Keloid Scar on chest

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I had a small mole removed fom my chest, but the stitches split and have left me with a huge keloid scar. I'm so self-conscious of it as it right in the middle of my chest, so I can't wear any low cut tops, or if I do I wear a big necklce to cover it.

I had steroid injections and laser treatment a couple of years ago but if anything, has made it redder and itchier. I am desperate to have surgery to remove it once and for all but have a feeling it's going to be expensive. Any one had good results from surgery??

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    i also have a keloid scar on my chest from open heart surgery. i have tried many treatments. i was given a gel called dermatix this is available on prescription. in my experience the redness faded which you could see the results within a week. i still wont wear a low cut top as my scar is still visible but much better than it was. i like you buy big necklaces to cover it. i was advised against surgery by my plastic surgeon as there are no guarantees it will work or it could be worse and bigger. hope this has been some help to you.
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      I also have a keloid scar from open heart surgery back in June 2014 mine hurts it feels like it burning and is really red looks like there's is inflammation so I use a little bit of bacitracin it takes the redness away and has flatten out towards the bottom I also get sharp pains going from my breast and chest and the scar feels like it gets tight the doctor keeps telling me it all healing process so I just keep doing what I'm doing and no I don't want any shots
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    Hi! I too have a very long keloid across my chest for over 20 years and am getting steroid injections every 6 weeks or so to alleviate the itching. It seems to go down then up again, but at least the itching goes away and seems to flatten out a little and also make the keloid less dense. Hopefully over time it will flatten out completely. My dermatologist says the chest keloids are the most stubborn and you cannot get rid of them completely, so it boils down to maintenance. If you get surgery, there is a high percentage it will grow back and be larger than before. We just have to hope someday there will be a cure and until then, we just have to do whatever it takes to stay comfortable and be strong! The injections hurt for a few seconds but you get used to them!
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    I have 2 keloids on my chest. A very large one right in the middle so I can't wear tops with even a slight v neck and a smaller one lower down. I have not had any operations or acne etc. The large keloid started off as a very small white spot and just grew and grew. About 9 years ago I had the steroid injections. At first every 3 months. Then I had one 6 months later and then the plastic surgeon stopped them as he said there is nothing else that can be done. The keloid did go down in size a lot but grew back though not as big. It itches a lot and I get stabbing pains which are very very painful. I have had to train myself to sleep on my back as lying on my side is agony. I'm very self concious about it and can't get any nice tops to wear. Summer time and holidays are awful. I've tried all sorts of creams. Aso cica-gare gel pads which made the keloid a bit softer but otherwise did nothing at all.
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    I'm having a similar experience -- I only have slight itching and no stabbing pains, but I'm thinking about starting steroid injections for the first time. JanetB, do you recommend getting injections at all or should I not? I don't want to have constant pains if that's what results from the injections, but I'd do almost anything for my chest keloids to at least flatten out a bit. My dermatologist assures me that repeated injections and laser treatment is the best way to go, along with an antibiotic that reduces inflammation. I'm mostly scared of making them worse by trying to fix them at all... what do you think?
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    I'm glad I had the steroid injections as they did make the keloid go flatter than it was. I used to get the stabbing pains before I had the injections anyway. The plastic surgeon said there is no point in having an op or laser treatment to remove them as they just grow back even bigger than they were originally. Good luck whatever you decide.
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    Thanks for your answer -- how long has it been since you had the injections that made your keloid go flatter? Has it recurred? Did you have to go in for repeated injections?
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    I too had a mole removed, the docter took my stitches out to early, the wound split and got stitched up again, and now a keiloid has formed. It is on my back near my shoulder. I absolutely hate it. It is so ugly and I am always conscious about it. I usually cover it by wearing my handbag over that shoulder. I am curretnly in the process of getting injections. 1st one was okay, second one made it swell and bruise. i am preying the swelling goes down because it currently looks worse than before. Goodluck
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    I have a keloid on the back of my neck from a surgery i did last year. it is growing big so fast & its three times bigger than its original size now! iam so scared that it may cover my whole neck in the future but drs told me not to worry it will stop growing soon. iam using silicon gel at the moment but its not realy heping. i also did the injections twice but it came back after 2 weeks. am starting the injections again. surgery is not a good idea cus your keloid will only grow back bigger ! so plz dont go for surgery. just stick with silicon gel & injections. its only a cosmetic problem after all ! we have to thank god for all other blessings we have ! . andreas x love & peace !
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    I have a big keloid scar on my chest, it came from acne which I even didn't notice! I feel very very embarrassed about it , I took about 4 times of steriod injection and V beam laser treatment. But it never leaves me. I wish it never happened. It hurts when I lay down on my chest. All the surgeons advised not to take the surgery. But I just wish there is a cure. I cant wear anything a bit low, literally a bit low, like not deep. It might be something i might bring till i die. Very depressing thing when i saw girls with V blouse. If i have an occasion and have to choose something nice to wear, its a nightmare sad I just want to be a normal one without keloid scar on chest.
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      Hi Sue, 5 months ago I had open heart surgery and my incision has become a hypertrophic scar. To me it looks the same as a keloid!! Anyway, it itches and has a burning sensation....I HATE IT!!!!! I took lots of pictures before my surgery to member my chest before the as disfigured while saving my life. I am in the process of revamping my clothes, it sucks,I live in FLORIDA!
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    hey i too have a keloid on my chest but it didn't appear due to a surgery or something infect i dont even remember how it appeared. i have this keloid for almost 15 years now..iam really very uncomfortable with it as like all of u ladies i  also can't wear v neck or tops with low cut sad i was thinking for a surgery but after reading all of this i guess i shouldn't go with it. if u guys have any remedies or some treatment for this thing do let me know. xx

    pardon for my not so good english smile

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    I have 2 large keloids in my breast, one Is from a insect bite only then the other keloid is from breast surgery Fibrosystic. I had steroids injections but it is very painful, so I decided to just use dermatrix but it's not getting better, is there another way of treatment, coz it's getting very itchy & painful, sometimes it is problem of getting sleepless nights. Please help I'm 61 yrs. old

     

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