Will V-Beam Laser Work on Keloids?
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VBeam laser for keloids in Los Angeles
Raffy Karamanoukian MD FACS
V-Beam is highly effective for keloids
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Vbeam helpful with Keloids
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V Beam and Keloids
Keloids are overgrown scars, if you will, usually inflamed, sometimes itchy or painful. The V-Beam, which is a pulsed dye laser, can be quite useful in improving the symptoms and appearance of keloids -- usually the treatment is repeated at monthly intervals and used in a conjuction with the injection of kenalog (a steroid) into the scar.
V-Beam Laser and Keloids
A V-beam laser will help with redness associated with a keloid, but will not significantly affect the size, shape, or other characteristics of this condition. A keloid is an abnormal response to injury, whereby the scar grows beyond its original boundaries. Treatment of keloids often requires several modalities, most commonly involving injectable steroids and excision; the recurrence rate with any of these combinations is typically about 50%. Keloids can also be radiated to reduce size, or after excision.