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Frequently Asked Questions about keloid scars - Dr. Raffy Karamanoukian

Frequently Asked Questions about Keloid Scars:


  1. Are chest keloids common? Chest keloids are one of the most common types of keloids scars that we encounter in our Los Angeles plastic surgery practice.  We treat all types of keloids, but chest keloids are particularly difficult to treat as scars, partly because they are difficult to immobilize and there is continued tension on the scar at all times.  Dr. Raffy Karamanoukian can advise you on different options for keloids on the chest and can recommend a specific treatment protocol that addresses these difficult scars. 
  2. Dr. Raffy Karamanoukian was featured on the television show, The Doctors, regarding keloid treatment: Dr. Karamanoukian is an authority on keloid scars and can help you achieve a reduction in the size and dimension of your keloids, regardless of whether they occur on the face or body.  On the television show, The Doctors, Dr. Karamanoukian discussed his surgical approach to an earlobe keloids.
  3. Can chest keloids occur as a result of acne? Chest keloids are usually related to trauma or sebum-related hypersensitivity.  Acne and ingrown hairs are common causes of chest keloids and our attempts at treatment may coincide with an acne or laser hair regimen in order to decrease the forces driving a chest keloid.  Schedule a consultation in our Los Angeles plastic surgery office to determine if acne is causing your keloids on the chest.
  4. Is there a genetic component to keloids? Dr. Raffy Karamanoukian is among a select group of keloid researchers and clinicians who believe that there is a genetic link to keloids.  We are aware of many patients who have a family history of multiple keloids, particularly among certain ethnicities.
  5. Can you treat African skin and Black skin with keloids? African ancestry is often associated with keloid scars and African American skin can be particularly vulnerable to keloid scar formation.  Our office specializes in the treatment of keloid scars and there is no treatment bias in terms of the options we use.  Dr. Karamanoukian has extensive experience in treating African American skin and can use this knowledge base to treat your keloids.
  6. Asian skin and keloids? Asians and Pacific Islanders are also prone to getting keloid scars on the body.  Our office sees a high percentage of Korean, Vietnamese, Chinese, Philipino, and Cambodian patients with keloid scars and we use specific protocols designed by Dr. Karamanoukian to treat the keloids.  Schedule a consultation with Dr. Raffy Karamanoukian to determine if these treatments are suitable for your particular situation.
  7. How long will it take to treat a keloid scar? Treatment of keloid scars depends on many factors and there is absolutely no crystal ball that can determine the time frame for treatment.  Some surgical procedures are quick in terms of recovery, but conservative treatments may take months, including a chance of recurrence of keloid scars.
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