Keloids are scars that overgrow the boundary of an original injury or surgical procedure. However, they may result from acne cysts or even occur spontaneously. They become red, thickened, irregularly shaped, and often have a smooth, shiny surface. Unlike regular scars that soften with time, keloids can remain thickened for years and are often associated with itching, tenderness, and pain.
Keloids can form anywhere on the body, but the most commonly affected areas are the chest, shoulders and back.
Most keloids are effectively treated with a combination of cortisone and 5- fluorouracil injections along with the Excel V™ laser. This treatment reduces not only the redness and thickness, but also resolves discomfort associated with the keloid. The treatment is safe and causes only minimal discomfort. More than one treatment is generally required for resolution.