Keloid Scars

Keloid Scars in The Woodlands, Texas, with Dr. W. Marshall Guy

Keloids represent a specific type of scar.  These are not the same as a hypertrophic scar or a “bad” scar.  They involve the body’s normal healing mechanism going out of control creating a scar that extends well beyond the original trauma to the skin.  This is different from a hypertrophic scar that merely elevates in the area where the scar was originally located.

before and after keloid removal in shenandoah texas

What Causes Keloid Scars?

They may be the result of trauma, planned surgery, piercings, or something as innocuous as an insect bite.  Certain groups are more predisposed to this including those of African descent.  In fact, the more pigment you have in your skin, the more prone you are to keloids.  However, keloids can develop in anyone other than albinos, who lack all pigment.

The treatment for keloids are different from that of normal scars.  They frequently involve a combination of treatments.  A common option is surgery.  However, surgery alone very rarely cures keloids and often leads to a quick recurrence.  Steroid injections are a main stay of therapy.  These, when combined with another ingredient can help to not only control the itch, burn, and pain associated with keloids but also the size.  The use of topical silicone products such as BioCorneum and Embrace have also been shown to decrease the risk of recurrence.   Although radiation therapy has been used for keloid scars, Dr. Guy does not utilize this treatment as he feels the long term risks far outweigh the possible benefits.

As you can see from Dr. Guy’s publications, he has extensive experience in the management of keloid scars.  Dr. Guy can discuss all of this with you at the time of consultation.

It's Your Time to Look Your Best!

Dr. Guy is a specialist in all areas of rejuvenation and reconstruction for the face and neck. As a double board-certified and fellowship-trained facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Guy knows that everyone ages differently and that there is no one size fits all when it comes to restoring a youthful appearance. From surgical options like a facelift to non-surgical options like Botox® and dermal fillers, there’s never a better time to look your best.