What are Keloid Scars?
Keloids are scars that occur after surgery, but they grow bigger and broader than the original injury. Find them on the shoulders, upper chest and back, breastbone, earlobes, and the face. Keloids are not cancerous, but they can become painful. The patient can feel discomfort, and that is why many people seek proper treatment of keloids. Sometimes, they even grow back after the treatment. But if you take specific steps after your keloid removal surgery, you can ensure that keloids do not return. They usually happen after a surgery, injury, or piercings. They are dark, puffy, and irregularly shaped. They can damage a person’s confidence and self-esteem as they could be cosmetically disfiguring. Dr. Tutino has extensive experience in removing Keloid scars. He has helped numerous patients feel confident about themselves.
Dr. Tutino is among the experts when it comes to microsurgery. His training and experience ensure that his patients see the expected outcome and are satisfied. With more than 12,000 surgeries under his belt, Dr. Tutino is ready to help you with your problem.
What Causes Keloid Scars
Most people think that keloids are a type of tumour, but that is not the case. Keloids are scar tissues that change their appearance and grow after the injury. Keloid growth is mainly due to genetic reasons. Certain ethnic groups who have darker skins are more at risk of developing keloids than others. Keloids form in places where the skin is damaged. It could be due to surgery, acne, chickenpox, piercing, or a cut. When the wound heals, thick tissue grows over it, making the scar even more prominent and scarier than the injury. Some people have even reported a keloid after just a scratch. Keloids are known to run in families since they have a genetic predisposition. Researchers are now saying that keloids a likely to be gene associated with skin pigmentation.
Certain areas of the body are especially prone to forming keloid scars, including:
- Midline of chest
Keloids can form at any age and happen randomly. Some of your scars could heal adequately, and others turn into Keloids.
How are Keloids treated?
Although there is no way of curing keloids permanently, several treatments can improve the look and the feel. Sometimes, the keloids can even grow back after the treatment. When you come for your initial consultation with Dr. Tutino, he will discuss the entire matter with you and tell you which form of therapy might be helpful. He might also suggest more than one type of treatment, depending on the keloids and their growth. He might recommend surgery, cryotherapy, medicated injections, corticosteroids, or any other therapy. If the keloids are large, Dr. Tutino might decide to operate and remove them by cutting them away. He will also treat the area after the surgery. Otherwise, the chances are that they might grow back after some time. After the surgery, your site is covered with a silicone gel bandage. Dr. Tutino usually advises his patients to keep the dressing on for a day or two. Depending on the case, he might also ask you to keep the bandage on longer. When he is satisfied with the results, Dr. Tutino will inform you to stop the treatments.
How can you prevent keloids?
Keloids usually occur after some surgery, piercing, tattoo, or a wound. If you are prone to keloids, it is better to avoid all these things. The chances are high that keloids will form after these procedures, and if you want to get your ears pierced, pressure earrings are an option to consider. If you have had a minor skin injury, make sure to treat the area right away. Not only will it heal faster, but it will also stop keloids from forming on the spot.
Dr. Tutino advises his patients to cover the injury with a thin layer of petroleum jelly and a nonstick bandage. It is advisable to use tape over the dressing to ensure even pressure on the entire wound. It would help if you also washed the area with soap daily. Once the wound has healed, Dr. Tutino advises his patients to carry on with the treatment using a silicone gel bandage.