The skin is like a seamless organ that covers our entire body, but throughout life our skin can suffer injuries while protecting us, and the healing process can lead to scarring our skin. One type of scarring that especially detracts from the skin is a keloid scar. Keloid scars result in a healing process that extends beyond the original injury and develops into a growth. Keloids are more common in patients who have darker skin, such as African Americans. Some symptoms of keloid scars are pain, burning, tenderness, and itching around the site. Treatment options for keloid scars include cortisone injections, pressure bandages, laser treatment, radiation treatment, cryotherapy, and if the scar is severe enough, surgical removal. No one likes a scar, but a keloid scar is extremely noticeable, depending on the location (i.e., cannot be covered with clothing). Dr. Anthony Nikko is a dermatologist in Houston who has over ten years experience in treating patients with all kinds of medical and cosmetic dermatology issues. If you’re concerned about the appearance of a scar or a keloid scar, contact Dr. Nikko’s office to learn about treatment options custom tailored for you.