Keloid Scar

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:

What causes a keloid scar?
Keloid scar formation is often a hereditary predisposition and can be caused also be triggered by:

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:

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.