Most scars only leave scar tissue within the borders of a skin injury, but keloid scars are different. Keloids can grow scar tissue outside the borders of a skin injury, becoming very large and undesirable. Even a small skin injury like a piercing can create a large keloid scar that can be disfiguring. Dr. Ali Charafeddine at Eden Plastic Surgery Institute offers advanced options for keloid scar removal at our medical facility in Miami.
Keloid scars can affect anyone, but they are more likely in ethnic groups with darker skin color. While they are raised like hypertrophic scars, they differ in the fact that they grow beyond the border of the skin injury. The ear lobe is a common place for keloids to occur. A simple ear piercing can result in a large growth of scar tissue – the growth can become larger than the ear lobe, deforming the ear and face. Treatment is required to stop the formation of scar tissue and remove the excess tissue to improve the skin’s appearance.
Treatment for Keloids
Keloid scar removal is complex. Keloids tend to grow back if they are removed, so simply removing the scar tissue does not offer a long-term solution. Instead, a combination of medication to inhibit scar tissue growth and treatments to remove the scar tissue are often used. Steroid injections can help shrink and stop keloid growth, while surgical removal and pressure garments can eliminate the growth and stop the scar tissue from returning.
Dr. Ali Charafeddine is a board certified plastic surgeon who is a keloid scar removal specialist. If you have a keloid scar that is causing you discomfort or disfigurement, contact our team at Eden Plastic Surgery Institute. We can schedule a keloid removal consultation with Dr. Charafeddine to discuss your treatment options at our medical center in Miami.