When skin is injured, scar tissue forms over the wound to heal the injury. At times, a Keloid scar appears which is a scar that sits abruptly above the rest of the skin. It is often larger than the original wound.
Keloids tend to gradually enlarge, are irregularly shaped and may be itchy. They can appear on any part of the body, but most commonly form on the neck, shoulders, cheeks or earlobes. Keloids have a smooth surface and are usually pink or purple in colour. Scars can be treated through cortisone injections, or possibly excision.
Keloid scars are most often treated with a regular series of cortisone injections until the desired benefit is attained. The injections work to flatten the scar itself, and are given once every four to eight weeks.
At times, excision may be used to reduce the appearance of the scar. Patients will work with Dr. Harris and the nurse injector, Angie, to determine the best treatment option for Keloid scar treatment.