Keloid management choice depends on lesion and patient characteristics

11/5/2013 |

Keloid age, shape, size and location, as well as patient goals and the likelihood that the patient will comply with a treatment regimen, are factors to consider when planning treatment, says dermatologist Hilary Baldwin of the State University of New York at Brooklyn. Young, pink, symptomatic keloids are more prone to coming back after surgery than older, brown lesions. Recurrence risk is higher on the jaw, deltoid, mid- or upper back, or mid-chest. Patients must be committed to returning for adjunctive corticosteroids or radiation, Baldwin says.

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