Keloid Scar Treatment
Treatment for Keloids at Illinois Dermatology Institute
At IDI, we understand skin conditions can impact your overall appearance and confidence. Skin can endure a lot over time, from minor imperfections to more extensive scarring, such as keloid scars.
If you’re living with a keloid scar and hope to drastically minimize its appearance, we can help. Our compassionate and experienced team of dermatological professionals will use the latest treatment for keloids to reduce signs of scarring and boost your confidence.
Let’s explore keloid scars in more detail.
What is a keloid scar?
In simplest terms, a keloid scar is a thick, raised scar that can appear anywhere on the skin’s surface. They are most commonly found on the earlobes, cheeks, chest, or shoulders.
Although not harmful to your physical health, keloid scars can cause emotional distress and decrease overall self-confidence.
There is no definitive reason why keloid scars form, but most experts believe they form after injury due to a dysfunction in a wound’s complete healing process.
Collagen is a normal part of the healing process, but when your body produces too much of it, that’s when keloid scars can form.
Keloid scars are caused by direct skin injury to a specific area of the body.
They can be triggered by:
- An insect bite
- An injection
- Body piercing
- Hair removal
- Minor scratches and bumps
In rare instances, keloid scars form for no apparent reason.
They are not contagious or cancerous, and there are many different options for treatment for keloids.
Keloid Scar Characteristics
A keloid scar typically forms within a few months to a year post-injury.
Symptoms vary from person to person but often include:
- Thick, irregular areas of scarring
- Shiny, hairless raised skin
- Lumpy texture that can range from soft to firm and rubbery
- Reddish, brown, or purplish in color
Treatment for Keloids
There are various treatment options available depending on the location, size, and age of your keloid scar.
The most common treatment options include:
- Direct would care for newly-forming keloids
- Prescription corticosteroid cream
- Steroid injections
- Cryotherapy (scar freezing)
- Laser treatment
- Radiation therapy
- Surgical removal
It is important to note that your treatment for keloids will depend on your specific health and wellness profile and needs. It is best to speak with a dermatologist prior to beginning a treatment regimen for your keloid scar.