Keloid is an overgrowth of the scar tissue that develops around a wound, usually after the wound has healed. It is an abnormal type of wound healing, which results in a large, soft growth where the skin has been damaged. It is particularly common in people with dark skin.
- Behind the ears after ear piercing.
- On the breastbone after chickenpox, acne, or an injury.
- On the side of the shoulder (deltoid) after a vaccination.
STEROID INJECTION FOR SCARS
Dermatologists may inject a corticosteroid solution directly into a hypertrophic scar or keloid, which may help reduce its size. Steroids break the bonds between collagen fibers, which reduces the amount of scar tissue beneath the skin. Steroids also have powerful anti-inflammatory properties, which can help reduce swelling, redness, itching, or tenderness.
Dermatologists recommend getting steroid injections every four to six weeks, limiting the total number of injections to five. The procedure takes about 15 minutes, and often no anaesthesia is required.