Keloids are overgrown, raised, discolored scars resulting from inflammation and can lead to several issues, which are primarily cosmetic. However, these growths can cause one to become self-conscious and lose confidence.
Keloid scars can appear anywhere on the body but are most commonly found on the breastbone, earlobes, and shoulders.
At Davinci Plastic Surgery, Dr. Steven Davison and Dr. Ximena Pinell offer expert keloid scar removal (scar revision) in Washington, D.C., and serve individuals in Bethesda, Arlington, and nearby communities.
Call our D.C. plastic surgeon today at (202) 966-9590 to schedule a consultation.
Keloid scars are caused by skin injuries such as the following:
Around one in ten people will experience keloid scarring, with men and women being affected equally. Those with darker skin are more likely to develop keloids.
Risk factors associated with keloid scarring include:
Keloids form if the body continues to create new tissue, like fibrous protein or collagen, during the healing process without stopping when it should.
Typically, the body knows when to stop creating new tissue, but some people are genetically predisposed to keloid growths.
According to a recent study, the AHNAK gene may play a significant role in determining keloid development in individuals. Researchers concluded that people with the AHNAK gene are more likely to develop keloids.
If you have developed these troublesome scars and have experienced any of the following issues, you may be a good candidate for keloid scar removal.
Keloids can be large and thick, protruding from the skin with a different texture than the surrounding area and may be red or purple.
Many keloid scars can cause an itching, burning, or stinging sensation. If you experience pain or discomfort caused by your keloid scars, you may benefit from removal to improve these symptoms.
Keloids can interfere with everyday movement if they are large enough. Keloid scars can be tough in texture, which can cause irritation and impede your ability to move easily.
Dr. Davison and Dr. Pinell consider your consultation crucial and spend the time needed to fully understand your concerns and expectations as well as your candidacy for the procedure. After meeting with one of our dedicated surgeons, you can expect to be provided with a treatment plan that is tailored to meet your unique needs and goals.
There are several options available for keloid scar removal. The size and location of the keloid will determine which procedure will be most beneficial for you.
Patients typically return to work one or two days after their procedure, and stitches are removed in about three days. Our surgeons utilize the most advanced, reliable techniques for keloid removal with results that are as natural-looking as possible.
It will take about six to eight weeks for the skin to heal and the area to flatten and fade. Final results may take as long as a year to see.
Following post-surgical instructions will help ensure the best results.
Each technique has a different price, and you can obtain a more accurate estimate during your consultation. If your keloids inhibit your everyday activities, check with your insurance provider to see if your procedure is covered. Financing is also available, so please discuss your options with our business office staff.
Dr. Davison and Dr. Pinell are experts in keloid removal and will evaluate your scar and suggest a removal method during your consultation. Each treatment is fully customized to ensure optimal, natural-looking results.
Have questions? Call our D.C. Plastic surgery practice at (202) 966-9590 for the answers or to schedule a consultation.