Keloid scars can be difficult to deal with. This type of scaring will usually occur because the skin has been cut open due to some type of trauma. Some of these scars are easier to manage than others, and there are a number of different treatment options available. The best type of treatment to choose will always depend on the extent of the scaring.
What is a Keloid Scar?
When the skin is injured the body will attempt to itself by using a type of tissue called collagen to cover the wound. Using this scar tissue just covers the wound and will tend to become less noticeable over time. Sometimes though, the collagen can continue to grow so that it starts to affect surrounding tissue. This is referred to as a Keloid scar and they can lead to a noticeable skin overgrowth that is larger than the original wound. Sometimes these scars can be very noticeable and they may start to interfere with a person’s ability to enjoy life. This type of scaring tends to look quite shiny and no hair will be able to grow on it.
It appears that there may be a hereditary element to developing keloid scaring. It also seems to occur most often to non-Caucasians. Females are more likely to get the condition than males. It is most often for this type of scaring to appear on the earlobe.
What Is the Best Keloid Scar Treatment?
There are a number of different keloid scar treatment options available. The first option that your doctor is likely to try is a steroid injection to the area. This can be effective but it may require a number of different treatments spread over a year. Those patients who have darker skin can also find that the steroid treatment noticeably changes their skin color in the area of the scar. These injections will not work for everyone and other options will need to be examined.
Sometimes the best option will be to just surgically remove the scar. It involves an incision into the skin to remove the keloid growth. In some cases this will not prove successful as further growth can occur after surgery. This is why it is usual for doctors to try other alternatives instead. This is because the operation will involve causing more trauma and thus lead to more scar formation. In order to prevent this it will sometimes be necessary to combine excision of the keloid with radiation therapy. This option will only be used in those cases where there really does not seem to be any other option.
Choosing the Best Keloid Scar Treatment
A doctor will be able to advice you as to your best options in regards to this type of treatment. A lot of people will need minimal intervention and a few steroid injections may be all that is required. Hopefully more research into the condition will mean new treatments and knowledge about how to prevent these scars occurring in the first place.