A keloid is a harmless growth of fibrous tissue at the site of a healing scar caused by overproduction of collagen.

Keloids are most common on the breastbone, upper back, and shoulder but can occur anywhere on the body.

Some people, especially those with dark skin, are more prone to developing keloid scars than in lighter skin types.

Signs and symptoms include:

  • Firm, raised, hard scars
  • Colour that varies from slightly pink to very dark
  • Tenderness or itching
  • Continued growth and claw like projections

Doctors do not understand exactly why keloids form in certain people or situations and not in others. These “specialised scars” are tumour-like in nature and they can increase in size with time if left untreated. Changes in the cellular signals that control growth and proliferation may be related to the process of keloid formation, but these changes have not yet been characterised scientifically. The keloids themselves can become quite uncomfortable and “tight and itchy” as they grow in size. If keloids becme too large it is best to have them excised before treating with injectables and Laser Genesis.

Keloids are less common in children and the elderly. Although people with darker skin are more likely to develop them, keloids can occur in men and women of all skin types. In some cases, the tendency to form keloids seems to run in families (genetics). Keloids develop most often on the chest, back, shoulders, and earlobes. They rarely develop on the face (with the exception of the jawline).

Keloids are treated with:

  • Monthly intralesional corticosteroids or TAC injections
  • Weekly Laser Genesis treatments with the Nd:Yag laser to reduce the redness
  • Botox intralesionally is experimental, but at Skin Renewal we have had success with Botox combined with intralesional steroids and Laser Genesis treatments
  • We have also had great success combining fractional treatments with TAC massage. These fractional therapies may include; Fraxel DUAL, Needling with Dermapen or Endymed FSR


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Reviewed on 13 March 2019 by Anonymous

I have been visiting Dr Lawn for the past four years and have to say that the botox treatment he provides is second to none. In fact it is the best. I am from the UK and have had botox in England, America and other cities in South Africa but have to say that Lestonn Lawn is the only Doctor who I would use in the future. He really listens and also knows exactly which area to treat to give the best result. Of course all the wonderful people who work at Skin Renewal Fourways make the whole visit a pleasure. Brilliant coffee by the way!!!

Review -Professional and productive
Reviewed on 19 February 2019 by Anonymous

I am so pleased and happy that I decided to come to the Renewal Institute Irene and that Ilona is my therapist. She is very professional, very friendly and always willing to give great advise. She makes me feel very comfortable and genuinely cares about my treatments I receive. I have always been welcomed by everyone with very friendly faces and greatings.

Review -Exceptional Message
Reviewed on 19 February 2019 by Anonymous

Ester was absolutely fantastic! Will be back again soon.

Review -Helpful and Professional
Reviewed on 13 February 2019 by Anonymous

A huge shout out to Mariesa & the rest of the team at Skin Renewal Claremont for always being so helpful, professional and making my skin feel like it is never ageing!

Review -Dermapen
Reviewed on 13 February 2019 by Anonymous

Had a wonderful treatment. Exactly what Helen said would happen did. She talked me through each stage which made me feel very comfortable. I'm so hapy with my results and I can't wait to come back next month! Helen, you're amazing.

Review -Best treatment and staff
Reviewed on 6 February 2019 by Anonymous

Super friendly staff and doctor! I got a botox treatment here and it's the only office I've been to that gives you a numbing treatment as well which I really appreciate.

Review -Friendly staff
Reviewed on 6 February 2019 by Anonymous

Super friendly staff and doctor! I got a botox treatment here and it's the only office I've been to that gives you a numbing treatment as well which I really appreciate.

Review -Vampire Facial with Minki
Reviewed on 1 February 2019 by Anonymous

I loved the Vampire Facial. I was a little nervous at first, but it really was not painful and the result is amazing. I am now two days post-procedure and my skin is glowing!

Review -The special touch
Reviewed on 31 January 2019 by Anonymous

Brilliant and informative therapist. She takes special care of my physical and emotional needs. She explains each process and product.

Review -Amazing experience
Reviewed on 18 January 2019 by Anonymous

I walked into my treatment this morning feeling a bit despondent about the rate of my progress and I walked out at the end of the treatment feeling amazing and looking forward to my skin journey. Helen is amazing. Very professional and knowledgable about what she does. She took her time explaining the various treatments and products and the results obtainable by each. I am looking forward to my next tteatment with her

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