Keloid is one of those types of scar that often requires a more intensive scar treatment. Before we go deeper into the different scar removal options that we can use for that, let us first find out what we are dealing with.
Keloid is the bulgy discoloured scar that we often see when an injury happens. Its colour can vary from pink, red or brown, it is always different from the colour of the skin of the patient involved. The sad thing about having keloid is that it grows bigger than the size of the injury or wound itself. According to studies this is considered as an abnormal part of the healing process of a wound which can be due to certain possible reasons.
According to medical researchers, one of the factors that affect the formation of keloid in ones skin is the person’s skin colour, it has been a known fact that having dark skin gets us to being more prone to having them. There is a statistic conducted stating that African Americans are most prone to having keloid than those who are Caucasians.
Scar removal cream is one of the most common remedy being prescribed by doctors for people who have scars, however, in cases of those who have keloid this will not just work for them. Creams are often being given to patients who want to improve the appearance of their scar but in case of keloid wherein there is a bulge, using the cream will not suffice.
Because of the characteristics of a keloid, the scar treatment required for it is quite expensive. One of the sad thing is that it may require one or more method for the bulge to be removed. Healing the scar caused by its removal is another process though.
One of the things that we should first do is to have the scar assessed by a surgeon. Hypertrophic scars are often mistaken as keloid because they look almost the same, the only difference is that while hypertrophic has the same size as the original wound, keloid extends or becomes bigger than the original wound where it came from. Once the scar was assessed, that’s when the doctor can finally formulate a treatment suitable for the type of scar that you have.
If the one that you have is unfortunately a keloid which is a tumor in a tissue that was scarred, then there are several treatments that you need to undergo if you want to have it removed. The first thing that a person can undergo is by injections using steroid, this helps in softening and reducing the size of the keloid that needs to be removed. The next step is by having the keloid excised. Those two mentioned treatments would require a third one to prevent the keloid from recurring, undergoing treatment via radiation although this is not mostly being offered as a treatment as it may put the patient to the risk of having cancer.
Sheeting using silicone is another option after excising the keloid, this also helps in preventing it from recurring. Yes, the saddest part about keloid is that there is a big tendency for it to recur, it may happen a few weeks or months after the surgery or even years after it.