Keloid scars are thick, puckered, itchy clusters of scar tissue that deveop on the edges of a wound or incision. This skin condition seldom regresses. Keloid scars are sometimes very nodular in nature. They are often darker in color than surrounding skin. Keloid scars occur when the body continues to produce tough, fibrous protein (known as collagen) after a wound has healed.
Keloid scars can appear anywhere on the body, but most commonly occur over the breastbone, on earlobes and on shoulders. Keloid scars frequently occur in people with dark skin, such as individuals of Asian, African or Middle-Eastern descent. A person’s tendency to develop keloid scars does lessen with age. However, one of the most troublesome aspects of keloid scars is their tendency to recur, sometimes requiring repeated treatment.
Keloid scars appear after the healing process leaves a flat scar from injuries. Sometimes the scar is hypertrophic or thickened. It is confined to the margin of the wound. Hypertrophic scars are red and may subside by themselves. Treatments for hypertrophic scars include injections of cortisone which can speed up the process.
Keloids, on the other hand, may develop sometime after the injury and extend beyond the wound site. This tendency to migrate into surrounding areas that weren’t injured originally distinguishes keloids from hypertrophic scars. Keloids typically appear following surgery or injury, but they can also appear spontaneously or as a result of some slight inflammation, such as an acne pimple on the chest (even one that wasn’t scratched or otherwise irritated). Other minor injuries that can trigger keloids are burns and piercings.
People who are vulnerable to developing keloid scars should avoid cosmetic surgery. When surgery is necessary, doctors can take special precautions to minimize the formation of keloids at the site of the incision. Examples of techniques that might be used to minimize keloid formation include covering the healing wound with hypoallergenic paper tape for several weeks after surgery, covering the wound with small sheets made of a silicone gel after the surgery, or using corticosteroid injections or radiation treatments at the site of the surgical wound at the beginning of the healing period.
There is no single treatment available for keloid scars and most treatment results are not always satisfying. And while surgery may not be able to remove a keloid scar permanently you may want to use a keloid scar removal cream or gel. There are many different keloid treatments on the market and finding one that will work effectively on keloids, along with all other scars is important. Because not all scars are the same we may not want to spend a lot of money on a lot of different scar removal products. To help avoid spending a lot of money on different keloid scar removal products for each type of scar you want to find a keloid scar treatment that will effectively on all types of scars including Keloid scars.
Studies have shown that using a keloid treatment that contains 100% medical grade silicone may be more effective at reducing the appearance of a keloid scar and all other types of scars without any known side effects. If you use a scar removal gel and find that your keloid scar has reduced in size you do not have continue using the scar removal product. If you find that your keloid scar starts to return you just need to restart using your scar removal serum and watch it reduce in size.