Do you have a raised, noticeable scar located on your skin? If so, you may be suffering from a keloid. Keloids are a type of raised scar that results from the development of excessive scar tissue. When injury occurs to the skin, in certain cases scars can appear as the result of the skin’s repair of the wound. The longer it takes for the wound to heal, the greater chance that there will be a noticeable scar, such as keloid.
Ranging in color from pink to red, keloids form from the collagen used in wound repair. When the collagen builds up in a certain area, the result is a keloid. In many cases, keloids can lead to pain or itching.
Risk Factors of Keloids
Although keloids can affect any person, there are certain risk factors that may make a person more susceptible to keloids. These factors include the following:
- Location of the scar
- The amount of tension and/or stress placed on the scar
Where Do Keloids Form?
Keloids can most commonly be found on the following areas of the body:
- Upper back
- Ear lobes
Treatment of Keloids
Blue Ridge Dermatology specializes in the treatment of Keloids. Prior to treatment, one of our expert dermatologists will evaluate your area of concern to determine if it is in fact a keloid. Once the diagnosis is confirmed, a treatment plan will be devised. Treatment options for keloids include:
- Mederma cream: Mederma cream is massage into the scar as directed for several months.
- Steroids: Steroids used for the treatment of keloid include topical or intralesional
- Silicone Gel Sheeting
- Surgical Excision followed by injection with steroid
It is important to note that a scar can never be completely erased. However, our team of dermatologists make it our priority to ensure the areas of concerned are treated to the best of our ability.
Insurance Coverage for Keloid Treatment
Unfortunately, many insurance companies will not cover evaluation or treatment of keloids. If you wish to have our office file insurance for your treatment, please have your insurance company send us a letter stating that your Keloid treatment will be covered.
Do you have a keloid that you are unhappy with? If so, schedule an appointment with Blue Ridge Dermatology Associates today. Our team welcomes the opportunity to examine, treat, and ultimately improve the appearance of the scar. For more information, please contact our office to speak with a team member.