Keloid Removal Memphis
Sometimes when we get injured, our skin forms excessive scar tissue to cover the wound in order for it to heal. This tissue will help heal the skin, repairing it and protecting it from further injury. These hard fibrous growths of excessive scar tissue on the skin are called keloids and are most of the time benign, or noncancerous.
However, since keloids are large and bumpy and sometimes of a darker color than the skin, theses growths can look quite ugly. As a result of this, patients with keloids are often looking for a safe and effective way to remove them.
What Are the Characteristics of Keloids?
Keloids are overgrowths of scar tissue and occur over wound sites on the body. They are most commonly found on the face, cheeks, earlobes, chest, and shoulders. They can also appear on any other part of the body, including the hands, legs, fingers, and toes. A keloid is:
- Lumpy, raised, or ridged
- A patch of skin on the body that is very itchy and irritated all the time
- The color of the flesh itself or pink or red in color, sometimes brown or gray, almost black. It is usually a localized area.
- Scar tissue that continues to grow larger over time or stays the same size and never shrinks
The keloid that forms over the injured part of the body or the wound can be much larger than the actual wound itself. Keloids that form over a wound can take weeks and sometimes even months to develop fully.
Keloids can cause itchiness, pain, discomfort, and irritation if they come into contact with your clothing or if they are picked at. Keloids can also leave bad scars on your body if they are not removed with cosmetic procedures.
Keloids are not life threatening or dangerous to the human body but can reduce aesthetic appeal, which is why most people would prefer to have their keloids removed cosmetically. They can cause the affected person to feel very self-conscious about their appearance, especially if the keloid is on the person’s face, neck, or any other regularly exposed part of his or her body.
Too much exposure to the sun and tanning can cause the surrounding skin around the keloid to look much darker, making it appear more prominent. Because of this, the keloid must be covered at all times when you are out in the sun.
How to Remove Keloids
Keloids can be removed with surgery or laser treatments. Pressure therapy and radiation therapy can also be used to remove keloids safely and effectively. Even though they are benign, it is preferable to have them removed, as some of them can lead to skin cancer if not treated or removed early. A bi opsy must be done on the keloid prior to removing it.
Contact Us to Set Up a Consultation
People who are dealing with unwanted and embarrassing keloids should contact the office of Dr. Williams and schedule an informative consultation. After examining the keloid, Dr. Williams can recommend the proper course of treatment.