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What are the alternatives for treating a keloid besides surgery?

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Dr. Morris Westfried
Dermatology 46 years experience
Injections: Cortisone shots will shrink a keloiid but may require multiple visits monthly to flatten the keloid.
Dr. Richard Tholen
Plastic Surgery 41 years experience
All options are poor: Keloids are over-aggressive scar formation, so surgical excision only gives a larger scar that itself often keloids (unless it can eliminate bleeding, infection, wound breakdown or other problem that aggravated the initial keloid). Other options include scar pad, steroid tape (cordran), steroid injection, pressure therapy, radiation therapy, or re-excision and radioactive suture (no joke).
Dr. Harold Rosenfeld
Plastic Surgery 56 years experience
Three: 1]silicone gel sheeting or ointment 2]pressure 3]steroid injections.
Dr. Timothy Mountcastle
Plastic Surgery 22 years experience
Steroid injection: I have had some great results with intrakeloid steroid injections. Make sure they dont inject steroids into the fat. That will cause hollowing out below.

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