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Varsha R tilekar

Varsha R tilekar

May 26, 2018

What is best treatment for keloid removal?

Keloid is formed as a result of an overgrowth of granulation tissue at the site of a healed skin injury. These are firm, rubbery lesions like a fibrous nodule, which occurs on the skin. Keloid is different from a hypertrophic scar, & it has a tendency to overgrow at the site of injury & to produce a lump larger than that of original scar. Keloid is an individual skin tends to heal in an abnormal manner. Sometimes a patient may complain of burning, itching at the site of a keloid.

Keloid can occur on any places on our body, after ear piercing, after nose piercing, post acne, after chicken pox etc. Treatment of keloid is challenging as a problem is laying in the skin properties of healing. Some people can option for surgical removal of keloid, but this usually doesn’t lead to the favorable outcome, as after surgical removal that surgical injury site also heals in a different manner & give rise to the formation of a keloid.

In order to avoid these unacceptable recurrences, treatment with intralesional corticosteroids, 5 Fluro uracils can be given at regular interval in a patient complaining of itching, burning at the site of a keloid. Application of silicone gel sheet for longer time duration under pressure helps to reduce the size of a keloid.

Treatment of keloid is long term. There is no a one-time solution to this problem. Treatment is advised to reduce its discomfort, pain & itching. 

We request you to consult a board-certified dermatologist nearby you to guide you best & give you relief.

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Dr. Dhananjay Chavan

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