What is a keloid scar?
A keloid scar is a discoloration and thickening of excess scar tissue, often at the site of a healed injury. It can appear many different ways:
- Flesh-colored, red, or pink
- On or around a healed surgery or injury site
- Lumpy or ridged
What causes a keloid scar?
Keloid scar formation is often a hereditary predisposition and can be caused also be triggered by:
- Ear piercing
Sun exposure to scarred skin can cause even darker, thicker keloids to form in those who are predisposed.
How do we treat a keloid scar?
Many cosmetic procedures can reduce the size and thickness of a keloid scar. Treatments we use include:
- Corticosteroid injections: An anti-inflammatory medication is injected to reduce the thickness of the scar. Anesthetic cream may be applied for 20-30 minutes prior to injection to reduce discomfort.
- Surgical Removal: Sometimes, the entire keloid area may be cut out and the area re-stitched to avoid new keloid formation.
- Vbeam Laser: This laser targets the redness of keloid scars, helping to improve their coloring and reduce their appearance.
What can I expect?
Oftentimes, several treatments are required to flatten a keloid scar. With each treatment the size will reduce, and you will notice and improvement in appearance.
Have a question about your treatment?
We have a dedicated triage nurse (RN) who answers patient questions during office hours. If you have a problem or question about a procedure or a prescribed medication, please call our office and ask to speak to our nurse. If she is unable to answer your question, she will consult with your practitioner and return your call.