Almost everyone is born with beautiful, clear, seamless skin that surrounds the body to protect everything inside. However, most people don’t make it too far into the years before scars appear on their bodies. From falling down when learning to walk, falling off a bike when learning to ride without training wheels, sports injuries, accidents, burns, and more – scars are a common occurrence in life. Any trauma to the skin can cause a scar, but some scars last longer or appear worse than others.
Keloid scars result from the skin’s healing process being overly aggressive to a traumatized area. Keloid scars extend beyond the injured area, are often raised on the skin, and are a different color than the surrounding skin. Over time, keloid scars can hamper movement if they are near a joint or bendable part of the body (such as a knee, elbow, or finger for instance). They can also become itchy, painful, or unattractive to a person in which they negatively affect one’s outlook.
Keloid scars can be treated by a dermatologist. There are different keloid scar treatment options available. There are topical creams for small scars that will help to minimize their appearance in a very non-invasive way. There are steroid injections that are used on keloid scars that help to lessen the size and how much they are raised above the skin. Surgical removal is also an option for deep or very large scars. Surgery can also be used to address any functional problems associated with keloid scars.
Many times scars will fade and disappear over time, but many times they do not. Talk with your dermatologist about options available to treat your keloid scars. You don’t have to live with them forever if you don’t want to.
Posted on behalf of Medical Dermatology Specialists