If I’m prone to keloids, is it okay to have peels, lasers or microdermabrasion?

Dear Dr Irwin I am in my thirties and have fine lines. I would like to try glycolic peels, laser rejuvination, microdermabrasion but have been told as I am prone to keloid scars they are not suitable. Please could you let me know if there are any anti ageing options open to me. I am reluctant to use Botox. Many thanks.

I wondering if a dermatologist told you that??  In general, the risk of keloids goes down in the thirties, and also, the sites of past keloids really matter.  For example, keloids are most common on the ears after piercing especially in the teens, on the chest, shoulders and on the back.  They can occur other places but are less common.  They are uncommon on the face.

Usually, if someone is in their thirties, healthy, and has no history of keloids on the face, then minor procedures like microdermabrasion and glycolic peels done in a dermatologist’s office and under their supervision, are safe.  Also, there are  lasers (like IPL/photorejuvenation) that do not cause any breaks in the skin and they are also unlikely to cause keloids on the face.  Again, not an area to save money by going just anywhere.  Find a good dermatologist and seek care there. More information on finding a good doctor.   Dr. I. 

Dr. Brandith Irwin, MD

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