Keloids Specialist

Smooth Over the Past: Keloid Treatments in Texas

Keloids represent an unusual scar tissue formation seen in some Texas residents after skin injuries or post-surgical procedures. They emerge due to an excessive growth of connective tissues after skin damages such as surgeries, piercings, tattoos, particular skin issues, or other traumas. Keloids can manifest rapidly or take years to become noticeable.

Northstar Dermatology:
Dermatology located in North Richland Hills, TX. Also serving Southlake, Colleyville, Keller, Hurst, Euless, Bedford, and Fort Worth, TX.

Keloids: Deep Dive & Answers

Causes Behind Keloids

Areas where keloids commonly develop include:

  • Darkly pigmented regions
  • Chest
  • Shoulders
  • Upper back
  • Upper arms
  • Ear lobes
  • Legs
  • Abdomen
Keloid Risk Determinants

Although keloids are predominantly seen in people with a darker complexion, they can affect individuals of all ethnic backgrounds. Factors increasing the likelihood of keloid development include:

  • Past keloid occurrence
  • Familial keloid history
  • Genetic conditions linked to keloids (e.g., Turner’s, Progeria)
  • Pregnancy
  • Endocrine system anomalies
  • Consumption of specific drugs like anabolic steroids
    Burn injuries
Treatment Options for Keloids

Given the multifaceted nature of keloids, a dermatologist’s consultation is essential for an apt evaluation. Factors like the keloid’s size, depth, and location, along with the patient’s age, play a pivotal role in devising the optimal treatment strategy.

Available treatments include:

  • Intralesional injection: Employing a steroid-based intralesional injection is a conventional and non-aggressive approach. Though such injections might not eliminate the keloid entirely, they can significantly soften it and decrease its size. They also relieve any associated itchiness or discomfort. However, multiple injections might be needed.
  • Surgery: Surgical excision of keloids offers a transient solution with inherent risks. There’s a potential for keloids to reappear, often resulting in even larger formations. Avoiding a secondary excision is advised if the keloid recurs post-surgery.
  • Radiation Therapy: This method targets collagen-producing cells and curtails itching and redness. Still, it doesn’t eradicate the existing keloids. After an excision, radiation therapy can minimize the risk of a keloid’s return, although a recurrence chance remains. Combining treatments might be beneficial.
Prevention Strategies for Keloids

To prevent keloid development, one should refrain from activities like piercings, tattoos, cosmetic surgeries, or any elective procedures that could prompt keloid emergence.

If surgical intervention becomes imperative, discussing strategies with your physician to mitigate keloid scar appearance is crucial. Some approaches include making incisions aligned with natural skin folds, avoiding overly tight stitches, and maintaining optimal wound care to decrease inflammation or infection chances.

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