Steroid Injections For Keloids

steroid-injections-for-keloidsWARNING: This article refers to a medical procedure which must be performed by a licensed physician. Do NOT attempt this method of treatment yourself!

When administered by your doctor, steroid injections are sometimes an effective method for keloid removal when used in conjunction with other treatments. This is a slightly more complicated medical procedure than you would expect, because usually local anesthesia needs since large and tough keloids can be painful.

What Are Steroids?
Steroids are naturally occurring substances. They can also be produced synthetically. They produce various physiological effects on the body. Corticosteroids are a class of steroids which are often used for their anti-inflammatory qualities, or in other words, to minimize swelling. These substances are brief-acting, so they are only effective temporarily.

Why Are Steroids Used For Keloids?
It’s important to note that keloids are not a condition humans fully understand yet. Although we suspect it is genetic, it is not known exactly why they form. In the same way, we don’t know exactly how all of the keloid removal treatments work. But when it comes to injecting steroids, there are a number of things we do know. First of all we know it tends to be most effective on fresh scars either before they have formed or while they are forming. We also know that when used, they typically soften the scar tissue as well as decrease the mass of it.  Although it’s important to note that each person and scar is unique, so everyone reacts differently. For some people it may help, for other it may not be very effective.

When Should Steroids Be Used On Keloids?
Please note that we are not medical professionals, so you should consult a licensed doctor to know when steroids should be used. However we can say that injections are typically used after a person has had scar removal surgery or they have a new scar that is developing.

Who Should I Talk To About Treatment?
There are many doctors who specialize in keloid removal. Many of them either have a background in dermatology, plastic surgery, or both. Because this is such a specialized condition, it’s best to talk to a doctor to find out what is best for you.