Keloid scars are large, raised scars that spread beyond the size of an original wound. Sometimes it is clear what causes a keloid (earrings, acne, a cut or scrape), but they may arise without any known trauma to the skin.

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Keloids Puget Sound Dermatology
Keloids Puget Sound Dermatology

Treatment For Keloids

Current treatments for Keloids (these are often used in combination for best results):

    • Surgical treatment is not always the best option, as keloids can recur and become even larger after surgery.
    • Vascular laser treatments are sometimes helpful for red, hypertrophic scars, a type of scar somewhat similar to keloids.  Injecting keloids with steroid can soften them and relieve itching.

Meet Our Providers

Our providers continue to maintain the highest levels of accreditation and progressive ongoing education to learn and understand the latest developments in medical dermatology. Each provider's education and bio can be viewed below.


Melanie Kuechle, MD

Dr. Kuechle is a native of Texas and a graduate of Baylor University College of Medicine. She completed her dermatology residency at...


Dr. Jill McKenzie

Dr. Jill McKenzie graduated from Washington State University with her Bachelor of Science degree, Magnum Cum Laude.  She attended the University of...


Ame Phitwong

Ame is a board certified Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner who has worked entirely...


Dr. Craig Birkby

Dr. Craig Birkby has been a leader in the treatment of skin cancer in the Seattle area for over 20 years. He attended medical school at...