Posted 12/27/2006 8:27 PM (GMT -6)
After 5 months you may be dealing with the following….. Keloids.
I have 2 ~ 8” scars which have keloids. They itch and at times have a burning sensation.
I am 5’5 ½ ”, weigh 130 +/- 2 ;) , white, female. After having breast reduction surgery I am dealing with keloids. My doctor has injected cortisone directly into the scars (8 injections on each side) and this has helped tremendously. He would only do this twice so I’m dealing with what I have. I use a sesame lotion to help the tightness which I think attributes to the itching… and this has helped. Also – using Vitamine E like exactly like Tamu. I snipe the ends and place the liquid in a very small container for daily use.
My sister had a 1 inch scar and a ¼” scar and has had multiple injections and the hardness is just about gone. She had pain with hers and she is doing GREAT!!! I’m getting feedback from her and may research about having more injections. She had 2 doctors and each had different ideas on what was the right treatment… she started with 1 st doctor and when she saw a different doctor for something else she asked him what he would be doing and she is now seeing the 2 nd doctor for her keloids. He has helped her tremendously and her last visit will be in January if she feels she needs 1 more injection. So it pays to get 2 nd opinions……
I found this definition on-line. This may help you to determine if this is what you’re dealing with.
Take care ~
What is a keloid?
A keloid is a scar that doesn't know when to stop. When the skin is injured, cells grow back to fill in the gap. Somehow, they "know" when the scar tissue is even with the contour of the skin, at which point they stop multiplying. When the cells keep on reproducing, the result is a what is called a overgrown (hypertrophic) scar or a keloid.
A hypertrophic scar is a thick, raised, smooth area that is confined to the site of injury. It diminishes over a period of one year or more.
A keloid, by contrast, may extend beyond the site of injury. Keloids do not subside.
What does a keloid look and feel like?
A keloid looks shiny and is often dome-shaped. It can range in color from slightly pink to red. It feels hard and thick and is always raised above the surrounding skin.
Where on the body do keloids tend to appear?
Keloids are most commonly located on the chest, upper back, and shoulders. However, they can appear almost anywhere, such as in surgical scars any place on the body and in the earlobes or other areas that have been pierced for cosmetic purposes.
Do keloids cause symptoms?
They may or may not. If they do, the symptoms may include itching, tenderness, and mild pain.
Who is particularly prone to develop keloids?
People of African or Asian descent are more likely to get keloids than people with lighter skin.
Not always!…… keloids run in our family. My mom had strawberry blond hair, sisters very blond/blue eyes and my dad was very fair….
How about high-risk areas of the body?
People of any skin type can get a keloid in a high-risk area of the body such as the mid-chest. A keloid can develop even when there has been no apparent injury to the skin.
How do I know if I am susceptible to keloids?
This is an important question and one to which only a partial answer can be given. If you belong to a high-risk group, or if the surgery you plan or need to have involves a high-risk area of the body, your chances of forming a keloid are (by definition) greater. There are many exceptions, however, and these scars may form on a given person after some injuries, but not others, for no obvious reason.