Belly Button Keloid

belly-button-keloidIt can be terrifying to develop a belly button keloid. Usually for many people this is the first time every they have gotten a keloid scar. You don’t know what you should do to treat it. It’s most important to see  a dermatologist so it can be accurately diagnosed and treated early. This is because it’s easier to remove them early on. Let’s take a look at some of your options.

Before we talk more about how to get rid of a belly button keloid, let’s talk a little bit about this condition in general. If this is the first time you’ve gotten this type of scar, you probably are looking to learn as much as you can about it.

The good news is that while they may look scary to see these scars on your body, they don’t cause any known health problems long term. However if they get to large of course they can affect your range of motion if they are in a particularly troublesome spot such as the palms of your hand.  The cause of them is unknown, but it appears to be hereditary. Both genders are at equal risk. If you have a great amount of pigment in your skin, such as if you have African heritage, unfortunately you are at much higher risk of being susceptible to developing them. They often first develop in your late teens or during your twenties, but you can get them at any age. Also many only get keloids on one location of their body. So if you have developed a keloid on a belly button piercing or an ear piercing, it doesn’t necessarily mean you will develop these scars in other places, too.

How to treat a keloid on belly button:

Fortunately this scar is developing on your belly button and not another more prominent location like your face. This can make it easier since you can usually hide it while you are treating it. And remember, as previously mentioned you want to nip these things in the butt as soon as possible.Don’t let them grow and harden over time because than the keloid removal may be more difficult.

A skin care specialist (dermatologist) is your best approach. He or she has been trained in treating this condition and also can perform procedures you can’t do yourself, such as a steroid injections and surgical removal. So schedule an appointment right away, but while you’re waiting to see the doctor, there are a few things you can do that some claim to be effective.

There are certain ingredients which many people claim to be effective on a keloid if it is used right when it is first forming. These ingredients typically consist of a special onion bulb extra and silicone gel. Alpha hydroxy treatments have also been mentioned without further research it’s hard to say if they would be the best scar treatment choice. Another method is applying tea tree oil to the scar several times a day for a few weeks. They are all ingredients which can be purchased over the counter at reasonable prices in the form of oils and specially formulated scar products for keloid removal.