Keloid Scar Removal
Keloid scars are a type of raised scar that can become overgrown and large in size. Any skin damage that results in scar tissue can keloid. A common keloid scar formation is on the ear or other piercings. Dr. John Anastasatos is an experienced plastic surgeon at Los Angeles Plastic Surgery who offers solutions for keloid scar removal at our clinic in Beverly Hills.
Keloid scars are different than atrophic or other types of hypertrophic scars, as they grow beyond the borders of the original wound. A keloid scar can grow wider, longer and protrude higher than other types of scars and could continue to grow. Some keloid scars from something as small as an ear piercing become oversized, and scar tissue can grow to the size of a baseball. If not treated, the keloid scar can become uncomfortable and create a deformity that impacts the person’s appearance.
What Causes Keloid Scars?
Keloid growths occur over the weeks and months after a wound occurs to the skin. It can be acne, a cut, a burn, tattoo or surgical incision, anything where the skin produces scar tissue to heal the wound. The scar tends to be red or flesh-colored, and it may be itchy or lumpy. The sign of a keloid scar is when it grows beyond the site of the original wound.
About 10% of the population can form keloid scars. High-risk factors include darker-skin ethnicities, and people of African, Latino and Asian descent are more likely to be affected by keloids. Those under 30 years of age and women who are pregnant are also at a higher risk.
Keloid scars are benign growths, but they can be itchy and uncomfortable. Some keloids can grow very large and may restrict movement or rub against clothing. However, the biggest concern for most people with keloids is cosmetic. The growths can be unattractive and may appear on the face, ears or other visible area of the body.
Treatments for Keloids
When possible, treating keloids with non-invasive methods are recommended. Certain topical medications, injections, silicone sheets and laser therapy can be beneficial for some smaller keloids. At the first sign of a keloid scar, seeking treatment may help slow the growth and minimize the size. For larger keloids, surgery may be required to remove the growth.
Keloid scar removal with surgery is complex. While the growth can be removed, there is a chance the incision used to remove the tissue will stimulate the growth of another keloid. Combining steroid injections with surgical removal can be beneficial to minimize the risk of another keloid forming after keloid surgery.
Plastic Surgery for Keloid Scar Treatment
Dr. Anastasatos has decades of experience as a plastic surgeon, putting the health and aesthetic concerns of his patients as top priorities. When removing keloid scars, Dr. Anastasatos will consider the best methods to reduce scarring and limit the possibility of subsequent keloid formations. By using specialized surgical techniques and combining other therapies, he can minimize the risk of new keloid scarring.
The best outcomes for keloid scar treatment occur when treated in the early stages. Once a keloid is identified, receiving treatment can reduce the chance of a larger growth. When non-invasive treatments are ineffective, surgical removal may be an option to relieve the discomfort and aesthetic issues that often accompany these larger scar tissue growths.
If you have a keloid scar and want to explore treatment or removal options, contact us at Los Angeles Plastic Surgery in Beverly Hills. We will schedule a personal consultation with Dr. Anastasatos to discuss the various keloid scar treatments available, including plastic surgery for removal.