A 29-year-old member asked:
what are the modern methods to removing keloids?
2 doctor answers
Dr. George Yang answered
21 years experience Facial Plastic Surgery
Chemo drug & Kenalog (triamcinolone): Certain ethnicities tend to get keloids. The main problem is an "over-production" of collagen at the site of the skin injury. Keloids tend to come back even after steroid injection or after excision which reduce or remove the extra collagen, respectively. A new method injecting 5-fu (a chemotherapy drug) with kenalog (triamcinolone) (steroid) prevents the collagen from coming back after the steroid or excision.
Answered on Nov 11, 2012
Dr. John Walker answered
24 years experience Plastic Surgery
Keloid Rx: The safest approach is silicone tape/gel (myscaraway, from walgreens/online), steroid/bleomycin injections immunosuppressant/chemotherapyagent) only in pro hands, electron-beam radiotherapy, almost never excision unless radiotherapy can be guaranteed within 24hr after excision. Be very careful or it will be made worse by cutting it! close follow up for 2yrs+ to monitor for recurrence essential!
Answered on Dec 9, 2013
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