Keloid Treatment

Keloids and hypertrophic scars are overgrown areas of scar tissue that form at the site of a previous injury such as an incision, wound, vaccination, pimple or piercing. They appear on the skin as an irregularly-shaped pink or red scar that is raised above the rest of the skin and may continue to grow into areas that were not affected by the initial injury.

Certain people are more prone to developing keloids, including those with darker skin tones and those who have a family history of keloids. They can appear anywhere, but are most common around the neck, ears, chest, shoulders and arms.

If you have ever had a keloid before, the best method of prevention is to avoid injuries to the skin. Avoid ear and other skin piercings, tattoos and elective surgeries. In the case of a necessary medical procedure, inform your doctor of your keloid history. Precautions can be taken, such as applying steroids, medications or dressings to the wound, that may be able to successfully prevent the formation of a keloid post-surgery.

Treatment of keloids depends on the personal preference and desired outcome of the patient. The only true cure for keloids is to prevent them from occurring, but there are several procedures available to help improve the appearance and related symptoms. Some of these treatments help flatten keloids, while others reduce redness and size. Most treatments will leave an irregular mark or texture on the skin.

Keloid treatments include:

      • cortisone injections
      • cryotherapy
      • interferon
      • laser removal
      • surgery and radiation (sometimes used together)
      • silicone gel sheets
      • silicone cream with occlusion
      • steroid-impregnated tape

Although keloids are not medically dangerous, many people seek treatment to restore the appearance of their skin and help the keloid become less noticeable over time. Dr. Kaminester can help you decide which treatment option is best for you.

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Dermatologist Dr. Lewis H. Kaminester, MD, serving North Palm Beach, Palm Beach, Royal Palm Beach, Juno Beach, Riviera Beach, Jupiter, Tequesta, Okeechobee and surrounding areas.