Scarring is often an inevitable result of a traumatic, medical or surgical injury that occurs to the skin or other tissue on the body. Keloid scars are the result of an overgrowth of scar tissue and are characterised by raised scars that are red or purple in colour. These scars often spread beyond the site of the original wound.
Although keloid scars are usually harmless, they can negatively effect self-esteem if in a visible location. They can also lead to functional problems, such as a decreased range of motion, if the wound is located at a joint. If you are considering keloid scar removal, take a look at Dr Laniewski’s before and after photos to see if his work appeals to you.
Keloid scar removal techniques
Keloid scars can be removed from the skin using a number of techniques, including:
Removal by excision
Sometimes a keloid scar will need to be cut from the skin. Dr Laniewski will map out the scar, clean the area and numb the skin. He will then use a scalpel to cut the keloid scar and the surrounding skin. Depending on the depth of the scar, stitches will be place either deep into the skin, or on the skin’s upper surface.
Removal by dry ice
Keloid scars can also be removed using a liquid nitrogen (dry ice) spray, which freezes the growth. The keloid scar is then covered with a band aid and will naturally drop off within a few days, leaving behind more even skin and a tiny scar.
Candidates for keloid scar removal
If you find that your keloid scar is a cosmetic nuisance or causes discomfort or irritation, you may be a candidate for keloid scar removal. Contact Dr Laniewski’s clinic in Sydney to determine whether you are the ideal candidate for this procedure.
Keloid scar removal typically has little recovery time and you should be able to leave the clinic immediately afterwards. You may find that the removal site is sore and swollen for a couple of days and should protect the area from sun exposure for several weeks to ensure full healing and prevent scarring. Follow-up visits usually aren’t required, unless stitches need to be removed.
For more details about keloid scar removal procedure, contact us and schedule your initial consultation with Dr Peter Laniewski.