Can keloids be removed?

keloid scar When the body has been injured or traumatized, the skin will often kick in to facilitate proper wound healing. However, there are times when scarring goes wrong. Some patients may experience scarring that goes beyond the typical imperfection in the skin and develop what is called a keloid scar. Keloids are an abnormal scar that is thick, raised, and may become extremely large. They can develop anywhere where there has been a skin injury. This may be places where scratches have occurred, body piercing have been, or surgeries have been performed. Keloids develop over time, sometimes in weeks or months, and will not resolve on their own. Patients with keloid scars often want to speak to a plastic surgeon about having the scar removed. 

Removing keloid scars 

Removal of a keloid scar is often achieved with surgical removal. However, surgical removal can still result in the return of the keloid scar in some patients. In situations such as this, Dr. Kenrick A. Spence and Dr. Fernando Ovalle of Hillcrest Plastic Surgery in Orlando, FL may recommend patients consider combining surgical removal with radiation treatment. 

Alternatively, patients who do not want to remove the scar with surgery may instead consider the benefits of nonsurgical solutions such as steroid injections. Steroid injections allow the keloid to reduce in size. This is often the first choice before surgical removal, providing patients with a solution that eliminates the risk of return. If the keloid does not respond to steroid injections, manual removal with surgery may be considered. Our team can assess a patient and make an educated recommendation as to the best way to address their keloid scar—permanently! 

Schedule an appointment with Dr. Kenrick A. Spence and Dr. Fernando Ovalle to learn more about keloid removal 

Orlando, FL area patients considering the removal of keloids can call (407) 999-2585 to request a consultation visit with our team at Hillcrest Plastic Surgery. The office is located at 130 Hillcrest Street and offers a wide range of facial and body procedures under the care of a board-certified plastic surgeon specializing in a wide range of surgeries. With a single appointment, patients can learn more about the removal of keloids and determine if they are a viable candidate for treatment.  

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