful and do not contain any substance or fluid except for scar tissue.

QUESTIONS

Keloid FAQs

If you’re interested in learning more about keloids, take a look at our answers to the most commonly asked questions below, including what causes keloids, treatment options, and more.

When skin is damaged due to an injury, fibrous scar tissue forms over the wound for healing purposes. In the case of keloids, there is an overaggressive healing response which creates extra scar tissue. This excess scar tissue can grow far beyond the borders of the original wound. 

There are many injuries that can cause keloids: 

  • Acne Scars
  • Chickenpox Scars
  • Burns
  • Surgical Incision Sites
  • Ear Piercings
  • Scratches

Unfortunately, preventing keloids can be difficult and ineffective. The best thing you can do to prevent getting a keloid is simply try to reduce skin injuries and scarring to eliminate the chance of keloids forming in the first place. 

Furthermore, people who are more prone to developing keloids, such as someone who already has one, should not undergo cosmetic skin surgeries or procedures, like piercings.

Although there’s no medical reason to remove keloids, many people choose to have them removed for cosmetic reasons. But unfortunately, keloid treatments do not always deliver optimal results. Sometimes the scar tissue grows back, occasionally larger than before. 

Below are the most common approaches to treating keloids:

  • Keloid Surgery: Surgical removal is an option for those with very large keloids or an older keloid scar. However, keloids return in more than 45% of people when they are removed surgically. Therefore, surgical removal may need to be combined with some of the other treatments below to optimize results.
  • Corticosteroid Injections: Injections into keloids with triamcinolone acetonide or another corticosteroid can often reduce size and irritation.
  • Compression: Applying continuous pressure for a defined period of time each day for a period of 6 to 12 months can reduce the size of keloids.
  • Laser Treatment: For certain types of scars, including keloids, laser treatment can resurface the scar for a softer, smoother appearance.
  • Silicone Dressings: One of the more common and painless keloid treatments, moist wound coverings made of silicone gel sheets have been shown to reduce the size of keloids over time.

In most cases, keloids don’t cause any pain, but they may cause itchiness, discomfort, tenderness, or possible irritation from clothing or friction. An unusually large keloid may put pressure on joints and interfere with joint function.

PHOTOS

Keloid Before & After Photos

View the before and after photos below to see how our board-certified dermatologists help patients suffering from keloids.

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Find Keloid Treatment at The Center for Surgical Dermatology

If you’re suffering from a keloid that’s interfering with your quality of life, get in touch with The Center for Surgical Dermatology and schedule an appointment with one of our board-certified dermatologists today. Our team is ready to help you restore the health and appearance of your skin! Call (614) 847-4100 to schedule an appointment.

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