Keloids are fibrous lesions that form at a site of injury due to irregular production of type III and type I collagen. Unlike hypertrophic scars, keloids continue to grow outside of the original wound margins, fail to resolve over time, may itch and become painful. High tension areas such as the chest, trunk and back, as well
as commonly pierced areas such as the ears, are some of the more popular sites for keloid formation. Although documented in all races, keloids are more prevalent in people of color (African American, Asian, Latinos) with a positive correlation to skin pigmentation. Most keloids appear in those with darker skin types while there are no reported incidents in Albinos. Keloids often mature into unsightly lesions affecting self-esteem and quality of life. Depending on the location and size of the keloid, range of motion may be impaired.
With limited knowledge about the actual cause of keloids, determining the most effective treatment for keloids has proven challenging. Treatments such as surgical excision, postoperative radiotherapy, triamcinolone injections, pulse dye laser, cryotherapy and silicone sheeting are among the more popular treatments used. Many combinations of these therapies have been used with results varying drastically.
For a long time, keloid scars were virtually impossible to prevent and difficult to keep from reoccurring. These unsightly tissue formations may affect your confidence and can make you feel as though your skin is not your own. Traditional treatments are painful, ineffective, and cannot be used on children.
But a forward-thinking doctor, Dr. Kendrick Spence, is looking to change that. Dr. Spence was given the top plastic surgeon award for the sixth consecutive year, is using a new photon therapy or superficial radiotherapy (SRT) treatment that is a making major advances in the treatment of this common problem.
SRT treatment method targets those cells that overproduce scar tissue and result in the raised and expanded keloid scars that cause so much discomfort.
The SRT–100 is an exciting new development and delivers superficial photon beam therapy to the healing scar. This controls the overproduction of collagen that leads to hypertrophic scarring. This is a superficial targeted treatment that does not penetrate beyond the fibroblastsresponsible for wound healing. After excision the patient is given three consecutive doses of SRT over three days and the wound heals normally. Within days the patient is free of an ugly scar with a…