I get keloid scars. What is the best scar cream to prevent keloids?

Answers from doctors (12)


Zenn Plastic Surgery

Published on Jan 21, 2019

If you truly have keloids or hypertrophic scars, laser treatments are recommended early on. They are more effective than gels and creams. For scar creams, look for those with silicone as the main ingredient.

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Answered by Zenn Plastic Surgery

If you truly have keloids or hypertrophic scars, laser treatments are recommended early on. They are more effective than gels and creams. For scar creams, look for those with silicone as the main ingredient.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


There is no topical treatment for keloid scarring. Intralesional injections of Kenalog/5Fu can be helpful. Radiation can be helpful in particularly frustrating and recurrent lesions.

As always, discuss your concerns with a board-certified plastic surgeon (ABPS).

Answered by The Institute of Aesthetic Surgery (View Profile)

There is no topical treatment for keloid scarring. Intralesional injections of Kenalog/5Fu can be helpful. Radiation can be helpful in particularly frustrating and recurrent lesions.

As always, discuss your concerns with a board-certified plastic surgeon (ABPS).

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Barry J. Kaplan, D.O.

Published on Jun 09, 2016

There is no scar cream to prevent keloids. Injection of Verapamil at the wound edges at surgery may be slightly helpful.

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Answered by Barry J. Kaplan, D.O.

There is no scar cream to prevent keloids. Injection of Verapamil at the wound edges at surgery may be slightly helpful.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


ELLIOT B. DUBOYS, MD, FACS

Published on Jun 07, 2016

There is NO scar cream to PREVENT keloids. Unfortunately, nothing you do will prevent keloids from occurring.

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Answered by ELLIOT B. DUBOYS, MD, FACS

There is NO scar cream to PREVENT keloids. Unfortunately, nothing you do will prevent keloids from occurring.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Kenneth L. Stein M.D. FACS

Published on Apr 01, 2016

If you now have a keloid, any number of products are designed for that, but you can use Mederma and use a silicone sheath as a pressure over it. Of course, without seeing you and not knowing if you just had surgery or what the situation is, it is difficult to say. Consult with a certified dermatologist. He or she will examine the area, discuss your history, and then make a recommendation.

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Answered by Kenneth L. Stein M.D. FACS

If you now have a keloid, any number of products are designed for that, but you can use Mederma and use a silicone sheath as a pressure over it. Of course, without seeing you and not knowing if you just had surgery or what the situation is, it is difficult to say. Consult with a certified dermatologist. He or she will examine the area, discuss your history, and then make a recommendation.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Kristi Sumpter, D.O., F.A.C.O.S.

Published on Mar 22, 2016

There is a scar sheet that can be applied after surgery, but I don't know of any scar cream that has been clinically proven to reduce or treat keloids.

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Answered by Kristi Sumpter, D.O., F.A.C.O.S.

There is a scar sheet that can be applied after surgery, but I don't know of any scar cream that has been clinically proven to reduce or treat keloids.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Robert J. Brueck MD, FACS

Published on Mar 22, 2016

I usually have my patients use silastic gel strips, which they wear consecutively for 12 hours or so every day.

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Answered by Robert J. Brueck MD, FACS

I usually have my patients use silastic gel strips, which they wear consecutively for 12 hours or so every day.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


More About Doctor Tom Pousti, M.D.

Published on Mar 08, 2016

I recommend silicone sheeting or a silicone-based scar treatment for best results.

Answered by Tom Pousti, M.D. (View Profile)

I recommend silicone sheeting or a silicone-based scar treatment for best results.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Stephen M. Davis, MD, FACS

Published on Jun 08, 2015

Things that make scar better are: time, pressure, silicone sheeting, massage, steroids ( into the scar) vitamin E ( doesn't work very well).

Creams, lotions, potions, typically don't work with scar improvement. There are now creams with liquid silicone which helps.

Most people who said they have Keloids, truly have hypertrophic scars and there is a big difference.

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Answered by Stephen M. Davis, MD, FACS

Things that make scar better are: time, pressure, silicone sheeting, massage, steroids ( into the scar) vitamin E ( doesn't work very well).

Creams, lotions, potions, typically don't work with scar improvement. There are now creams with liquid silicone which helps.

Most people who said they have Keloids, truly have hypertrophic scars and there is a big difference.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Joubin S. Gabbay, M.D.

Published on Jun 06, 2015

I will often recommend using biocorneum or silicone strips my breast augmentation patients. Fortunately, hypertrophic or keloid scarring generally very rare in breast augmentation or other breast surgery.

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Answered by Joubin S. Gabbay, M.D.

I will often recommend using biocorneum or silicone strips my breast augmentation patients. Fortunately, hypertrophic or keloid scarring generally very rare in breast augmentation or other breast surgery.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Renee Burke, M.D.

Published on Jun 05, 2015

I offer BioCorneum to my patients as this is an advanced silicone gel scar treatment with SPF30 for preventing and minimizing the appearance of hypertrophic scars, keloids and burns. It is effective for new and existing scars. It is breathable, flexible and water proof.

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Answered by Renee Burke, M.D.

I offer BioCorneum to my patients as this is an advanced silicone gel scar treatment with SPF30 for preventing and minimizing the appearance of hypertrophic scars, keloids and burns. It is effective for new and existing scars. It is breathable, flexible and water proof.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Remus Repta M.D.

Published on Jun 05, 2015

Keloid scars happen for a variety of reasons including location of scar, tension of closure, genetics, and other factors. Controlling as many of these factors as possible is one of the keys. Using embrace scar treatment product after surgery and/or kenalog injections may be advisable. Some patients who think they Keloid actually are referring more to a widened scar for an incision that was not closed strong enough.

All the best,
Dr Remus Repta

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Answered by Remus Repta M.D.

Keloid scars happen for a variety of reasons including location of scar, tension of closure, genetics, and other factors. Controlling as many of these factors as possible is one of the keys. Using embrace scar treatment product after surgery and/or kenalog injections may be advisable. Some patients who think they Keloid actually are referring more to a widened scar for an incision that was not closed strong enough.

All the best,
Dr Remus Repta

Published on Jul 11, 2012


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