Keloid and hypertrophic scars are firm growths that arise after injury or inflammation. They can be uncomfortable, tender or itchy and can be larger than the original wound. These type of scars may form on any part of the body but are more common on the upper chest, shoulders and earlobes.
While most people rarely form keloid scars, others develop them readily upon minor injuries, or following acne. Dark skinned people tend to form keloid or hypertrophic scars more easily than fair skinned people and this may well have a genetic basis.
Treatment of keloids or hypertrophic scar may include the following:
– Silicon scar reduction patches or silicone gel
– Pressure dressings
– Surgical excision
– Intralesional steroid injection
– Laser therapy
– Superficial X Ray therapy