About Horizontal Keloids

Horizontal keloids are an irregular superficial spread of hypertrophic and depressed areas. These scars often have a mix of hyper- and hypopigmentation; usually a hypopigmented (lighter) central zone with hyperpigmented (darker) edges. The shape of the scar can be irregular or contractile (e.g., called ‘crab claw’ due to its appearance). A characteristic of these scars is central quiescence (where the centre of the scar appears flattened or mature). All types of keloid scar differ from hypertrophic scars because they can form outside the area of injury, they can be more raised and bumpy than hypertrophic scars.

Photo of a horizontal keloid on the chest
Photo of a horizontal keloid on the back
Photo of a horizontal keloid on the back of the head, right behind the ear
Photo of a horizontal keloid on the back
Treatment options for Horizontal Keloids
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  • Home Treatments: The major part of your scar treatment happens at home. There exists a wide variety of home treatments like pressure therapy, silicone, topicals etc…
  • Non Invasive Treatments: Several scar management techniques performed by scar specialist have proven their efficacy and will help you to improve your scar.
  • Minimally Invasive Treatments: These treatments have become increasingly popular over the last years. Highly visible results and short recuperation times are responsible for this popularity.
  • Surgery: Reconstructive surgery is often seen as the last option after all other treatment options have failed. However, with burn scars it is often a necessary measure.

Below you will find an overview of all possible treatments. Click on the different categories to look for specific types of treatment.