Keloid Scar Treatments

Keloids should not be confused with other scars. No one understands why keloids show up, some are prone and quite a few are troubled by keloids in isolated cases. Being such a strange kind of scar, we need to know a lot more to understand how we can treat it.Keloids are solid and tough wounds or glossy and fibrous bumps that can vary from pink to flesh colored or a reddish to a dark brown color. The color and texture depends on the individuals skin type. The scars are benign and are not contagious but they can cause severe itchiness. In addition they can cause sharps pains and sometimes make the skin to stiffen. A natural treatment for keloid scar removal will definitely stop the occasional itching, regulate dermal fibroblast proliferation and excess collagen. Therefore, helps to prevent keloids and reduces keloid scarring. A natural product with organic ingredients acts as a potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory that regulates blood vessel formation and oxygenation of the skin is what's needed to avoid keloids. Such treatment should be made with Helix Aspersa Muller Glycoconjugates and two botanical ingredients that help to prevent the formation of keloid scars and stop itching. It also helps softening old surgical scars on coarse dry skin.There are also keloids that appear on the earlobe that deserve special consideration given that they are so rare and with a thorough and aggressive therapy, using multiple treatment modalities, they rarely reappear. The use of a natural skin care treatment aids the skin to remove the scar that is typically so difficult to remove. Some studies have shown that earlobe keloids have a tendency to grow back 14% of the time after surgery, while treated with steroids the chances diminish to between 1% and 3%. There are many reasons why the scars can be removed successfully with surgery and the right treatment with a lotion based on natural ingredients can give the same results without the same consequences. These types of lesions on the skin, when they happen for the first time, tend to be isolated which makes keloid scar removal easier from the dermis and the adjacent epidermis in almost every case presented. Treatment for Keloid Scarring

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Is there any treatment to remove a keloid scar?
    I have this ugly keloid scar on my arm from a cigarette burn. Is there any kind of treatment that would remove it, or at least make it smaller?

    • ANSWER:
      If the injury is serious and the scar is deep, the scars are sure to be left. You shall only to control the infection and take the cosmetology means to reduce the scar.

      Five methods to reduce the scars:1. Massage method; 2. Ginger friction method: 3. Vitamin E smear method;4. Vitamin C smear method:5. Lavender essential oil smear method

  2. QUESTION:
    Where can I find Silicon Gel Sheets to help in the treatment of a keloid scar?
    Ive been wanting to try silicon sheets to help reduce the size of a keloid scar. Are these available at any pharmacy, medical store? Or are they by prescription only.

    • ANSWER:
      Silicone scar sheets are over-the-counter and readily available. Be prepared for the cost, though. A quick search at Drugstore.com turned up the following choices:
      - 28 Neosporin Scar Solution 1.5" x 2.75" sheets, billed as a 12-week supply, .99
      - 1 ScarFx 1.5"x3" sheet, billed as reusable, .99

      Curad makes a non-silicone scar sheet from polyurethane that's less expensive (21 pads for .99) you may also want to consider.

  3. QUESTION:
    What is the best way to remove a keloid scar?
    I've had this keloid scar on my ear for about 8 years, I put treatment aside because I didnt have the money & had more important things to worry about. Anyways, what would be the best way to remove it? Surgery, lazer, shots, pressure earing, etc...it's about the size of a pencil eraser, pretty small but very self conscience about it =/ anything would help! thank you

    • ANSWER:
      Unfortunately there really is no possible way to remove a keloid, unless you get surgery. To at least flatten them, you might want to consult your dermatologist about cortisone steroid injections(suggestion) or if you consider surgery. With the surgery comes the healing process. If you find that you dont heal as normally as other people, don't get surgery.... I myself have thought about surgery but in the long run, its not worth getting any other keloids. i hope this answer helped you and contributed to your questioin :-)

  4. QUESTION:
    What is a home remedy I can use to reduce the appearance of redness and swelling from keloid scars?
    I have have keloid scarring, and I am getting treated for them but the treatments I get make the scars really red. Is there anyway I can treat this at home??

    • ANSWER:
      There's tons of gels and creams out there...but I have a hypertrophic scar on my belly (c-section done vertical) that my dermatologist injected with cortisone to reduce the redness, itching and to soften it up. The cortisone also stopped it from growing. It's 7 inches long and a half inch wide....it was really important to me for it to stop growing more scar tissue.

      He didn't recommend anything else and actually told me not to waste my money on topical creams. I also had a keloid scar on another area that I had removed by another derm doc...same issue...no topical treatment really helped. You really should rely on the info from a dermatologist. Good luck.

  5. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know a good treatment for keloid scars?
    I have a keloid scar across my chest, and I'm trying to find a good over the counter treatment for it. Anyone have any suggestions or has anything worked good for anyone?

    • ANSWER:
      try silicone scar sheets

  6. QUESTION:
    How can you make keloid scars go away?
    I have keloid scars that have been there for over five years and they've just started to bother me. How can I make them go awary or become less noticable without surgery?

    • ANSWER:
      Once the scar has formed, treatment options include surgery, steroid injections, pressure therapy and more recently laser therapy. Silicon gel sheeting may help reduce the elevation of the Keloid.
      Keloids may grow flatter over time without treatment, but do not usually disappear completely. When patients with a tendency to form Keloids consider surgery, it is important that precautions are taken to minimise more trauma to the skin and further Keloid formation.

      Vits/mins/herbs
      - Vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, zinc, selenium and the amino acid glutamine are classed as antioxidant nutrients. Low levels of antioxidants play a significant role in delaying wound healing. Supplementing with these nutrients may help to improve recovery time and discourage the development of Keloid Scars.
      - Vitamin E may be the most important nutrient to consider for Keloid Scars. Vitamin E, when taken internally and applied externally helps to improve the appearance of Keloid Scars.
      - Bioflavonoids are derived from citrus fruits. Studies show that these nutrients help to accelerate the healing of wounds.
      - Carnitine is an amino acid which may help to improve the healing of wounds and prevent Keloid Scars.
      - Manganese, magnesium and vitamin B5 are nutrients that play a role in wound healing. These supplements may help to prevent the formation of Keloid Scars.
      - Zinc is a mineral which is important for the immune system and for wound healing. This mineral can be taken internally and applied externally to Keloid Scars in the form of a cream or tape.

      * Kelo-cote® is a patented topical silicone gel for the management and prevention of abnormal scars in the form of hypertrophic scars and keloids.

      Silicone is the clinical gold standard for scar treatment and scar prevention having demonstrated clinical efficacy over all other forms of topical treatments and is recommended by the “International Advisory Panel on Scar Management” as the first line therapy for these types of scars.

  7. QUESTION:
    ways to get rid of discoloration of a couple small flat keloid scars?
    Ive had keloid scars for a while and ive got injections and now there flat and also two laser treatments for the redness and they worked pretty well for the redness(discoloration)but is there any home remedies to help get rid of the discoloration of my keloids.

    • ANSWER:
      dunno if it will help you or not, but its worth a try. i have a keloid on my industrial piercing, and today i heard that by crushing a few (i used 2) aspirins, and putting very little water in it to make it a thick paste, and putting it over the keloid, let it dry, and wash it off after it dries, then it should help the keloid. and i have to say, i have only used it once (heard only use it once or twice a day) the color is a little better. im gonna try it again later tonight, but maybe it will help with yours. it def. helped with the color of mine.

  8. QUESTION:
    Any treatment available for mature keloid scars, that actually work?
    I've had a big keloid scar from the BCG vaccine for over fifteen years. The size and that it's raised isn't what bothers me so much, it's bright pink and very noticeable.

    I've heard laser, collagen injections, microdermabrasion and silicone sheets all help but I also hear they dont last.

    I don't have very much money and wouldn't like to invest in something that wont work..

    If anyone has done treatments or whatever, any input is appreciated..

    • ANSWER:
      I had a small keloid on my chest from a bug bite, and one bigger one on my ear from a cartilage piercing. I had to have the one on my ear surgically removed, and the other I went with steroid injections. It has been one week and the one that has been removed looks good so far, and the one one my chest has already went down some in size.

      I am following up with more injections on both sites for the next couple months.

      If you have a big keloid, I would suggest having it surgically removed coupling it with silicone sheets or injections. If that is too pricey, I would go with a series of injections because that would be cheaper. The injections are pretty painful, but worth it if you are sick of seeing it.

  9. QUESTION:
    How to remove a keloid scar?
    I have a keloid scar on my left shoulder resulting from a injection when I was 5 (I am now 16) and am looking for ways to help remove the keloid. Any suggestions? I am currently considering Mederma

    • ANSWER:
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keloid
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hypertrophic_scars

      If it is truly a keloid and not a hypertrophic scar, then surgery to remove it may not be the best option, since if you are prone to keloids from wounds, then surgery may cause fresh keloids, and they may end up larger than before. But if you go for surgery, combine it with the other treatments. And that goes for any surgery or other breaking of the skin (injections, piercings, etc).

      Mederma might help if you are not allergic to onions:
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mederma

      Contractubex Gel & Hexilak Gel contain the same active ingredient as Mederma.

      Scar dressings and/or compression bandages may help reduce the presence over time, though they can cause itching and irritation. There are products which contain mucin or other snail extracts which may help. Small ones can be frozen off. Radiation therapy, laser therapy, and new autoimmune drugs may help too.

      There are a number of options, so I would talk to a dermatologist.

  10. QUESTION:
    has anyone heard about hydrogen peroxide & baking soda as treatment for keloid scars?
    I've read from this keloid-scar site that hydrogen peroxide-baking soda paste can help soften & improve the appearance of keloids.Has anyone tied it? how long should I let it stay on my scar? should I wash it off right away after application or should I let it stay overnight?

    • ANSWER:
      One of my friends has tried this with absolutely no results at all.

      I wouldn't recommend it based on this, however its up to you if you want to try, and good luck on the results.

      All the best.

  11. QUESTION:
    What is the best method of hair removal if you have dark thick hair?
    I don't have a lot of money to spend and laser treatments are not an option because I get keloid scarring. I have heard electrolysis is an option, but very expensive. I have tried depilatory creams but they don't work at all. Shaving only lasts for about a day and then I end up with stubble. Its a bit better when I have a new sharp razor and I moisturize right away but nothing seems to work for more than a couple of days (and it grows back darker and thicker). Any suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      Waxing has been my best bet all these years. Like you, I have dark thick hair that starts to grow back the next day after shaving. At least with waxing, it lasts 2 weeks for me. I go to a school to get it done... for each leg.

  12. QUESTION:
    What is the best scar treatment?
    I have a keloid scar on my forehead. I have heard about laser removal, microderm abrasion and steroid injections. Also, I dont have medical insurance for a few months, do I have to have it to go to a plastic surgeon?

    • ANSWER:
      Surgery is one option, the most expensive one.

      Other invasive options are injected steroids, radiotherapy, cryotherapy, laser therapy or dermal abrasion. You should ask your dermatologist which one would be best in your particular case.

      Before you choose one of these options you should consider something less invasive (and cheaper), e.g. silicone sheeting or a silicone gel since these are the only products with clinical evidence backing them.

  13. QUESTION:
    Are there any non-surgical treatment for keloids or scars?
    Sometimes surgery causes keloids /scars to worsen. Any noninvasive treatment for removal?

    • ANSWER:
      There are 3 noted treatments for keloid removal. Often, they are treated when health care professionals inject steroid to reduce characteristics such as redness of the skin, itching, and burning. Shrinking of the scar is hoped for in some cases. This is the non-surgical treatment.

      However, the surgical removal of a keloid is used if there is no chance for a steroid treatment. The tissue of the scar will be cut out and the wound stitched with a single or multiple layers of stitches to close the wound. This is usually done as an outpatient procedure and can be performed under local anesthetics. You will be back to work within a day or two and the stitches are removed after a few days.

      The last approach in removing a rasied scar is by using both or a mixture of surgical and steroid injections. First, a surgery or removal of the tissue is done with a couple of steroid injections and another set of steroid injections after three to four weeks. Radiation is also used to interfere with the collagen production. This approach is more effective. But, radiotherapy and steroid both have side effects, so you need to discuss this with your doctor. It is also effective to get a second opinion before proceeding with this treatment.

      Whatever approach you take, keloids have a stubborn habit of recurring, and to make it worse, become larger than before. The most used and offered removal is by steroid injection, direct application of steroids during surgery, or by radiation therapy. Sometimes, you may be asked to wear a pressure garment within the area as long as a year. Even with these precautions, this type of scar may reappear, requiring a repetition of procedures after every few years

  14. QUESTION:
    How can i get rid of a keloid?
    Its keloid scarring.
    I peirced my ear by my self :( i know it was stupid. lol. i took the earring out because it cause dme pain.
    and the back of my ear has a bump. a hard bump. it sticks it out and its pinkish D:

    How can i get rid of it?

    • ANSWER:
      You need to go to a dermatologist, specifically one that has had experience treating keloids. Sadly there really doesn't seem to be much that is known about keloids but what I do know is that treatment efficacy depends on the individual.

      I've had two keloids grow from a professionally done piercing after having no reaction for over 3 years. I had both surgically excised, one never came back, the other has recurred for the last 6 years.

      Surgical excision should be your last resort because a keloid is scar tissue that doesn't know when to stop developing. If you excise that may cause the keloid to come back even larger and with a vengence. Look into steroid treatment (kenalog), cryotherapy or pressure therapy. I've even done a combination of all of the above. I had a subsequent keloid excised, then immediately received a series of steroid treatment. Then I wore my pressure earring for about a year.

      When ever I feel a change to that area of my ear I wear the earring every night for a few months until it flattens once again.

      I wish you luck.

  15. QUESTION:
    Can i still get a boob job if i have keloid scars?
    I have a keloid scar in the center of my chest from chicken pox since i was 5, I also have one on my belly butten from having it peirced. Is it to riskey to get a boob job? Is that just the way in going to scar for the rest of my life?? and does anyone know if there is any treatment for them yet.

    • ANSWER:
      if you're prone to keloid scarring, chances are pretty good that you'd get a nasty puffy scar from surgery as well. you can have surgery or laser treatments on the keloids, however there's about a 50% chance of them coming back anyway.

      i'd avoid the completely unecessary surgery if i were you. if you're unhappy with your appearance now, how pleased are you going to be with 2 ginormous keloids running across your chest?

  16. QUESTION:
    Which brand of Vitamin E oil is good for keloid?
    I heard some people said Vitamin E oil might helps with flatten keloid scar, I was wondering which brand is good? Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Kennedy,
      Vitamin E (tocopherol) is a lipid-soluble antioxidant with multiple biological effects. . In addition, vitamin E (tocopherol) also alters collagen. Only anecdotal reports have shown that vitamin E speeds wound healing and improves the cosmetic appearance of scars.
      When vitamin E has been used in combination with other treatments for scars, such as silicone gel sheets, it has been demonstrated in a prospective randomized clinical trial to improve preexisting hypertrophic scars by 50% in 95% of the patients, compared with 50% improvement in 75% of the patients treated with silicon sheets alone after 2 months of treatment However, topical vitamin E has been consistently associated with the development of contact dermatitis.

      In a prospective, double-blinded, randomized clinical trial doctors applied a combination of Aquaphor with the content of 2 d-alpha-tocopherol oral vitamin supplement capsules, added at a concentration of 320 IU/g, versus Aquaphor alone to postsurgical wounds and reported no benefit to the cosmetic outcome of scars treated with vitamin E. In addition, in 90% of the cases, vitamin E had either no effect on, or worsened, the appearance of the scars.
      In a prospective, double-blinded, randomized clinical trial it was reported no beneficial effect of either vitamin E or topical steroids when both treatments were applied post grafting procedures for reconstruction for postburn contractures.
      Final resort may be plastic surgery.

  17. QUESTION:
    What methods have worked for you on getting rid of keloid scars?
    I have them on the backs of my ears, really hate them. Silicone worked on one but the other seems to have been irritated by getting messed with and I think is growing on the front. Help!!
    What could a white spot on the front be? Is it another keloid growing? Is it infection under the skin? How can I get infection out when the scar is closed?
    So..just any tips on keloids. Your stories and experiences.
    How can I not make them any worse, but better??

    • ANSWER:
      A keloid scar forms when fibroblasts (one of the types of cells involved in the healing of wounds) are too stupid to know when to stop laying down collagen and thus form, and continue to form, masses of scar tissue in a process known as keloiding. A keloid, by definition, travels outside the lines of the original scar. Keloids are benign tumors that most commonly affect people with darker complexions, such as individuals of African, Asian, and Polynesian descent. That's not to say keloid scarring doesn't occur in whites; it's just less common. Keloid scars affect both sexes equally and are most prevalent in younger people below the age of about thirty.

      While a keloid is most likely to show up on places of the body like the ears, chest, shoulders, and neck, they're really not all that picky and can show up virtually anywhere. Usually they rear their ugly heads at the sites of burns, scratches, lacerations, pimples, chicken pox, piercings, surgical scars, or basically any other type of wound you can imagine. They have even been reported to show up for no discernible reason at all. No matter where they show up, though, one thing is certain: you don't want them there. Besides all of the obvious "medical" reasons for wanting to get rid of keloid scars (see left), they have a tendency to be quite large and obvious and so make people feel self-conscious. So, in this article I'm gonna go over some of the most common and effective keloid scar removal techniques as well as a few highly effective products for keloid scar treatment.

      Good luck!

  18. QUESTION:
    What is the most up-to-date form of effective treatment available for keloid scars?
    Pale reddish, swollen & at times itchy. Started as tiny pimples. Have grown larger over the years. Have tried various types of treatment (silicone sheet, Hansaplast scar tape, scar cream & gel and even injections by skin specialists), but none works.

    • ANSWER:
      There's an excellent and current review of Keloid Scar management at
      http://www.emedicine.com/derm/topic205.htm#section~treatment
      It states: "Recent innovations: New treatments for keloids and hypertrophic scars include intralesional interferon, verapamil, bleomycin, 5-fluorouracil (5-FU), retinoic acid, imiquimod, tacrolimus, and botulinum toxin."

      There is a new Clinical Trial for testing "the effectiveness of high dose UVB light therapy" in Michigan - http://www.clinicaltrials.gov/ct/show/NCT00129428?order=2

  19. QUESTION:
    How have you treated keloids?
    I have keloids across my shoulder blades and I would love to get rid of them! But I can't reach them to put a scar treatment on it and I have been told it might be risky to remove them? Has anyone successfully gotten rid of these things? And how have you done it?

    • ANSWER:
      Having them removed is pointless, because they will just form where the surgical scar is. There are some injections that doctors can give to smooth them out but they don't go away completely.

  20. QUESTION:
    How can you get rid of a keloid?
    A keloid is infected scar tissue that swells kinda like a circle (im just putting my own definition lol) how can someone get rid of it?

    • ANSWER:
      There is no easy way to get rid of a keloid, as there is no over the counter medication for it.

      You'll have to go to the doctor, and he'll decide whether it is a Keloid or Hypertrophic scar.

      If it's a keloid, the treatment is usually corticosteroid injections, or Cryotherapy (they put liquid nitrogen on it). Doctors can even do a surgical excision, use lasers, and try a bunch of prescription medications to shrink it. Hope this helps

  21. QUESTION:
    How do I get rid of a keloid?
    A friend of mine has a keloid scar on her cheek that did not heal particularly well, probably because she did not follow through on her initial treatment with her dermatologist when the wound was first inflicted. But at this point, it has been a few years, and the keloid is fairly prominent on her face. Does anyone have any direct experience with this and what kind of treatment really works well (either over the counter or prescription)?

    Thanks,

    -CB

    • ANSWER:
      I had a skin cancer on my neck that was removed. When it was removed the scar turned into a keloid. My friends and family said I should try topical stuff like Maderma but then some people said that topical solutions didn't work. My doc suggested I try Kelocote. I had to say that while the keloid is still there, the scar is flatter and lighter. I would recommend it to anyone. Here is a page on their website about getting rid of a keloid:
      https://www.kelo-cote.com/how-do-i-get-rid-of-a-keloid

  22. QUESTION:
    Keloid Scarring, is it possible to be removed?
    I have a few scars from having moles removed on my front. They are quite obvious due to my light complexion, and I don't feel all that comfortable with them.

    Just to make sure that it is Keloid scarring, it is bumpy around where the stitches were and has not appeared to fade much over the last 12 months.

    Can anyone inform me on if it is possible to remove these scars, via laser surgery, or any other form of treatment?

    Thanks

    Just wondering
    thanks for the info.

    5-6 sessions, they are quite pink, just wondering about the Corticosteroids, what are they used for in the process?

    • ANSWER:
      if they are pink to red ,yes you can remove them by laser in 5 or 6 session but before Corticosteroids injection .

      my sister is a dermatologist if you have more questions I can ask her for you. please let me know.

      good luck

  23. QUESTION:
    Who has tried the new scar treatment, Bio oil?
    I seen it advertised and I have a white keloid scar on my wrist that I would like to make at least not raised anymore. Does this work.. if not, what does? Mederma didn't.

    • ANSWER:
      Nothing works on stretch marks, not even laser, i have asked a doctor. The only thing that would "help" would be if they would remove the damaged skin then sew you back. Like a lifting, but that would also leave you with a scar...

      I have used Bio Oil (I have a full bottle in my bathroom) and it's cool because it smoothes the skin, makes it softer and it improves the appearance. The stretch marks looks less deep, bu t they are still there.

      One cream that has worked very well (in combination with Bio Oil) is Dermactin. I live in Europe and i can no longer get it online, they don't ship it here, but it's really a cream that makes a difference.

      I have tried it's EXPENSIVE "cousin", StriVectin, and it didn't work at all, Dermactin costs 25 dollars and it works and StriVectin costs 160 dollars and it doesn't do s**t.

      Cocoa Butter seems to work (so I've heard) too, but i prefer Dermactin, because i have seen the change myself.

      Here's the link where you can find it:

      http://cgi.ebay.com/Dermactin-TS-STRETCH-MARK-COMPLEX-6-oz_W0QQitemZ330163673836QQihZ014QQcategoryZ33164QQrdZ1QQssPageNameZWD1VQQ_trksidZp1638.m118.l1247QQcmdZViewItem

      Hope this helps,

      Dia

  24. QUESTION:
    How to get rid of a keloid scar?
    im 13 and i had an operation on my heart 4 year ago, but as my scar was healing it started to develop into a keloid. some parts of the scar are flat and most of it is still thick. i was wondering if you have any tips on flattening the rest of it and how i can get the scar lighter?
    thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      YES, have your parents get you sylicone patches from Boots! They work great on Keloids. I do skin needling in my practice and can usually get these scars down quite a bit but you would need a letter from your GP authorising the treatment and obviously your parents need to be behind it!

  25. QUESTION:
    Cica Care or ScarAway silicone sheets for flattening keloid scar?
    Hi, has anyone have any experience with using both of these products? I tried injections on my keloids on chest. At first, the injection flatten the keloids, but then it comes back again later after few months and grow a little bigger in height and area of the keloids. Now, I just wanted it to at least flatten with long term effect and hope someone give me some advices. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Kenndy, An Ad on the internet follows"
      New Treatment now available for Keloids
      Keloids are abnormal scars that seem to grow like tumors. Until now it has been difficult to treat them since excising a keloid often ends up producing a new, larger keloid. The safest treatment was injections with steroids but the results were often temporary and a "rebound" would occur later with itchiness, redness and a re-growth of the keloid. It is now possible to treat keloids by injecting a medicine that causes them to flatten and stop growing The newly discovered combination is a mixture of the old medicine used before (an artificial cortisone-type drug that stops the formation of collagen that the keloid is made of) and a new medicine that prevents the reformation of the scar tissue (an anti-cancer drug that prevents the growth of fibroblasts that make the collagen).
      Dr. Fischman can be e-mailed by linking to the e-mail box below:
      mailto:jeffrey_fischman_md@earthlink.net
      It's not expensive and it has been very successful
      To make an appointment for a consultation call 212 472-3300

  26. QUESTION:
    What treatments have you used for a keloid c-section scar?
    Has anyone used cortisone shots to reduce the keloid in a c-section scar? My friend has a scar with an area that is more raised than the rest. The scar is about a year old.

    Any recommendations? Is this the way to go?

    • ANSWER:
      that happened to me with my first baby (rip) and I couldnt do anything about it. I just had another section with this bebe and they fixed it. I did NOT choose to have another section, I had to do it.

  27. QUESTION:
    How to get rid of scars?
    What is the best way to get rid of a 10 inch incision down my spine, and a 4 inch one on my hip? I do not want to do any types of expensive treatments because I may have to have these incisons opened up again to revise my Spinal Cord Stimulator again. I've tried mederma, vitamin e oil, coco butter, and coconut oil, none have them have seemed to work or even lighten the scar. Could part of this be due to that I have Keloid Scarring? Any ideas would be great. Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      The best way to get rid of scars is to massage,massage massage.You want to use firm circular motions,side to side try to lift and twist the scar too...I know it doesn't feel good but you need to keep the scar tissue soft and pliable.You also want to be careful NOT to sunburn a scar less than a year old.Scar tissue can take up to 1 year to fully mature,and usually if you sunburn a scar it will stay the color of the sunburn.The topical things are usually greasy, oily or waxy which people try to rub in.... which means you are rubbing /massaging for long periods of time.Save the cash and just use regular lotion you can get the same results as long as you are diligent with the scar massage!!

  28. QUESTION:
    know of any ways to diminish keloid scars?
    or how about stopping their development while they are still growing?

    I'm talking about home remedies or supplements you can take, I'm *not* talking about surgery or any of those other severe or radical treatments.

    • ANSWER:
      Try contratubex cream. It worked on my stitches.

  29. QUESTION:
    What's a good over the counter scar treatment?
    I got a keliod scar from a car wreck about seven years ago. It's about three inches long. I have had it cut out, cotizone shots, and lasered. I found the laser to be the best, but mony is tight right now. Given all that, what would be a good product to help improve the appearence of the scar? I know most of this stuff is snake oil and expensive.

    • ANSWER:
      You are right about the snake oil. In fact the only over the counter product of which efficacy is backed by science is silicone sheeting. I have tried many other products myself until I found out about these silicone sheets. They will not remove your scar completely, as does no treatment, but they work best on hypertrophic (red and raised) and keloid scars (growing out of wound bed boundaries). They will flatten, soften, and tone down the red or purple color of your scar. It's not guaranteed your keloid will diminish but it's your best chance among over the counter products.

      The link below goes to a page I have written on my experiences with using the silicone gel sheets.

  30. QUESTION:
    How do you get rid of a keloid without surgery?
    Developed a pretty big keloid on the back of my ear after removing an infected cartilage piercing. I've had it for a few months and it hasn't changed much, will it increase in size over time if not treated? Are there any other solutions other than surgical removal to possibly even downsize it?

    • ANSWER:
      Keloids respond poorly to therapy, but monthly injections of corticosteroids may flatten them somewhat. A doctor may try surgical or laser removal followed by corticosteroid injections, but new keloids often form in the scar resulting from the treatment. Some doctors have applied silicone patches to keloids and have had some success in flattening them. See your health care provider for consultation before any surgery. And good luck.

  31. QUESTION:
    Please inform me which is the best treatment ever for keloid scars?
    I'm really tired of searching and searching, buying all products that claims to be the #1 recommended product for scars.
    Where's is the one for me? Is there anyone that can really help anyone?
    Please help me.

    • ANSWER:
      Keloids can not be cured.Intralesional injection of steroid is useful to reduce the size of steroid follwed by Cryotherapy.Other remedies are waste of money.

  32. QUESTION:
    How is it that silicone compression garments are good for burn victim scar treatment?
    In my field, I've been introduced to silicone gloves, sleeves, and other garments that are supposed to aid in healing for burn victims and reduce the appearance of scarring. I assume it is the supple nature of silicone having some kind of mechanical effect on the skin, but nobody has explained why or how this happens.

    • ANSWER:
      In the case of large silicone dressings, I belive that the silicone (or plastic sometimes) takes the place of the skin that's been burned off. When the skin starts to ooze and create a blister, the silicone helps retain the moisture. For all kinds of healing wounds, but burns especially, it is important to keep things from drying out. It's when a wound, like a scab, gets dried out and itchy that it can become infected or leave a scar.
      If you are talking about the small silicone compresses sometimes applied after plastic surgery, etc. or used to treat an existing scar, I found a study on-line about Scarguard, a liquid containing cortisone, vitamin E and silicone that forms a clear protective film over a scar. The author's conclusions were positive. "Scarguard contains a 12% silicone gel preparation. Both, silicone gel and silicone sheeting have been previously demonstrated to reduce scar size and erythema. Specifically, the application of silicone after surgical resection has been shown to help prevent the development of hypertrophic scars and keloids in 75% to 85% of cases. Although its exact mechanism is unknown, silicone's prevention of wound desiccation and inhibition of fibroblast production of collagen and glycosaminoglycans, appear to be contributing factors." So basically, it works but they're not really sure why. Hope that helped.

  33. QUESTION:
    What successful natural remedies has anyone tried for keloids?
    I have a keloid on my jawline and it isn't so much a problem with the way it looks but that it is slightly painful to the touch. I am hoping someone has had some luck with some natural remedies like different herbs or something of the sort. I don't want to do steroid injections, lasers, freezing, or any of those. Any help would be appreciated...

    • ANSWER:
      Keloids :- A fibrous growth almost like a tumor usually occuring at the site of a scar.

      Homeopathic Treatment(s) for Keloids :-

      Head remedy; to dissolve the scar tissues Thiosinamine 3X, 4 hourly

      When there are deep cracks in keloids; constipated stools Graphites 30X or 200, 4 hourly

      To dissolve the scar tissues; in chilly patients Silicea 200 or 1M, weekly (6 Doses)

      In tubercular constitution; when there is tubercular history in the family Tuberculinum Koch 1M, fortnightly (6 Doses)

      Edges of keloids red; itching; worse by warmth; offensive sweat Acid Flour 30 or 200, 6 hourly

      When the love of life is lost due to ugly look of keloids; suicidal thoughts Aurum Met 200 or 1M, weekly (3 Doses)

      Due to old injury or burns Causticum 30 or 200, 6 hourly

      Intercurrent remedy when there is pain in keloids Acid Nitricum 200 and above fortnightly (6 Doses).

      Take the remedy which is similar to your symptoms. No side effects or complications if taken as directed, please do not exceed the given dosage and under any circumstances do not try to mix any remedies and avoid Chocolates, Mints, Coffee, Red Meat, Alcoholic and Carbonated drinks, Spicy Rich Food while taking any Homeopathic remedies, and keep the medicines away from direct sunlight, heat strong smells and perfumes and do not store them in the fridge.
      Curing without any side effects or Complications Thats the Beauty of Homeopathic Medicine

      Take Care and God Bless !

  34. QUESTION:
    How to get infection out of a closed keloid scar?
    I have had keliods scars on the back of my earlobes for a while now, caused by a major allergic reaction to the zinc in some of my metal earrings. I tried using silicone gel patches when the peircings were still open and on my right ear a lot of infection came out, but the patches started to irritate me so I stopped using them. Now the scars have healed closed again and I have been massaging bio oil on to them. I've just noticed the left ear seems to be growing a keliod on the front now, and I think it is because there is still infection inside and I must of triggered something by messing with it too much.

    I'm really insecure about the keliods and really don't want to end up with bigger scars on the front too. I'm planning to speak with my doctor about getting steriod injections, however I've read they are really painful. Has anyone had the steriod injections work?

    Also, because of the infection inside I'm worried they would just grow back! Is there a way I can get the infection out? Does anyone know any treatments that have worked to flatten or get rid of keliods?

    • ANSWER:

  35. QUESTION:
    How to get rid of scars?
    Last year, I got a little dumb and wrecked my dirt bike into a barbed wire fence. I got cuts all over my right arm, chest, and neck. Two of them turned into keloid scars (the kind that look like a bubble and are dark pink to almost red.) There's one on the inside of my right upper arm and one in the middle of my chest. They make me so self conscious. How do I get rid of them, if possible? Or maybe just fade them?

    • ANSWER:
      A number of home remedies have been proposed for making scars go away. Some involve potato peels, others aloe, but most advocate some kind of oil (usually Vitamin E) rubbed into the scar. However, a skeptic of these treatments has pointed out that massaging a scar several times a day breaks down fibrous materials and makes it go away faster. Using any kind of oil acts as a lubricant to make the massage more effective.

  36. QUESTION:
    What can I use to get rid of acne scars, open pores, and to get my original complexion back?
    I have some acne scars, rough looking skin, and skin darkening due to sun damage. Are therapies like blue light therapy or microdermabrasion good, or are there creams I can use to treat these ailments.( I mean good creams, becuase I have 2 useless products at home which aren't doing anything for me right now.

    • ANSWER:
      The best cream you can get for getting rid of scars is very simply Vitamin E cream. Use it for 100 days and the idea is that it helps the skin heal 1% per day. After 100 days it will have healed as much as it can with the cream helping, after that you will have to try something else. There are lots of creams on the market from the pharmacy that claim to help heal scars but they wont change the roughness on your skin from the acne scarring just make it a bit softer and help with the discolouration. Dermabrasion and laser therapy are dramatic but if you have it done by a professional it can make a huge difference because it literally takes the surface off your skin letting it start again. Any peels, abrasive therapies or laser type therapies you really have to look into because they can have serious sideffects especially if you have sensitive skin or are prone to keloid scarring. Personally I would get an appointment with a dermatologist and discuss it with them as they may have a better idea of the treatment that would work for you and your skin type. I found an article that you might find interesting on comparing a couple of the different ways of removing acne scarring. Here is the link and good luck!!
      http://www.blackwell-synergy.com/doi/abs/10.1111/j.1524-4725.2004.30266.x?cookieSet=1&journalCode=dsu

  37. QUESTION:
    How would I go about making a keloid go away?
    I got my nose pierced 6 weeks ago and I can guess I got a keloid from accidentally bumping it in my sleep and or rubbing it with a towel. Is there any way of making it go away without surgery?

    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Once the scar has formed, treatment options include surgery, steroid injections, pressure therapy and more recently laser therapy. Silicon gel sheeting may help reduce the elevation of the Keloid.
      Keloids may grow flatter over time without treatment, but do not usually disappear completely. When patients with a tendency to form Keloids consider surgery, it is important that precautions are taken to minimise more trauma to the skin and further Keloid formation.

      Vits/mins/herbs
      - Vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, zinc, selenium and the amino acid glutamine are classed as antioxidant nutrients. Low levels of antioxidants play a significant role in delaying wound healing. Supplementing with these nutrients may help to improve recovery time and discourage the development of Keloid Scars.
      - Vitamin E may be the most important nutrient to consider for Keloid Scars. Vitamin E, when taken internally and applied externally helps to improve the appearance of Keloid Scars.
      - Bioflavonoids are derived from citrus fruits. Studies show that these nutrients help to accelerate the healing of wounds.
      - Carnitine is an amino acid which may help to improve the healing of wounds and prevent Keloid Scars.
      - Manganese, magnesium and vitamin B5 are nutrients that play a role in wound healing. These supplements may help to prevent the formation of Keloid Scars.
      - Zinc is a mineral which is important for the immune system and for wound healing. This mineral can be taken internally and applied externally to Keloid Scars in the form of a cream or tape.

      * Kelo-cote® is a patented topical silicone gel for the management and prevention of abnormal scars in the form of hypertrophic scars and keloids.

      Silicone is the clinical gold standard for scar treatment and scar prevention having demonstrated clinical efficacy over all other forms of topical treatments and is recommended by the “International Advisory Panel on Scar Management” as the first line therapy for these types of scars.

  38. QUESTION:
    Is it possible to get keloids just from a specific skin trauma?
    I have a few keloids; 2 on my jaw and 2 on my shoulder. They're all from having acne. I've had all kinds of shots and blood work and other skin "trauma" and no problems with keloids thus far so could it be that I only get them from acne or something? I want to get several piercings but getting keloids is freaking me out.

    • ANSWER:
      Devan!
      Briefly, YES! However, it is difficult to give any reason because doctors do not understand exactly why keloids form in certain people or situations and not in others. Changes in the cellular signals that control growth and proliferation may be related to the process of keloid formation, but these changes have not yet been characterized scientifically. A keloid scar is an overgrown scar that can spread outside the original area of skin damage. Keloid scars are shiny and hairless, they are raised above the surrounding skin, and can feel hard and rubbery. Keloids affect around 10-15% of all wounds. They can appear anywhere on the body but usually form on the shoulders, head and neck. Keloids are irregularly shaped and tend to enlarge progressively. Unlike scars, keloids do not subside over time. Keloids may start some time after the injury and extend beyond the wound site. This tendency to migrate into surrounding areas that weren't injured to begin with 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.

      ALL ANSWERS SHOULD BE THOROUGHLY RESEARCHED, IN ANY FORUM AND ESPECIALLY IN THIS ONE. - MANY ANSWERS ARE FLAWED.

      It is extremely important to obtain an accurate diagnosis before trying to find a cure. Many diseases and conditions share common symptoms.

      The information provided here should not be used during any medical emergency or for the diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. A licensed physician should be consulted for diagnosis and treatment of any and all medical conditions.

      Hope this helps
      matador 89

  39. QUESTION:
    My keloid scar won't go away after 7 injections?
    I've got a keloid scar on my chest.

    Its about half the size of a fingernail.

    My dermatologist isn't very helpful. He said that they're meant to go away after 2 or at most 3 injections.
    It's had 7 steroid injections, but it refuses to go away! So the injections have to continue, or it's laser surgery (00).

    I'm so sick of the injections because they are for one injection.

    Are there any other alternative remedies I can resort to?

    • ANSWER:
      Laser treatment, not surgery, might help. Some lasers are able to break down the scar tissue and make it more smooth. Plus, it's much cheaper than laser surgery, and you don't run the risk of developing more keloid tissue from having the scar removed (by knife OR laser).

      Also, ask your derm which strength of Kenalog (the steroid) he or she is using. If it's less than 40 mg/cc, it's probably too weak to make any improvement.

  40. QUESTION:
    i want breast implants but i get keloid scarring, are there procedures that i can go through and not scar?
    i get keloid scars but i want to get breast implants. is there a way to get them without scarring me?

    • ANSWER:
      The probability that the resulting surgery scar will also become a keloid is high, usually greater than 50%. Laser treatment has also been used with varying degrees of success. I would consult a Doctor before strangers on the internet though.

  41. QUESTION:
    How do you get rid of scar tissue?
    I bit through my lip about a month ago. I didn't get stitches, but probably should have. Now I have a small scar, but a huge lump of scar tissue under it. It makes the scar seem much worse than it is. Is there anything I can do to make it go down?

    • ANSWER:
      It sounds like it has formed a keloid (thick, raised scar tissue). Your best bet is to see a derm. (I worked for one) They will either try injecting it with steroid to make it go away. If that doesnt work they may try to surgically remove it and then try the injections to prevent it from forming again. Last is laser.treatments.

  42. QUESTION:
    What is and alternative other than surgery to remove keloid?
    I have heard of two alternatives scar leaves and skinderma pro.Do these really work and if so which one is best.

    • ANSWER:
      Mederma, bio-oil and Vitamin E capsules all help with keloids. I had a large keloid after some surgery and I used Vitamin E capsules (poke a hole in the end of one capsule, squeeze a small amount on your finger and rub it over the scar). I did this daily for almost 6 months and was the cheapest method I could find. The keloid is gone, the scar is faded and barely visible. Whichever method you choose, it takes a long time to see results. If you want fast results, a laser clinic can remove some keloids but there is always the risk that more damage to the skin will occur with the laser treatment and the keloid will come back and that is why I chose the Vitamin E capsules.

  43. QUESTION:
    How to heal keloid scars?
    I have keloid scars on my upper arms and legs from when I was younger. Is there away of atleast reducing the appearance of them.

    • ANSWER:
      There are 3 treatment options for keloid scars:
      1) surgical removal
      2)non-surgical interventions
      3)combination treatments.

      1)Surgical treatment of keloid scars

      This is the most effective and the least complex of the available forms of treatment, the recurrence rate however is thought to be about 50%. Lasers have been tried as an alternative to knife surgery but so far the outcomes are no better.

      2) Non surgical treatments for keloid scars

      Interferon therapy (drugs acting on the immune system), has been reported as effective in reducing keloid scarring however it does have significant side effects. Examples are toxicity, flu like symptoms, depression, nausea and vomiting.

      Prolonged compression of scar tissue can theoretically soften and break up keloid scars, however the practicality of this option depends on the location of the keloid. Other non-surgical interventions that are currently being tried with varying results include antihistamines, vitamins, nitrogen mustard, Verapamil, retinoic acids.

      3) Combined treatments for keloid scarring

      One option involves surgical removal of scar tissue in combination with a couple of steroid injections -one at the time of the surgery and the second injection about 3 to 4 weeks later. However, this type of treatment is variously reported as having between a 50% to 70% rate of recurrence.

      Another option combines surgery with external type radiotherapy. Radiation has the effect of interfering with skin growth (fibroblasts) and collagen production. Research varies on which type of combination therapy is the more effective. Both radiotherapy and steroid drugs have side effects so you need to discuss with your doctor the most effective. It may be worth getting a second opinion before proceeding with either treatment.

  44. QUESTION:
    I have got a scar on my face due to chicken pox. What is the best way to get rid of this?
    Can u suggest any treatment or good cosmetic surgeons. Can u share ur experience. Also pointers for the treatment in Hyderabad is most appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      I've had success with an over the counter product called Mederma. It really helped fade the old scar and make it less noticeable. It won't work on keloids though. It fades the red surrounding the scar, but won't take down the built up skin.

  45. QUESTION:
    How can i keep this cut on my leg from scarring?
    It has a thin layer of skin over it now. I already have multiple scars on my legs, and don't want another one. Is there anything that can prevent it from scarring even though it has been at least a week from when I got the wound.

    • ANSWER:
      Try using liberally Bactroban cream to the areas. Also, for your other scars you could see your doctor about kenalog injections. This is a very effective treatment for keloids. (scars)

  46. QUESTION:
    Can topical application of vitamin E help reduce the appearance of scars?
    I know there is a lot of controversy on whether topically applying vitamin E on scars help or not so I prefer personal experiences please. I have hyperpigmented / hypertrophic scars. Please list NATURAL treatments that have worked for you (aloe vera, manuka honey, essential oils, chamomile press, etc)

    • ANSWER:
      Studies have concluded that vitamin E does not work in reducing a scar's appearance as well as many people think. (Although there was a 1995 study which concluded that the combined action of vitamin E and silicone gel sheets in scar treatment, especially in the short-term prophylaxis of hypertrophic scars or keloids, worked better that the action of silicone sheets by themselves). Some other / better alternatives in terms of 'natural' remedy may be the application of silicone sheets that I just mentioned (with or without the combined vitamin E use), or the use of onion extract (Mederma). However, the effectiveness of these (or any other) regiments will also depend on the type, degree and / or depth of scarring. Unfortunately, one may eventually need to consider kenalog injections, fraxel, or some of the other dermatological interventions if none of the more 'natural' remedies produce the desired results. (A dermatologist would be the best option in helping with the understanding of which such treatments would be best for which types of scarring).

      References
      http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/7591421?ordinalpos=1&itool=EntrezSystem2.PEntrez.Pubmed.Pubmed_ResultsPanel.Pubmed_DiscoveryPanel.Pubmed_Discovery_RA&linkpos=1&log$=relatedarticles&logdbfrom=pubmed
      http://www.entrepreneur.com/tradejournals/article/200340417.html
      http://dermatology.jwatch.org/cgi/content/full/2001/814/1
      http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1448534

  47. QUESTION:
    I have a history of Keloids. I had neck surgery about 2 years ago and am thinking about scar revision?
    Luckily, I do not have a keloid, but a hypertrophic scar. I have done injections and laserings, but nothing has helped. I am looking into doing scar revisions (excision). Anyone had any experiences with this?

    • ANSWER:
      No, but do be sure to find a doctor who has extensive knowledge and experience working with brown skin.

      Most likely different scar treatments exist for all skin types.

  48. QUESTION:
    How do I get rid of nickel allergy scars on my stomach?
    I have been allergic to nickel since...well forever. When I was little my jeans used to make me break out (from the nickel on the buckle/button thing) on my stomach (I no longer where my pants that high). I eventually used an ointment to remove the bumps but unfortunately it left a large dark scar. I wanted to wear a bikini this summer but I wanted to get rid of the scar before I wear the bathing suit. Any products or remedies I should try? Thanks I really appreciate it!!!!!

    • ANSWER:
      People suggest all kinds of things to help improve the appearance of scars. Nothing has been proven to remove them completely. Here are some of the more commonly suggested ideas. Check any product on a small area of skin first to make sure you are not allergic to it.

      Buy some Vitamin E capsules. Break open a capsule and rub Vitamin E on existing scars daily. Rubbing on Vitamin E helps to smooth and straighten out collagen, which is a structural protein found in scar tissue. The Vitamin E within the capsule helps to keep the skin soft and moisturized.

      Use cocoa butter on new and older scars. Regular use of cocoa butter will help your scars fade and become lighter over time. They may not vanish completely, depending on how long you’ve had them or how bad they are, but the cocoa butter will help.

      Buy patches and creams that are aimed at reducing the appearance of older scars. You can find these creams in most drug stores. The time you will have to wear the patches over the scars will vary, depending on how noticeable the scar is to begin with. The creams usually have to be used for a few months or more. Some of the scar creams and patches have a money-back guarantee if you’re not satisfied with the results after a certain amount of time.

      See a doctor about surgically removing more severe scarring, such as keloid scars. Do not try to remove a keloid scar on your own. Many surgical scars are permanent, but the appearance can be treated so they become lighter and smoother over time. If you have stitches, do not pick at them or try to remove them on your own. This can re-injure the area and you’ll end up with a worse scar.

      Silicone sheets and gels have been used to get rid of scars, though just why they are effective isn’t yet known. Some theories suggest it is the pressure and moisture supplied by silicone. Other theories point to static electricity (really). Silicone scar treatments work, but they take time and discipline. They must be worn for at least 12 hours daily for up to 12 weeks – a regimen that will test your patience and desire to get rid of scars.

      To get rid of scars, you’ll need to see a dermatologist. With the amount of research underway, the medical landscape of scars and scarring is certain to keep changing in the coming years. If you want the best, most effective treatments, you’ll need to see a professional. If your scars require something a bit more intrusive, like surgical scar removal, dermabrasion, laser resurfacing, steroid injections…etc – then a dermatologist will be able to refer you to the right people.

      http://www.getridofthings.com/getridofscars.htm

  49. QUESTION:
    How to I get rid of the dark dried keloid around my piercing?
    I have two new piercing a tragus piercing and a cartlidge piercing on both of them thers a keloid. on the back of my cartlidge though it seems to be going away after using saltwater and tea tree oil but for my tragus it just gets extreamly dry and flaky there, and now the keloid is black and dried up, I keep tryin to peel it off, but it's not working, how can I get rid of it?

    • ANSWER:
      Keloids are tough to treat. Here is what I found about them. You may want to consider one of these options.

      The best treatment is prevention in patients with a known predisposition. This includes preventing unnecessary trauma or surgery (including ear piercing, elective mole removal), whenever possible. Any skin problems in predisposed individuals (eg, acne, infections) should be treated as early as possible to minimize areas of inflammation.

      lntra-lesional corticosteroids — Intra-lesional corticosteroids are first-line therapy for most keloids. A systematic review found that up to 70 percent of patients respond to intra-lesional corticosteroid injection with flattening of keloids, although the recurrence rate is high in some studies (up to 50 percent at five years)

      Excision — Scalpel excision may be indicated if injection therapy alone is unsuccessful or unlikely to result in significant improvement. Excision should be combined with preoperative, intraoperative, or postoperative triamcinolone or interferon injections . Recurrence rates from 45 to 100 percent have been reported in patients treated with excision alone; this falls to below 50 percent in patients treated with combination therapy.

      Silicone gel sheeting — Silicone gel sheeting sheeting has been used for the treatment of symptoms (eg, pain and itching) in patients with established keloids as well as for the management of evolving keloids and the prevention of keloids at the sites of new injuries. A systematic review of controlled trials found some evidence that silicone gel sheeting may reduce the incidence of abnormal scarring, but concluded that any estimate of effect was uncertain because the underlying trials were of poor quality and highly susceptible to bias. Treatment with silicone gel sheeting appeared in some studies to improve elasticity of established abnormal scars, but the evidence was again of poor quality and susceptible to bias.

      Cryosurgery — Cryosurgery is most useful in combination with other treatments for keloids. The major side effect is permanent hypopigmentation, limiting its use in people with darker skin.

      Radiation therapy — Most studies, but not all, have found radiation therapy to be highly effective in reducing keloid recurrence, with improvement rates of 70 to 90 percent when administered after surgical excision. A small randomized trial of treatments after surgery found recurrences in two of sixteen earlobe keloids (13 percent) treated with radiation therapy and in four of twelve earlobe keloids (33 percent) treated with steroid injections. However, concern regarding the potential long-term risks (eg, malignancy) associated with using radiation for an essentially benign disorder limits its utility in most patients. Only a few cases of malignancy that may have been associated with radiation therapy for keloids have been reported. Although causation cannot be confirmed in these cases, caution should still be used when prescribing radiation therapy for keloids, particularly when treating younger patients. Radiation therapy may occasionally be appropriate as treatment for keloids that are resistant to other therapies. In addition, radiation therapy may be indicated for lesions that are not amenable to resection.

      Interferon alfa — Interferon alfa injections may reduce recurrence rates postoperatively. However, all currently available studies of interferon therapy suffer from methodologic problems, making an evidence-based recommendation regarding its use difficult.

      Pulsed dye laser — Pulsed dye laser treatment can be beneficial for keloids, and appears to induce keloid regression through suppression of keloid fibroblast proliferation, and induction of apoptosis and enzyme activity. Combination treatment with pulsed dye laser plus intralesional therapy with corticosteroids and/or fluorouracil may be superior to either approach alone.

      http://wiki.bmezine.com/index.php/Keloid
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keloid
      http://www.livestrong.com/article/77520-treat-keloid-scar/

  50. QUESTION:
    How to get rid of scar tissue bump on ear?
    i took one of my earings out to let the hole close and it got this nasty bump on it, i know its scar tissue its like this bump like the size of a pencil eraser but a little smaller. it feels like theres stuff in it but im not sure. its just really gross and i wanna get rid of it.....any ideas?

    • ANSWER:
      It could be what's called a keloid as it has formed scar tissue. It develops around an injury site or scar area beyond a piercing or wound's original limit. Typically, area will have an overgrowth of skin, which will rise up from the site and form into a keloid. The keloid scar is firm to the touch, and can be slightly pink.
      While not dangerous, keloid scar may itch, cause pain or be tender to the touch.They are often occur as a result of piercings but also have other causes. There are several treatments that will help:
      Natural treatments (in case of piercings)-- Take a warm rag and hold it up against the keloid for about 5 minutes. This can also be done with a warm tea bag. Tea tree oil is also effective but is not recommended as it can allow bacteria to stick to it.
      Dressings — Moistened wound coverings made of silicone gel (such as Dermatix) or silastic have been shown in studies to reduce keloid prominence over time. This treatment is safe and painless.
      Compression — Compression bandages applied to the site over several months, may lead to a reduction in the size of the keloid. This is the best treatment for preventing new scars.
      Steroid injections — Steroid injections are best used as the scar begins to thicken or if the person is a known keloid former. A series of injections with triamcinolone acetonide or another corticosteroid may reduce keloid size and irritation. However, injections are often uncomfortable. The treatment area can become very painful as the anesthetic wears off.
      Cryosurgery — Cryosurgery is an excellent treatment for keloids which are small and occur on lightly pigmented skin. It is often combined with monthly cortisone injections. The use of cryotherapy is limited since it causes skin blanching. It freezes the skin and causes sludging of the circulation beneath, effectively creating an area of localized frostbite.
      Laser therapy — This is an alternative to conventional surgery for keloid removal. Lasers produce a superficial peel but often do not reduce the bulk of the keloid. The use of dye-tuned lasers has not shown better results than that of cold lasers.
      And finally:
      5FU - Combination of steriods and anticancer drugs. Specialist plastic surgeons perform this treatment.
      Do a search on Google for keloid for more info.


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