Keloid Scar Treatment in Atlanta, GA
Keloid scars can mar otherwise flawless skin with unsightly bumps and highly visible discoloration of the skin. If you or a loved one requires surgery to remove keloid scars, consider a visit to the Atlanta Center for Breast and Aesthetic Surgery, led by Dr. Frederick T. Work, Jr. Dr. Work and his team provide efficient keloid scar removal treatment for residents of Atlanta, Buckhead, Vinings and Sandy Springs.
What are Keloids?
Keloids are overgrown scars resulting from wounds, surgery, lacerations, burns or other injuries. Keloid scars may develop on any part of the body, but they are most commonly seen near the breastbone, collarbone, shoulder and on the earlobes. Keloids may result from inflammation following surgical incisions, ear piercings, tattoos, pimples, ingrown hairs or from any direct wound or trauma to any part of the body. Keloids develop when the body forms excessive scar tissue – known as fibrous protein or collagen – during healing. In most people, the body automatically stops the process of scar formation, but in some people, this process continues and forms keloids that may appear as thick, raised, discolored scars. Keloids may itch, sting or burn, and in extreme cases, interfere with functionality. Keloids are usually darker in color than the surrounding skin and appear as tough, fibrous, raised bumps. Keloids are most commonly found among people of African and Asian descent.
Benefits Of Keloid Scar Treatment
Keloid scar treatment is a safe, common procedure performed on thousands of people yearly, leaving minimal scars and reducing future scarring. Dr. Work takes advantage of the most advanced, cutting-edge technology available in the medical field today for keloid removal, achieving results that are smooth and natural looking. The benefits of keloid removal include:
- New surgical and post-surgical techniques in keloid scar treatment help to diminish recurrence of future keloid formation while diminishing existing keloid scars.
- Keloid scar treatment ends the embarrassment caused by these unsightly scars and improves self-esteem and self-confidence.
Who Is A Good Candidate For Keloid Scar Treatment?
Any adult who is in generally good health and wishes to have keloid scars removed may be an ideal candidate for Dr. Works’ keloid removal procedure.
Keloid Scar Treatment Options
Modern technology provides several options for treating and removing keloids. Dr. Work will assess your condition and help you determine the appropriate treatment for your individual concerns. Among the procedures available are:
- Corticosteroid injections may be administered directly into the tissue over the course of three to four treatments spaced about one month apart. This treatment successfully flattens raised Keloids and reduces redness, itching, and burning.
- Surgical removal may be required for larger, more extensive scars. There are several techniques to choose from, depending on the type and size of the keloid. These procedures may be performed using a scalpel, electric knife or laser.
- Post-Surgical Treatments may help minimize recurrence of keloid scars after surgical removal. These treatments typically include silicone sheet dressings that are applied directly to the skin around the surgical site, compression therapy to flatten the scar and/or topical medications that function at the cellular level to interrupt and disable the process of keloid formation.
- Laser excision followed by intralesional steroid injections administered monthly. These treatments may also be administered in combination with topical medications.
Why Do People Have Keloids Removed?
Some people are not bothered by keloids that may appear on their bodies, however in some people, keloids may appear in highly visible unsightly locations, such as the face. Sometimes the keloids itch, sting or burn, and in some cases, because of its location, a keloid may inhibit normal physiological function and cause discomfort.
Why Do Keloids Form After Injury or Surgery?
The causes of keloid formation are not fully known. However, it is known that there is a genetic link and that keloids are seen much more frequently among people of African and Asian descent.
What Happens That Causes Keloid Formation?
Keloids form after injury, impact, skin friction, wounds or surgery. Keloids may also form around pimples, tattoos, ingrown hairs and piercings. While in most people, the body has a natural mechanism that stops producing new scar tissue following trauma, people with a genetic predisposition to keloid formation don’t have that same mechanism and scar tissue continues to grow, forming keloids.
What Downtime Is Involved In Surgical Keloid Removal?
Keloid scar treatments are considered outpatient procedures with very little recovery time. Our patients are typically free to return to their normal daily activities after only one to two days, with stitches removed or dissolved within a week.
Will Insurance Cover My Keloid Scar Treatment in Atlanta?
Cosmetic procedures are not covered by insurance unless they are medically necessary. If your keloid is inhibiting normal function, it may be covered. The Atlanta Center for Breast and Aesthetic Surgery makes keloid scar treatments available to all patients by offering easy financing solutions through CareCredit® and Prosper® Healthcare Lending. Our office also accepts cash, personal checks, and credit cards.
If you suffer discomfort, itching, stinging or embarrassment because of unsightly keloid scars, consider a consultation with Frederick T. Work, Jr. at the Atlanta Center for Breast and Aesthetic Surgery. Dr. Work and his team provide excellence in keloid scar removal treatments for patients residing in Atlanta, Buckhead, Vinings and Sandy Springs, Georgia.