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Keloid Scar Removal

Keloids are overgrown scars left from skin injuries, surgical incisions, lacerations or burns. They can appear anywhere on the body but are most common over the breastbone, on the earlobes & shoulders.

Keloids can result from inflammation after surgical incisions, ear piercings, tattoos, pimples, ingrown hairs or from simply bumping into an object and causing trauma to an area of the body. The initial cause may never be remembered – but a Keloid is hard to miss.  Keloids form when the body fails to stop creating new tissue – known as fibrous protein or collagen – during healing.  Usually the body knows when to stop this process, but some people are genetically pre-disposed to Keloid growths resulting in a scar that may be thick, raised and extensive.  It can itch, sting or burn and interfere with movement if large enough. They are often red or darker in color than the surrounding skin and are tough.  Typically people with darker skin, such as African or Asian descent, tend to be more susceptible, and recurrence in common even though the tendency to develop lesson with age.  Our surgeons utilize today’s most advanced, reliable techniques for Keloid removal with results that are as natural looking as possible.

Who is a Good Candidate for Keloid Treatment?

Any physically healthy man or woman who suffers with Keloids and desires removal of them could be an ideal candidate for keloid removal procedure.  You must be mature and realistic in your expectations.

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Dr. Davison and Dr. Pinell believe this time spent with you is critical. It is during the consultation that he comes to fully understand your concerns, evaluates them correctly and then develops the surgery/treatment plan that is right for you. Our surgeons invest the time – to sit down and talk to you face-to-face. The first consultation is to find out what is right for you!

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Keloid Treatment:

There are several options employed today based upon the size and location of the Keloid.  Your surgeon will use the correct technique/ treatment for your individual needs. Treatments used include:

  1. Corticosteroid injected directly into the tissue – typically 3-4 treatments spaced about 1 month apart – will reduce a raised Keloid to a flat scar and reduce redness, itching and burning.
  2. Surgical Removal is used for larger, more extensive formations.  Technique involved may employ a scalpel, electric knife or laser removal.
  3. Post-Surgical Complimentary Treatments are often used to minimize Keloid recurrence after surgical removal.  These treatments include: silicone sheet dressings applied directly to the skin around the incision; compression therapy the mechanically flatten the scar formation, topical imiquimod or advanced injectables such as bleomycin, interferon or 5-fluorouracil.  These drugs work at the cellular level to disable the Keloid tissue formation process.
  4. Laser Excision followed by monthly intralesional steroid injections alone or in conjunction with imiquimod.

Benefits of Keloid Treatment:

  • Keloid Removal is a safe, commonly performed procedure
  • Keloid Removal today employs several advanced – improved techniques
  • Keloid Removal results in minimal, visible scarring
  • Keloid Removal surgical & post-surgical techniques today help to minimize  Keloid recurrence & improve existing Keloid scars
  • Keloid Removal has enhanced self-esteem & confidence in thousands of people

Questions our Patients ask about Keloid Treatments:

Why Do People Have Keloids Removed?
Keloids are typically unsightly, can itch, sting or burn and many times inhibit normal function depending upon its location.

Why Do Keloids Form After Injury or Surgery?
This is not completely understood – but it is known that Keloids are more common among dark skinned people – typically African and Asian.  There seems to be a genetic tendency among these ethnic groups for Keloids to form.

What Happens That Causes Keloid Formation?
Keloids form after an injury, being bumped, skin friction or surgery.  Keloids form around pimples, tattoos, ingrown hairs and ear piercings.  While the body normally knows when to stop producing new tissue following insult – people prone to Keloid formation don’t seem to have that same “turn off” mechanism and tissue keeps growing into Keloid formations.

Which Procedure Will My Surgeon Use for My Keloid Removal?
Dr. Davison and Dr. Pinell are experts in keloid removal and will be able to determine the correct method of removal for you during your personal consultation.  Each treatment is individualized to ensure optimum – natural looking results.

What Downtime Is Involved In Surgical Keloid Removal?
Patients are typically back to work in 1-2 days with stitches removed in a few days.

Will Insurance Cover Keloid Removal?
Cosmetic procedures are not covered by insurance unless they are medically necessary.  If your Keloid is inhibiting normal function – it may be covered.  Check with your insurance company after your consultation.

Is Financing Available For Keloid Removal?
YES.  Financing is available for cosmetic procedures today.  Ask about it in our business office.

Schedule Your Consultation at DAVinci Plastic Surgery

The initial consultation with your surgeon is critical! It should always be face to face with your surgeon, during which time he/she listens closely to your concerns. Dr. Davison and Dr. Pinell believe this time spent with you is critical to both you and him/her. It is during the consultation that your surgeon comes to fully understand your concerns, evaluates them correctly, and is then able to make the recommendations and develop the treatment plan that is right for you. Dr. Davison and Dr. Pinell invest the time to sit down and talk to you face to face.

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