Keloids are scar tissues that form over healed wounds. However, keloids are different from normal scar tissues. Some keloid scars tend to be needlessly big and, as a result, become cosmetic concerns. Are keloid scar tissues safe to cut? Can you get rid of them? Read on to learn more about keloids and safe and unsafe ways to deal with keloids.
What are Keloids?
Keloids are thick, lumpy and elevated fibrous scar tissues formed after an injury to cover, protect and repair wounds. Unlike usually healed wounds which leave a slightly discoloured spot, keloid scars are enlarged, raised, pink to red skin-coloured or sometimes darker areas. They tend to extend beyond the injury site and are larger than the original wound. This scar tissue can develop after minor skin damage, such as acne spots or a piercing.
Keloids are commonly found on the chest, earlobes, shoulder and cheek region. However, this type of scaring can afflict any part of the body. Keloids can restrict body function at the site of the scar. It can also create cosmetic concerns due to its appearance.
Signs or symptoms of keloids
- Thick and irregular scarring (typically on the earlobes, shoulders, cheeks or middle chest).
- Shiny, hairless and lumpy elevated skin
- Reddish, brown or purplish discolouration ( depending on skin colour)
Why do people get keloid?
Experts are yet to unravel the mystery behind the question, “why do people get keloids?” However, the condition is a result of collagen overproduction. While anyone could get keloids, some specific classes of people are more prone than others. Keloids can be hereditary. Likewise, If you’ve had a keloid scar before, odds are you’re likely to get another.
Can you cut off a keloid with scissors?
It’s not advisable to cut off keloids with scissors. Without the proper medical procedure and treatment, you’ll only expose yourself to the risk of an even bigger keloid scar tissue. The collagen outgrowth with only grow into an even bigger keloid. Cutting keloid may even lead to another injury and infection.
Can you pop a keloid?
Keloids are not fluid or pus-filled like boils or pimples. They are scar tissues. While you might be able to squeeze Keloids such as those on the ear, you can’t pop one. Trying harder to see if more pressure will yield a pop isn’t advisable either. You could damage your skin and cause bacteria infiltration and infection.
Can you remove the keloid with a rubber band?
Medically this is not advisable. The procedure is risky and could be beyond your control regarding the extent of the injury.
What is inside a keloid?
Keloids are thick rubbery fibrous outgrowths. Despite their shiny and pliable appearance, they do not contain any fluid or pus. To answer the question, “what is inside a keloid?” Keloids are thick lumpy masses of overgrown tissue.
Does keloid bleed when popped?
First, keloids can’t be popped like a pimple. Secondly, yes, keloids bleed when injured like any other part of the skin. It’s important to avoid messing with a keloid scar, especially until it bleeds. A bleeding and unattended keloid could cause bacterial infection. Meet with a doctor to help treat any bleeding keloids properly.
The fastest way to get rid of keloid
There are no fast ways to get rid of Keloids. However, there are numerous treatment methods. It would be best to visit our keloid scar experts at the London Keloid scar clinic for a free consultation. Your keloid will be examined to determine which or a combination of treatments is best for you. Several methods of treating keloids include Surgical removal, silicon gel, retinoid cream, steroid injection, radiation and pressure earrings.
How do you flatten a keloid?
Sometimes keloid scars flatten themselves as the body reabsorbs the scar tissues. However, this does not happen in all cases. Laser resurfacing procedures can flatten larger keloids. The method is sometimes combined with cortisone injections to flatten a keloid effectively. The therapy procedure lasts for multiple sessions, with about four to eight weeks between each session. This is one of the best solutions to flatten a keloid.
Is keloid permanent ?
While keloids might take months and even years to grow, they do not fade or flatten unless treated. While some may flatten over time, there is a higher probability of the keloid staying permanently on your skin if it is not treated.
Does removing a keloid hurt?
While undergoing a keloid removal treatment, you’ll be under local or general anaesthesia. A consultation with our specialists will determine the best treatment for you based on several factors, including the keloids’ location and size. The surgical area might be tender for a couple of days after the treatment. Over-the-counter meds will help with the tenderness.
How much does it cost to remove a keloid?
The price of a keloid removal procedure depends on several things. The complexity of the treatment method, duration of treatment, the keloid’s size and location, and where you live. You can contact us for a free consultation and get a non-obligation quote that suits your treatment options.
While the exact reason behind keloid development is yet to be determined, it’s noteworthy that skin injuries can cause keloids. Acne scars, burns, ear piercings and even scratches increase the risk of getting keloids. There are several treatment methods available depending on your skin condition. Consult DR Salinda Johnson, our lead Keloid scar expert, to eliminate your keloids and regain your scarless skin.