Keloids | Treatment


How are keloids treated?

The goal of treatment is to flatten the keloid. Treatments include the following:

  • Getting corticosteroid shots
  • Freezing the scar
  • Wearing silicone sheets over the scar
  • Getting laser therapy

Some of these treatments are expensive and take time to work. Larger keloids can be removed with surgery and then treated with corticosteroid shots and silicone sheets to keep them from coming back.

Different treatments work for different people. Talk to your doctor about which treatment option is right for you.



Management of Keloids and Hypertrophic Scars by Gregory Juckett, MD, MPH, and Holly Hartman-Adams, MD (American Family Physician August 01, 2009,

Written by editorial staff

Reviewed/Updated: 04/14
Created: 10/09