Keloid treatment - Steroid Injections
Scarring is the body’s natural way of healing and providing protection when the skin barrier has been breached. There are many causes of scar formation, including trauma, acne, previous surgery
and illnesses, such a chicken pox.
Many scars improve and fade with time. From the time of injury, a scar will take up to 18 months to mature to its final result. Whereas some people are happy to live with these blemishes, many seek out various methods of improving the appearance of their skin and restoring it to its previous state.
Types of Scar Removal treatments
Keloid scars are scars which continue to grow after the scar tissue has matured. They are often raised, pigmented, extend beyond the original wound margins and may cause an itching sensation. Although often difficult to treat, keloid scars respond well to triamcinolone (steroid) injections.
What does the procedure consist of?
This is a very brief and relatively painless procedure. The area to be treated is cleaned using an alcohol wipe and numbing cream is applied to the area for a few minutes. The steroid is then injected in to the base of the keloid using a multi-puncture technique.
What is the after-care procedure?
We advise you to keep the area clean, but other than that there is no specific care.
How soon will I start to notice an improvement in the scar?
A significant number of patient report an improvement in itching and in the appearance of the scar following the first treatment. Typically results are manifest following the 3rd treatment.
How many treatments are needed? And how frequently?
A minimum of 6 treatments are needed at intervals of 6 to 8 weeks.