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How to get rid of a keloid scar on the vagina, vulva, and pubic area

Shaving has been hammered over the years to be one of the women’s most important grooming activities. Why? Because unshaved pubic hairs are known to harbour various unhealthy microorganisms that may harm vaginal health.

Although shaving helps prevent vaginal infection, the way the shaving is done can lead to cuts, bruises, and ingrown hairs, which in the long run causes keloid formation.

This article will discuss what a pubic keloid scar is and the possible ways to get rid of it.

What is a Pubic keloid scar?

What is a Pubic keloid scar?

A keloid is a form of scarring/skin growth caused by scar tissue proliferation at a cut or wound site that can occur anywhere, including the vulva, vagina, pubic or anal area. Therefore, a pubic keloid scar is any scar that can occur on the vagina area, usually due to ingrown hairs from shaving.

Symptoms of pubic keloid scar

Some of the symptoms of the pubic area include:

  • Scarring that is both deep and asymmetrical
  • Smooth, hairless, and slightly elevated skin.
  • The size of a keloid depends on the severity of the initial injury and the point at which the Keloid stops developing.
  • Various ranges of hardness, from soft to firm to rubbery.

Causes of vaginal, vulval, or pubic keloid scars

  1. Pregnancy

It might surprise you to know that pregnancy is one of the leading causes of genital scarring like Clitorial Keloid

Pregnancy and puberty, both of which have hormonal impacts, have been linked to keloid formation and may cause preexisting keloids to enlarge. It is advised that women and girls with Keloid and hypertrophic scarring be made aware of this possible effect because it may influence a large number of women.

  1. Vaginal childbirth

During childbirth, the vaginal canal stretches to allow the baby to pass through. However, the vaginal canal does not always expand far enough to allow for delivery, which makes doctors opt for surgeries like episiotomy cuts. Even though episiotomies can help lower the risk of vaginal tears, scarring is still extremely likely. Since cuts and bruises are some factors that predispose the body to keloids, keloid scarring may occur.

  1.  Shaving

The excessive collagen production that causes keloids can have an “overhealing” effect, leading to an overabundance of scar tissue. Most persons who cut themselves while shaving experience a mildly irritated wound that may heal over and leave a small scar.

It is usually advised to apply silicone gel sheets or gel once the wound has healed to effectively avoid Keloid from shaving

Asides from cuts from shaving, which could lead to keloids, ingrown hairs can also cause keloid formation. Ingrown hairs may result in an inflammatory foreign body reaction with papules and pustules at the point of hair penetration, which may lead to permanent scarring, typically in grooved patterns, but sometimes in keloids. Basically, in this case, ingrown hair turned into Keloid

Keloid scar treatment

There is more than one keloid removal or treatment method, and although their effectiveness varies, they have been proven to work

  1. Cryotherapy keloid treatment

The most pain-free, safest, and easy-to-perform method of keloid removal is cryotherapy, which can take the form of normal whole-body, localized, or intralesional cryosurgery. This treatment often called cryosurgery, involves exposing the Keloid to extremely cold temperatures.

Because the pubic region is sensitive, exposing it to cold temperatures may not necessarily hurt it when compared to chemical exposure. But this should only be done by professionals in the field.

  1. Silicone sheet and silicone gel

New and old scars, even keloid scars, can have their look diminished by using silicone sheets or silicone gel. This is how to get rid of keloid scars from ingrown hair. 

  1.  Intra-lesional steroid injections 

Intra-lesional injections, in which steroids are injected directly into the keloid tissue, are a typical approach to treating smaller keloids. Atrophy (thinning) of the skin, as well as discolouration and loss of typical skin hues, are common side effects of repeated steroid injections, especially at high doses. But all of these can be avoided while achieving the desired result if experts in the field are consulted.

  1. Keloid surgery

Here at the London Keloid Scar clinic, before keloid surgery, the first step is consultation. We will examine your keloid and general skin condition to determine if you are a suitable candidate for keloid surgery. Before the surge, we will inject corticosteroids into the scar tissue. The effects of steroids include control of inflammation, vasoconstriction, inhibition of collagen synthesis, collagen breakdown, and reduction of growth factors. As a result, the healed scar contracts and flattens. The actual surgery is then carried out, and an after-treatment guide is given. 

FAQS about pubic keloid scar.

How do I get rid of keloids in my pubic area?

The pubic area of a woman is very sensitive and delicate; hence, the treatment option has to consider that. Treatment of pubic Keloid differs as the causes, shapes, and sizes of the keloids that form vary. Some of the ways to get rid of keloids in your pubic area include surgery and radiation therapy, cryotherapy, and intralesional steroid injections. Book a consultation with us to get your keloids examined and get suitable treatment recommendations. 

What causes keloids in the pubic area?

Usually, keloids form when the body creates an excessive amount of collagen, a protein essential to wound healing. But in the public area, infections caused by hair folliculitis are the main cause of keloid formation.

What can be mistaken for keloids?

Keloids are a type of benign tumour which develops in response to skin injury, most often after surgery or from infection with the herpes simplex virus. A hypertrophic scar resembles a keloid. Although they do not grow as large as keloids and may diminish with time, they can be found in all racial groupings. Also, Dermatofibrosarcoma protuberans is a very unusual disorder that might be confused with Keloid, especially if it grows to the size of 50 mm or does not heal.

What triggers Keloid?

Any type of skin trauma, including but not limited to bug bites, acne, injections, body piercings, burns, hair removal, and even minor scrapes and bumps, has the potential to set off the creation of keloid scar tissue.

Can ingrown hairs turn into keloids?

Yes, ingrown hair infections can cause keloid scarring in certain people. Scar tissue that doesn’t stop growing can generate smooth keloid scars and elevated lumps. The hue of a keloid can range from flesh tones to pinks and reds. In some cases, their expansion could be beyond their initial location’s boundaries.

Do keloids go away?

Keloids may continue to increase in size for months or even years. They gradually cease to grow but do not disappear without treatments. In certain instances, keloids that have been removed can reappear.

Final words

Keloid scarring can be a very terrible sight, but at The London Keloid Scar Clinic, our goal is to help get rid of body scarring that could be unsightly with the use of the highest quality medications, supplies, and equipment that have been the subject to extensive medical research in the treatment of keloids. Our delight lies in our patients’ treatment and happiness, and we hope you consult with us soon.

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