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Knee Keloid Treated with Cryoshape (VIDEO)

Keloids scars can be a nuisance because they continue to grow even after the scar has healed. They rise above the rest of the skin and usually have a smooth top, are rough to the touch, and have a pink or purple colour. These scars are more likely to develop on olive skin and occur most frequently among people between the ages of ten and thirty. In order to get rid of or reduce the appearance of keloids, you should look into a number of medical treatments, such as steroid injections and laser treatment. Alternatively, you could try less-effective natural remedies.

Talk with your doctor about treatment options. There are a variety of different medical options for treating keloids including topical ointments, laser treatment, steroid injections, surgery, etc. Your doctor can help determine which option is best for your. For example, some treatment options only work on newly formed scars and keloids. Other treatments are costly and invasive and may not fully remove the keloid.

Use topical retinoid ointments. Drugstores sell ointments, creams, and gels that are formulated to reduce the appearance of scars over time. Retinoids work to help regulate collagen production, which can reduce the appearance of keloids. These creams can also reduce itching associated with scars. Ask your pharmacist for a recommendation.[2]

  • It may take several months for the treatment to work.
  • Apply the ointment, cream, or gel as directed on the bottle for the recommended period of time.

Try steroid injections. These injections may help reduce scars that are raised above the surface of the skin. They are usually given every two to six weeks, until the scars begin to improve. In some instances this can take several months. This treatment will help to shrink the keloids and reduce any swelling.[3]

  • While steroid injections may help flatten these scars, they cannot permanently remove keloids.

Get laser treatments. Laser treatment is a popular form of scar removal and has been successful for reducing keloids as well. Pulsed dye lasers and the long pulsed ND:YAG laser are considered the most effective in treating keloid scars. However, these lasers are not as effective on dark skin. Laser treatment can be quite costly because a specialist is required and it will take several treatments before noticeable results are achieved.[4]

  • The side effects associated with laser treatment include redness and mild irritation.

Talk to your doctor about silicone sheets. Silicone sheets work best if applied to the infected area before a scar has developed. They work by keeping the area hydrated and preventing the development of scar tissue. A silicone sheet is tightly wrapped around the scar tissue and is worn for days or even months following the injury.[5]

  • Silicone sheets are one of the only treatment options available for children.

Talk to your doctor about silicone sheets. Silicone sheets work best if applied to the infected area before a scar has developed. They work by keeping the area hydrated and preventing the development of scar tissue. A silicone sheet is tightly wrapped around the scar tissue and is worn for days or even months following the injury.[5]

  • Silicone sheets are one of the only treatment options available for children.

Try cryotherapy on newly formed keloid scars. This type of treatment works by freezing the skin tissue at the site of the keloid with a substance similar to liquid nitrogen. It is often used in combination with other treatments, most notable steroid injections, to reduce the visibility of the scar. Cryotherapy will flatten the keloid but it may also leave the skin site darker.

Try pressure therapy treatment. This treatment involves the compression of the wound or injured skin to reduce skin tension. Experts believe that compression will reduce cell production and flatten scars. This type of treatment works best on newly developed scars. You will need to wear a compression wrap or tape all day for several weeks or even months.[8]

  • If you have a keloid on your ear as a result of a piercing, you can wear special compression earrings to treat the scars.

Try Aloe Vera gel. Using aloe can help reduce keloids, especially if the scar is relatively fresh. Buy a bottle of Aloe Vera gel or use fresh aloe from the plant. Apply the gel at least twice a day.[9]

  • Similarly, you can mix 2 teaspoons of aloe with 1 teaspoon of vitamin E oil, and 1 tablespoon of cocoa butter. Apply a thick layer to the damaged area and leave on your skin for 30 minutes. Then, wipe any excess of the skin and allow the rest to dry naturally.

Apply lemon juice to the area. This natural scar treatment lightens the top layer of skin cells, causing the scar to look less noticeable. Rub a few drops of fresh lemon juice over the scar twice a day for best results.

Use onion extract. Research has demonstrated that the quercetin in onion is a powerful antioxidant that inhibits collagen production and reduces the appearance of keloids. Purchase onion extract gel at a local health store and apply several times each day until you notice a reduction in the scar tissue.

Source: WikiHow https://www.wikihow.com/Get-Rid-of-Keloids
Co-authored by 
Marsha Durkin, RN


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