Get Rid of Keloids Safely and Effectively!
Dr Justin Boey, Medical Director of Sozo Aesthetic Clinic, shares how.
- 1 What are keloids?
- 2 What are the symptoms of keloids?
- 3 What are the causes of Keloids?
- 4 Who tends to get keloids?
- 5 What are the keloid scar removal treatment options in Singapore?
- 6 Is Keloid treatment painful?
- 7 Keloid removal treatment in Singapore
What are keloids?
When skin is injured, fibrous scar tissue forms over the wound to repair the injury.
In certain cases, scar tissue grows excessively and can be larger than the original wound.
The result is formation of smooth, hard growths called keloids.
Keloids are most commonly found on the chest, shoulders, earlobes, and cheeks.
However, keloids can affect any part of the body.
What are the symptoms of keloids?
The symptoms of a keloid are:
- a localized raised area that is flesh-colored, pink, or red
- scar that continues to grow larger with scar tissue over time
- itchy patch of skin
Keloid scars may take weeks or months to develop fully.
While keloid scars may be itchy, they are not harmful to your health.
You may experience discomfort, tenderness, or possible irritation from your clothing or other forms of friction.
In rare instances, you may experience keloid scarring on large areas of your body. The hardened scar tissue may restrict your movements.
What are the causes of Keloids?
Most types of skin injury can contribute to keloid scarring.
Keloids are more common than you imagine. It is estimated that 10 percent of people experience keloid scarring.
Who tends to get keloids?
Men and women are equally likely to have keloid scars.
People with darker pigmented skin are more prone to keloids.
Other risk factors of keloid formation include:
- being of Asian descent
- being pregnant
- being younger than 30
Keloids tend to have a genetic component, which means you’re more likely to have keloids if one or both of your parents have keloids or hypertrophic scars.
What are the keloid scar removal treatment options in Singapore?
Corticosteroid injection is the most common treatment for keloid scars.
The corticosteroid that is commonly used is triamcinolone.
When injected into the keloid, this anti-inflammatory medicine helps to shrink your scar.
Patients usually receive a series of injections once every 3 to 4 weeks.
On average, patients return about 4 times for these injections.
The first injections tend to relieve symptoms and make your keloid feel softer.
Between 60% – 80% of keloids shrink after being injected.
Price of corticosteroid injections for keloid scar removal: from $100/keloid scar.
Laser Keloid Removal Treatment
This can reduce the height and fade the color of a keloid. It’s often used along with another treatment like a series of corticosteroid injections or pressure.
Price of Laser keloid removal treatments: from $200/ session.
Surgical removal of keloids has risks of recurrence of keloids.
Nearly 100% of keloids return after this treatment.
To reduce the risk of a keloid returning after surgical removal, complementary keloid treatments necessary, eg. corticosteroid injection or cryotherapy.
Receiving radiation treatments after surgery may reduce the chances of keloid formation.
Putting pressure on the keloid reduces blood flow, which can stop a keloid from returning.
Between 90% and 100% of patients who use this treatment as directed after keloid surgery can prevent another keloid.
Using this as directed, however, can be difficult. These devices tend to be uncomfortable.
Silicone sheets and gels
In one study, 34% of the raised scars had some flattening after patients used the silicone gel daily for 6 months.
Is Keloid treatment painful?
Most patients can tolerate the keloid treatments well.
Prior to injections or lasers, we will apply numbing cream to minimise your discomfort.
Need help with your keloid scars? Speak to us now for a customised treatment plan!
Keloid removal treatment in Singapore
Here are some tips for you to find a value for money keloid removal treatment in Singapore.
- Find a doctor who has the full set of injections and lasers for keloid removal treatment.
- Look for a detail-oriented doctor. Every keloid is different – find a doctor who doesn’t miss these fine details.
- Chemistry. There are many good doctors who specialise in keloid removal treatment. Find one that you are comfortable with!