Having a keloid can make you feel bad about your appearance, especially if it is easily seen by other people. Fortunately, there are many things you can do to fade the scar so that it is less noticeable. Below are three treatment options you can choose from.
There are creams available to help you with making the keloid fade. Many creams are available over the counter at a drug store or online. This cream has silicone that can reduce the color and/or the size of your keloid. When you rub the cream on the keloid, it attaches to the scar tissue and then starts to work. The silicone shrinks the collagen on the keloid and repairs any broken blood vessels that may be on the keloid.
You can find this product in a gel form that you rub on the keloid for a certain amount of time. You will have to use the gel for a certain number of hours and then reapply. It may take a few weeks to see the full results. How long you must continue the gel will depend on many factors, such as how large the keloid is and how colored it is. If the keloid is still new and pink, it will not take as long as it would on an older keloid, in most cases.
There is a laser treatment a dermatologist can do to help the keloid fade. If you have other problems, such as acne scars or stretch marks, this type of treatment works well for these things also.
Pulsed dye lasers are often used to reduce discoloration and redness in keloids no matter how old the keloids are. The dermatologist moves the laser, which has a pulse of light, over the keloid. The laser is generally handheld, and the treatment does not take a long time. You will likely have to come back as more than one treatment may be needed. The dermatologist can tell you if you need to come back and how often.
The dermatologist may choose to use steroid injections on the keloid. They will inject the steroid directly into the keloid tissue. This will then cause the size to reduce and the redness to go away. The steroid works by breaking down the collagen fibers under the keloid tissue. This will also reduce itchiness, pain, and swelling.
A dermatologist can tell you about other keloid treatment options you have.