|ziggyonthezide ||02-15-2008 07:12 PM |
keloid scar removal surgery?
Hey people alright this is the whole reason I'm on this site. I have a ton of keloid scarring all over my chest and neck. What would be the best way to go about getting rid of them for good? I've used silicon sheets but there's so much skin to cover it doesn't make it easy. Steroid injections? Lasers? Creams? Surgeries? What ultimately is going to work and how much will it cost?
|desperatehousewife ||02-15-2008 08:54 PM |
I have a friend that battled keloid scars for years. Unfortunately the the only treatment is to remove the scar completely. But even then the chance that the surgical scar will become a keloid scar is greater than 50%. When she wore low cut tops you clearly see them. Did she wish she could get rid of them? You bet she did. But in all honesty they didn't effect her life. When she would bring up the scars around many people, new and old, often they would say 'What scars?' because they don't notice anymore. They are a part of her and will be forever. I think it's one of those conditions you just have to accept and try to improve if possible. I know it must be awful the glaring eyes you would get for them but I've found in my life it comes to a point where all you have to do is look to your left, then look to your right, and there's someone that has it worse. I'm sorry this isn't the answer you're hoping :( to start out treatment you could try some injections? I believe insurance does cover it if the scars are causing you pain or inhabiting movement or skin so just say that to your doctor. I'm not sure what type of specialty doctor would be best, my guess is a dermatologist? If you don't have one maybe just ask your general practitioner who they would recommend.
I have developed keloids on both my ears. I had both surgically removed, the one on the left ear has never recurred, the one on my right ear has returned twice. Tried steroid treatment to no avail. I then tried cryotherapy coupled with steroid injections, that also did not work. I then had it surgically removed once again with routine steroid injects immediately afterward. Once healed, I used pressure for about 6 months. That worked for a while, but on occasion I feel thickening in my lobe. At that time I then use the pressure earring again and the thickening receeds. There is really no foolproof method and various methods may or may not work for different people. See a dermatologist or plastic surgeon who specializes in scar treatment.
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