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What is a Keloid Treatment?

by Silvia Buchour  

Keloids are scars that grow beyond the wound, or what would be referred as its natural boundary. These keloids are common on the upper body, as well as the earlobes. Body piercing, surgery, a tattoo, or an injury can cause keloids. Cuts or tears in the skin which are infected or contaminated can also become keloids once the wound heals. This also goes the same for deep wounds or cuts on the skin. On the other hand, there are some people who have keloids without any obvious cause. 

Finding the right keloid treatment can be quite a challenge; you’ll want to not cause any other keloids in the process and minimize recurrence at the same time. Some keloids are also resistant to treatment. As of this time, there is no treatment which fully removes keloids; there will always be a spot or two left. This is why it is important to make sure that you get the help of an experienced plastic surgeon or doctor to conduct your keloid treatment and get the help you need. Below are a few keloid treatment options available:

 

·         Steroid Injections

Steroid injections are one of the keloid treatments available. Multiple sessions are needed for this treatment, depending on how big the keloid is. These injections cause the keloid to become softer and allows for easier excision. The affected area is also injected with steroids to prevent reoccurrence after the keloid is removed.

·         Excision of the Keloid

Another keloid treatment available is keloid excision. This treatment is recommended for large keloids, and a follow-up form of treatment (radiation therapy or the application of a keloid removal cream) is required to avoid reoccurrence. Excision is not recommended for smaller keloids, as steroids injections usually do the trick for smaller keloids. 

·         Radiation

Radiation therapy is considered as the most effective keloid treatment so far. This procedure is usually done after excision so that there will be no reoccurrence. After the keloid is removed during excision, radiation therapy is conducted. Radiation therapy is also recommended for keloids which are severe and unresponsive to other forms of treatment like using a keloid removal cream. 

·         Silicone Sheeting

Silicone sheeting is yet another keloid treatment available, although this form of treatment is more of a follow-up form of treatment. Silicone sheeting is recommended after getting the keloid excised, as this ensures a decrease in reoccurrence. 

·         Radio-Frequency

Yet another keloid treatment option available is radio-frequency. A lot of doctors recommend this treatment as it allows them to easily remove the scar tissue without causing any damage to the surrounding tissues. The use of a keloid removal cream after this procedure as a maintenance or prevention treatment is also recommended. 

Keloids are not a piece of cake to remove. It is best to work with an experienced plastic surgeon or a dermatologist who has extensive experience with treating and removing keloids. Expertise, the right tools and skills, and experience are of the essence in these keloid treatments. This is to ensure that the keloid is actually removed, and there will be no more keloid reoccurrences.