A highly innovative advance in the dermatological world that is safe and effective for removing keloids is available at Advanced Dermatology and Laser Institute of Seattle. What exactly is a keloid? Our body’s natural supply of collagen is stimulated when a trauma to the skin occurs. This skin tissue takes the appearance of a firm, rubbery nodule varying in size and color that is also known as a keloid.
Keloids pre-dominantly occur in patients with skin of color at the site of a piercing, burn, acne and surgical scar, or an insect bite. Common areas for keloid growth include the earlobes, chest, back, and shoulders. Although keloids are benign (non-cancerous) and not contagious, they can be very painful and aesthetically displeasing. When left untreated, keloids may even hinder the body’s ability to move effortlessly. Quality of life plays a significant role in these more severe cases.
What are your options for keloid removal? Despite minimal outcomes achieved by various treatment modalities such as pressure therapy, steroid injections, lasers, and surgical excision, the Cryoshape device delivers superior results. A unique, hand-held probe employs liquid nitrogen into the keloid and freezes unwanted scar tissue from the inside out. Other methods of removal are unable to penetrate the scar tissue deeply enough to not only remove the keloid but also reduce its chances of a re-occurrence. Before Cryoshape, patients were forced to re-adjust their day-to-day activities around an inhibiting skin condition, but not any longer! There is now life-changing treatment available for keloid removal.
Common questions regarding Cryotherapy:
How long does the average treatment take?
Each patient’s treatment is customized to meet individual needs. Depending on the size, location, and number of keloids undergoing treatment, a Cryotherapy session ranges between 15-45 minutes.
Is this a painful procedure?
There is minimal to zero discomfort for the patient due to a local anesthesia applied to the treated area beforehand. After experiencing a rapid alleviation of pain and itching following the procedure, patients may leave the office to resume their daily activities.
How is Cryotherapy different from other keloid removal options?
Alternative methods of keloid removal have failed to attack the tissue at a deep enough level for permanent removal. Cryoshape successfully reaches this tissue and freezes it, thereby destroying the keloid and its potentiality of re-growth.
Board-certified Dermatologist, Dr. Greene of Advanced Dermatology and Laser Institute of Seattle, has successfully treated numerous sufferers of keloids with the Cryoshape device. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Greene for Cryoshape treatment please contact our clinic at 206-402-4797 or email [email protected]
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CryoShape is not to be used on patients that were previously treated using surgery and radiation to treat the Keloid or Hypertrophic Scar.
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