Keloid Removal Surgery
Keloids are the result of an overproduction of collagen during the scar formation/wound healing process. This overabundance of scar material produces a larger-than-normal scar that protrudes beyond the skin’s surface. Many can develop quite large and be easily noticeable. Larger keloids can cause problems if they chafe on clothing or jewelry, or they can sometimes impede movement, depending on their location. As part of our ear procedures, Dr. Erez Dayan can perform keloid removal surgery at Avance Plastic Surgery Institute in Reno/Tahoe, NV.
Keloids are more commonly found in people of darker complexions, such as Asian, African or Hispanic ethnicities. There is also a genetic component involved, so if you have relatives with keloids, your risk of developing them is higher. Keloids can also regrow after removal in some cases. Dr. Dayan uses advanced keloid removal techniques and treatments to prevent their regrowth. With these methods, patients have about a 90% chance of regrowing a keloid scar after its removal.
Keloids typically occur most frequently on the back, shoulders and chest, but can occur anywhere you incur a flesh wound. They can feel differently than the surrounding skin, more rubbery or hard. Keloids can also be different in color, ranging from brown to purple or pink, becoming darker from exposure to sunlight. Patients in Reno, Lake Tahoe and surrounding areas may have keloids develop at different times of life; however, most are experienced by age 30.
Keloid Scar Treatment in Reno/Tahoe, NV
There are some non-invasive keloid scar treatments that Dr. Dayan may choose first, depending on your particular keloid scar, its placement, size and other factors. These can include:
- Corticosteroid shots
- Prescription ointments
- Silicone gel or sheets
- Pulsed dye laser treatment
- Cryosurgery with liquid nitrogen
When these methods do not achieve the desired results, Dr. Dayan can surgically remove keloids, using techniques and aftercare treatments to prevent their regrowth. He will examine your keloid scar during a consultation, and explain more about treatment options and his recommendations. Contact the Reno/Tahoe office of Avance Plastic Surgery Institute to schedule your consultation with Dr. Dayan about keloid scar treatment.