Uncovering the Reasons behind Keloids
Characterised by highly visible hairless and shiny scars, keloids are a frustrating skin condition which normally occurs after trauma or surgery. Their most common occurrence is in those between 10-30 years old, and people with darker skin have been shown to be more susceptible than those who are paler. Apart from this, there is currently little understanding on why the condition occurs, though a recent study at the Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit has made a huge step toward finding out.
Comparing fresh keloid case studies with samples of unaffected skin, a team of researchers led by Dr. Lamont R Jones discovered previously unidentified genes that could be behind the scars’ formation. Of 152 keloid specific genes that were uncovered by the research team, 10 were found to demonstrate components crucial to their development. Experts believe this could be a huge progression in knowing more about the growths and Dr Jones commented that the findings can ‘further refine the screening process…in hopes of better understanding” why they form.
Whatever the reasoning, and despite them being harmless, many cite the emotional insecurities keloids bring as the real pain of living with them. And, while understanding their origins may still be a work in progress, there are treatment options available to rid those suffering from the irritating condition.
At The Private Clinic we offer two of the most effective keloid treatments, depending on how severe your case is. Smaller scars can be removed quickly and simply through a series of steroid injections, with most seeing success within 4-6 sessions. Larger keloids, meanwhile, are normally removed through surgery and a follow-up of postoperative steroid injections. Both treatments are simple and effective and can help transform the lives of those who are suffering. We are a centre of excellence for dermatology with one of the UK’s leading consultant dermatologists at the forefront of our work.
We’re still not able to pinpoint the exact reasoning behind keloid scarring to prevent it but, until we are, treatment is available for your scars, making them less noticeable and helping your confidence shine through.
Keloid Scar treatment at The Private Clinic
We are one of the UK’s leading minimally-invasive aesthetic groups with clinics across the UK, and we have some of the country’s top doctors and dermatology experts working with us to treat keloid scarring. At your consultation, your dermatologist will carefully examine the scarring and outline the treatment options available to you. We can then perform the procedure in our own theatre facilities making the whole experience as easy and non-stressful as possible.
At The Private Clinic, we have hand-pick our Dermatologists and Skin experts to make sure they are the best in their field, with extensive experience and knowledge on what’s causing your skin complaint. Whatever you’re looking to achieve, our number one priority at our Harley street dermatology clinic is helping you to achieve the best results safely and sensitively to your needs. We’re proud to have some of the UK’s Best Cosmetic Dermatologists in London working with us as well as some of the most renowned skin experts, meaning we’ll only ever give you a treatment that works for you.