What are Keloids?
Keloids are a type of raised scar that is caused by too much scar tissue forming after an injury to the skin. Keloids usually appear within 12 months of the injury taking place and become larger than the original injury site. They may develop after a cut, chicken pox, acne, tattoo or piercing, surgery, or any other instance of the skin being broken or damaged. In extremely rare cases, a keloid may develop without a prior injury.
While a keloid develops, it may cause pain, tenderness, or become itchy. They usually appear pink, red, purple, or skin-coloured, and often become darker over time, with the border being darker than the center. They are smooth, round and have a rubbery feel.
Keloids can affect anyone, though they are more common among individuals of African, Asian, or Hispanic descent and usually appear between the ages of 10 and 30 years old. Some individuals have skin that is more prone to keloid development due to family genetics.
Do Keloids go Away?
The growth of a keloid will eventually stop, but a keloid is permanent unless it is successfully treated or removed.
Are Keloids Dangerous?
Keloids themselves are not dangerous, but depending on their location, they may restrict the motion of a joint. Their unpleasant and unusual appearance may cause psychosocial challenges.
Keloid Scar Removal
Keloid scar removal can be difficult because further damage to the skin during the removal process can trigger additional keloid growth. Multiple treatments may be combined for best results.
Keloid Treatment Options
Keloids are not inherently harmful, but can be unsightly. GraceMed’s treatment options help minimize the appearance of keloid scars.