A Keloid is a type of scar which results from an over production of dense fibrous tissue (scar tissue) stimulated by injury. Production of fibrous tissue (scar tissue) is part of the natural wound healing process that is stimulated following injury. It is created / formed / manufactured to protect and repair the wound. In some situations, excessive overgrowth of the fibrous tissue occurs, creating smooth, firm growths termed keloids. Unlike other scars keloids are irregularly shaped and exceed the original wound borders. They most commonly occur on the chest and shoulders however can present anywhere on the body.These scars are similar to benign tumours. In addition to being formed following an injury, they can also form following infections or piercings, resulting in excessive scar tissue. The skin at the site of scarring can be red, sensitive and itchy.
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Keloids are not self-resolving and generally re-occur after surgical excision. The Dermal Clinicians at Melbourne Laser & Aesthetic Centre are specialised in Keloid treatment and scar removal. A consultation is necessary to assess and develop an individualized treatment plan for the Keloid scars. This includes taking into consideration the shape of the scar, the size, the location of the scar, and its medical history.
Occassionally Keloid scars can be unpredictable and can actively grow. In which case they must be treated to avoid re-growth or further growth. In order to maintain the scar in a dormant state, the scar may be injected with anti-inflammatory drugs. This assists in halting the scar tissue growth and assists in reducing the thickness. For larger scars, keloid scars treatment may include surgery, blading or ablation..
Specific Laser and cautery treatments have also proven to effectively reduce fibrotic density, soften and flatten Keloid scars. Vascular laser treatment may be required to address the appearance of visible blood vessels in the Keloid.
Keloid Scars Treatment at Laser Melbourne
At MLAC – Laser Melbourne, expert Dermal Clinicians will take time to analyse your Keloid scars and explain a range of treatment options, while discussing the anticipated outcome. A thorough consultation will help you understand the treatment modalities and a plan that is best suited to you.
Keloid scars treatment with laser treatment is effective, simple, with very little discomfort while the treatment is being administered.
Depending on the Keloid treatment performed; temporary inflammation and mild swelling or crusting of the Keloid scar. Following a course of treatments, a gradual reduction in height and density over a period of several months can be expected with an improvement of colour and visibility. Results can vary, however after a course of treatments the Keloid scar is flat and less obvious, blending into the surrounding skin tone and texture.