Skin is a seamless organ and even a small tear makes a big difference in how it looks. A scar is the result of the healing process after an injury. Any burn, injury, or other trauma, such as surgery, can cause a scar. Keloid Scars are the result of an overly aggressive healing process. It is a tough heaped-up scar that rises quite abruptly above the rest of the skin. It usually has a smooth top and a pink or purple color. Keloids are irregularly shaped and tend to enlarge progressively. Like most scars it won’t just fade away.
The causes for Keloids are:
- Ear piercing
- Minor scratches
- Surgical cuts
- Traumatic wounds
- Vaccination sites
At Dr.Mushtq’s Skin Clinic, we tackle Keloids using different treatment techniques.
- We use Intense Pulse Light (IPL) technique in treating Keloids. It uses high intensity light to penetrate just below the skins surface. Pulses of light are fired at the skin which turns into heat to destroy the darker skin cells. The skin will then scab or peel, and gradually fade leaving you with a more even skin tone. This procedure is non-invasive procedure with very less pain involved and patients can see faster results.
- Cortisone injections are also used as a treatment option. Injections are safe and less painful and usually help flatten keloids.
- Cryotherapy is done by freezing keloids with liquid nitrogen. It flattens them but often darkens the site of treatment.
- We use Silicone sheets for the treatment which involves wearing a sheet of silicone gel on the affected area for several hours a day for weeks or months.