Keloid Reduction Treatment for Flattening Hypertrophic Scars
What is keloid?
Keloids form when overzealous skin cells grow in disorganised bundles of protein as your body recovers from the wound. When the healing mechanism in your skin becomes excessive after an injury, an overgrown scar develops, causing it to become raised. Sometimes, these keloids can grow bigger and wider than the original injury. The problem can range from being very mild, to being more serious, causing discomfort and inconvenience.
Keloids are not common, but are more likely to form in people with dark skin tone.
What causes keloids?
Doctors believe that hereditary factors play a key role in formation of keloids. Some people are more prone to getting them after an injury as compared to others. You may be likely to develop keloids if:
- You have a darker skin tone i.e. Black, Latino, Malays or Indians
- You have a history of keloids in your family
- You are pregnant
- You are going through puberty
Can keloids be prevented?
If you are in one of the groups above, you might want to avoid getting piercing on your ears, nose or body. You should also avoid getting tattoos. As long as you puncture your skin, your skin will go into healing mode and keloids may form if you are susceptible to it.
Can keloids go away on its own?
Unfortunately, keloids are permanent scars that won’t go away on its own. In fact, it may continue to grow for weeks and months. They may eventually stop growing at some point, but they do not fade away or subside on its own.
How are keloids treated?
The eventual goal of keloid treatment is to flatten, soften and shrink the raised scar tissue. It is challenging to treat because keloids can sometimes come back after treatment.
Lasers are commonly used to flatten the scar. Corticosteroid injections are an option to effectively shrink the scar.
At Radium Medical Aesthetics, we device a 3-step treatment protocol for treating keloid scar:
CORTICOSTEROID Injected directly into the scar to flatten the keloid.
LASER TREATMENT A gentle laser is applied to the scar to reduce skin redness and inflammation of the skin. It also helps to reduce blood flow to the scar tissue.
BOTULINUM TOXIN Micro-injections of botulinum toxin are administered around the keloid to decrease the muscular tensile force of the scar and also inhibit the modulation collagen deposition and inflammatory cytokines.
How many sessions do I need?
It depends on several factors such as the size and location of the keloid. It also depends on how the scar responds to the treatment.
In general, scar treatments take several months to see visible results.
You need to work closely with your doctor to discuss and work out a treatment plan.
- Reduce appearance of keloid on your body
- Soften and shrink the scar tissue
People who wish to get rid of unsightly visible keloid scars.