Keloids are raised scars that grow much larger than the wound that originally caused the scar. Barbara Drozdowski, MD, FAAD, is a board-certified dermatologist at Holland Dermatology in Holland, Michigan, who provides state-of-the-art treatments to flatten, soften, or shrink keloids so they are less noticeable. Although keloids are not harmful, they can make you feel self-conscious, especially if your scar is on a highly visible area of your body. Learn about treatment options by calling the office or scheduling a consultation using the online booking system.
Keloids are the result of scar tissue that overcompensated to heal a wound. When your skin gets injured, your body forms fibrous tissue to help repair and protect the injury. However, if you produce excessive scar tissue, a keloid forms over the area as a large, conspicuous, raised scar that is typically much larger than the original wound.
Keloids typically don’t require medical attention, but if the scar tissue becomes a cosmetic concern, you may want to discuss treatment options with Dr. Drozdowski. Not everyone who has a skin wound develops a keloid, but some people are predisposed to this type of skin disorder.
Medical researchers are not sure why some people develop keloids and others don’t, but there are several contributing factors. You are more likely to develop a keloid over a cut, puncture wound, or surgical scar if you:
Keloids are more common among people with darker skin tones and for those who have a genetic predisposition to keloids.
Dr. Drozdowski first examines your skin and your keloid to rule out more serious skin conditions. Treating keloids can be challenging, since the scar is your body’s attempt to heal itself. Removing a keloid may trigger your body’s healing response again, causing the scar tissue to grow back even larger.
Initially, Dr. Drozdowski may recommend minimally invasive treatments to slowly shrink and flatten the keloid over time. Other possible treatments include:
In some cases, a combination of surgical and noninvasive treatments is most effective. Since each keloid is different, Dr. Drozdowski customizes a treatment plan that works with your scar, skin type, and overall skin and health concerns.
If you have a keloid scar that makes you feel self-conscious or embarrassed, know there are effective treatments available. If you live in Holland, Zeeland, Grand Haven, Saugatuck, or Grand Rapids, Michigan, schedule a consultation at Holland Dermatology by phone or online to learn more about keloids and therapies.