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July 03, 2020  
EDUCATION CENTER: Diagnosis and Treatment

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  • Scars (Keloid)

    Diagnosis and Treatment
    Many treatments are available to lessen the visibility of keloid scars, and alleviate uncomfortable itching and skin stiffness. These treatments range from surgical procedures to remove scars to cryotherapy, steroid injections, or cosmetic treatments to lessen their appearance.

    Patients who prefer minimally invasive methods to reduce the appearance and symptoms of scars may choose to use silicone gel sheets. Silicone gel sheets are semi-occlusive sheets that seal moisture into the scar tissue and reduce scar tissue and pigmentation. Silicone gels sheets are advantageous to patients because they are cost-effective, and easy to apply, handle and maintain. Silicone gel sheet scar therapy changes a dark, raised scar to a flatter, pale one in just a few months.

    If you have a history of developing keloid scars, you should tell your doctor before you receive surgery. While it is impossible to prevent scar tissue from forming, prophylactic treatment with silicone gel sheets after a wound closes is effective in minimizing the appearance and extent of keloid scarring.

    Last updated: 23-Feb-07

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