Keloids can severely impact your self-esteem due to their unsightly appearance, particularly on visible areas like the ears, chest, and shoulders. Dr. Mendez and Dr. Salloum at The Keloid Plastic Surgery Center offer advanced cryotherapy treatments designed to minimize the appearance of keloid scars. Experience a transformation that not only enhances your physical appearance but also boosts your mental well-being.
Benefits of Cryotherapy for Keloids
Dr. Salloum and Dr. Mendez at The Keloid Plastic Surgery Center offer a game-changing solution for keloidal skin conditions: Cryotherapy. This highly effective treatment penetrates deep tissues, diminishes keloid mass, and significantly lowers the rate of recurrence. Don’t let keloids steal your confidence; opt for a tailored treatment plan today.
Say goodbye to unsightly keloids. Cryotherapy targets deep tissues, effectively reducing the keloid mass for quick aesthetic improvement.
Every keloid is unique. Our custom treatment plans ensure the most effective approach to your keloidal skin conditions.
Tired of recurring keloids? Cryotherapy offers a low rate of recurrence, providing long-term relief and peace of mind.
What Is Cryotherapy?
Cryotherapy, also known as cryosurgery or cold therapy, involves the use of controlled freezing temperatures to reduce or destroy abnormal or overgrown tissue. Evidence suggests that cryosurgery can be highly effective in the treatment of several issues, including tumors of the skin, cancerous and precancerous lesions, warts, hypertrophic scars, and keloids.
Cryotherapy uses extremely low temperatures to destroy abnormal tissues or cells, including molds, warts, and skin tags.
Keloid scars are unsightly and painful and can be very hard to treat. The most common therapies include steroid injections, laser treatment, and surgical removal.
However, these keloid treatments on their own, only work temporarily and may cause side effects, such as infection, bleeding, pain, swelling, bruising, and discoloration.
Essentially, cryosurgery freezes tissue, causing keloid-forming cells in the area (diseased tissue) to die because it reduces the blood flow. The therapy usually involves using liquid nitrogen, argon gas, or carbon dioxide at temperatures as low as -320℉ or -196℃. Liquid nitrogen is the most useful for keloid cold therapy. Cryotherapy is only reserved for smaller keloids, like those seen after acne scars, and it tends to be most effective when the overgrown tissue is relatively new. Larger or older keloid volumes can be successfully treated with a combination of keloid surgical excision and superficial radiation therapy or other treatment for keloids.
Cryotherapy for Keloid Candidates
Cryosurgical keloid removal is a good option for people with a history of keloids for different reasons: skin injuries, surgical scars, body piercings, tattoos, burns, insect bites, and so on. Keloid patients who are more prone to these types of scars are people with darker skin tones such as African Americans, Hispanics, and Asians.
Cryotherapy is a safe and effective treatment option for keloid patients who haven’t had any previous treatments. However, cryotherapy isn’t appropriate for every keloid size. This type of procedure works better for patients with small keloids. However, patients should discuss the options and benefits of cryotherapy for keloids with their doctor before undergoing this procedure.
Cryotherapy Preparation & Procedure
Cryotherapy for keloid removal doesn’t require a whole lot of preparation on your part. However, although cryosurgery is considered a safe, minimally-invasive procedure, it is essential to find a licensed and experienced provider who has a track record of successfully treating keloids and scars, like the experts at The Keloid Plastic Surgery Center. This is because keloid tissue has a high recurrence rate (chance of coming back), and in some cases, it can return even larger than the original keloid.
During keloid cryosurgery, your doctor will apply a local anesthetic to numb the area. Depending on its size and location, the provider may use both topical and intralesional cryotherapy, which involves inserting a thin cryosurgical needle in the keloid itself to administer liquid nitrogen and freeze the tissue from the inside out. Several sessions are typically needed for the best results.
Recovery from Cryotherapy for Keloids
Patients should be aware of their pain tolerance level when considering cryotherapy, as freezing the tissue can cause some discomfort during the procedure and recovery.
Some degree of tenderness or itchiness in the treated area may be expected. It’s essential to follow your surgeon’s post-treatment instructions during recovery, which may include using a protective dressing and avoiding strenuous activities for several days. The treated area may also appear red due to the inflammation caused by the freezing process.
Side Effects of Keloid Cryosurgery
Like all medical procedures, there are some risks associated with cryotherapy. Although rare, cryotherapy keloid side effects may include:
- Damage to nearby tissue and blood vessels
- Skin discoloration
- It is estimated that as many as 50% of keloids will not become flat after cryotherapy, and many of them can recur
There is no downtime associated with intralesional cryotherapy for keloids. Following your treatment, your doctor will provide detailed aftercare instructions to help you care for the lesion and prevent the development of new keloid tissue at the treatment site. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call the office at 1 (833) 453-5643.
Combined Cryotherapy with Other Treatments
No one is impervious to scars, which occur when the skin is wounded, and the body triggers a healing reaction to close the gaps created by the injury. Part of this biological process involves the release of collagen, the body’s most abundant protein, which, among other things, is responsible for creating and strengthening skin tissue. But when the body produces too much collagen, the new connective tissue can grow beyond the margins of the wound itself, forming a raised hard lump. In individuals prone to keloids, the scar tissue can continue building up uncontrollably over months or years, even after the original wound or hypertrophic scars are removed.
Unfortunately, once keloids occur, they have a high chance of recurring every time the skin is injured, even if it is from keloid surgical procedures. Since no single medical therapy has been shown historically to be 100% effective in the treatment of keloids, it is very common and recommended to combine different therapeutic modalities, especially with larger keloids. At The Keloid Plastic Surgery Center, your doctor may recommend any combination of the following procedures to reduce the risk of keloid development:
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