When people receive a cut, surgical incision, or another wound, it often results in scarring. Occasionally, these scars develop into keloids, which are thick, rubbery lesions that often cause pain and itching. Keloids are caused when excess collagen is deposited and interrupts the healing process. Keloid scars can form anywhere on the body, but are especially common on the ear, where a ball will often form after an ear-piercing procedure. In this situation, the ear is trying to repair itself by growing extra scar tissue, which can turn into a keloid.

 

A New and Effective Treatment

When deciding how to remove keloids, many people choose a relatively new technique that involves inserting a thin needle containing liquid nitrogen into the affected body part. The needle freezes off the scar from the inside out and destroys scar tissue in the area. At one time, keloid removal was done with techniques such as steroid doses, but this technique is only minimally effective, and there is no guarantee the scars will not return. With the freezing technique, the scars are immediately removed, and roughly 95 percent of patients report that the scars do not return.

When receiving the freezing procedure, patients usually receive anesthesia in the area of the scar, which is the only area affected by the procedure. Most patients claim little or no discomfort or pain and can usually return to their normal activities, including work or school, the following day. The procedure destroys pathological cells and blocks further blood circulation in the unwanted tissue. It is an effective, simple, and quick procedure with a high rate of patient satisfaction.

When deciding how to remove keloids, patients will find it easy to find an experienced plastic surgeon or dermatologist to perform the procedure. The national or local medical board can help prospective patients find a competent and experienced physician, and the procedure is often done on an outpatient basis. Many physicians also have extensive websites that will show “before” and “after” pictures of patients, as well as detailed descriptions of the services themselves. This is an excellent first step when trying to get rid of keloid scars.

 

 

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