Keloids are overgrown, raised, thick and extensive scars left from skin injuries, surgical incisions, lacerations, or burns and can appear anywhere on the body.
Depending on the size and location of the keloid, there are several removal techniques and treatment options available. Dr. Ziakas will use the technique/treatment best suited for your individual needs.
All patients with unsightly keloids may consider keloid removal. Patients who smoke, have high blood pressure that is not under control, have blood disorders or take blood thinners, such as Aspirin, Coumadin or Plavix, may experience higher risk of healing problems.
Most patients tolerate the procedure well and are able to go home the same day. Over the counter Tylenol or Motrin suffice for postoperative pain control. Some bruising and swelling are expected, but improve over several days. Strenuous exercises and lifting heavy objects should be avoided for few weeks.
All patients considering elective surgery should abstain from smoking, including secondhand smoke and avoid any nicotine containing products, both before and after surgery. Dr. Ziakas strongly advises all his patients to quit smoking for good. The sutures used in keloid removal surgery are absorbable and dissolve over time. All patients are advised to use a good quality sunscreen when outdoors (minimum SPF 30) to minimize the hazardous effects of sun radiation on the incisions and the rest of the skin. The majority of patients are able to return to their routine activities in few weeks.Full List of Face Procedures
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