Keloid Treatment for Scars

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Keloid treatment refers to the treatment of a specific type of scar. Keloid scars are unique and common. They require special treatment if you do not want to have an ugly, large scar to remind you of your injury forever.

 

Understanding the nature of the scar is the first step in making sure that the scar is minimized and as small as possible. Wound treatment is very important for this fact. However, keloid treatment after the wound is closed is necessary for proper scar healing to minimize the appearance of the scar. There are many types of keloid treatment, ranging in price and effectiveness, as well as how extensive the scarring really is.

 

Causes of Keloid Scars

 

Keloid scars are essentially scars that don’t know when to stop. It is a type of scar that the scar tissue continues to build up rather aggressively. It is as if the scar does not realize it is done healing, and continues to build up scar tissue. Unlike typical scars, without keloid treatment the scars will not go away with time. They are usually pink or red and look angry and raised up on the skin.

 

Doctors are unsure of what actually causes keloids in some people. Not everyone will develop a keloid scar, even when placed in the exact same situation. However, it is clear that keloid scars are more likely to appear on the earlobes, back, shoulders, and chest. Most typically these scars come up immediately following an injury or surgery. However, they can also be caused by a minor inflammation such as a pimple that has popped. Keloids can also be caused by burns or piercings.

 

Non Invasive Keloid Treatment

 

There are not very many non invasive keloid treatment options. In fact, there is only one proven treatment method that is non invasive, and one other that is currently undergoing clinical trials. The primary method by which keloid scars are treated is with silicone gel strips. The scar gel is applied using a thin silicone sheet that also protects the area while the healing takes place. The strip must be worn for several hours a day for weeks, or more typically, months. Results vary, as these strips do not tend to work for everyone in the same way. However, if you stick with it and use them long enough you should see at least some improvement over time.

 

The newer treatment that is being currently tested is a topical agent called imiquimod, which stimulates the body to produce interferon. Interferon is a natural protein that the body’s immune system produces. It has been shown that interferon will help to reduce the inflammation and size of keltoid scars, but more research is needed before similar claims are made for the topical agent.

 

Other Treatment Options

 

In many instances, topical non invasive treatments are not enough to bring down the keltoid scars to a level that the patient can be happy with. In these cases, more invasive treatment may be warranted.

 

  • Cortisone injections
  • Laser therapy
  • Cryotherapy
  • Interferon injections
  • Surgery
  • Fluorouracil injections
  • Radiation

 

By far the least invasive of these and the most used by doctors are cortisone injections. These can be used in conjunction with the silicone strips mentioned earlier. This combination of keloid treatment can greatly reduce the keloid scars rather quickly, stopping their aggression and actually reversing time with the scarring.

 

Laser therapy is a very effective method for removing keloid scars as well. However, it usually takes several treatments and it can be very costly for just one treatment. Most insurance will not pay for laser therapy to remove a scar, even painful, sensitive and itchy ones like keloids.

 

The other keloid treatments on this list are increasingly invasive and have increasing risks to your health. Surgery holds an additional risk, in that cutting out the keloid may only leave a new or worse keloid in its place. The other methods are shown to be highly effective, if a bit drastic. However, if your scar is really bothering you or is in a severe place, these more invasive treatments may be an option for you.

 

Choosing the Right Keloid Treatment for You

 

The first step in getting the right keloid treatment is to talk to your doctor. Set up a treatment plan and a failsafe plan with your doctor to rid yourself of the ugliness and annoyance of keloid scars. Your doctor will likely suggest that you try the silicone gel strips first.

 

However, some doctors are also using a cream for scars that is proving to be just as effective as the silicone strips. Your doctor should monitor your progress over several months. If no improvement is seen after an extensive period of time, other treatment options or your failsafe treatment plan may be used to alleviate the keloid scarring.

 

While your doctor can give you a list of brands and active ingredients that will help your keloid scars, only you can make the decision as to which ones you will try. You should do a lot of research into the different brands.

 

You don’t want to spend more than you have to, but at the same time you want to buy the right product that will actually achieve results. You can research brands and products online by visiting their websites. Any product that is worth trying will offer a list of active ingredients along with claims of what that ingredient does to treat the keloid scars.

 

Another way you can do research is to look at scar cream reviews. These reviews will give you a fairly good idea of whether or not this product will actually help your scarring. Look for reviews by people who have had the same type of scarring you have, and you can probably expect similar results. You should look at more than one review, however, because some reviews may be paid for and biased. You should also look for reviews that are on sites that review more than one keloid treatment.

 

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