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Friday, 10 November 2017


My friend has keloids on her chest. Cryotherapy, laser or plastic surgery?

Keloids happen when your skin doesn’t realise it has healed and continues to grow much larger than the original wound, often to the extent that it is painful. Once started, it can continue to grow for months and even years.

Cryotherapy may help small keloids. My first line treatment of choice is intralesional corticosteroid injections because it is cost effective in softens/ shrinks the scar and reduces the pain. Patient often feel much better after the very first injection. I usually encourage patient to use silicone sheets and do scar massages at home. If the location allows, wearing pressure garment is a great adjunct.

Ablative and non-ablative lasers can help to reduce the height and redness.

Surgical removal (especially on the chest) has nearly 100% recurrence rate and is only used in combination with other treatment modalities.
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