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Who Is a Candidate for Keloid Treatment?
Candidates for keloid treatment must be in good general health and willing to adhere to all pre-and post-treatment instructions. Patients who smoke must be prepared to abstain before, during, and after their procedure, as directed by Dr. Sanan or Dr. Emer.
Candidates must have an accurate understanding of what can and cannot be achieved with keloid treatments based on information given to them during their consultation with Dr. Sanan or Dr. Emer. Our doctors strive to provide the best keloid treatment in Beverly Hills, but there is no way to restore the skin to exactly the way it looked before the injury or to guarantee that a keloid does not return.
Why Do I Have Keloids?
Keloid scars are a product of an exaggerated wound-healing response, in which the body does not stop producing collagen or forming scar tissue even after an injury has healed. Excessive collagen production eventually causes a protrusion from the original site of the wound, creating a keloid scar.
There is no definitive answer to why a particular person develops keloid scars and others do not. However, a few factors have been linked to higher risk for keloids, including:
- Family history of keloids – Genetics seem to play a role in predisposing patients to keloids.
- Personal history of keloids – Patients who develop a keloid after an injury will most likely develop keloids if injured in the future.
- Skin color – Keloids are more prevalent among patients with darker skin tones.
How Can I Get Rid of Keloids?
Like every type of scar, it is not possible to erase all evidence of a keloid. However, there are procedures that can make keloids much less noticeable. Laser treatments, steroid injections, and/or surgical removal can be remarkably effective keloid treatments when performed by qualified providers like Dr. Emer and Dr. Sanan.
Keloid scars must be treated differently than other kinds of scars. Since patients who have a keloid scar are prone to subsequent keloid scars, there is increased potential for treatment to worsen, rather than improve, the appearance of the scar.
Dr. Emer and Dr. Sanan carefully plan each patient’s treatment to reduce the risk of new keloid development. They also provide complete aftercare instructions, so patients can support the healing process and avoid compromising their results.
Laser Skin Resurfacing for Keloids
With over 30 lasers to choose from, Dr. Emer can often provide minimally invasive keloid treatments using this approach. Laser devices emit concentrated beams of light energy that work to clear the outer layer of skin cells from the treatment site. It will take five to ten days for the area to heal, but no downtime is needed.
Laser skin resurfacing can be ideal for addressing discoloration and can also provide improvements in skin texture. Laser treatments can be paired with steroid injections to help prevent keloid recurrence.
Multiple laser treatment sessions may be recommended. Dr. Emer will determine the number of sessions needed to resolve your concerns based on your skin type, the severity of the keloid, and your aesthetic goals.
Steroid Injections for Keloids
Steroid shots are frequently used in conjunction with surgical keloid removal and laser skin resurfacing, but these injections can also work as a stand-alone keloid treatment. Some keloids flatten, soften, and/or shrink considerably after a series of monthly corticosteroid injections into the scar tissue.
Steroid medications also provide relief from uncomfortable physical sensations like itching and burning, which are often associated with keloids.
Keloid Removal Surgery
Dr. Sanan performs scar revision surgery for many types of scars on the face and neck, and the process is similar for keloid removal. First, the patient will be given anesthesia. Then, Dr. Sanan can surgically remove the excess tissue to flatten the scar.
He then uses advanced suturing techniques to close the skin. Layered sutures are often required to encourage optimal healing and minimize post-surgery marks.
Keloid scar removal recovery does not require downtime, but it is essential that you clean the treatment site as directed by Dr. Sanan. Patients can resume light to moderate activities right away and strenuous activities within two weeks.
You will have a scar after this procedure, but it will be flat and small compared to the keloid. Dr. Sanan typically performs steroid injections after keloid removal to reduce the risk of excess scar tissue growth.
How Much Does Keloid Treatment Cost?
Keloid treatments differ in price based on the specific procedure(s) required to revise the scar. Complete cost details for your keloid scar treatment will be determined and reviewed with you during your consultation.