Keloid scars are very common, with millions of new people affected per year. They are often a result of injury, surgery, or even body piercings. As we strive for good skin, the treatments for keloids become more effective all the time.
Learn more about what causes keloids, what treatments are available, and the best route for you. Dermatologists deal with keloids, and keloid scar reduction every day. Let’s take a closer look at the details of keloid scars.
What Are Keloids
You know that you have a keloid scar because it is visible and obvious to you, but few of us understand what they are. First of all, you should know that keloids are not harmful. They are not doing any damage to your body, maybe your body image.
Conversely, they can be restrictive to movement and range of motion if large/deep enough. Keloid scars may continue to grow if not treated, but unfortunately do have a chance of returning after treatment.
Some people may experience pain, swelling, or itching around the scar. Keloids can be as small as a piercing hole in the ear, to an entire limb from an accident, burn, or surgery.
Pain gets attributed to nerve endings being somewhat exposed. If pain is severe, you should consult a doctor. Itching is due to healing and stretching of the skin as the scar grows.
Our skin is the first thing that people see. We are striving for clearer, and more perfect skin. Any blemishes or scarring is viewed as not having “good skin.”
Scarring often depends on a variety of factors that are unique to the individual. Location of the scar, underlying health issues, skin type & color, and genetic makeup of the person can all play a part in how pronounced a scar is, and how quickly it can heal after treatments.
Many of the contributing factors can not be controlled, but how you decide to treat the scar can be determined by you. Talk to an award-winning dermatologist today to see what their suggested method of treatment for your keloid scar is.
Can Keloids Be Removed?
Whether your keloid scar is new, or you have had it for most of your life, you may be wondering if it can be removed. The answer is complicated. But, for the most part, it gets treated by a doctor, surgeon, or dermatologist.
Before removing a keloid scar, a doctor or dermatologist may suggest a variety of other treatments to reduce the appearance, thickness, or size of the scar.
Besides removal, what other keloid scar treatments are available? If you are looking for alternatives, you’re in luck! There are several effective non-surgical things that your dermatologist or doctor can prescribe and recommend.
From creams to injections, keloid scars can be treated, but often take several visits, and is not something that happens instantly. Have patience, and explore all of your options.
Cryotherapy means “cold therapy.” And when Cryotherapy is used for keloid scars the temperature used is about -230 degrees! The treatments are very brief and applied locally to the scarred area.
Cryotherapy is one of the most effective methods for treating bulky keloid scars. Using gases such as argon or nitrogen, the low temperatures destroy the scar tissue.
Depending on the procedure, the patient may receive a local anesthetic to numb the area before the gas gets applied with a cotton swab or sprayed on. Without an anesthetic, patients may experience pain from the extreme cold.
Laser therapy treatment for keloid scars should only be performed by certified dermatologists. Laser treatments come highly recommended by dermatologists as effective to reduce the size, thickness, and appearance of keloid scars.
Specifically, pulsed dye laser (PDL) can be scheduled for reoccurring appointments approximately every 3-4 weeks for about 6 months. A local anesthetic gets applied to reduce pain during treatment.
Steroids and scars, you say? Steroids are used by either injecting corticosteroid solution directly into the scar or applied topically in a steroid cream.
Steroid injections are often recommended every 4-6 weeks, up to 6 times. The steroids help keloids by breaking up the collagen fibers, reducing the size of the scar.
Offered in sheets or liquid gel. Use silicone gel on fresh scars, as well as older ones. Safe for any skin tone, silicone can be self-applied and is left on the skin for up to 24 hours as it keeps working by hydrating the area and also reduces itching affiliated with keloids.
Silicone gels can be applied twice a day for up to 90 days, or as prescribed by a dermatologist.
Massage Therapy for Scars
You may or may not have been told by your doctor to massage your scar once it started to form. Self-massage of injury and incision sites helps to break up tough tissues that may form into bulky keloid scars.
This self-massage gets applied only after the wound has begun to form a scar. Massage should be applied gently at first, building up to more firm pressure. Using an oil such as coconut will help to keep the area moisturized, and could also help to promote collagen production.
Vitamin E Oil
Are you looking for an ointment to apply to your keloid scar? Vitamin E oil is popular for new wound sites, as well as older ones. It is even used before surgery to help prevent scarring from happening.
There are mixed reviews as to whether Vitamin E oil or cream is the miracle treatment that keloid scar bearers are hoping for, yet it does have some effectiveness.
There are a few things that may be myths, but if you have the items lying around your house, it can’t hurt to try them. Right? It is up to you to debunk these natural remedies for keloid scars.
These items are anti-inflammatory and healing for the skin. Of course, you wouldn’t want to use any of these on open skin.
- Apple cider vinegar
- Vitamin E cream
- Aloe vera (fresh or bottled)
- Juice of an onion
- Garlic oil
If you feel as if you are suffering from a keloid scar, just remember that there is hope. Talk to your dermatologist about possible treatments, and what might be the best solution for your scar(s.)
Brighter days are ahead, and good skin is just a phone call away!