Keloids are a type of raised scar than grow to become larger than the original injury. While in most cases they are not painful, nor do they pose medical problems, their unsightly appearance usually prompts patients to choose their removal. The difficulty with removing a scar is, of course, not creating more of a scar from the repair. This requires special surgical techniques that only an extensively trained specialist is likely to possess.
Keloids tend to be genetic, as they can be passed down through families and rarely develop in light-colored skin. Many experts believe that keloids are linked to dark skin pigmentation genes. While keloids do not cause cancer or present medical issues, they can become irritated and painful when clothing rubs over them repeatedly. Dr. Eric Cerrati is a fellowship trained, double board certified facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon with the knowledge and skill to perform successful removal of keloid scars.
Professional and Experienced Keloid Scar Treatment
Treatment for keloid scars differ and depend on the type and location of the scar formation. Cryotherapy is a treatment that freezes keloids, and they simply fall away. This often works well for smaller keloids. Corticosteroid injections have proven to work well at treating and eliminating keloids and are sometimes used after cryotherapy.
Larger keloids usually require surgery for removal. This also raises the risk of another keloid formation, so advanced surgical techniques are used, as well as treating the keloid site after surgery. Corticosteroids and other medications are often used to prevent the regrowth of keloids after removal. Wrapping the keloid site with a bandage for a period of time after surgery can also prevent the reappearance of keloid scars.
If you require the removal of keloid scars, contact the South Jordan or Salt Lake City offices of Dr. Eric Cerrati to schedule a keloid scar consultation.