Keloids are types of scars that grow much larger than the original injury. As a result, they affect your appearance, and you may be searching for treatment options. The team at Houston Skin Associates in Webster, Museum District, Houston, and Pearland, Texas, provides expert care for keloids, including the removal of the large scars when appropriate. Call the office nearest you or schedule an appointment for your keloids online today.
Keloids are enlarged, raised scars that may appear darker than the natural color of your skin.
When you have an injury to your skin, your body uses collagen to close the gap. Though the scarring process is the same for all wounds, the appearance of each scar can vary; they may be depressed, flat, or raised.
Keloids are a type of raised scar that may spread far beyond the borders of the original injury. These overgrown scars affect appearance and may affect movement or cause discomfort.
The Houston Skin Associates team provides treatment for keloids to ease symptoms and improve appearance.
Though anyone can develop keloid scars, certain people may have keloid-prone skin. For example, you may be more likely to develop keloids following an injury if you're of African, Asian, or Hispanic descent.
You may also be more likely to develop keloids if they run in your family.
If you have keloid-prone skin, any injury may cause the enlarged scar to form. For example, you may develop keloid scars from a tattoo or a piercing. They may also arise from a surgical scar or acne.
If you have a family history of keloids, you may also develop spontaneous keloids, scars that occur without an injury.
The Houston Skin Associates team diagnoses keloids after an inspection of your growth. They also review your family history.
Though keloids are noncancerous (benign), if your dermatologist has any concerns about the skin growth, they take a biopsy and send the tissue sample to the lab for an evaluation.
The Houston Skin Associates team takes a careful approach when treating keloids and may recommend more than one treatment to ease symptoms and remove the enlarged scar.
Treatment for keloids may include:
The team recommends injections of corticosteroids or other medications to shrink keloids.
Your dermatologist may surgically remove your keloid. However, your keloid may return after surgery.
To reduce your risk of a recurrence, the team incorporates other treatments following surgical removals, such as injections or cryotherapy (freezing the scar tissue).
A pressure dressing is also a standard treatment following surgical removal of keloids. This limits blood flow to the area, decreasing the risk of a recurrence.
The team may use laser treatment to reduce the height and width of your keloid scar.
Cryotherapy freezes the keloid scar from the inside out without affecting the surrounding tissue.
To discuss treatment options for your keloids, call Houston Skin Associates or schedule an appointment online today.