Dr Julia Sen, Consultant Ophthalmic Plastic, Reconstructive & Cosmetic Surgeon
    Dr Julia Sen, Consultant Ophthalmic Plastic, Reconstructive & Cosmetic Surgeon

      KELOIDS

      What is a keloid?

      A keloid is a scar that heals in an overly aggressive manner, becoming thick and raised from excessive collagen production and is sometimes referred to as a hypertrophic scar. They may appear pinker or darker than the surrounding skin and if close to a joint, may limit movement.

      Unlike normal scarring, a keloid can arise from minor trauma or even spontaneously.

      Keloids can begin to appear from a few weeks to many months after the trauma or surgery and continue to grow for months or years, extending beyond the extent of the original wound.

      A tendency to form keloids is more common in people with darker skin and there may be a family history.

      Treatment

      • Silicone dressings or gel (available without a prescription)
      • Compression dressings
      • Steroid creams or tape (prescription only) applied directly to the keloid
      • Steroid injections
      • Cryotherapy
      • Laser
      • Radiotherapy

      Prevention

      • Avoidance of any unnecessary surgical procedures
      • Effective treatment of acne and other conditions which may cause the skin scarring

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