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A 45-year-old member asked:

What are natural ways to get rid of keloid scars?

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Dr. George Yang
Facial Plastic Surgery 23 years experience
Not that I know of: Keloids are tough to treat even in the hands of medical experts. Using natural remedies will be even harder. I have seen balms and creams to get rid of moles, warts and other skin lesions. I believe those are some kind of acid, which causes a chemical peel of the lesion. If this were done to a keloid, it would likely make it worse. Be careful.
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Dr. John Walker
Plastic Surgery 27 years experience
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!
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A 31-year-old member asked:

Is there a way to get rid of keloid scars?

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Dr. Barry Press
Plastic Surgery 45 years experience
Improve, yes...: But get rid of, no (this applies to all scars.) true keloids can be very difficult to deal with. They are more common in people with darkly pigmented skin and are characterized by scarring that exceeds the boundaries of the original wound. Numerous options exist including pressure, steroid injection, low dose radiation, and others. See a plastic surgeon for an evaluation.
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A 31-year-old member asked:

How to get rid of keloid scars?

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Dr. Russell Sparenberg
50 years experience
No simple answer: There is no simple answer to your question. Some may benefit from cortisone injections whereas others may require excision.Sometimes excision is followed by a short course of radiation. Unfortunately some of them have a high rate of recurrence. I would recommend seeing a plastic surgeon in your area.
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A 32-year-old member asked:

What could you do to get rid of old keloid scars?

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Dr. Donald Kress
Plastic Surgery 46 years experience
Many things: If it's a true keloid, it's a disease of healing and simple removal will result in a rapid return and probably worse. Pressure, radiation, steroid injections and some types of chemotherapy all work to some extent, and there are times for each of them. For example, earlobe keloids in african americans, i generally excise followed by treatment with chemo (5fu) steroid combo. Very effective.
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A 46-year-old member asked:

How can I get rid of large keloid scars?

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Dr. Barry Press
Plastic Surgery 45 years experience
Improve, yes...: But get rid of, no (this applies to all scars.) true keloids can be very difficult to deal with. They are more common in people with darkly pigmented skin and are characterized by scarring that exceeds the boundaries of the original wound. Numerous options exist including pressure, steroid injection, low dose radiation, and others. See a plastic surgeon for an evaluation.
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A 46-year-old member asked:

How can you permanently get rid of keloids?

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Dr. Paul Harper
General Surgery 53 years experience
I don't know: As far as i know there is no way to assure that removal is permanent.
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