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 groups.

The Procedure
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.

 

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Frederick Work, Jr., M.D.

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