Keloid Scarring-The Orlando Times
New Technology For Keloid Scarring
Photo Cutline: Kendrick Anthony Spence, M.D., F.A.C.S
BY JALESSA CASTILLO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
ORLANDO - A local plastic surgeon became the first doctor in the country to use an innovative new technology to treat patients who suffer from keloid scars.
Kenrick Anthony Spence, M.D., F.A.C.S has been the Medical Director and Chief Plastic Surgeon at Hillcrest Plastic Surgery since 1999, specializing in Advanced Facial Rejuvenation, Facial Surgery and Facial Revision Surgeries, Body Contouring and Body Contouring Revisionary Surgeries.
“We had the older technology and treated a number of patients so I felt encouraged when we communicated with Sensus and they shared with us that they upgraded the technology to much more user friendly device and much more precise and accurate device,” said Dr. Spence.
Born in London, England, of Jamaican parentage, an alumnus of Calabar High School and the University of the West Indies, Dr. Spence has been in the practice of medicine since 1990. In 1999, he established his private practice in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in Orlando, Florida.
Dr. Spence's began to pursue his medical career at the University Of Connecticut School Of Medicine, 1986. In 1991, Dr. Spence completed a five year program in general surgery achieving Board Certification in General Surgery. From there, he journeyed to his plastic surgery fellowship at the University of Texas at Galveston achieving his Board Certification in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.
In 2005, Dr. Spence situated his practice at 130 Hillcrest Street, located on the out skirts of Downtown Orlando. The over 6,000 square feet location consists of multi-facetted examination rooms, an advanced skincare center, a surgery center and a keloid center.
Almost 18 million people suffer from keloids, which are overgrowths of scar tissue around common skin injuries, including surgeries, acne, piercings or cuts. For patients, these scars can significantly impact physical appearance and even cause anxiety and depression. While keloids are typically surgically removed, up to 90 percent of the time, they come back.
A new technology called the SRT-100+ (Superficial Radiation Therapy) helps to treat patients with keloids in the most effective, noninvasive and painless way possible.
“You have to look at the underlying cause of Keloids and it’s essentially cells that are turned on to build collagen that aren’t turned off,” said Dr. Spence. “That’s the reason SRT works so well because the SRT injures those cells and prevents them from laying down further collagen.”
According to the American Academy of Dermatology, some people are more likely to develop a keloid when they scar. These include but are not limited to those who are Black, Latino, or Asian and those younger than 30 years of age. People who have darker skin are 15% to 20% more likely to develop keloids, as well.
On Jan. 7, 2019 Kency M. had a surgical procedure at Hillcrest Plastic Surgery by Dr. Spence to remove a keloid scar from her face.
For the treatment of keloids the patient undergoes an operation where there is total removal of all the keloid tissue and then three successive day treatments of SRT, each approximately 15 minutes long.
The SRT therapy is essentially X-rays and they are delivered through a device which most patients may think of in comparison to a laser. There is a box in the room and an arm that comes over the patient that is focused on the Keloid, the patient is given leaded protection for the remainder of the body. The office then continues to follow up with patient for up to a year.
“As a patient that has tried various means of managing keloid scarring over the years Dr. Spence’s compassion, attentiveness and determination is exemplified in all that he and his team do in seeing to it that I as the patient am properly educated, engaged and fully invested for a successful outcome,” said Kency.
Voted Orlando's best Plastic Surgeon 6 years in a row, Dr. Spence considers the changes in the lives of many to be the hallmark of his career. He is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, a member of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. As a father and husband Dr. Spence brings to his practice of medicine an appreciation of life.
“I have been a patient of Dr. Spence twice now,” said Jamie Chisolm in an online review. “It has been a long and, at times, rough recovery but Dr. Spence and his staff have been right by my side every step of the way.”
Dr. Spence is an active donor to Habitat for Humanity, he has provided pro-bono services for women who are victims of domestic violence and has contributed to the Austin Smiles in El Salvador, a group that helps various Latin American countries by bringing care to underserved children with cleft lip/palate and craniofacial anomalies.
“Dr. Spence and his team are very friendly and professional, they make you feel right at home,” said Connie Hansen in an online review. “I love the results and thanks to him I feel great!”
Regarding the keloid treatment, the most common side effect is hyperpigmentation or hypopigmentation that is either a darkening of the skin or lightening of the skin.
Additionally, keloid removal is often considered a cosmetic procedure by most insurance carriers.
Anyone who has a first time or recurrent keloid is eligible for the procedure with the exception of patients who have had prior radiation to the site, are pregnant, or have some sort of device close to the keloid.
“Prior to [this treatment, patients] had a 50 percent reoccurrence rate and now that recurrence rate is down to 3 percent,” said Dr. Spence. “That is truly a turning point for the patients who essentially had no hope.”
For more information or to schedule an appointment visit www.mynewbeauty.com or call their office directly at 407-999-2585.