Keloid and surgical scars
Keloids are abnormally grown fibrotic tissues, benign skin tumours which look like scars and resulting from lesions or irritations which do not fade out as time passes by. For this reason, keloids are also known as keloidal scars, whose formation is most frequent during adolescence and pregnancy.
Keloids are therefore thick, red, itchy and sometimes painful neoformations originating from a scar but always developing out of the borders of the very scar they derive from. They take shape very rarely, can show up everywhere but especially on the chest near the breastbone, on auricles and shoulders and are most likely to affect the black population.
Keloidal scars can be elimitated both with traditional and laser surgery. Before turning to surgical methods, all the other techniques are taken into account in order to make the scars look better, especially when they are poorly visible, which could make the surgucal treatment useless.
Here at KEIRON LASER INSTITUTE, keloidal scars are treated with Candela PULSED DYE LASER.
The Candela Vbeam Pulsed Dye Laser is effective against scars, stretch marks, wrinkles and above all keloids. The Vbeam uses pulsed dye laser technology to hit vascular and pigmented lesions with an intense and controlled laser beam. The luminous energy is therefore selectively absorbed by the blood vesses and pigmented areas of the skin, treating the disease in an effective way. Most of the patients get results ever since the first session, and the method proves safe on all skin types.
How are keloids formed?
Several international scientific researches shows that fibroplasts in the dermis react to traumas, inflammations, surgical operations and burns with an hyperproduction of collagen and glicoproteins.
A key role in the process is played by CTGF (connective tissue growth factor), which stimulates the hyperproduction of collagen. The Candela Vbeam Pulsed Dye Laser has proven to act in the down regulation of CTGF, therefore determining a gradual reduction of dermal fibroplasts with an equally gradual remodelling of keloids.
Are the treatments painful?
After the treatment, many patients are reported to feel a sensation similar to a medium-intensity sunburn. During the treatment, skin is additionally protected by means of the DYNAMIC COOLING DEVICE, a patented cooling system which supplies a cryogenic impulse immediately before the laser beam is emitted. The DCD system improves the comfort during the treatment and minimizes such side effects as redness.
How much do the treatments cost?
Cost may depend on the condition and extension of the lesions to treat. A medical consultation at our laser center is needed to receive more specific information.