A skin injury makes our body go into its repair mode and it forms a scar tissue over the injury. This scar tissue, made of a fibrous tissue, provides protection to this wound, allowing it to heal.
However, in some cases, the body might produce this scar tissue excessively. This excess scar tissue, which is basically collagen, can lead to smooth, hard growths called Keloids. They usually are not harmful to the patient’s health. But the patient might feel uncomfortable due to the aesthetic or cosmetic problems that it causes.
These Keloids usually starts growing like a claw growing to be larger than the injury itself. The common parts of the body they normally affect are the chest, shoulders, earlobes and upper back but they can also affect any part of the body.
The site of the injury on the skin usually display the following symptoms:
Some of the skin injuries that usually cause keloids are:
What should a patient do?
When you find keloids or similar growth on your skin, it is best that you consult one of our doctors. It is nothing to be alarmed about as keloids are not harmful and they are usually benign. In some cases, the keloids might just shrink and flatten over time, even without any treatment.
However, if there is an uncontrolled growth, it could even be a sign of skin cancer, so early detection is good.
What will happen at our clinic?
Doctors at our clinic will first try to diagnose the keloid by examining it visually. A biopsy might also be performed to eliminate the chances for other skin conditions. The biopsy will be done by first taking a small tissue sample from the site of the scar. This sample will then be sent for analysis for the presence of any cancerous cells.
What will the treatment options be?
As keloids(overgrowth of scar tissue) are formed due to a result of our body trying to heal itself, there might be chances of them reappearing and growing larger than before. Our doctors would keep this in mind and provide you with less invasive treatments. But, these treatments have to be done carefully on a regular basis to make it effective.
Some of the treatment options our doctors might recommend are:
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