A keloid is a type of scar that develops due to excess collagen building up on the skin. They can result from cuts, burns, severe acne and body piercings. As they are usually red and shiny, they can be quite noticeable, particularly if they are large. This may be very distressing for people and impact their self-confidence. We want to assure you that we have a team of professional Dermatologists who can help reduce your keloid scar and give you your confidence back.
We have a range of effective treatment options as well as years of experience in dealing with this type of scarring.
We can help with scars on any part of the body and of any size, here at the Cambridge Clinic.
Keloid scars occur when there is an overproduction of collagen in the skin, but it’s not fully understood why these scars appear for some people. They are normally more common in darker skin tones but can affect anyone. They usually appear on the upper chest, shoulders, earlobes, lower legs, chin and neck. Some of the usual causes are chickenpox, scratches, acne, vaccination injections, burns, surgical incisions and traumatic wounds.
In whatever way your Keloid scar was caused, our team of Dermatologists have many years of experience treating this type of scar and can help you. They can offer many different types of treatments and advise you of the best option for you.
We have many different treatment options for keloid scars and the type of treatment you are given will depend on your scar/ scars. Your Dermatologist will examine the affected areas, find out more information such as how it occurred and if it has changed over time. They will then be able to recommend the best treatment plan.
Here are some of the treatment options that we provide at the Cambridge Clinic:
Topical treatments – Your Dermatologist may suggest a steroid cream, gel, or tape, particularly with newer scars, as part of your treatment plan to help reduce further build up of collagen and reduce the size of the scar. These can work but we would normally advise stronger treatments, as this isn’t always enough to reduce keloid scars.
Cryotherapy – This is when your Dermatologist will use liquid Nitrogen to freeze off the keloid scar. This can be done in one treatment or in several sessions and can be a very effective way to reduce this type of scar.
Steroid Injections – This is a very effective and commonly used treatment for keloid scars. It involves injecting the affected area with a steroid to prevent collagen production and reduce any itchiness/ pain. This can also work well through a course of regular injections over several weeks.
Lasers – Lasers are a great way to reduce the appearance of keloid scars. This is because the area can be precisely targeted, smoothing the skin and reducing the pigmentation, so that the scar blends more easily into the surrounding skin. This can be done in a single session or several laser treatments to get the best result.
Surgery – For larger scars, surgery to remove the keloid and excess skin can be a very effective treatment. This means that patients will be left with a smoother, flatter surgical scar as opposed to a keloid scar. This can also then normally be treated after with lasers and topical treatments to further fade its appearance.
Finding the right treatment for your Keloid scar is where our expertise is vital. Your Skin Doctor at the Cambridge Clinic will be able to confirm your diagnosis and make sure that what you are experiencing is a Keloid scar. They can then carefully assess what treatment is best depending on the type and size. They will also consider how long the scar has been there and what it was caused by.
They may give you several options and will explain how each treatment may affect the skin and the results it might offer. They may decide to try several treatment options, such as seeing how the skin responds to steroid injections first before trying surgery. They will always be clear and detailed in how they speak to you, so that you can make an informed decision. If you are not sure, they will always offer their professional advice on the best route to take.
While we always aim to get the best result for our patients, we cannot always guarantee to remove the scar completely. Your Dermatologist will discuss all of this with you to manage your expectations and help you understand how we can help and the type of result you can expect.
You may already have an idea of the type of treatment you would like to pursue from your own research, so please do talk to us about this and we will be able to answer any questions and offer our advice.
We treat all types of scars at the Cambridge Clinic. As well as treating all variations and sizes of keloid scars, we can also help with other types of scarring such as hyperpigmentation, acne scars, hypertrophic scars (often caused by burns), scar contractures and pitted scars.
You may be unsure of which type you have and we can also help you with that. If you have a mark or scar which you are concerned about or is bothering you, please make an appointment with one of our consultants and we can tell you what type of scar it is and offer you the most effective treatment plan.
Each type of scar will need to be treated differently and your Dermatologist will be able to find the best options, depending on your individual circumstances. We understand that the appearance of scars can be very emotionally distressing for our patients and we want to assure you that you are in safe, professional hands. We want to get you the best outcome possible, so that you can feel confident again.
During your initial consultation, your Dermatologist will examine the affected area and ask you to explain what caused the scar and how long ago it appeared. They will also ask you to talk through any previous treatments you may have tried such as topical creams and if they made any difference to your scar.
They will also ask you if you have noticed any changes to it, particularly if you have had it for several years. They will also ask you to explain any other symptoms you may be experiencing such as itchiness or pain.
Your Dermatologist will give their advice on the treatment they think will be the most effective for reducing your scar and the results you can expect for each. They may give you several options and talk you through any pros and cons of each one. You can ask any questions you may have about the treatment options. Our aim is to make sure you get the best results, but also ensure that you are happy and comfortable with this and understand everything that is involved.
If you have any further questions about how we treat keloid scars, please do get in touch with us and we would be happy to speak with you.