Keloid Scarring and Treatment

Keloid Scarring Keloid scars are a more serious form of burns scarring, because they can carry on growing indefinitely into a large, tumorous (although benign) neoplasm.
Hypertrophic scars are often distinguished from keloids by their lack of growth outside the original wound area.

Keloids can occur on anyone
, but they are most common in dark-skinned people, and can be caused by surgery, an accident, by acne or, sometimes, from body piercings. Although they can be a cosmetic problem, keloids are only inert masses of collagen and therefore completely harmless and non-cancerous, but they can be itchy or painful in some individuals, tending to be most common on the shoulders and chest.

One way that keloids are treated is through steroids
. In this case, doctors will inject steroid drugs into the skin around the keloid. Keloid treatment using steroids requires the patient to visit a doctor multiple times for the injections. Although steroids have been successful, it should be noted that patients with darker skin can suffer from tissue atrophy or hypopigmentation, the loss of skin color.

Patients who choose to treat their scars through steroids are often given shots of the steroid hydrocortizone every two to three weeks.

Excision is also a viable alternative method of keloid treatment.
An excision requires the surgical removal of all the scar tissue. Excisions are not always successful, and in some cases the keloid reoccurs after the tissue has been removed and begins to heal again.

Treating keloids can be very frustrating for patients
. Treatments are still being researched, and there are no definitive cure-alls currently available for those battling the scars. Dermatologists and plastic surgeons are still exploring ways to both prevent and treat keloids. One of the newest advancements in keloid therapy is the use of lasers to decrease the size of the keloid and improve the color of scar.

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