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Doctor insights on: Complications Of Keloid Scars

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How to hide keloid scars?

How to hide keloid scars?

Almost impossible: Because they are wide raised and dark, they are almost impossible to conceal unless completely covered with a garment or hair. ...Read more

Dr. Barry Press
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Keloids (Definition)

Hypertrophic scarring. More common in certain ethic groups. See dermatologist or facial ...Read more


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Why do keloids form near scars?

Why do keloids form near scars?

Keloids: Keloids can be considered to be "scars that don't know when to stop." a keloid, sometimes referred to as a keloid scar, is a tough heaped-up scar that rises quite abruptly above the rest of the skin. It usually has a smooth top and a pink or purple color. ...Read more

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What are the different kinds of keloid scars?

What are the different kinds of keloid scars?

Keloids: Flat keloids, refer to those keloids that are not rising significantly above the skin level and do not forms keloid tumors or nodules in the skin. Cases of flat keloids are seen mostly among asians, light colored individuals and europeans. Individuals with dark color skin, africans and african americans can also have flat keloids. ...Read more

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What are the chances of getting keloids after my scar heals?

Keloid scars: Dear hashooil,
it depends on how they are taken care of. With excision, regular injections of steroids, use of silicone sheeting, the chances that the keloid will come back are minimal.
Best regards,
nima shemirani. ...Read more

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How can I remove my keloid scar?

How can I remove my keloid scar?

Can't be removed: Keloid scars can perhaps be reduced and improved but not totally removed. These may need to be removed surgically and then you likely will need a series of cortisone injections to try and keep it from regrowing. There are other treatments for those which regrow but some cannot be completely controlled. You should see a surgeon experienced in keloid management. ...Read more

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Can you get a massage with a keloid scar?

Can you get a massage with a keloid scar?

Of course!: Massage will not flatten the keloid but there is no reason you can't enjoy a massage if you have a keloid. Sometimes keloids are sensitive when pressure is applied so let your therapist know if that is so. ...Read more

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What's good to use on keloid scars on face?

What's good to use on keloid scars on face?

Not much: Topical silicone is about the only thing available. Coupled with a compression garment you might see some changes. Intralesional ( (injected into the scar) is is usually very good. Steroids, calcium channel blockers and some anti-cancer drugs will get a good response. See a plastic surgeon in your area for an evaluation ...Read more

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When should someone have a keloid scar removed?

When should someone have a keloid scar removed?

Location & Size: Depends on how much it is bothering you, pain, size, location (interfering with vision or hearing). Generally, it is a simple procedure to excise a keloid. The main risk is recurrence of the keloid. Compression therapy and/or steroid injections can help minimize the keloid. If the keloid is large I generally advise removing it and starting fresh. Good luck ...Read more

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How can you minimize the appearance of a keloid scar?

How can you minimize the appearance of a keloid scar?

Injections: Keloids can be reduced in thickness with injections of cortisone or other medications such as floururacil. ...Read more

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How can I get pain releif from scar tissue and keloids?

How can I get pain releif from scar tissue and keloids?

Injection, surgery: Many keloids respond to injections of an anti-inflammatory like triamcinolone. Others can be surgically removed by a qualified dermatologic or plastic surgeon. ...Read more

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Does silicone scar sheet cure keloids over a year old?

Does silicone scar sheet cure keloids over a year old?

Keloids: When a keloid forms the collagen is abnormally layed down causing the lesion to grow outside of the scar. Siilicone is good for fresh scars and hypertrophic scras however kenalog (triamcinolone) injections into the keloid is a good first round treatment option. This is routinely performed by plastic surgeons and dermatologist. ...Read more

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What home remedies I can use toget rid of keloids scars?

What home remedies I can use toget rid of keloids scars?

Scars & VitaminE: Life holds no guarantees as we know, but vitamin e oil placed directly on the scar regularly can help to fade or remove the scar. You can get a bottle of it in the drug store. It's inexpensive and worth a try; just be patient. ...Read more

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My keloid scar won't go away after 7 injections. What can I do?

My keloid scar won't go away after 7 injections. What can I do?

Surgery?: Some large or complex keloids need considerably more than 7 injections to resolve; but if your keloid is not budging, you might consider consulting a qualified dermatologic or plastic surgeon about the possibility of removing it surgically. ...Read more

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I've been experiencing itching on a scar. Are there other symptoms of keloids?

May not be a keloid: Not being able to examine your scar it is not possible to tell you if it is really a keloid. Itching can be pretty common in any scar as it heals, keloids too. The major symptom of a keloid is that it enlarges beyond the margins of the original injury. ...Read more

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How to get rid of keloid scars?

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. ...Read more

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Is there a way to get rid of keloid scars?

Is there a way to get rid of keloid scars?

Keloids.: Two options here. One would be steroid injections into the keloids, hoping they shrink over the long term. This is not always effective. Second, they can be cut out, but the problem would be that the healing from the resection of a keloid can, of course, produce another keloid. Discuss with Dermatologist, but may be wise to just leave them be. ...Read more

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Is there any way to remove a hypertrophic scar and a keloid?

Is there any way to remove a hypertrophic scar and a keloid?

More common in the: Black race; occasionally helped by steroid injections, but I see the ones that have failed, and those that have many. Removing the scar by a plastic/cosmetic surgeon followed by radiotherapy. Get the XRT consult and surgeon to discuss...Needs to happen same day as surgery. ...Read more

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How to remove a keloid scar bump?

Keloids.: Two options here. One would be steroid injections into the keloids, hoping they shrink over the long term. This is not always effective. Second, they can be cut out, but the problem would be that the healing from the resection of a keloid can, of course, produce another keloid. Discuss with Dermatologist, but may be wise to just leave them be. ...Read more

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How can I get rid of keloid scars?

How can I get rid of keloid scars?

Keloids.: Two options here. One would be steroid injections into the keloids, hoping they shrink over the long term. This is not always effective. Second, they can be cut out, but the problem would be that the healing from the resection of a keloid can, of course, produce another keloid. Discuss with Dermatologist, but may be wise to just leave them be. ...Read more

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How can I get rid of large keloid scars?

How can I get rid of large keloid scars?

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. ...Read more

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How can I prevent keloid scar recurrence?

How can I prevent keloid scar recurrence?

Difficult: It is difficult to prevent recurrence. Avoid pressure and trauma to area. ...Read more

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What can happen if you piercing a keloid scar?

What can happen if you piercing a keloid scar?

More Keloid!: I would not do it - could end up with an even bigger keloid! ...Read more

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What are natural ways to get rid of keloid scars?

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. ...Read more

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

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

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. ...Read more

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Has anyone used a compression healing for a keloid scar?

Yes: Compression earrings are often used alone or in combination with other modalities for the treatment of earlobe keloids. ...Read more

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Will silicone sheets work for keloid and hypertrophic scars?

Will silicone sheets work for keloid and hypertrophic scars?

Generally No: The data for silicone in scarring is very poor. It is mostly a waste of money. Fro some scars there are laser modalities that work well. ...Read more

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Help, how do I tell if I have a keloid or hypertrophic scar?

Help, how do I tell if I have a keloid or hypertrophic scar?

Depends upon growth: Both keloid and hypertrophic scars look the same under the microscope. They differ by their growth characteristics. A hypertrophic scar is a scar that is contained within the area of "injury" whereas a keloid scar grows beyond the original area of injury. Both are treated similarly. ...Read more

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Will microdermabrasion help remove an old small keloid scar?

Will microdermabrasion help remove an old small keloid scar?

Not really: Microdermal treatment is more superficial treatment of the skin. Keloid is a deeper scar. It needs much stronger treatment like laser/ BBL. Halo is combination ablation and BBL could work. ...Read more

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What does a hypertrophic scar look like compared to a keloid?

Scars: The simple difference is hypertrophic scar is thickened raised scar within the boundary of the scar. Keloid by definition is thickened raised scar grown beyond the boundary of the scar. ...Read more

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Can you get tattoes over surgical scars if they are not keloids?

Yes: After the scars have healed enough (ask your artist what they recommend), one can tattoo over the scar. Scars do not hold pigment as well as normal skin area so expect to need a touch-up or two before it looks perfect. ...Read more

Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Scars (Definition)

Scar = fibrous tissue that forms ...Read more