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 keloids.

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. 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 characterized scientifically.

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. Keloids develop most often on the chest, back, shoulders, and earlobes. They rarely develop on the face (with the exception of the jawline).

In Office Therapies:

Keloids are treated with monthly intralesional corticosteroids as well as weekly Laser Genesis treatments with the NdYag laser to reduce the redness. A series of 6 to 8 treatments are needed for best results. Botox intralesionally is experimental. At Skin Renewal we have has success with Botox combined with intralesional steroids and Laser Genesis treatments.

At Skin Renewal we will tailor a treatment program specifically for you and your circumstances. A highly professional team led by a medical doctor assesses every patient and an appropriate combination treatment is recommended dependant on expectations, budget, time and medical conditions


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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

Review -Good service for half day massage treatment
Reviewed on 16 January 2019 by Anonymous

Upon arrival at Renewal Institute Fourways, I was treated so well, I felt welcome immediately! The message was one of the best I've had in a long time. The salon is very clean, beautiful and the aroma inside is to die for. The lady who messaged me is very friendly, kind and just such a sweetheart. I recommend Renewal Institute to anyone who wants to relax whilst being treated. I'll definitely come back here.

Review -Excellent experience
Reviewed on 29 December 2018 by Anonymous

Afternoon,I had an excellent experience with the skin renewal team. I met with the team three weeks ago and already I am experiencing change.Pimples and scars on my face are no longer severe.I am very impressed with Dr Marcia Duvenage as she understood the underlying problem and she was able to recommend a solution that is working. My therapist Samantha Williams has magic hands as her massage made a huge pimple to disappear in few hours.Oliver Pedro the manager of the store knows how to make a customer feel at home .Thank you ladies as you have done magic on my face and looking forward to my next appointment . Lebo

Review -Best Customer Service
Reviewed on 17 December 2018 by Anonymous

Great attitude, very friendly and very easy to talk to. Very professional and always giving advice when I enquire about treatments or products. Give honest opinion when I need it. Treatments feel like a visit with a friend.

Review -Reception great and felt welcomed
Reviewed on 14 December 2018 by Anonymous

VisitedBedfordview branch for the first consultation for wrinkles around nose and mouth. The Dr who attended me was very well informed of the procedures and gave advice based on my condition. I left this branch informed of how this procedure goes about, the cost involved and rate of the treat, rate being successful. The reception was also good and I felt welcomed.

Review -Excellent treatments, very happy customer!
Reviewed on 12 December 2018 by Anonymous

What a great experience I have with Helen, willing to explain why and how she does the treatment. Very good professional and friendly. I am a very happy customer and she will see me monthly. I absolutely recommend this treatment and the service of Helen.

Review -WOW
Reviewed on 10 December 2018 by Anonymous

Best massage of my life. Stunning atmosphere and service, lovely use of aromatics and Esther were absolutely amazing! She effortlesslypicked up on all my trouble spots abd attended to them with skill and care! 10/10, will certainly recommend and return!

Review -Greatest
Reviewed on 7 December 2018 by Anonymous

Helen is the greatest, love her service and what she has done on my skin. Thank you, Helen.

Review -Couple friendly
Reviewed on 5 December 2018 by Anonymous

Both my husband and I have had an amazing experience at Skin Renewal Irene in dealing with Anoushka! We have seen fabulous skin results and Anoushka has been very informative, friendly and helpful.

Review -Great treatment and 5 Star service
Reviewed on 4 December 2018 by Anonymous

My skin therapist, Anouska Busby, was excellent! She was patient and explained each step of my skin peel treatment, particularly as I'm knew to skin peels and really don't know much. The treatment went well and I look forward to my next appointment and the skin progress! :)

Review -The perfect unwind and re-balance
Reviewed on 3 December 2018 by Anonymous

Thank you for a terrific treatment. Wonderful therapist - very well trained, professional and affective. Great facilities, great selection of treatments. Thank you SKin Renewal for this wonderfdul gift.

Review -Special treatment
Reviewed on 30 November 2018 by Anonymous

I really enjoyed the treatments today. In fact not only today but each and every time I have had a treatment with Helen. She is very good and experienced at what she does. I would recommend her to anyone I know.

Review -Loving my results
Reviewed on 30 November 2018 by Anonymous

I am loving the results of the treatments so far and excited to see it through. The clinic has been professional, welcoming and made sure that every detail is considered. Helen is fantastic! Paasionate about what she does amd taking care to remember every little detail. Thank you.

Review -Puik Diens
Reviewed on 29 November 2018 by Anonymous

Die diens wat ek ontvang en die behandeling wat Anouska my meer help is uitstekend. Sy is profesionaal en laat my gemaklik voel en sy is absoluut n aanwins vir Skin Renewal Irene. Ek sal my behandelinge by ANouska wil ontvang. Dankie.

Review -Great service from Bedfordview
Reviewed on 29 November 2018 by Anonymous

Noxy is one loving, professional, friendly lady, ever met. She is very profesionate and loves what she does. She explained to the core. Keep up the good work! Always keep that lovely smile.

Review -Thank you for excellent service
Reviewed on 26 November 2018 by Anonymous

Thank you, Esther, for always giving me the best experience. I always sleep through my treatments - you are just amazing! I feel so good, thank you for all the improvements on my skin. I cannot wait for my next appointment.

Review -The Best
Reviewed on 24 November 2018 by Anonymous

Durea is the best, very gentle and kind.

Review -Goes the extra mile
Reviewed on 20 November 2018 by Anonymous

Noxy is always professional and willing to assist. Durea has good knowledge of treatments and always goes the extra mile.

Review -Well informed
Reviewed on 20 November 2018 by Anonymous

Noxy was friendly and thoroughly explained how the products worked. She was well informed about the products.

Review -Facial and Pedicure
Reviewed on 17 November 2018 by Anonymous

Esther did my facial and pedicure for me today. What a wonderful relaxing experience. I felt pampered but most importantly was treated with the utmost professionalism and I felt that the treatments Esther did had an impact on my skin particularly my face. Great experience, Thank you

Review -Great Treatment
Reviewed on 17 November 2018 by Anonymous

Well explained process, great feeling afterwards and amazing treatments.

Review -What more could a girl want
Reviewed on 16 November 2018 by Anonymous

I really don't know what to say, and how to thank Helen and Dr Maureen for the most unforgettable experience. Coming all the way from Sub-Saharan Africa, (Zimbabwe). This treatment is exactly what the doctor ordered! With all the stress of living in Zimbabwe, this is what I needed. Feel the fear and do it anyway! The Renewal Institute is an absolute must for any girl. Thank you.

Review -Amazing treatment from Helen
Reviewed on 14 November 2018 by Anonymous

Helen is the best, she understands what I want and need, and she gives the best advice. All her treatments that she has performed on me works so well with my skin and is always done in such a relaxing enviroment.

Review -Thank you Irene
Reviewed on 10 November 2018 by Anonymous

I had a procedure done to remove my skin tags/DPN’s on the 10th of November 2018. The therapist was Anouska Busby. I would sincerely, from the bottom of my heart like to extend my gratitude to Skin Renewal Irene. The procedure was painful but Anouska did a great job calming me and talking to me through it. I really appreciate it. I have healed beautifully since then and I’m so happy with the end results. I will definitely recommend this clinic for all your skin/ beauty needs. I can’t thank Anouska enough!

Review -A Marvelous experience
Reviewed on 9 November 2018 by Anonymous

I am a client for about 10 years now and is always an amazing experience. My therapist is very kind and generous. She makes us feel important and worthy. The treatments are a bit painfull but she makes is better.

Review -Results are excellent
Reviewed on 6 November 2018 by Anonymous

The treatment is painful but the results are excellent!

Review -Amazing relaxing experience
Reviewed on 3 November 2018 by Anonymous

Thank you so much, Esther, it was an amazing experience. You are a great therapist. The facility is beautiful. I had a very relaxing experience.

Review -Dr Coertze
Reviewed on 2 November 2018 by Anonymous

A very good well-informed session! Looking forward to repairing all my bricks with cement. Noxy recommended a session with Dr Coertze to evaluate my skin and promised a good result. I am glad I made the appointment.

Review -Best Experience
Reviewed on 27 October 2018 by Anonymous

I always have great experience with my therapist. Always professional and offer excellent service. Will definitely recommend her.

Review -Suitable for any budget
Reviewed on 22 October 2018 by Anonymous

Noxy was very professional from the time I enquired via email. She responded quickly and promptly. She followed up to confirm the appointment. My consultation was handled professionally, all the treatments was clear explained to me. I loved that I was allowed to choose the treatments suitable for my budget. Noxy handled evertyhing swiftly and professionaly. She's also very welcoming and polite.

Review -Great first visit
Reviewed on 17 October 2018 by Anonymous

Great first time visit, Dr gabe me many options to help with my keloids. Feeling hopeful.

Review -Positive about treatments
Reviewed on 17 October 2018 by Anonymous

Dr Jessica was very knowledgeable and good-natured. I've received a positve consultation and all questions answered. Noxy was also a gem super friendly and assisted the doctor well.

Review -Great results after many treatments
Reviewed on 23 July 2015 by S.K From Brooklyn

I've been receiving keloid treatment for almost 2 years with brilliant results but the reason for constant return has been the phenomenal reception and treatment by the therapists, staff and treating doctors. Whilst the journey has been difficult, it's been under the warmest conditions of care and kindness. Thank you to the ladies at Skin Renewal, our relationship will continue long after the keloids are gone!

Review -Superb Experience
Reviewed on 9 September 2014 by Moses Khoza

After trying everything and everywhere to treat my Keloids, the Brooklyn Skin Renewal has lived up to my expectations. The staff are super friendly and helpful, informing you if every step and methods being carried out. I have seen a great reduction in side of my keliods since I started treatment, this after I lost hope in ever having something done about them. Everything is professionally, and I felt I am in good hands.

Review -Service is excellent
Reviewed on 6 September 2014 by Anonymous

The service is excellent and I am happy. The Keloid is getting better,