Keloid scars can affect anyone and they are more common in people with dark skin and in Asians. What is keloid and what keloid treatment is available? Read on more to find out.
Keloids are raised nodules, or lumps which form at the site of an injury. It is typically an overgrown scar, or an overly aggressive response when a wound heals. Some people are more prone to the condition due to genetic reasons. For people who are more susceptible to keloid, even very mild injuries such as a mosquito bite may result in the formation of a keloid. Other than being unsightly, keloid can sometimes cause itchiness and pain.
Keloid is a type of a thick, irregular scar that rises above the skin level and extends beyond the wound boundaries. Studies have shown that Asians, African American, and Hispanic people are more susceptible to keloids.
Keloids tend to form on the chest, shoulders, arms, earlobes, and cheeks. Keloids that are formed on exposed areas are unsightly and can cause distress and embarrassment to the person.
Although keloids are not considered a serious medical condition, people generally want to reduce the appearance of keloids for cosmetic reasons. Keloid treatment is best administered with lasers to flatten the lesion, or via injections to cause the nodule to shrink. A combination is sometimes necessary.
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- Keloids form when fibroblasts produce more collagen than usual during wound healing.
- Developed from many skin injuries such as surgical openings, acne scars, blemishes, burns, vaccination shots, body or ear piercing.
- May appear as flesh-coloured, red, or pink. Some keloids can be smooth, while others can appear lumpy or ridged.
- Laser treatments are available to reduce the appearance of the keloids.