My Keloidal Insecurity

How to remove keloid scarring?


Irene Tria | Vigorbuddy

You learn a lot when you’re barefoot and every step you take is different… but what if you have a flat feet?

All the while I thought I don’t have balance, or I am clumsy, but when I had the chance to have my feet checked at the Blogapalooza last year, there I found out that I have flexible flat foot. Flexible flat foot is the most common form of flat foot. It means that there is an arch when there isn’t any pressure on the foot, but when you stand the arch collapses. This type of flat foot can be put back into its “normal” position during standing.

Although having flat feet doesn’t sound like a big deal, they are actually throwing the entire body out of alignment, which affects our ability to stand, walk, run, and exercise.  But it creates a chain reaction of misalignment up the rest your body. This results in abnormal strain and pressure acting not only on your feet, but on your ankles, knees, hips and back.

And because of the feet deformity, it lead to series of unexpected falls which resulted to another problem, keloid scar. 

When skin is injured, fibrous tissue, called scar tissue, forms over the wound to repair and protect the injury. In some cases, scar tissue grows excessively, forming smooth, hard growths called keloids. Keloids can be much larger than the original wound. They’re most commonly found on the chest, shoulders, earlobes, and cheeks. However, keloids can affect any part of the body.

keloid scar on the chest

Keloid Scar on the chest

Keloid Scar on left knee

Keloid Scar on left knee

Although keloids aren’t harmful to your health, they may create cosmetic concerns.

The symptoms of keloids can include:

  • a localized area that is flesh-colored, pink, or red in color
  • a lumpy or ridged area of skin that’s usually raised
  • an area that continues to grow larger with scar tissue over time
  • an itchy patch of skin

While keloid scars may be itchy, they’re usually not harmful to your health. You may experience discomfort, tenderness, or possible irritation from your clothing or other forms of friction. In rare instances, you may experience keloid scarring on a significant amount of your body. When this occurs, the hardened, tight scar tissue may restrict your movements.

Keloids are often more of a cosmetic concern than a health one. You may feel self-conscious if the keloid is very large or in a highly visible location, such as an earlobe or on the face. Sun exposure or tanning may discolor the scar tissue, making it slightly darker than your surrounding skin. This can make the keloid stand out even more than it already does. Keep the scar covered when you’re in the sun to prevent discoloration.

What causes this condition:

Most skin injury types can contribute to keloid scarring. These include:

  • acne scars
  • burns
  • chickenpox scars
  • ear piercing
  • scratches
  • surgical incision sites
  • vaccination sites

Keloids tend to have a genetic component, which means you’re more likely to have keloids if one or both of your parents has them. According to a study conducted at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan, a gene known as the AHNAK gene may play a role in determining who develops keloids and who doesn’t. The researchers found that people who have the AHNAK gene may be more likely to develop keloid scars than those who don’t.

If people have known risk factors for developing keloids, they may want to avoid getting body piercings, unnecessary surgeries, or tattoos. But for some artists especially up in North, they consider scarring as a form of tattoo. Only a keloidal individual can successfully attain that kind of tattoo.

Tara Natividad of Ililik-Art Baguio City

Tara Natividad of Ililik-Art Baguio City. She had her tattoo (scarring)/keloid scar using a scalpel.

How is Keloid Scarring Treated?

Keloid scarring is the result of the body’s attempt to repair itself. After removing the keloid, the scar tissue may grow back again, and sometimes it grows back larger than before.

Here are the possible treatments:

  • corticosteroid injections to reduce inflammation
  • moisturizing oils to keep the tissue soft
  • using pressure or silicone gel pads after injury
  • freezing the tissue to kill skin cells
  • laser treatments to reduce scar tissue
  • radiation to shrink keloids

Corticosteroids are powerful anti-inflammatory medications, a class of medications that are related to cortisone, a steroid. Medications of this class powerfully reduce inflammation.

At Shinagawa Lasik and Aesthetics they offer Keloid Removal referred as Intralesional Steroid Injections which uses Corticosteroids to administered directly on the affected area and reduce inflammation.

What Are The Benefits Of Keloid Removal?

  • they reduce the chance of surface skin thinning
  • more effective because it delivers higher concentrations of steroids
  • aside from scar removal, steroid injections also inhibit inflammation

Preparing For The Procedure

  • During the consultation, the keloid scar will be assessed.

How The Procedure Is Done

  • During the procedure, the scar tissue may appear paler.
  • the injections inhibit the excessive production of collagen which causes keloid scars to form

After The Procedure

  • the appearance of the skin post-treatment varies with each patient.
Keloid Scarring Before and After Intralesional Steroid Injection

Keloid Scarring Before and After Intralesional Steroid Injection (during 1st session only)

For your Free Consultation, visit them at:

Main Branch
(+632) 491 0000 | (+63) 917 572 4684
Mezzanine, Tower 2, The Enterprise Center, 6766 Ayala Ave. cor. Paseo de Roxas, Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines

Ortigas Branch
(+632) 368 5240 | (+63) 917 828 1955
21st Floor, Hanston Square Bldg.,#17 San Miguel Avenue, Ortigas Center, Pasig City 1605 Philippines

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