A scar is the body's natural, biological wound repair mechanism. Cells called fibroblasts and myofibroblasts produce collagen that fills in the gaps where skin was damaged, replacing the normal tissue lost or severed with a fibrous growth that, in most cases, will soften in color and shrink over time. Most minor scars will not even be visible in later years, even though the collagen that forms a scar tissue has a different composition than the collagen of normal skin.
Keloid scars are different. These large, raised scars form above the skin as opposed to in gaps, thus they are highly prominent even when relatively smart. Keloids form over the site of an earlier wound (sometimes forming an entire year or more after the initial damage) when myofibroblast cells continue producing unneeded collagen after the healing process of the original wound is done. Unlike regular scars, keloids will not shrink or change their color over time, so these prominent, often itchy and annoying and usually unsightly scars must be dealt with by a keloid removal doctor if the keloid patients wishes to return to a normal life with scars.
If you're looking for a keloid doctor near me in Daytona, Florida then you are going to find several great options of Daytona keloid removal specialist. But you need to make sure you find a keloid doctor who offers not only options on how to remove a keloid but also has a plan to treat keloid scar regrowth, which is the most vexing issue with keloid scars. Removal of the neoplasm -- a word you may here referring to a keloid and that can also refer to any abnormal growth in the body -- is only one part of the process: because keloid scars often grow back and can even return larger than they were before removal or reduction, successful keloid removal is often quite a challenge.
If your keloid removal doctor in Daytona wants to use corticosteroid shots for keloid removal then you may only be looking at a few hundred dollars total for your treatment. The cost of steroid shots for keloid reduction is usually between $50 and $150 per treatment, but you might need several rounds of injections for appreciable keloid reduction, as each keloid steroid shot can soften some of the collagen in the scar, slowing breaking it up over months. So another cost of keloid steroid injections is enduring the slow pace of the process, not to mention the pain of the shots.
Cryotherapy for keloid scar removal will cost several hundred dollars and in many cases requires only one treatment. But freezing a keloid scar only works for smaller keloids, such as those formed over acne scars or injection sites, thus this approach may not be viable for many patients.
Keloid removal surgery in Daytona will cost several thousand dollars -- check with your insurer, of course -- and is the most reliable way to achieve complete keloid removal (instead of just keloid reduction) but this too may not be a surefire treatment for keloids, because those myofibroblast cells may still be present beneath the excised neoplasm, just waiting to start rampant collagen production anew.
Thus the recommendation of many keloid doctors in Daytona to follow up keloid surgery with Superficial Radiation Therapy treatments using the FDA cleared Sensus Healthcare SRT-100 device.
Don't let the word "radiation" scare you off; while many types of medical radiation can cause collateral damage to certain parts of the body even as they kill off cancerous tumors, in the case of Superficial Radiation Therapy, or SRT, the dose of radiation used and its concentration on the exterior of the skin makes this treatment safe and essentially pain-free. But what is Superficial Radiation Therapy for keloid treatment? When used shortly after keloid removal surgery, SRT can kill off and deactivate the fibroblasts that let to the overproduction of collagen that formed a keloid, but without damaging any healthy tissue nearby. So the results of this noninvasive outpatient procedure could be successful keloid treatment at last. And in fact, in 94% of cases when keloid surgery is followed by SRT treatments, that is what happens.
SRT treatments also have a very high success rate with basal cell carcinoma treatment and squamous cell carcinoma treatments, so if you are looking for the best skin cancer doctors in Daytona, FL, make sure to inquire about the practice's use of SRT before you commit to any course of treatment.