Keloid Scar at 10x Magnification
Keloids can be unsightly and have a tendency to form on the face and on the earlobes due to the common practice of ear piercing, though they can develop anywhere the skin has been damaged. Thus, many individuals seek medical attention in hopes of having keloids surgically removed, but, unfortunately, this practice is associated with a very high rate of recurrence. Due to this fact, a number of alternate methods of treatment have been developed. Among some of the more common forms of therapy besides excision are compression therapy, laser therapy, corticosteroid injections, application of silicone gel sheets, and interferon therapy. The specific form of treatment considered best for any individual case and its probability of success varies greatly.