Dr. Clarence Wiley offers keloid therapy at his Oklahoma City, OK, dermatology office. A keloid is a collection of scar tissue in an area that has previously experienced an injury. At Beauty Thru Health Dermatology, keloid treatments can include steroid injections, topical ointments, and surgical excision. Dr. Wiley can also perform earlobe reconstruction if the keloid is located on the ear. During your consultation, he will determine the best method of treatment to help enhance the overall aesthetics of your skin, especially if the keloid is in a highly visible location.
What are Keloids?
When the skin is injured, it naturally begins to produce collagen to heal itself. However, in some cases, a surplus of collagen can cause scar tissue to grow excessively, resulting in a keloid. A keloid is a type of scar that consists of an overgrowth of lumpy, hard tissue that creates a raised, unattractive appearance. Although not harmful to your health, a keloid can have a negative impact on your appearance.
A surplus of collagen can cause scar tissue to grow excessively, resulting in a keloid.
Keloids develop as a result of a skin injury or at the incision site following surgery. The scar tissue may continue to grow for several weeks following the injury and is often larger than the original wound. Although keloids can develop on any part of the body, they are frequently seen on earlobes, cheeks, shoulders, or the chest.
Keloids may vary in shape and size, but symptoms typically include:
- Raised, dome-shaped scar
- Shiny appearance
- Pink, red, or dark brown in color
- Large and unsightly
- Itchy or tender to the touch
Causes of Keloids
Patients who are younger than 30 years old, pregnant, or have African, Latino, or Asian heritage have a greater risk of developing keloids. Any injury to the skin, whether intentional or accidental can cause a keloid to develop, including:
- Surgical incision
- Body or ear piercings
Keloid Therapy Treatments
During an initial consultation, Dr. Wiley will carefully examine the keloid and recommend the best treatment plan suited for your needs. Because additional surgery can often cause additional keloid development, he may recommend conservative treatments initially.
There are a variety of prescription ointments that can be used to help shrink and soften the appearance of a keloid. Dr. Wiley may also recommend combining the topical ointment with compression therapy to provide further benefits.
Dr. Wiley also offers steroidal therapy as a successful approach to flatten the appearance of keloids. This treatment will include injecting a series of corticosteroids into the keloid to reduce collagen production. Corticosteroids can also help alleviate any itching and discomfort you may be experiencing.
If topical ointments and steroid injections have been unsuccessful, Dr. Wiley can perform an excision. During the procedure, the doctor will numb the area being treated and make strategic incisions to extract all of the scar tissue.
When keloids have developed on the earlobe, it can make it difficult for patients to wear earrings or wear their hair up. Dr. Wiley commonly performs reconstructive procedures to enhance the appearance and restore the structure of the earlobe.
Contact Our Office
If you have developed a keloid from injury or surgery, you may enjoy the benefits that one of our treatments can provide. To learn more about these therapies, contact our practice today online or give us a call at (405) 278-7911 to schedule your consultation with Dr. Wiley.