Keloid Scar


Keloids are fibrous growths that extend beyond the original area of injury to involve the adjacent normal skin. It can occur wherever you have a skin injury but usually forms on earlobes, shoulders, cheeks or the chest.

Risk factors for keloids

  • Having brown or black skin
  • Having a personal or family history of keloids

Signs and symptoms of keloid scar

  • Thick, irregular scarring, typically on the earlobes, shoulders, cheeks or middle chest
  • Discomfort
  • Itchiness

Keloid scar prevention

  • Practice good wound care – Keep a wound clean and moist. Applying a pressure pad or a silicone gel pad to a wound while it’s healing.
  • Protect your skin from injury.

Goals of therapy

  • Relief of symptoms (eg, pain, itching)
  • Reduction of the scar volume
  • Functional improvement
  • Cosmetic improvement

Keloid scar treatment

  • Giving an injection of medicine in the keloid – This can make it flatten out. 
  • Putting a sheet of sticky material over the keloid
  • Cryosurgery
  • Laser treatment 
  • Putting a prescription cream on the area

Keloids can be hard to treat. They often come back after treatment. Giving more than one treatment at a time, such as a shot of medicine after surgery, can work better than just one treatment.

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