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Are keloids hereditary?

Are keloids hereditary?

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. ...Read more

Dr. Barry Press
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Keloids (Definition)

Hypertrophic scarring. More common in certain ethic groups. See dermatologist or facial ...Read more


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Is being keloid prone hereditary?

Is being keloid prone hereditary?

Yes: Yes, aggressive scar formation is genetic...Although not absolute, the risk is increased. ...Read more

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What r keloids? Do they regrow? How to cure them? R they hereditary in nature?

What r keloids? Do they regrow? How to cure them? R they hereditary in nature?

Mixed results: Keloids are over-exuberant scarring phenomena and are seen more often in people with darker skin; so there can be some hereditary aspect to the pathology. Many treatment modalities have been used from application of pressure, to intra-lesional steroid injection, to excision, and even to radiation therapy. While keloids do not spread like a cancer, even with the above treatments that can regrow. ...Read more

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What is Keloid?

Keloid: A keloid is a thickened scar, what we term a "hypertrophic" scar, to which some people are prone when they get cut. ...Read more

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Can you remove a keloid?

Can you remove a keloid?

Yes: Surgical removal of a keloid is associated with a very high recurrence rate. However, when you combine surgery with other treatments, success rates are higher. Sometimes, you can combine excision with steroid injections or external beam radiation and have much higher rates of success. ...Read more

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How can I make my keloid go away?

How can I make my keloid go away?

See a dermatologist: Two options: 1. Steroid injections slow down the scar tissue formation. 2. Surgical rejection, creating a new wound to heal. See a dermatologist to get rid of keloid safely. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of keloids?

Keloids: Keloids can be considered to be "scars that don't know when to stop." a keloid, sometimes referred to as a keloid scar, is a tough heaped-up scar that rises quite abruptly above the rest of the skin. It usually has a smooth top and a pink or purple color. Keloids are irregularly shaped and tend to enlarge progressively. Unlike scars, keloids do not subside over time. ...Read more

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I have a keloid. What should I do?

I have a keloid. What should I do?

Options include: Depending on the location, size, time duration etc...Options include steroid injection, silicone gel application, rexcision of scar and proper closure with steriod injection and finally radiation to scar. ...Read more

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Could ice do anything to keloids?

No: Since keloids represent the deposit of an abnormal amount of scar tissue in a would one requires an agent to minimize scar formation which is usually the use of steroid injections such as kenalog (triamcinolone). ...Read more

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Can I do massages if I have keloids?

Can I do massages if I have keloids?

Keloids: Keloid occurs due to an aberration in normal wound healing. Typically occurs following surgical or traumatic wounds. In general, massage should not cause formation of keloids. ...Read more

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What happens if you pick your keloid?

Grows: If you manipulate a keloid it could grow larger or become infected. ...Read more

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Massage the keloid or leave it alone?

Massage the keloid or leave it alone?

Scar Massage: Massage can never hurt a keloid, but may not do much either. However, massage can help an hypertrophic scar. The difference between a keloid and a hypertrophic scar is that a keloid is a tumor of collagen which is much larger than the original injury site. A hypertrophic scar is a thickened scar along an incision line. See a derm or facial plastic surgeon for the best treatment for you. ...Read more

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How do I safely remove a small keloid?

How do I safely remove a small keloid?

Laser or Injection: Certain lasers can help keloids, as can injections of cortisone. So see you dermatologist or plastic surgeon as they can help with these treatments, or you can try over the counter silicone strips. ...Read more

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What is a keloid and how is it treated?

What is a keloid and how is it treated?

Keloids: Steroid injections, surgery or radiation, depending on the size of the keloid. ...Read more

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Which products really work for keloids?

Which products really work for keloids?

Keloid Rx: The safest approach is silicone tape/gel (myscaraway, from walgreens/online), steroid/bleomycin injections immunosuppressant/chemotherapyagent) only in pro hands, electron-beam radiotherapy, almost never excision unless radiotherapy can be guaranteed within 24hr after excision. Be very careful or it will be made worse by cutting it! Close follow up for 2yrs+ to monitor for recurrence essential! ...Read more

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Can my keloid be removed non-surgically?

Can my keloid be removed non-surgically?

No: No it can't, but with scar treatment such as topical silicone products or steroid injections it can be greatly improved in appearance. ...Read more

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How long does it take to remove a keloid?

How long does it take to remove a keloid?

Varies: It is difficult to remove a keloid surgically because it can grow back, or grow back larger than before. Keloids can be reduced in size by freezing, injections or lasr. In some keloids a combination of treatments are used with or without pressure to flatten the keloid and decrease the pain. ...Read more

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What can I do to make my keloid go away?

Try Silicone Strips: Over the counter siilcone strips can help. Or your doctor can possibly laser it to improve it, or inject it with cortisone to help shrink it. ...Read more

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Can a keloid be the size of a peppercorn?

Yes: Keloids are due to over healing of skin and usually feel firm. It can be any size. The best way to be certain that is what it is, is to have the doctor see it. ...Read more

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What's an effective treament for a keloid?

What's an effective treament for a keloid?

See Plastic Surgeon: Dependind upon the size and location the treatments can be > 1. Course of cortizone (hydrocortisone) injections and/or application of pressure 2. Removal of keloid and course of cortizone (hydrocortisone) injections and application of pressure 3. X-ray treatments 4. Removal and x-ray treatments - all of them can have side effects - see a plastic surgeon and discuss all options and decide the treatment you want to undergo. ...Read more

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How can I permanently eliminate my keloid?

May be surgery: Keloids can be excised, however, there is a risk for the new scar becoming keloid. Steroid injection may be employed. It would be prudent to consult a plastic surgeon. ...Read more

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How do u know when a keloid needs injection?

Keloids: Keloids do not require injection. If your keloid is not aesthetically pleasing, you will need to have it excised. Some physicians inject steroids into the new scar. But no definitive benefit has been shown. Blacks and asians are prone to keloids. Consult a plastic surgeon. ...Read more

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What can be done about ugly looking keloids?

What can be done about ugly looking keloids?

Keloid Rx: The safest approach is silicone tape/gel (myscaraway, from walgreens/online), steroid/bleomycin injections immunosuppressant/chemotherapyagent) only in pro hands, electron-beam radiotherapy, almost never excision unless radiotherapy can be guaranteed within 24hr after excision. Be very careful or it will be made worse by cutting it! Close follow up for 2yrs+ to monitor for recurrence essential! ...Read more

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Is it normal if there is more keloids forming?

Is it normal if there is more keloids forming?

Keloids: Some people are more prone to keloids than others, especially true for darker skin people. Please see a dermatologist and he/she can take a baseline measurement and keep an eye on things for you. It MAY be perfectly normal but it needs to be checked. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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What is the best way to heal a very old keloid?

What is the best way to heal a very old keloid?

Improve, yes...: But get rid of, no (this applies to all scars.) true keloids can be very difficult to deal with. They are more common in people with darkly pigmented skin and are characterized by scarring that exceeds the boundaries of the original wound. Numerous options exist including pressure, steroid injection, low dose radiation, and others. See a plastic surgeon for an evaluation. ...Read more

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What are the modern methods to removing keloids?

What are the modern methods to removing keloids?

Keloid Rx: The safest approach is silicone tape/gel (myscaraway, from walgreens/online), steroid/bleomycin injections immunosuppressant/chemotherapyagent) only in pro hands, electron-beam radiotherapy, almost never excision unless radiotherapy can be guaranteed within 24hr after excision. Be very careful or it will be made worse by cutting it! Close follow up for 2yrs+ to monitor for recurrence essential! ...Read more

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

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. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Keloids?

Definition: Hypertrophic scarring. More common in certain ethic groups. See dermatologist or facial plastic surgeon for treatment. ...Read more

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What's a good way to remove keloids from your body?

Injection/Excision: Sometimes keloids can be injected with steroids and they will decrease in size. However, soe keloids need to be excised. ...Read more

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Is there anything I can do to help it fade a keloid?

Is there anything I can do to help it fade a keloid?

Keloid: Keloids can be treated with excision, steroid injections, pressure dressings and even radiation. You should seek consultation with a board certified surgeon with expertise in treating keloids. ...Read more

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How much does it normally cost to cut off a keloid?

Depends: Depends on each doctors costs, size and location of the keloid. My suggestion is shop around ...Read more

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If exagerated keloids didn't heal, what will happen?

Can get bigger: Keloids if left alone can become bigger however, if stable in size can also be left alone. Depends. ...Read more

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What's the fastest way of removing older aged keloid?

Surgical excision: Keloid can be surgically excised with intraoperative injection of steroid. Postoperatively, the surgeon may recommend silicone dressing and even radiation therapy depending on its severity. Close monitoring is required for recurrence. ...Read more