Another keloid scar removal treatment is surgery. This is the most expensive type of treatment, and with any surgery, there are a few risks, such as infection at the surgery site. The treatment for keloids by surgery is less sought after because it isn’t always beneficial and may even cause another keloid to present itself, or make the current keloid even larger if it comes back after surgery. You may be offered the choice of having radiation done after the surgery to further the benefits, or your surgeon may inject the site with steroids.
Keloids were described by Egyptian surgeons around 1700 BCE, recorded in the Smith papyrus, regarding surgical techniques. [ citation needed ] Baron Jean-Louis Alibert (1768–1837) identified the keloid as an entity in 1806. [ citation needed ] He called them cancroïde , later changing the name to chéloïde to avoid confusion with cancer. The word is derived from the Greek χηλή , chele , meaning " hoof ", here in the sense of "crab pincers ", and the suffix -oid , meaning "like".