Keloid Scar Treatment

Keloid Scar Treatment

Keloid scar treatment is a key area of focus in dermatology. It involves minimizing and controlling the growth of keloid scars, raised skin areas that result from overactive scar tissues. This page aims to provide a comprehensive guide to the process, so you can make an informed decision on your treatment options.

Keloid scars are not medically harmful, but they can cause discomfort, itching, stinging and insecurity due to their appearance. They can develop after surgeries, minor skin injuries, burns, piercings, acne or other inflammatory skin conditions, or even spontaneously especially in high risk areas such as the chest, shoulders and back. These scars are characterized by their raised, irregular shapes and tendency to grow larger over time, often becoming much larger than the original wound.

Understanding your treatment options is the first step in managing keloid scars. These treatment methods aim to flatten and reduce the size of the scar, relieve symptoms, and improve skin appearance. However, it’s important to note that while treatments can significantly improve the look of keloids, they may not completely remove the scar.

Steroid injections are often the first line of treatment. These are done directly into the scar tissue to help reduce its size and alleviate itching or pain.

Another option is laser treatment, which can help flatten keloids and reduce redness. This method uses focused light to break down the scar tissue. Pulsed dye lasers such as the Vbeam Perfecta are an excellent option and available at Skin & Laser Dermatology Center.

Cryotherapy is a technique that involves freezing the keloid scar with liquid nitrogen. This process can flatten the scar and make it less noticeable.

Microneedling with or without PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) can also be an effective method of reducing keloid size and appearance. Multiple sessions are often required to achieve the optimal cosmetic outcomes.

Finally, in certain cases, surgery may be an option. However, it’s important to be aware that keloids have a high recurrence rate after surgery. Therefore, it’s often used in conjunction with other treatments, such as steroid injections or radiation therapy, to prevent the keloid from re-forming.

To further prevent the development of keloid scars, silicon sheets or gels are also recommended. They are non-invasive, and can reduce the size and appearance of keloids over time.

It’s crucial to consult with a dermatologist to find the most effective treatment for your keloid scars. They will evaluate your skin, consider your personal and medical history, and recommend the best-suited treatment plan for you.


Q1: Can keloid scars disappear completely?

A1: While treatments can significantly improve the look of keloids, they may not completely remove the scar. The goal of treatment is to flatten and reduce the size of the scar, relieve any symptoms, and improve the appearance of the skin.

Q2: Are keloid treatments painful?

A2: Some discomfort might be experienced with treatments such as steroid injections, cryotherapy, or microneedling. Your dermatologist can recommend ways to manage pain, such as local anesthesia or over-the-counter pain relievers.

Q3: How long does it take for treatments to work?

A3: The duration varies depending on the size and location of the keloid, and the chosen treatment method. Some treatments, like steroid injections, may need to be repeated over several months to achieve the desired results.

Q4: Are there any side effects of these treatments?

A4: Potential side effects vary by treatment. They may include pain, skin discoloration, or infection. It’s important to discuss potential side effects with your dermatologist before starting treatment.

Q5: Can keloid scars be prevented?

A5: It’s hard to prevent keloids from forming after an injury or surgery, but there are steps you can take to reduce your risk. This can include avoiding unnecessary skin injuries, like piercings or tattoos, and applying silicone sheets or gels on new wounds to minimize scarring.

Remember, every case is unique and no two individual patients are alike. Your dermatologist is the best source of information for your individual circumstances and treatment options.


The information provided here is for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended as medical advice. The procedure described here is a cosmetic procedure and carries risks and potential complications. The results may vary and are not guaranteed. It is important to consult with a dermatology care provider who has experience performing this procedure to discuss the risks and potential benefits, as well as any other questions or concerns you may have. The procedure should only be performed by a qualified and licensed medical professional. It is essential that you follow all post-procedure instructions provided by your provider to ensure the best possible outcome. Any decision to undergo this procedure should be made after careful consideration and consultation with a qualified healthcare professional.

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