Keloid Scars Treatment Clinic London

A keloid scar appears when too much scar tissue develops around a healing wound. Although not dangerous, keloid scars can sometimes be painful to the touch and are often tender or itchy. They can also cause emotional distress as they affect the physical appearance. If you have a keloid scar that’s causing either physical or emotional upset, our team at The Harley Dermatologist can help. We use a range of effective techniques to treat keloid scars, the most popular being corticosteroid injections and surgery.

About keloid scars

Keloid scars are highly visible scars that usually develop around a healing wound. They can develop after surgery, after a major skin trauma, around a new piercing or even after minor skin damage like an acne breakout. They are hard, shiny, rubbery-feeling scars and usually appear on the shoulders, upper chest and on the earlobes.

People with darker skin tones are particularly susceptible to keloid scars. This is because our genetic makeup can impact the way our wounds heal, affecting our likelihood of developing a keloid.

Why should I visit a dermatologist?

There are various corticosteroid treatments available over the counter, however these do not work on thick scars. The Dermatology Clinic team are highly experienced in reducing the size and appearance of even large keloid scars using corticosteroid injections.

Corticosteroid injections

If this is your first keloid scar, our dermatologists may use corticosteroid injections to treat it. These injections essentially halt the production of collagen, minimising scar tissue. This causes the keloid to soften and appear flatter.

The most common medication for this procedure is triamcinolone and it is injected into the fleshiest part of the scar. Your consultant will make sure the medication spreads evenly throughout the area. Although this treatment will need to be repeated a number of times to achieve optimum results, it is highly effective and the scar may look and feel flatter after just one injection.

Surgery

If you only have one keloid and have no family history of this type of scar, surgery could be a good option for you. It is particularly effective for treating earlobe keloids.

Surgery isn’t usually recommended for those with a family history of keloid scars as it does nothing to prevent scars from forming in the future, so additional treatment may still be required further down the line.

Booking an appointment

If you have a keloid scar that is causing you discomfort or affecting your confidence, The Dermatology Clinic team are here help you. Contact us today on 020 3733 3227 to arrange a consultation.