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Keloid Scars

They can develop after surgery, after major skin trauma, or even after very minor skin damage like acne scars.

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Medically reviewed by Lorcan Sheppard BSc MBBS FRCA, Chief Medical Officer and the Medical Advisory Committee for The Private Clinic.

Last Reviewed July 16th 2020

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Keloids are highly visible, exaggerated scars that are particularly common in darker skin. They can develop after surgery, after major skin trauma, or even after very minor skin damage like acne scars. Strangely, they may also develop even if there’s no obvious damage to the skin at all.

Keloids have a shiny and hairless appearance with a hard or rubbery feel. They usually occur on the upper chest and shoulders – particularly over the breastbone – and on the earlobes. In people with dark skin they often occur in the beard area and on the scalp.

We are still not quite sure what causes this type of scarring, but we do know the following:

  • Dark skinned people are more susceptible to keloids than those with paler skin
  • Wounds that are under pressure or get infected while healing are especially likely to develop into keloids as are burn and acne scars
  • Keloids are most likely to develop between the ages of 10 and 30
  • They are not caught from anyone else
  • They carry no risk of cancer
  • The tendency to scar in this way can run in families
  • They can be caused by chickenpox, acne, minor scratches, surgical incisions, traumatic wounds, vaccination sites or burns
procedure time

Procedure Time

30 mins

number of treatments

No. of Treatments

2 Treatments

downtime

Downtime

24 - 48 hours

how long do results last

Results Last

4 - 6 months

final results

Final Results

8 - 10 weeks

Although keloid scars are not dangerous, they can be itchy and tender or even painful to touch. The emotional impact of these scars, however, is often greater than the physical one as they can cause great distress, particularly in younger patients, and can seriously undermine self-confidence.

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What to Expect

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  • Aftercare

Keloid Scar Removal Treatment

We offer two types of treatment for Keloids, depending on the size of the scar. Smaller Keloids are removed quickly and simply with a series of steroid injections. As seen on Channel 4’s Embarrassing Bodies, this procedure will usually remove the scar within 4 to 6 sessions. Bigger Keloids will be removed surgically by one of our highly qualified surgeons.

After Your Keloid Scar Removal Treatment

In both cases the scar will flatten out and should match the colour of the surrounding skin, making it much less noticeable.

None, you can get back to normal activities pretty much straight away.

Keloid Scar Removal Treatment

We offer two types of treatment for Keloids, depending on the size of the scar. Smaller Keloids are removed quickly and simply with a series of steroid injections. As seen on Channel 4’s Embarrassing Bodies, this procedure will usually remove the scar within 4 to 6 sessions. Bigger Keloids will be removed surgically by one of our highly qualified surgeons.

After Your Keloid Scar Removal Treatment

In both cases the scar will flatten out and should match the colour of the surrounding skin, making it much less noticeable.

None, you can get back to normal activities pretty much straight away.

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FAQs

  • What does the treatment involve?

    Injections of the steroid (triamcinolane) are the most effective way of treating most Keloid scars, though this will depend on the size and location of the scar. After 4 to 6 sessions of this treatment the appearance of Keloids will have improved dramatically. If the scar is particularly large, it will usually be reduced in size with surgery. This will then be followed up with a series of postoperative steroid injections.

  • How long does the treatment take?

    Steroid treatment for Keloid scars takes between 15 and 30 minutes per session. Surgical removal of Keloids can take up to 1 hour depending on size.

  • How much does Keloid Scars cost?

    A consultation with our Consultant Dermatologist in London Harley Street is £200.
    Prices for Keloid Scar Removal start from £240 in case of steroid injections. Surgical removal of Keloids starts at £1,150. A consultation is always your first step, where you can obtain a full understanding of the severity of your scarring and your treatment options.

  • How soon will I see the results?

    With steroid treatments you should notice an improvement in the appearance of your scars within two to three weeks of your first treatment. Usually a course is required. In case of surgery, results are immediate.

  • How long will the results last?

    In rare occasions Keloid scars may grow back and you may need to be treated again.

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    Our team consists of some of the UK’s best Cosmetic Dermatologist in London and Doctors providing a range of minimally invasive treatments for Keloid Scars. We are one of the UK’s leading best dermatology clinics in London, as well as one of the very few clinics in the UK able to assess and treat Keloids. At your Harley street dermatology clinic consultation, we will carefully examine your scar and outline the treatment options available to you. If you choose to go ahead we will perform the procedure in our own theatre facilities.

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