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What Happens If You Pick A Keloid
Yes: Surgical removal of a keloid is associated with a very high recurrence rate. However, when you combine surgery with other treatments, success rates are higher. Sometimes, you can combine excision with steroid injections or external beam radiation and have much higher rates of success. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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. Keloids are irregularly shaped and tend to enlarge progressively. Unlike scars, keloids do not subside over time. ...Read more
Scar Massage: Massage can never hurt a keloid, but may not do much either. However, massage can help an hypertrophic scar. The difference between a keloid and a hypertrophic scar is that a keloid is a tumor of collagen which is much larger than the original injury site. A hypertrophic scar is a thickened scar along an incision line. See a derm or facial plastic surgeon for the best treatment for you. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Varies: It is difficult to remove a keloid surgically because it can grow back , or grow back larger than before. Keloids can be reduced in size by freezing , injections or lasr. In some keloids a combination of treatments are used with or without pressure to flatten the keloid and decrease the pain. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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