Keloids are a type of scarring that is much more obvious than normal scarring. Keloids actually grow beyond the site of the original injury. A keloid can also cause painful or annoying itching sensations.
Keloids are a type of “malfunction” of the healing process. Although heredity is suspected to be the primary cause of keloid formation, it can occur to anyone at any age with a skin injury.
Steroid injections are normally used first, but if this treatment fails to achieve the desired result, scar revision surgery is the next option. If you have a keloid, you no doubt want to be rid of it. Dr. Lista and Dr. Ahmad will consult with you carefully concerning possible treatment. It is very important that patients have realistic expectations, however, because people who are susceptible to keloids frequently have the keloids recur after the surgery.
Note that keloid surgery on the face is covered by OHIP, while surgery for keloids in other locations is the responsibility of the patient.