What is Keloid Treatment?
The collagen that our body naturally produces is responsible for many things, from keeping skin firm to sustaining tendons and cartilage; however, sometimes if there is an overproduction of this naturally occurring protein it forms a scar known as a keloid. Different from regular scars, keloids often grow past the actual injury site and do not fade as time passes. While anyone can develop keloids, those under the age of 30 with Hispanic, Asian, or African descent are more likely to have keloids.
What is the best approach for getting rid of a keloid? Here at Cole Dermatology & Aesthetic Center, we offer different treatments for the removal of keloids. When you come in for your visit with Dr. Cole, we will examine the keloid and then discover the different treatment options available to you. Together we can also determine the best approach for getting rid of the keloid scar.
Here are some of the most common keloid treatment options:
Injections are administered every 4 weeks directly into the keloid to flatten it over time. These injections can help improve the appearance of a keloid but it’s important to know that the treatment area may still be darker or thicker than the rest of your skin even once the injections are complete.
Surgery may or may not be a good option for you, as it’s also important to recognize that surgically removing a keloid could actually cause the keloid to regrow even larger than it was before. To reduce the chances of another keloid forming, once the keloid has been surgically removed, you’ll need to come in for regular steroid injections monthly or undergo 3 radiation treatments during the week of keloid removal to prevent another scar from forming post-surgery.
SRT (Superficial Radiation Therapy)
We offer SRT to prevent growth of a keloid after surgical removal. The SRT (superficial radiation therapy) treatments are done on the day the keloid is removed and twice more in the same week (every other day for a total of 3 SRT treatments). Excising (cutting a keloid out and putting stitches in it) will be more effective (and more expensive) than shave removal of a keloid (cutting off a keloid flush with the skin). After your first visit, we can get an estimate from your insurance company to find out if they will cover removal and SRT of the keloid.
If you are dealing with unsightly keloid scars and want to talk about the treatment options we offer call our office today in Peachtree Corners, GA, call to schedule an appointment today!