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    Keloids - those ugly bumpy scar things that never go away. Example, my BCG that never healed well has turned into this huge red bump. Got some cream from a dermatologist who said that it'll help but will take a LONG time. Heard from somewhere that lasers help?? Anyone in the know?

  • #2
    Hahaha, my BCG took a long time to heal too! About 10 years to turn from a red blob to a flatten skin scar. I took Vitamin E to help boost tissue repair for scarring for many years.

    Don't think laser will help but instead will aggravate your skin further into producing more keloids.

    I discover that by focusing less on the scar, it actually heals faster. Unless yours is a HUGE blob of which you can go for 6 monthly steriod injections to reduce the size, it's best just accept and to live with it.

    Afterall, none of us are perfect in this world.

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    • #3
      Alba babe! Thanks for the reply!!

      Am kinda hung up on them keloids coz other than the BCG scar, have small ones on rather obvious places. You mentioned steriod injections? Any idea on how much they cost?

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      • #4
        Steriod injections are administered by cosmetic surgeons and will only temporarily reduce the size and appearance of the scar. Maintenance required after effect runs out.

        Have no idea how much the jabs cost though. I would think the cost is tag to the amount of steriod administered. Do be aware that steriod has adverse effects on the liver and not recommended for long term usage.

        Try using rosehip oil which some other cotters are raving about. There's another thread on this in CozySkin.

        If you are likely to form keloids, try using a pressure plaster for new wounds. They are available from pharmacy and watson's. It comes in a jelly-like form; stick on the wound to apply pressure on the skin to reduce keloid formation. Not sure about the effectiveness.

        Take care

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        • #5
          Keloids are more or less genetic. Silicone sheets may help but usually when applied only shortly after formation. Not much you can do about it at all.

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          • #6
            Copied and paste my reply from another forum:

            I've had a keloid on my ear due to an earring (long story). I was referred to SGH where I had the so-called famous Woffles Wu to look at it. I waited like 2.5 hours to see him and then I was just in the room for less than 5 mins! He told the nurse to give me a jab and I had absolutely no idea what the jab was. That time still young so stupid me didn't ask questions. And the keloid turned into an ulcer after 3 visits!

            I happened to be seeing my derm and once he saw my ear and asked what happened, I told him and he asked me if I wanted him to treat it. I said: you can? He said yeah, any derm can do the job, no need to go plastic surgery department. So he also gave me a jab and he explained to me the jab is actually steriod. This is the only way to treat keloids, all other external applications don't work at all. I double-check with other docs and they said the same thing.


            He had to massage the keloid after the jab to make sure the steriod get fully absorbed and spread evenly. Best is he only charged me $20 for the jab compared SGH who charged me $80!!

            And he said keloids can never go away fully, best you can do is to minimise it. I've to sleep on my right side as well so I won't aggravgrate it (its on my left ear). After 2 treatments, I'm done!

            So girls, go to a derm and get it treated.

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            • #7
              I have a keloid on my shoulder.. initially tried silicone for some months n it didn't work. In the end, went NSC and got steroid injections on it. It flattens after some injections. However, as long as your body is active, with healing capability, the scar will rise again.. Thus you will need to return for injections to "maintain" it

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              • #8
                i have a huge disgusting keloid on the inner top of my earlobe due to a piercing gone totally wrong.
                i went for a plastic surgery a few months ago at NUH, and my doctor managed to shave half of it off. it was only half gone, as he didn't want to cut out a portion of my ear which would make my left ear smaller than my right.
                i am now going for steriod injections and monitoring of the growth on a monthly basis, as mine is a really tricky case as the keloid is at a really bad position and the fold of my earlode is pretty deep.
                however, my keloid has flattened drastically, all thanks to my doctor!

                i suggest going for a consultation, before deciding on anything

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                • #9
                  hatred for keloid

                  Originally posted by babydoll
                  i have a huge disgusting keloid on the inner top of my earlobe due to a piercing gone totally wrong.
                  i went for a plastic surgery a few months ago at NUH, and my doctor managed to shave half of it off. it was only half gone, as he didn't want to cut out a portion of my ear which would make my left ear smaller than my right.
                  i am now going for steriod injections and monitoring of the growth on a monthly basis, as mine is a really tricky case as the keloid is at a really bad position and the fold of my earlode is pretty deep.
                  however, my keloid has flattened drastically, all thanks to my doctor!

                  i suggest going for a consultation, before deciding on anything
                  Hello babydoll,
                  I have in the same situation as you.I went for surgery twice in NUH too. The 1st time was quite a clean job but the 2nd time was a disaster.The steriod injections hurts big time and it bleeds. I had to jab my ear every fortnightly.Its very costly and I'm still a student.I stopped after a month and the keloid is still growing . Is there any thing i can do other than go for surgery again?

                  Looking forward to your reply

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                  • #10
                    hey girl
                    hmm.. i think you should consult the doctor that did the surgeries for you..
                    how come you needed to undergo two surgeries?
                    if your keloid isn't too big, maybe you should continue the injections?
                    it'll take time and i know the injections hurt like hell and bleeds alot for small pricks in the ear(ouch!), but i don't think there is any other way to stop the keloid from growing.
                    how much did your injections cost?
                    hope that helps feel free to ask me any questions.. i'll try my best to answer or give advice cos i know how awful keloids can get.

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                    • #11
                      hello babe
                      thank for the advise.i had 2 keloids due to ear piercing.Got rid of one and the surgery was a success.the other growth wasnt gotten rid of and then it grew,i went for surgery .(both ops were performed by diff docs).the injections are $50 per session and im needed to be there weekly.the doc was so crude.i was like crying out in pain and he shouted me.telling me that the jabs aint as painful as the piercings.how nice of him.went broke because of the jabs and the doc sucks.i cant get to choose whichever doc i want as im recommanded by the polyclinic.now its rather huge.and i dont know what to do.go through the whole thing again or?

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by boozo_bajou
                        hello babe
                        thank for the advise.i had 2 keloids due to ear piercing.Got rid of one and the surgery was a success.the other growth wasnt gotten rid of and then it grew,i went for surgery .(both ops were performed by diff docs).the injections are $50 per session and im needed to be there weekly.the doc was so crude.i was like crying out in pain and he shouted me.telling me that the jabs aint as painful as the piercings.how nice of him.went broke because of the jabs and the doc sucks.i cant get to choose whichever doc i want as im recommanded by the polyclinic.now its rather huge.and i dont know what to do.go through the whole thing again or?

                        I think you are lucky to have removed one. I have been living with a keloid that's about 3 inches long by 2 cm on my top left shoulder for like 8 years. Didn't go for any surgery cos this was a result from removal of a little lump which originated from chicken pox...didn't want to take any more risk of having a bigger scar. Have been taking steroid injections at SGH specialist clinic J. Every time cost only $21 consultation and $6 injection. Subsidised rate as I was referred from polyclinic. And silicon sheets there are pretty affordable. The purpose of these silicon sheets is to slow down the rate of the keloid growth. Could probably give it a try.

                        By the way, what surgery can remove keloid? Cos as far as i know, there's no permanent removal for keloid...it's either your body is prone to it or not.
                        Last edited by roseberry; 02-02-2006, 08:36 PM.

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                        • #13
                          oh my!all because of a chicken pox. For my case,i can only blame myself for the keloid. My 2nd growth is abt 3cm x 0.5cm on the upper portion of my ear. There are many limitations of hair styles that i can choose from in order to hide it. My friends and even hair stylist were freaked out when they first sighted it.I paid $21 for consultation but $50 for injection as i think i had many jabs at a go. Hurts big time!! According to my doctor, plastic surgery is the only way to rid it but there are risk that it will resurface again. Injections is a must too. I fear the needles hence i stopped the injections after 3 sessions for the second surgery. Did the growth of your keloid slow down after all the jabs? What are silicon sheets and how dows it works?

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                          • #14
                            The Silicon sheet is a pliable silicone pad which creates an electrostatic ionic bonding when applied to scar tissue to actually rebuild skin cells from the inside out. Users will notice an improvement in the scars appearance within a few weeks. Silicon sheets also reduces burning and itching associated with healing and scar tissue.

                            There's pic of it on this site. http://www.thejamushop.com/silicon_s...or_keloids.htm

                            The growth of keloids don't really slow down in an obvious and fast manner by the steriod jabs but rather they become softer and flatter. I tried stopping the jab for about 1 year cos i really hate jabs, but it became thicker and slightly longer due to my constant exercise regime. So no choice, went back to SGH last year to continue this painful jabs.

                            My doc also said there's a risk of resurfacing... hence I didn't consider any more surgery. One is enough. Learning to live with it and "love it" is what I've learnt over the years. There's nothing to be ashame of....Hehe.... well, at least I'm a normal human, with a healthy body.

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                            • #15
                              I FOUND AN INTERESTING ARTICLE.

                              http://www.thejamushop.com/Keloid_paste.htm

                              Like a cure for keloid!

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