Known as one of the trickiest treatments in the world, a successful keloid scar removal therapy is considered the Holy Grail of the dermatological community. After all, everyone wants to look better, feel better and live better and not many of us are profound enough do to so with large keloid scars on our faces. So, what are keloid scars and how can they be removed? Well, the answer is pretty simple: these scars are swollen tissue. Basically, scar tissue resulted from a surgery or an injury will stretch and blend in with the skin, over a period of time. In some people, this does not happen. In these cases, two types of problems can appear: for one, hypertrophic scars and for another, keloid scars.
The difference between the two is of origin and of development, but in their first phases, the two look exactly alike. Thus, hypertrophic scars are caused by a genetic excess of collagen, while keloid scars are still pretty much mystery to everyone in the scientific community. Usually, not knowing the cause of disease makes its treatment to become a trial and error experience, but for this scar treatment, that is not exactly true. Of course, the first attempts at a keloid scar removal surgery have resulted in some rather gruesome effects, such as enlarged keloids or terrible permanent scarring. In recent years, the side effects of a removal procedure have started to diminish in intensity and, over the next decade, scientists hope that they will disappear completely.
What happened to make this possible? Well, a German scientist discovered, completely by accident, that if you take a cauterizing agent, in his case it was snake oil, and pour it over a scar, it will make the tissue deflate considerably and the scar to never look the same again. Of course, if you insist with the treatment, the scar tissue will turn almost into plastic, becoming easily moldable and, eventually, it will fall off, leaving the healthy skin beneath very clean and completely scar – less. Now, the discovery took some time until it could be tested and retested and explained scientifically, but after the medical community agreed that it was a valid method of scar removal, the dermatologists thought about testing it with the ultimate type of scars: keloid scars.
To their eternal surprise, things turned out better than they hoped and each and every cauterizing agent they tested ensured that the keloid cells stopped multiplying. Of course, that only left the problem of how to cut out the keloid, since the cauterizing agents did not do that, as well. They decided that the classical version remains the best, thus making sure that surgeons were still involved in the keloid removal process. After the surgery is finished, the surgeon will apply the cauterizing agent to the recently traumatized skin, practically sealing it shut by melting it. Now, that sounds horrible, but it is a procedure that has been practiced for years for extensive wounds that could kill a person by bleeding out. The medical community has simply taken it, refined it and added chemicals to the mix, instead of fire and turned it into a highly successful scar removal therapy.
If visiting hospitals and checking with trained physicians is not your cup of tea, then there are alternative versions of keloid removal therapy that one can pursue, with the utmost care, of course. Usually, people prefer some sort of keloid cream, without really knowing that the cream they believe to be perfectly natural contains the same cauterizing agent as the one that the surgeon applies to their skin after the keloid has been removed. The good thing about these natural treatments is that, when they are used properly, they do not hurt the healthy skin. The downside is that they do not really work as well as the commercials say and that they are very expensive, in the long run. Obviously, if the treatment does not include any type of surgery, it does not seem to end. The results of these non – surgical keloid treatment methods start to show after six months, for the patients that stick to the indications of the prescriber. For those that like to run things their own way, the creams and the herbs might never show any improvement in their keloids.