Mr Olivier Amar is particularly passionate about preventing the most disfiguring scars. Keloid is a name given to a scar that overgrows and can become more extensive than the original wound. Keloid scars can occur whenever there is an injury to the skin, even after minor spots or cuts.
They can grow for months or years. They are the result of an overgrowth of collagen. Patients who have previously suffered a keloid or hypertrophic (raised and thick) scar or who have a family history of this type of scarring are often concerned when after surgery, including cosmetic or reconstructive surgery, that they will be left with obvious scarring.
For these patients, Mr Olivier Amar is proud to offer a ground-breaking new DNA Bilhi Skin Keloid test that looks for the DNA variation that is now known to cause keloid scarring. The test can accurately indicate an increased risk which can then be proactively managed. For example, any surgery can be performed with scars placed in areas of the body that are less likely to scar and stitching will be meticulously performed to avoid any pulling on the wound.
The aim of genetic testing is to establish your genetic predisposition to developing a keloid scar based on a sample of your saliva. It is carried out using an in-vitro diagnostic medical device (software) which evaluates your genetic data.
The sample does not require any special medical treatment and poses no risk to your health. The genetic test will allow the surgeon to adapt his medical strategy in order to take preventative measures so that you do not develop a keloid scar.