Can Keloids Be Cured?
Many individuals suffer from unsightly and often painful keloid scarring. You don’t have to live out your life being embarrassed by these scars. You can easily regain your confidence, and these scars do not have to be permanent since keloid removal treatment is now possible.
Let’s find out how.
What Are Keloids?
Keloids are a different version of scars. Scars are usually the healing attempt of body at the area of injury by replacing the damaged tissue with collagen. When this collagen production becomes in excess in quantity and the scar becomes thick, it’s called a hypertrophic scar. The hypertrophic scar still remains within the boundary of the original injury. When this collagen production extends way beyond original wound, you get collagen excess in normal tissue, which is called a keloid. Keloids are an inherent defect in the body’s healing process. The exact cause of it is still unknown as the genes controlling collagen production during the healing have a defect. Keloids are more common in dark-skinned individuals.
Though the basic gene defect is still unknown, although the trigger factors and aggravating factors that make the keloid worse are:
- Excess hair in and around wound/ keloid
- Oily skin and pimple prone skin
- Recurrent infections and abscesses
- Tension on a wound like wound on shoulder or knees
Who Gets A Keloid?
Someone who has a keloidal tendency, not all the wounds in them become keloids. It is observed that only uncared wounds and delayed healing leads to keloid. So any injury in keloid prone patients will need an immediate treatment action and very good wound care. So prevention is much better than treatment in the case of a keloid.
Keloid Removal With Laser Treatments
Keloids can be treated, so it is not a condition you have to continue living with. The treatment involves superficial radiation and is incredibly effective in removing keloid scars. Keloid removal with ultra pulse SCAAR FX and Enerjet JVR has a success rate that is over 90%. Previously, removing keloids did require surgery but the problem was that the keloids often grew back. With surgical removal, the keloids grew back in 90% of the cases. That number drastically drops with superficial radiation therapy, as less than 10% of the keloids grow back.
Can Keloid Come Back After Treatment?
Almost all keloids grow back despite treating them with multiple treatment modalities. Silicone gel sheets, pressure garments have been used to prevent them from coming back but they have their own limitations. Injection of steroids decreases the size of keloids, however, they cannot be given in large areas and have side effects. They also tend to cause infection in keloids which in turn increase them further. However, with newer technologies like Ultrapulse SCAAR FX, Dermatransport and Enerjet JVR, keloids can be treated successfully and with least chances of recurrence. Tailored protocols with a combination of above modalities will reduce the size; improve the colour and texture of keloids.
As a leader in clinical keloid research treatments for keloids, Dr. Dhepe is challenging standard approaches to many types of keloids. He has introduced treatments that not only achieve excellent results, but most importantly, do not cause harm, and do not put patients at risk of worsening of their keloids.
If you suffer from keloid – if your keloids have gotten worse despite treatments or after surgery – or if your doctor cannot think of an effective treatment for you-you need to know that there is hope, and there is someone here who has helped many other keloid sufferers like you.