In some people when a scar forms it continues to grow into what is called a keloid. Treatment for a keloid becomes more difficult the longer it’s left to grow. It is important for anyone who is susceptible to developing keloids to avoid situations where their skin is punctured and scarring may develop. This includes surgeries and getting tattoos or piercings. People with darker skin pigmentation are more likely to have this skin disorder. There is no known cure for stopping keloids from happening so prevention is the best solution!
There are solutions however that your dermatologist can discuss with you to remove them once they develop. Here are a few options that we perform at Advanced Dermatology, P.C.
Cortisone Injections – Safe injections of a steroid to reduce the size of a keloid are repeated every one to two months. Even after monthly treatments the scar may still be visible.
Surgery – Removal of the keloid through surgery is possible but leaves open the possibility of developing another keloid since an incision is made in the skin.
Cryoshape – Cryoshape flattens keloids by freezing them. The treatment uses a cold probe that significantly reduces the size of keloid scars by freezing them from the inside out. Recurrence rates after Cryoshape are much lower than many of the other treatments.
SRT-100 – Radiotherapy technology that is also used to remove skin cancer can flatten and reduce keloids. The Skin Cancer Radiotherapy Center in Roslyn Heights, New York, an affiliate of Advanced Dermatology, was the first to offer this innovative treatment on Long Island.
The best way to determine what keloid removal option is right for you is to consult with one of our board certified dermatologists who are keloid removal specialists. We have 13 conveniently located offices in New York and New Jersey. Click here to contact us today!
See what one of our patients had to say about the Cryoshape treatment: