CUMMING LOCATION

105 Professional Park Drive

Cumming, GA 30040

DAWSONVILLE LOCATION

35 Lumpkin Campground Road

Dawsonville, GA 30534

CONTACT INFORMATION

 

Phone: 770-800-3455

Dermatology Fax: 770-450-8024

Pain Management Fax: 706-250-9942

Administrative Fax: 770-284-8380

admin@cleavermedicalgroup.com

DAHLONEGA LOCATION

59 Tipton Drive

Dahlonega, GA 30533

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Hypertrophic Scar / Keloid

Keloids and hypertrophic scars represent an exuberant healing response that poses a challenge for physicians. Patients at high risk of keloids are usually younger than 30 years and have darker skin. Sternal skin, shoulders and upper arms, earlobes, and cheeks are most susceptible to developing keloids and hypertrophic scars. High-risk trauma includes burns, ear piercing, and any factor that prolongs wound healing.

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Keloid formation often can be prevented if anticipated with immediate silicone elastomer sheeting, taping to reduce skin tension, or corticosteroid injections. Once established, however, keloids are difficult to treat, with a high recurrence rate regardless of therapy. Evidence supports silicone sheeting, pressure dressings, and corticosteroid injections as first-line treatments. Despite the popularity of over-the-counter herb-based creams, the evidence for their use is mixed, and there is little evidence that vitamin E is helpful.