Minimise Scarring after Skin Tag Removal

Keloids are a type of raised scar that occurs where the skin has healed after an injury. They can grow much larger than the original injury that caused the scar. Although keloids aren’t harmful to your health, they may create cosmetic concerns or discomfort. In this article, we will discuss in detail the keloid scar removal treatment options.

How Do Dermatologists Diagnose Keloids?

Dermatologists primarily diagnose keloids through a physical examination of the scar. They may also consider the patient’s medical history, specifically any previous occurrence of keloids, and the onset and duration of the scar. It may be necessary to perform a biopsy to exclude other types of skin growth.

  • Diagnostic Approach
  • Physical examination
  • Medical history
  • Biopsy

How Do Dermatologists Treat Keloids? Treatment Options For Keloid Scar Removal

Treatment aims to reduce keloid size, relieve discomfort, and improve scar appearance once the diagnosis has been confirmed. Treatment choice often depends on the size, location and characteristics of the keloid, as well as patient preference.

Key Treatment Approaches:

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  • Wound care
  • Corticosteroid cream
  • Injected medicine
  • Freezing the scar
  • Laser treatment
  • Radiation therapy
  • Surgical removal

Keloids Surgery

Surgical removal is often considered for persistent keloids that do not respond to other treatments. Due to keloids’ high recurrence rate, other treatment methods, such as corticosteroid injections, compression dressings, or radiation, are often used with surgery to help improve outcomes.

Surgical Approaches:

  • Excision surgery
  • Mohs surgery
  • Laser surgery
  • Cryosurgery
  • Dermabrasion

Treatment

There’s an array of treatment options available for keloid scars. The best approach may depend on your situation or a combination of several. It’s important to note that even after successful treatment, keloids can reoccur and sometimes grow more significant than their initial size. In some cases, new keloids also form.

  • Wound Management
  • Corticosteroid Cream
  • Medication Injections
  • Cryotherapy
  • Laser Therapy
  • Radiation Therapy
  • Surgical Removal

Wound Management

In the case of recent keloids, the initial treatment could be compression dressings crafted from flexible fabric or other materials. These dressings are also used post-operatively in keloid removal surgeries. 

The objective here is to mitigate or entirely prevent scar formation by applying pressure to the wound during the healing process. The dressing should be worn 12 to 24 hours daily for 4 to 6 months to achieve results.

Learn more about how to heal keloid scar strategies.

Corticosteroid Cream

Topical application of high-strength corticosteroid cream can help alleviate itchiness caused by keloids.

Medication Injections

Your doctor might consider decreasing their size for smaller keloids through cortisone or other steroid injections. You’ll likely require monthly injections for a period of up to six months to observe a flattening of the scar. Remember that corticosteroid injections might have side effects like skin thinning, spider veins, and a lasting change in skin colour (hypopigmentation or hyperpigmentation).

See related: Profhilo injections.

Cryotherapy

Smaller keloids might be diminished or removed via cryotherapy, which involves freezing the scar with liquid nitrogen. Multiple treatment sessions may be required. The most common side effects of cryotherapy are blistering, pain, and depigmentation (diminishing pigment).

Laser Therapy

Larger keloids can be addressed using pulsed-dye laser sessions. This method has also shown efficacy in soothing itchiness and causing keloids to fade. Pulsed-dye laser therapy is administered over numerous sessions for 4 to 8 weeks between each. Your doctor might suggest combining this therapy with cortisone injections. Hypopigmentation or hyperpigmentation, blistering, and crusting are possible side effects in darker skin types.

Radiation Therapy

Low-level X-ray radiation, used standalone or post-surgical removal of a keloid, can assist in shrinking or minimising the scar tissue. Repeated treatments might be necessary. It’s worth noting that radiation therapy could lead to skin complications and potentially cancer in the long term.

Surgical Removal

If your keloid resists other treatment strategies, your doctor might recommend surgical removal combined with other methods. The recurrence rate for surgery alone ranges between 45% and 100%.


Preventing Keloids to Avoid After Keloid Growth

Preventing Keloids to Avoid After Keloid Growth

Preventing keloids, particularly in individuals with a predisposition, involves minimising skin trauma. The term covers elective medical procedures such as piercings, tattoos, and surgical procedures. If an injury does occur, proper wound care and early treatment can help to mitigate the risk of keloid formation.

Preventive Measures:

  • Avoid elective skin trauma
  • Use sunscreen
  • Gentle skincare
  • Immediate treatment
  • Regular monitoring

The evolution of laser technology has ushered in a new era of solutions for keloid scar removal. With its non-invasive approach, minimal discomfort, and quick recovery, laser treatment is a beacon of hope for individuals grappling with the physical and psychological burden of keloid scars. Laser for keloid scar removal can effectively diminish these scars, enhancing not only the texture of the skin but also boosting self-confidence.

If you’re ready to embark on your journey toward healing and rejuvenation, Dr Shehzadi Tasneem will guide you through every step. With her extensive experience and in-depth knowledge, she’ll provide the expert care and support you need during your keloid scar removal treatment.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Laser for keloid scar removal is highly effective. The different types of laser treatments target various aspects of keloid scars, including size, colour, and texture. This method is a significant advancement over traditional treatments and provides noticeable results.

The results from laser treatment vary depending on the size and severity of the keloid scar. Typically, patients see improvements in the appearance of their scars after several sessions. However, it is essential to note that individual healing times and responses to treatment can vary.

Side effects from laser treatment are typically minimal. These may include temporary redness, swelling, or minor discomfort at the treatment site. Most of these side effects will resolve independently within a few days post-treatment.

Most patients report minimal discomfort during the procedure, often compared to the sensation of a rubber band snapping against the skin. A local anaesthetic is applied before the treatment to minimise any potential discomfort.

Keloid scar size and severity determine the number of treatments required. Patients may need between 3 to 10 treatments for optimal results. Your healthcare provider can provide a more accurate estimation based on your case.