Keloid Facts & Remedies
This short informational article focuses on the removal of keloids. Keloid Removal will be better understood and appreciated once interested readers have apprized themselves on just what characterizes the keloid and what causes it. In the bluntest layman’s terms possible, keloids are rather unsightly blemishes on the body. But this is not something you are born with. It generally comes about as a result of injury to the skin, sometimes developing into a much larger fold than the original inured skin tissue.
This note will close by taking a quick look at the symptoms of the keloid blemish and outline the keloid removal options available to patients. Keloids manifest as smooth to hard growths around the injury area. Common areas around which keloids develop are the chest, shoulders, facial cheeks and the earlobes. But keloids can still develop around all other areas of the body.
Keloids will develop from the overgrowth of scar tissue. All symptoms occur at the site of a previous injury.
The area of the body where the keloid manifests is flesh colored, red or pink. This area is generally raised and lumpy. Untreated or ignored, this area could continue to grow larger, developing scar tissue over a period of time. Apart from its visibility, this area is often itchy. All keloid scars are usually larger than the original and visible physical wound. It can take anything from a few weeks to months to develop fully.
Unsightly, itchy or not, keloids pose no threats to a patient’s health. Patients will, however, experience sensations of irritation, discomfort and/or tenderness. The irritation usually occurs when the affected area comes into contact with clothing and any other forms of friction. While this is extremely rare, keloid scarring can occur across large areas of the body. In such cases, it is not unusual for this overdevelopment to restrict movement.
But most of the scarring will be figurative. People with this condition become self-conscious of this physical blight. While medical advice suggests that affected people should prevent the affected area coming into contact with the sun in order to prevent discoloration, there should also be a warning against the possible onset of skin cancer to vulnerably exposed parts of the body.
Strictly speaking, the development of keloids remains mysterious in the sense that this is the body’s attempt to fight off the original injury. Nevertheless, several treatment options remain available and effective in removing this blemish. Pressure or silicone pads can be applied directly after the original injury occurs. Tissue can be frozen to kill off affected skin cells. Moisturizing oils are used to keep skin tissue soft.
Corticosteroid injections can be applied to reduce inflammation. While radiation shrinks the keloids, laser treatment will be effective in reducing the scarred tissue.
Should you ever develop such a condition, it is plain to see that it is not the end of the world where health is concerned. But of course, immediate treatment should always be sought after in order to prevent long-term damage.