Our bodies have a robust system for recovering from injury. However, when too much scar tissue grows back, it leads to the development of a growth called a keloid. Keloids are not harmful to your health, but they can have cosmetic concerns. Dr. Cornell McCullom and the team at Timeless Beauty have successfully removed keloids, giving you your confidence back.
What Is A Keloid?
Keloids, according to the American Academy of Dermatology, are scar tissue that healed properly over an original wound, then kept healing and growing. Over time, this tissue grows smooth and hard, resulting in a large growth that has the potential to be much larger than the original wound.
Keloids are most commonly found on the earlobes, cheeks, shoulders, and chest. They can develop over a period of weeks and months, and have mostly benign symptoms like:
- Coloring the skin different from its normal hue, namely pink or red
- Raising up to become a lumpy or ridged area of skin
- Continuing to grow larger as more and more scar tissue accumulates
- Growing itchy and tender
Since they’re made of scar tissue, keloids do not have a risk of growing cancerous like similar blemishes do. The main problems caused by keloids are cosmetic. They can make you feel self-conscious if they’re large or in a highly visible location like the face.
Who Is At Risk For Keloids?
About ten percent of people run the risk of getting keloids, with rates being higher in people of Asian and Latino descent. Every kind of injury to the skin carries a slight risk of a keloid scar forming, including:
- Acne scarring
- Chickenpox scarring
- Getting your ears pierced
- Deep scratches
- Surgical incision sites
- Vaccination sites
How Can Keloids Be Treated?
There are at-home treatments you can consider if keloids are small or relatively recent. Keloids tend to shrink and become flatter over time without treatment, and can sometimes vanish on their own. Moisturizing oils can help keep skin soft and aid in the reduction of the growth.
However, for very large or older keloids, surgical removal by a professional is recommended. Most cosmetic treatments for keloids involve the use of lasers to resurface the skin and smooth out where the scar used to be. Dr. Cornell McCullom has developed a unique technique for removing large keloids that leaves little scarring and can bolster your confidence.
Keloids can be a serious cosmetic concern for those who are prone to them. However, we at Timeless Beauty are experienced in their treatment and removal. If you have a keloid that refuses to respond to home treatment or seems to be growing larger with time, contact us today to schedule an appointment.
Phone: (773) 488-3738
820 East 87th Street Suite 201
Chicago , IL 60619