Keloids

What It Is

Keloids develop as the result of abnormal scar formation after the skin experiences trauma. They are dense masses of skin that rise quickly during the skin’s healing process. During this healing process, the skin produces collagen and keloids form when excess collagen is formed. They can progressively get larger over time and do not flatten or regress like normal scars do.

Keloids are equally common in both men and women, however those with darker skin tones are more likely to develop them. They tend to occur on the back, chest, ears, and shoulders and have a smooth top with a pink or purple colour to it. The skin on the keloid may be thicker than the skin that surrounds it, and it may itch or be tender to the touch.

Keloids can grow quite large and unsightly. Aside from causing aesthetic or cosmetic concern, this type of abnormal scarring can be itchy, tender, or painful when touched.

How It’s Treated

Laser Treatments

  • CO2 Laser – The intense light beam of the CO2 laser will surgically cut through the keloid, while cauterizing any blood vessels at the same time so you will not experience any bleeding.

Non-Laser Treatments

  • Kenalog/Cortisone InjectionsCortisone injections work to reduce the size of a keloid(s). Depending on the nature of the keloid, multiple treatments may be required. If a keloid is raised, Dr. Jain will perform an excision on the affected area and then treat it with cortisone injections in order to prevent the keloid from reoccurring in the future.

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