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SCARS & KELOIDS


What is a hypertrophic scar?

  • A hypertrophic scar is a thickened, wide, often raised scar that develops where skin is injured.
  • Scars are common during the wound healing process, but a hypertrophic scar is a result of an abnormal response to a trauma or injury.

Scars & Keloid Treatment in Malaysia

  • In some cases, scar tissue grows excessively, forming smooth, hard growths called keloids.
  • Keloids can be much larger than the original wound and most commonly found on the chest, shoulders, earlobes, and cheeks.
  • However, keloids can affect any part of the body.

What are the treatments for the scar?

  • Pressure from a bandage or pressure garment (stretchy material as Lycra/Tubigrip). This pressure should be applied day and night for up to months or even years.
  • Application of silicone, in sheet or gel form directly to the wound is thought to speed up the repair of scar.
  • Steroids (Triamcinalone) can be injected into the scar itself. Usually given at 4 to 6 week intervals.
  • Scar repairing creams can be used upon seeking advice from the surgeon

What are the treatments for keloid?

  • Corticosteroid injections to reduce inflammation
  • Using pressure or silicone gel pads after injury (similar to scar treatment)
  • Radiation to shrink keloids (very small risk of tumour formation).
  • For a very large keloids or an older keloid scar, surgical removal may be indicated