When the skin is damaged, the normal body response is to begin production of collagen to form scar tissue to protect the wound while the skin heals. This scar tissue can be raised and firm, usually smoothing as the skin heals. Keloids develop when the collagen production does not stop. The scar tissue grows outside of the boundaries of the wound, sometimes becoming very large. At Blaine Plastic Surgery, we offer keloid scar removal and treatment at our clinics in Manhattan, Staten Island and Huntington, NY.
Anyone can have a skin wound create a keloid scar, although those with darker pigmented skin are more susceptible. About 10-15% of scars become keloids, and any wound to the skin can cause these large scar tissue formations. Acne, piercings, burns and cuts all can turn into keloids during the healing process. Keloids may look similar to hypertrophic scars in the beginning, but they tend to become larger and grow outside of the original wound. Some can grow inches above the skin and become cumbersome and distracting, requiring medical treatment for removal.
Treatment for Keloids
Keloids are tricky to remove or treat. Surgically removing the scar tissue can cause another keloid to form, sometimes larger than the first. Steroid injections are one option for reducing the size of keloids, and there are other treatment options that can be effective. Our board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Christine Blaine, will recommend a treatment plan for keloid scar removal and treatment to heal the skin and minimize the appearance.
If you have a keloid scar and want to explore removal or treatment options, contact us at Blaine Plastic Surgery today to make your appointment. We can schedule a consultation with Dr. Blaine at one of our clinics in New York, including Huntington, NYC Midtown and Staten Island.