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How to prevent keloid scars reoccurring after removal

If you experience keloid scars, you’ll know that they don’t go away on their own. Keloids result from an injury to the skin, either from a piercing, cut or surgical trauma – even an acne spot can cause a keloid as this type of scar is formed because of a genetic condition where the body creates too much collagen during the healing process. Keloids can become larger than the original size of the skin wound and are bumpy and protruding. They can be pink, red, skin-coloured or darker than the skin surrounding them. Keloid is a condition which can affect anyone but is more common in those with dark skins or those with a genetic predisposition to having the condition (if your parents have a keloid, you may well have it too). Keloids affect men or women and appear anywhere on the face or body, but are most commonly found on the ears, face, neck, chest, and back. Keloid scars can be upsetting for those who experience them, as they can continue to grow for months, even years after the original skin wound. They can become bulbous and can affect some people’s everyday lives through embarrassment or the need to cover up in public places.

At The London Keloid Scar Clinic in Harley Street, we understand how traumatic keloid scarring can be for our patients and offer a range of highly-effective keloid scar treatments to reduce and even permanently remove them.

One of the most effective treatments we offer is surgical excision, where the keloid is cut away, and the remaining wound is sutured. However, this simple surgery may not be all that is needed to keep a further keloid from growing back after surgery. Following a keloid surgery here at our clinic, we recommend further preventative treatments
to ensure that keloids do not grow back and are managed effectively. These may include a course of steroid and 5-FU injections and/or pressing therapy.

Injection therapy –

Injection therapy using a specially-selected steroid called triamcinolone acetonide (TAC) and FU-5 can help to keep the keloid scar area flattened and prevent new keloid scar tissue from forming. This injectable steroid can be used alone, but with recent research to prove that the addition of FU-5 (5-Fluorouracil) can reduce the size of keloid scars by 92% in comparison to 73% when steroid alone was used, we usually recommend both therapies, here at The London Keloid Scar Clinic. TAC and FU-5 injections have been proven as clinically safe with only minimal and temporary side-effects, which are rare.

Pressing therapy –

Pressing therapy utilises specialised silicone sheets which are applied directly on to the scar, as soon as the skin heals after excision surgery. Pressing therapy is thought to be effective by increasing the occluded scar’s temperature, hydration, and oxygen tension, causing it to soften and flatten. Pressing therapy needs to be practised regularly for an extended amount of time, and the sheeting needs to be worn over the scar for 12 to 24 hours a day, for at least two to three months. The sheets and the treatment area will need to be washed every day with mild soap and water. Here at The London Keloid Scar Clinic, your skin doctor will advise you of when to start using the silicone sheets after your excision therapy.

Results

The results from any keloid scar treatment can vary, and every patient is different and really depends on the size and severity of the keloid scar. However, here at The London Keloid Scar Clinic, our team of esteemed skin experts have found that combination treatments tend to be more effective in the long term.

On average, 70% of our patients enjoy permanent removal of their keloid scars, as we make it our mission to create a bespoke and tailored treatment plan for every one of our patients. We are all unique, and so are our keloid scars, we must treat and manage them accordingly for ultimate success; that is our mantra here at our Harley Street clinic.

If you would like to know if you are suitable for a keloid scar excision and further combination treatments, to reduce or even eradicate your keloid scars, simply contact us. We will invite you to a no-obligation consultation with one of our medical experts. They will discuss your individual concerns, your expectations for results, check your medical history to ensure treatment will be safe and effective and will devise your bespoke treatment plan for your specific needs. Here at The London Keloid Scar Clinic, we treat hundreds of patients a year, who’s lives have been improved through the confidence we have given them, having successfully treating their keloid scars.

Don’t let your keloid scars stop you from living your best life. Contact our team and take that very first step to smoother, more beautiful skin and renewed confidence and vitality.

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