Post # 1
So I’m getting married in less than 5 months (!!!!) and I’ve been constantly worried about a keloid on my chest that started developing a few years ago. My bridesmaids have all been lovely and supportive but I just keep getting this niggling feeling that I need a more objective response, which is where YOU come in! (Fiance loves me above and beyond and quite frankly doesn’t care.)
I am wearing a strapless dress and I need some honest opinions. I’ve attached a photo and I just need to know whether this will be distracting to guests and in photographs. I’m really freaking out. My makeup artist has found ways to cover it up but the bump is still visible.
Also, I guess while I’m at it, any advice on how to successfully remove this? Surgery? Steroid injections? Anything that’s cheap and could be done in less than 5 months?
Post # 3
@perfectingfaith: I think you should give up of getting it “removed” it’s a scar. I don’t think it even looks bad to honest, I have several keloids and one is on my chest as well. It bothers me at first but I’ve have it for 8+ years now and don’t think anything of it. I think you should embrace it! It makes you unique and don’t worry about what other people will think on your wedding day. It’s your day!!!
Post # 4
It’s small! With make-up on, I am betting you’d need to point it out for people to notice. I wouldn’t stress about it for the wedding.
Post # 5
I wouldn’t worry about it. Women always have a tendency to focus on their flaws, but you know what? Noone else sees them. The scar is not that obvious, and everyone else will be focusing on how beautiful you look, not on the scar. I have a scar on my forehead and I don’t think anyone really notices it unless its pointed out.
Surgery is risky – if you’re prone to forming keloids then theres a good chance it’ll either return or even get worse.
Post # 6
My cousin’s bride, a girl I went to highschool with, had a keloid scar on her shoulder that was at the time of her wedding 3 inches long. No one really noticed it. She was in a white dress and looked so happy… how could you? Yours seems very small in comparison, so I doubt even with a strapless dress that anyone will notice it much. Also, I don’t think they are removable… maybe I’m wrong, but keloids are formed through a specific type of scarring, and therefore trying to remove it in some cases can make it worse/larger.
Post # 7
Have you seen a dermatologist about it? They’d have many more options for you. Plus, it’s always good to have skin growths monitored by a doctor (I’m very pale with lots of funky moles so I go every 6 months).
After a quick google search, I saw something about silicone patches that may help with lessening them. I’ve got several scars on my stomach from a recent laparoscopy and I’m looking into a silicone treatment to help fade them. Seems like a noninvasive thing that is less likely to further “anger” your keloid. Definitely talk to a derm. They get more “cosmetic” typw questions all the time and are really just there to help.
Your makeup artist is always a good fallback. The bump probably won’t be as noticeable if it is the same color as your surround skin. Good luck!
ETA, it really isn’t that noticeable but I totally get wanting to cover it for your special day!
Post # 8
With make up it will tone down the redness. However, you have a small one, so please dont get hung up on it. Nobody will be focused on it even if you dont cover it up. Its part of you.
Post # 9
It’s fine…but with makeup and photoshop it won’t even exist!
Post # 10
- Wedding: September 2013 - Creek club at ion, SC
seriously, i was like where?? …. oh there??
completely not noticeable. dab some make up on it and see how you feel
Post # 11
I have a keloid on my ear. Although not pretty, getting it removed can make it worse. Let it be and embrace your skin!
Post # 12
I have a huge red birth mark covering about 20% of my left arm. I’ve always had it so I’m used to it but I did make sure my photographer posed us so you couldn’t see it or just had him photoshop it out.
Your keloid is barely noticable so I think make-up will be plenty! Just tell your photographer up front to edit it out.
Post # 13
Also, it’s my first Wedding Bee post, so I’m super excited with how nice and helpful everyone already is 🙂 So thank you!
Post # 14
p.s. Yeah, my makeup artist was quite good about it during my trial and also has experience with models who have even larger ones. I knew I was just being paranoid!
Out of curiosity, has anyone had any success removing theirs?
Post # 15
Your scar is not bad at all! I highly dout anyone will even notice!
I have a keloid too. It’s on my tummy, so it won’t show in my wedding dress but honeymoon pictures will be a different story. Oh, and it’s 4-5 inches long and shaped exactly like a penis.
Post # 16
I have lots of piercings, and when you have loads very close together then this increases your chance of hypertrophic scarring/keloids. In my experience, there is only one way to remove a keloid… I have done this several times.
Firstly, you have to take a (sterile!) razor or scalpel to the keloid. You may have to do this in several stages because keloids are vascular and they will bleed everywhere. You may heve to remove slivers of the keloid in sections, depending on how hard it is. If it is very hard, it might even be better to do criss cross slices across it and wait for some of the surface tissue to die off first before continuing.
Once the keloid is off, you have to stop it returning. Because it is a scar, it will grow back unless you pick at the scab every time it forms, more than once a day. If vascular tissue appears, you will have to remove it with a scalpel again. Eventually, you will end up with a scab which is slightly concave. At that stage, leave it… it will heal to be identical to the surrounding skin.
If this is too gorey for you, and you do not have a strong enough stomach, you can get it cut off under local anaesthetic at your GP’s place. It’s not a big deal… a nurse will do it for you. You don’t need a surgeon or anything. It takes all of 2-3 minutes. However, if you do this then you MUST pick the scab off and follow the advice in my last paragraph, or else it will grow back.
I do not think that your keloid is a big deal in that pic, but as removing them isn’t difficult at all then I don’t think it will do you any harm to have it off either.