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(Keloid Scar; Dermal Fibrotic Lesion)
- Upper back
- Back of scalp and neck
- Deep skin wounds, such as those from infections, burns or surgical scars
- Scars from acne, vaccinations, or chickenpox
- Family history
|Normal Surgical Scar|
|Ideally the scar tissue would stop developing at this point.|
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- Verapamil—injected directly into area
- Fluorouracil—injected directly into area
- Imiquimod—cream applied to the affected area
- Avoid trauma to the skin.
- Care for cuts or scrapes right away.
- Avoid unnecessary cosmetic surgery.
- Do not tattoo or pierce your ears or other areas of the body.
American Academy of Dermatology http://www.aad.org
American Society of Plastic Surgeons http://www.plasticsurgery.org
Canadian Dermatology Association http://www.dermatology.ca
Health Canada www.hc-sc.gc.ca
Scar revision. American Society of Plastic Surgeons website. Available at: http://www.plasticsurgery.org/Reconstructive-Procedures/Scar-Revision.html. Accessed August 5, 2013.
Conejo-Mir JS, Corbi R, et al. Carbon dioxide laser ablation associated with interferon alfa-2b injections reduces the recurrence of keloids. J Am Acad Dermatol.1998; 39:1039.
Keloid. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: https://dynamed.ebscohost.com/about/about-us. Updated July 18, 2013. Accessed August 5, 2013.
Malaker K, Vijayraghavan K, et al. Retrospective analysis of treatment of unresectable keloids with primary radiation over 25 years. Clin Oncol. 2004;16:290.
Shaffer JJ, Taylor SC, et al. Keloidal scars: A review with a critical look at therapeutic options. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2002; 46:S63.
- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 08/2013
- Update Date: 05/11/2013