Keloids are a type of raised scar that can occur anywhere the skin has been damaged whether by laceration, acne, surgical incision or even burn. They develop when fibrous scar tissue grows excessively and creates smooth, hard growths that extend beyond the area of injury. Keloids scars do not develop immediately after the wound has healed – they can take anywhere from weeks to months to fully develop. While anyone can develop a keloid, individuals under 30 and those with darker skin tones are more likely to develop this type of scarring.
Keloids are more a nuisance than a health hazard. Botox, Pulsed Dye Laser or laser therapy using Vbeam, Genesis, Starwalker/Pico or Excel V laser have proven effective in reducing redness and proliferation of the scar, as well as improving the overall appearance of the keloid. Surgical excision is typically reserved for instances where a patient has a very large keloid or one that has been on the skin for years.
ICLS is the first clinic in Canada to offer Cryoshape, a cutting-edge technology used on advanced keloid scars. The treatment begins with a local anesthetic to ensure patient comfort. Then the thin Cryoshape probe is inserted into the scar, where it uses liquid nitrogen gas to freeze the deep scar tissue right at the source. The process is repeated until the entire length of the scar is treated and all of the scar tissue is destroyed. Because this technique treats the scar from the inside out, it greatly decreases the likelihood of keloid recurrence.
Before and After
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Frequently Asked Questions
Are keloids a risk to my health?
While keloids are rarely a health problem, uncontrolled scar tissue growth similar to keloids can be a symptom of skin cancer. As a result, your consultation at ICLS includes a visual examination and may also include a biopsy if our dermatologist believes there may be more to the keloid.
Is surgery required for keloids?
Typically reserved for instances where a patient has a very large keloid or one that has been on the skin for years, careful surgical removal combined with a closely monitored skin care regimen can help keep keloid development at bay. Post-surgery treatment may also include several steroid injections to reduce the recurrence of scar tissue.
How much does it cost to remove a keloid?
Pricing begins at $500 and is dependent on the recommended treatment. For more information about keloid removal, contact our Dermatology team at ICLS.