Prevention and Management of
Keloid Hypertrophic Scarring
Hypertrophic scars and keloids are
variations in typical wound healing as we know it. Inconsistent scar
tissue is characterized as a keloid or a hypertrophic scar. Associated
scar tissue is raised above the skin and remains hypersensitive.
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No known specific gene seems to be
associated with aiding keloids in their development; however, many
studies suggest a genetic basis or, at least, a genetic linkage. As
many as 15% to 18% of patients in case studies of black Africans
reported having keloids, and similar studies reported scarring more
frequently in Polynesian and Chinese individuals than other ethnic
Each case and therapies associated with keloid management are
customized to meet the individual needs of our patients to achieve
their desired results. Procedures may include: surgery , skin
grafts, injections, topical creams, and or massage.
Before and After
Trauma to the skin through physical or pathological introduction
shows to be the primary cause associated with the initial
development of keloids. Keloids and hypertrophic scars do not
usually stimulate symptoms, but they may become tender, painful and
the patient may experience an internal warming sensation.
Keloids respond well to steroid injections and the use of pressure
garments and or treatments.