If you have a keloid, then you might be tired of living with it. Fortunately, there are a few different options for keloid removal. Learn about the different options, and find out which option works best for you. Then, you can be one step closer to living keloid-free. To get you started, here are some common questions about keloid removal.
1. What Is a Keloid?
A keloid is a type of scar that develops after a skin injury, surgery, burn, or deep cut. Although it can develop anywhere on your body, the most common area for it to appear is on your shoulder, breastbone, or earlobe.
You don’t need a serious surgery to develop a keloid. In fact, many people develop them after forms of body modification. A tattoo or ear piercing could cause a keloid scar. Even an ingrown hair could cause one to develop. For a keloid to form, all that needs to happen is a little trauma to your skin.
2. What Causes a Keloid to Form?
It might be important for you to understand why you developed a keloid. From a scientific perspective, the process is simple. When you have a cut, your body produces new tissue to help it heal. Then, it stops producing that tissue. When a keloid forms, your body could not stop producing new tissue. As a result, it leaves behind a thick scar. That scar often feels thick and tough.
3. Who Develops Keloids?
Although anyone can develop this type of scar, it is more common in certain people. Keloids tend to be genetic. There may be something in your DNA that causes you to produce too much new tissue during healing. Often, people with dark skin are more likely to develop keloids than those with light skin. As you get older, you have a smaller chance of developing more keloids.
4. What Is Keloid Removal?
Keloid removal refers to a variety of procedures that remove your keloid scar. Although the procedures all work in different ways, they all work towards the same goal. Any one of the removal procedures can remove your scar. However, one procedure might work better for you than another.
Choosing a procedure depends on a variety of factors. First, you need to consider your expectations. Then, you need to think about your recovery. Before you make any decision, you should talk to your specialist. If you go to someone with experience in removing keloids, then he can discuss your options. With his advice, you can choose the best removal method for you.
5. Who Is Eligible for Keloid Removal?
One of the best things about keloid removal is the fact that almost anyone can be a suitable candidate for it. If you are in good physical health, then you can have your keloid removed. Generally, the procedures are noninvasive and simple. As long as you want it removed and are healthy, you should be eligible.
It is important that you have realistic expectations for your removal. If you don’t, then you might want to reconsider the procedure. You can speak to your doctor to find out what you can expect after the procedure.
6. What Are the Types of Keloid Removal Procedures?
The first type of removal procedure is an injection. By injecting a corticosteroid into your body, your doctor can reduce your scar. Usually, you need three or four treatments. The treatments occur one month apart. Therefore, it’s not an overnight solution. It takes several months for results. After the treatment, your keloid will become a flat scar.
Another removal method is a surgical option. If you have a particularly large keloid, then this might be an appropriate treatment. Your doctor can remove your keloid with a laser, scalpel, or even an electric knife.
After your surgical removal, you may need post-surgical treatments. These treatments prevent a new keloid from forming where the old one was removed. Your doctor could use silicone sheet dressings to accomplish this. However, he might instead use compression therapy. Injectables are also an option.
Superficial Radiation Therapy
This type of therapy is a cutting-edge therapy. When you use Superficial Radiation Therapy (SRT) for keloid removal, you get the latest technology. A specialist uses radiation to penetrate just below the surface of your skin. Then, the radiation removes the excess skin. It leaves you with no keloid and smooth skin.
There are several major benefits to SRT. For one, it’s painless. Unlike a surgical removal option, you don’t experience any pain or difficult recovery. Secondly, the treatment is extremely effective. It completely removes the keloid. As a result, you get the best possible outcome. There’s also the speedy treatment. When you go to an SRT session, it only lasts 30 to 60 seconds. You do need multiple treatments, but each one is a quick procedure. This makes it easier to plan your keloid removal around your schedule.
If you have questions about SRT, contact Hecker Dermatology Group. Find out what the latest technology can do for your keloid.