A keloid or keloid scar is a type of scar formation that can result in disfigurement of the skin and cause significant pain and discomfort. In some cases, keloids cover a large portion of the skin, which can result in an unattractive appearance and may even restrict movement of the body in the area. Keloid treatment is complex, as certain treatments may actually cause the scar to become worse, so it is important to work with a doctor who is experienced in treating keloid scars. In addition, if you have a history of developing keloid scars, you should take care when undergoing routine dermatological procedures, such as mole removal. With two offices located in Los Angeles, our dermatologists have been helping patients in the Marina Del Rey area treat keloid scars for several years. His deep understanding of this complex skin problem allows allow him to recommend the appropriate treatment options to his patients.
Keloid scars typically form at the site of an injury, near the location of the original scar; however, in some cases they can form without any known injury occurring. Keloids form as a result of an overproduction of collagen tissue at the site of a healed skin injury. Unlike other types of scars, keloid scars can extend beyond the location of the skin injury. Keloid scars can form in a variety of colors, from pink to flesh-colored or red to darker shades of brown. They can be shiny and fibrous in appearance or firm, rubbery, and smooth. Keloids can be painful and very itchy, and may even restrict movement if they grow to a certain size or occur in particular areas, such as across the joints.
Some people are much more likely to form keloids than others. The tendency to develop keloid scars appears to be genetic, and keloids are more likely to occur between the ages of 10 and 20. Doctors have also noted that they are more common in patients of African American, Hispanic, and Asian descent. Patients who have experienced a keloid growth in the past must take extra care as they are more likely to experience keloid scarring in the future. Keloid scars can form in keloid-prone people as a result of a simple scratch, acne, or piercing. In some cases, doctors will advise that such people refrain from getting piercings and not undergo elective surgeries (such as cosmetic mole removal) when possible.
Not all keloid scars require treatment. If the scar is not causing any physical discomfort and appears on a concealed area of the body, then treatment may not be needed or desired. In cases where the keloid is detracting from the person’s appearance, causing pain and discomfort, and/or restricting motion, our Board Certified Dermatologist may recommend a treatment to reduce the size and improve the appearance of the scar. Treatment must be undertaken cautiously – it is estimated that removal of a keloid will result in additional keloid scarring at least 50% of the time. In these cases, the resulting keloid scar may become worse than the original scar. At Marina Dermatology, we offer a number of keloid treatments to our patients, including laser therapy, surgical removal, radiation therapy, and steroid injections. After examining your keloid scar and reviewing your medical history, our Doctor will determine which treatment is likely to produce the best results and minimize any future occurrences of scarring.
If you require treatment of your keloid scars, please contact one of our LA offices today. Additionally, if you are aware of your tendency to develop keloids and need to undergo mole removal or another type of dermatological procedure, we encourage you to work with our Doctor, whose experience with keloids scars will increase the likelihood of a positive outcome.