Scars are the body’s natural healing response when the skin is injured or traumatized. Unfortunately, not everyone scars the same way, and there are times when scarring is especially concerning, such as when keloid scars develop.
What are Keloids?
Keloids develop when the healing process is aggressive, or when there is an overgrowth of tissues after a skin injury. While all scars can be regarded as imperfections within the skin, keloid scars can be quite noticeable. Keloid scars are an abnormal scar that is thick, raised and may become extremely large. They commonly appear in a pink/purple color with a smooth top.
Keloids can develop anywhere on the body where there has been a skin injury, including surgeries, scratches or piercings. Keloids develop over time and do not resolve on their own. When these types of scars present themselves on the face, a plastic surgeon’s help can be beneficial.
Removing Keloid Scars
Scars can be surgically removed. However, if a person is prone to keloid scarring, this can be a risky maneuver since the keloid scarring can often return with more incisions. Rest assured that an experienced facial plastic surgeon such as Dr. Ben Talei is equipped to handle this type of facial scar revision.
Removal of a keloid scars is often achieved with a combination of strategic treatments and procedures, including surgical and non-surgical approaches. Steroid injections and other non-surgical treatments can be used to first reduce the size of the keloid scar, but manual surgical removal may be required next. In keloid scarring, Dr. Talei’s advanced surgical techniques and fine stitches can be used to minimize the risk of future keloid scarring.
Other types of scar revision treatments can involve recreating the incision, moving skin around or even moving the scar to make it less visible. Raised scars can be improved with dermabrasion and laser resurfacing.
Book Your Consult with a Facial Scar Revision Specialist
Regardless of the type or size, when scars appear on the face it can be especially unsettling. For some, it can be a constant physical reminder of a traumatic event or bad memory. If you have a keloid scar or other type of facial scarring that you want to correct, please seek the expertise of Dr. Ben Talei in Beverly Hills. Every patient is unique so we customize our cosmetic treatments accordingly.