What are Keloids?
A keloid, also known as a keloid scar, is a tough scar that rises above the skin. Keloids occur from skin injuries such as surgical incisions, traumatic wounds, vaccination sites, burns or even minor scratches. They often appear shiny and dome-shaped, ranging from pink to red in color. Keloids commonly appear on the chest, back, shoulders, and earlobes.
What is the Cause of Keloids?
It is not known why keloids form. However, it is believed that changes in the cellular signals that control proliferation and inflammation may be involved. We do know that individuals with darkly pigmented skin are more likely to develop keloids, and are common in both men and women.
Most keloids will flatten and become less noticeable over time and often require no treatment. They may be reduced in size by freezing, corticosteroid injections, laser treatments, or surgical removal. Keloids are harmless, but they may affect a person’s cosmetic appearance.
If you are experiencing keloid scarring, contact our office today to schedule a consultation. We will work with you to create an individualized treatment plan to effectively address your keloids.