What are keloids?
Keloid scars are raised scars that are formed by a build-up of scar tissue on the skin. They can develop after any kind of wound, puncture, burn or blemish and are not like ordinary scars. Keloids can grow to be much larger than the original wound and can be a different colour to the skin tone of the person experiencing them, whether darker, pink, red or brown. Anyone can suffer from keloid scarring. Treating keloids at home or from conventional beauty methods can have disastrous consequences, as keloids are formed due to the over-production of collagen within the skin. Therefore, any attempt to remove a keloid without specialist knowledge can make things worse.
Our team of specialists at The London Keloid Scar Clinic are the most experienced in treating keloid scarring in London. We’ve put together a list of dos and don’ts, so you know what you should do if you wish to treat your keloids or prevent new keloids from forming.
Do – consult with a medically qualified professional regarding your keloid removal and management.
As mentioned, keloid scars are unlike regular scars and require medical attention if they are severe, and you wish to remove them. GPs offer fewer services these days; a specialist medical doctor for removing keloid scarring will give you access to the latest advice and treatment options. A consultation will be requested so that the practitioner can examine your keloid scars, check your medical history and put together a tailored plan to suit your needs. Then you can make an informed choice of which route to take, whether it be surgical removal, steroid injections, laser, pressure pads or topical remedies.
Don’t – try and remove a keloid scar yourself.
Collagen formation is the natural response to a cut or skin wound. With keloid scars, if you try and cut away the scar or break the skin in any way, this can make the keloid worse and risk infection. Topical remedies are all over the internet, but you will not know how your skin will respond to these treatments without proper guidance. If you apply garlic, aspirin or even honey and your skin reacts to these products, the scar could be compromised, and you’re back to square one, with further skin damage and more keloid scarring as a result.
Do – think about why you want to remove your keloid scar.
Keloid scarring is a natural response to the skin being damaged. They rarely have any negative medical effects on the body and, in many cases, go unnoticed, unless on areas such as the face.
If your keloid scar doesn’t bother you or if you feel under pressure by others to have them removed, think very carefully about why you’re going down that road. However, if your keloids itch, hurt, rub on clothing or make you feel self-conscious due to their visibility, these are all good reasons to have them removed. As with any non-surgical treatment, there are risks. Making sure you are positive about your decision to have your keloid scars removed and weighing these reasons up along with the risks associated with keloid removal will help you make an informed decision on whether to remove them or not.
Don’t – go to a non-medical professional for keloid scar removal.
Many devices advertised in non-medical locations claim to help remove keloid scars when the plain truth is that they can make them worse. Ensuring that you consult with a medically-trained keloid expert could mean the difference between a very successful treatment and a waste of time and money, as well as more keloids! Ensure your clinic specialises in keloid removal and can help you manage your keloid scars after any procedure.
Do – make sure you follow all aftercare advice following your keloid removal.
Following all the aftercare advice that your medical professional offers you, following a keloid removal procedure will pay dividends in the long term. This could be the length of time that you have to wear pressure earrings, after your ear keloid procedure, which foods or skin products to avoid, maintaining regular check-ups so that your practitioner can ensure that the keloid is not growing back, and simple tricks and tips to keep your keloids at bay. Putting in the time, effort and hard work at the beginning will ensure that you remain keloid-free long-term.
Keloid scars can be difficult, but they don’t have to be permanent. If you have made the informed decision that you would like to have one or more of your keloid scars removed, contact our team here at The London Keloid Scar Clinic to find out more about the range of clinically proven treatments we offer.