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If I have a history of keloids, will that increase my risk of capsular contracture?

The association between keloid and capsular contracture is yet to be determined.  However similar processes guide the formation of keloids, hypertrophic scars, and capsular contracture.  All of these processes are caused by an unyielding fibroblast reaction to an inflammatory process.  In all of these situations the fibroblast shells contain within the tissue continues to form scar and to form scar within the wound.  On the skin this results in a keloid scar or hypertrophic scar, whereas in the breast tissue the resultant scar may be a thickened tissue capsule.  Dr. Karamanoukian is an expert in breast surgery scars, keloid scars, and capsular contracture.  His unique approach addresses the chronic inflammatory process that causes keloid or capsular contracture.  In his practice, the treatment of keloid or capsular contracture begins with a regimen that approach to reduce the inflammatory process, therein reducing the long term effect of scar formation. 


If you would like to schedule a consultation with Dr. Karamanoukian to discuss your options for capsular contracture or keloid scars, please call our office at 310-998-5533.  History of keloid scars and a hyperactive scar response to normal injury can be associated with capsular contracture.  The finite list of capsular contracture and patients with keloid scars are yet unknown, but it is surmised that there is an association.


Schedule a consultation for keloid surgery with Dr. Raffy Karamanoukian and Kare Plastic Surgery

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Keloid surgery is usually performed on an outpatient basis under a local anesthesia or IV sedation.  At times, Dr. Karamanoukian will recommend general anesthesia or complex keloid scars for keloid scars that are extremely painful or symptomatic.  The benefit of keloid surgery includes the definitive removal of the keloid scars, but there still remains a chance for recurrence.  After surgery you will have time to recover and will ultimately be discharged home with instructions to return to our plastic surgery clinic within several days of your keloid surgery.  Most patients recover well with minimal analgesic in the postoperative period. 


Dr. Raffy Karamanoukian is one of the leading experts in keloid surgery and scar revision and can help you determine whether keloid surgery is the appropriate treatment modality for your scar.  Dr. Karamanoukian performs scar revision procedures with laser, intralesional injection, and surgery.  Please call our Los Angeles plastic surgery patient care coordinator at 310-998-5533 to schedule a comprehensive consultation for keloid surgery with Dr. Karamanoukian.

Frequently asked questions about keloids - Dr. Raffy Karamanoukian - Kare Plastic Surgery in Santa Monica

What are keloids?

Keloids are thickened scars that occur on the face and body as a result of an accelerated and enhanced fibroblast reaction that deposits excessive amounts of scar tissue into a wound.  For the majority of people with keloids, they can be a physical problem with associated pain and discomfort.  Keloids are often thickened and grow above the plane of the skin, resulting in abnormal appearance of a healed scar.  The most common location for keloids includes earlobe, chest, jawline, back, arm, and legs.  All of these different types of keloids have a similar pattern of growth and Dr. Raffy Karamanoukian, a board certified expert in keloid surgery, can help you manage your keloid problem with a combination treatment program that employes laser, intralesional injections, and surgery. 


How long does keloid surgery take to perform?

There are similar patterns with keloid scars of the patient’s body, but no keloids are alike.  They have variable phases of growth and development with variable platau phases.  Keloid surgery is a definitive treatment that can effectively remove the keloid in the scope one to two hours.  Most keloid surgeries are performed on an outpatient basis with patient being discharged home after the surgery.  Dr. Raffy Karamanoukian is a double board certified plastic surgeon and an expert in keloid management.  He performs keloid surgery in an accredited operating room under local anesthesia or general anesthesia, depending on the complexity of the keloid scars.  Although keloid surgery can effectively remove keloid scars from the body, they cannot prevent recurrence.  There is a high degree of recurrence with keloid surgery and keloid treatment, unless multimodality treatments are used as recommended by Dr. Raffy Karamanoukian.


If you have questions about keloids and wish to undergo treatment for this troublesome condition, keloid scars can be improved by beginning a comprehensive treatment plan for keloid scar revision.  Call our Los Angeles plastic surgery patient car coordinator at 310 998-5533 in order to schedule your consultation for scar revision.

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