One result of skin injuries is tough scarred tissue. This condition may be treated in a variety of ways, such as applying silicone pads, pressure dressings, or injections to the affected area. However, large or especially severe keloids may require surgical removal or laser treatment.
What is it?
Keloid and scar treatment is the process by which large amounts of scar tissue are removed from the body. Keloids, excessive scarred tissue growths, are usually not harmful to one’s body and are elected to be removed for cosmetic purposes. Treatments can be non-operative like using injections, silicone gel pads, or moisturizing oils. Additional treatments may consist of tissue freezing, laser treatments, radiation, or surgical removal.
What should I do to prepare?
For keloid and scar treatment, a patient should speak to his or her doctor, about all the options for removal. There are many options, so it is important that the patient finds the appropriate method for his or her needs. If surgical removal is decided upon, there is additional preparation
What happens during the process?
For injection treatment, the corticosteroid is injected directly into the tissue 3 to 4 times. Each injection is performed one month apart. For larger keloids requiring surgery, the surgeon may use a scalpel, electrical knife, or laser to remove the scar tissue. The surgery would require general anesthesia to relax the patient and ease the pain.
What are the risks and potential complications?
There are relatively few side effects of keloid and scar treatments. Potential side effects include:
- Reoccurrence of keloid/scar
- Increased scarring
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