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is being keloid prone hereditary?

5 doctor answers13 doctors weighed in
Dr. Edward Neilsen
Family Medicine 19 years experience
Yes: Yes, aggressive scar formation is genetic...Although not absolute, the risk is increased.
Dr. Mike Bowman
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 19 years experience
Can be: Keloids can be hereditary. Keloids can usually be treated, but the earlier you seek treatment the better the out come will be. Seek a plastic surgeon with experience in this area. Topical creams or injections can be beneficial. Ear piercings are a common cause of keloids...If you are prone to keloids, it is best to not pierce your ears. If you must, only use surgical steel or 24k gold posts.
Dr. David Wishnew
Wound care 42 years experience
Keloids have a great tendency to be a problem for people of African and peri-mediterranean decent. In several areas of the world, cultures use the tendency to form keloids as body art (scarification). Since the conception of a keloid as a wound that fails to "stop healing", surgery poses the risk not only of recurrence but also extension of the damage.
Jan 13, 2012
Dr. Barry Press
Plastic Surgery 44 years experience
Predictable: The darker one's skin color, the more the tendency toward keloid formation increases. Keloids are more common (but not inevitable) in asians, latinos, dark-skinned indians, and africans. There is definitely also a hereditary component.
Dr. Steven Harris
Plastic Surgery 37 years experience
Yes: The exact genetics is not known but people who make keloids often have children who make keloids. It is possible to have a parent who is keloid-prone and not be keloid-prone yourself, however.
Dr. Otto Placik
Plastic Surgery 34 years experience
Yes: Clearly keloids have greater tendency to occur in darker skinned races and to that degree they do have a genetic tendency.

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A 35-year-old member asked:

What happens if you pick your keloid?

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Dr. Morris Westfried
Dermatology 46 years experience
Grows: If you manipulate a keloid it could grow larger or become infected.
A 33-year-old member asked:

Is keloid curable?

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Dr. Darryl Blinski
Plastic Surgery 46 years experience
Keloid therapy: Keloids are abnormal scar formation beyond the area of injury. As for a "cure", very doubtful since there is a genetic predisposition to their occurrence. Treatment options are pressure, steroid injections, excision, and radiation, or a combination of these. Seek in person evaluations with a boarded plastic surgeon. Hope this has helped.
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Dr. Mike Bowman commented
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 19 years experience
The tendency for keloids can't be "cured," but individual keloids can usually be treated and hopefully controlled.
Jan 13, 2012
A 27-year-old member asked:

What are keloids and how do I get them re moved. ?

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Dr. Philip Rosenblum
Family Medicine 28 years experience
A really angry scar: A keloid is formed when a a healing wound becomes inflamed and thickens. A keloid typically rises above and can be felt beneath the skin, as well. Treatment options include observation to see if they subside eventually, use of teflon film to cover lesions to try to flatten them, cortisone injections to cause atrophy, and excision. The concern with excision is that the lesion may return.
A 33-year-old member asked:

Are keloids hereditary?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Not really: Folks of African descent tend to form keloids more readily than other folks, but it's famously unpredictable. Why one individual gets them and another doesn't, and why one injury forms keloids and the next doesn't are minor mysteries of medicine.
A 41-year-old member asked:

What is a keloid and how is it treated?

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Dr. Jeffrey Juchau
Family Medicine 33 years experience
Keloid: Steroid injections can sometimes help keloids. They are hypertrophic scars.

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