Keloids are a complex result of the body's overzealous efforts to repair itself, leading to scars that extend beyond their original borders. These raised scars are often inherited and are more prevalent in individuals with darker skin types. Some areas of the body are more prone to keloid formation than others.
A combination of treatments is typically most effective in addressing keloids, including CO2 laser therapy, injectable steroids, and in some cases, stem cell therapy. The duration of treatment depends on the size of the keloid and the scar. It may also be necessary to combine treatments with medications that inhibit further growth in order to prevent recurrence. Chemical peels may be considered as a treatment option depending on the extent of the scar. For the best results in scar revision, it is recommended to initiate treatment within two weeks of the initial surgery.
Keloids result from an overproduction of fibrous scar tissue, which forms when the skin is injured. These hard, smooth growths can be significantly larger than the original wound and often take weeks or months to fully develop. Commonly found on the chest, shoulders, earlobes, and cheeks, keloids can affect any part of the body. Although not harmful to one's health, they can cause cosmetic concerns.
To explore the various treatment options available for keloids, please contact our office for more information.