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Dr. Barry Press
357 doctors shared insights

Keloids (Overview)

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


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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

Dr. Barry Press
357 doctors shared insights

Keloids (Overview)

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


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How long does a keloid removal procedure take?

How long does a keloid removal procedure take?

Depends...: ...On the size, location, and complexity of the keloid. Small ones can take 10 minutes; large complicated ones can take an hour or more. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of keloids?

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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How do you know if you have a keloid? What is a common sign?

How do you know if you have a keloid? What is a common sign?

Definition: By definition, a keloid is a scar that out grows the boundaries of the original injury. It is frequently elevated, hard, and may itch.

A hypertrophic scar or spread scar is usually flat and frequently not elevated. ...Read more

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Is there a genetic test for keloids formation?

Is there a genetic test for keloids formation?

Not that I am aware: Some people are keloid formers and others are not. Keloids are more likely to form in areas of high use as well. If you form keloids, consider a more balanced alkaline diet (you can google alkaline diet) . Acupuncture is amazing at reducing keloids! I am unaware of a genetic test. Most are expensive, usually not covered by insurance and not necessary when these other things work so well. ...Read more

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Is there a way to test whether I will get keloids or not if I pierce?

Is there a way to test whether I will get keloids or not if I pierce?

No test: There are no tests but if you have any scars on your body that are thick this may be an indication. Keloids tend to be more common in darker skinned individuals. If in doubt ask your doctor before you have a piercing. ...Read more

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Can tattoos cause keloids?

Can tattoos cause keloids?

Yes: Keloids are caused by skin injury in susceptible people. While piercing is one of the most common causes, tattoos (due the injury caused by the needle) are also common. In addition, some people can have excessive reactions to certain tattoo pigments which can lead to scarring. ...Read more

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What is the best way to treat keloids on my head?

What is the best way to treat keloids on my head?

Tough problem: Start slow with injections of steroids followed by possible 5fu (fluorouracil). If they do not respond consider moving onto surgery with possible radiation therapy. ...Read more

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What is the best way to treat and prevent keloids?

Keloids: The best way to prevent keloids is never have an injury. Keloids are abnormal scars that continue to grow outside the area of injury. They tend to continue to grow, long after the injury is healed. Many treatments are available, and the correct one depends on your situation. Massage, pressure, steroid injections, scar revision and radiation are a few of the most common treatments. ...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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How do you recommend treating keloids? Looking for a second opinion.

How do you recommend treating keloids? Looking for a second opinion.

Depends...: ...On the size, location, and complexity of the keloid. Cortisone injections can be given once per month until the maximum benefit is obtained. They can be excised, but recurrences are common. Other options include cryotherapy (freezing), laser, radiation, interferon injection (still experimental), and injection of a chemotherapy drug called 5-fluorouracil. ...Read more

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Best treatment for keloids?

Best treatment for keloids?

Depends: There are many different ways to treat keloids. The best treatment depends on you, your keloid, how big it is and where it is located. Seek a board certified plastic surgeon or dermatologist for an educated opinion. ...Read more

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Are there any update treatments for keloids?

Keloid: There are new treatment for keloid like the injection of Mitomycin c after excision. ...Read more

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What is the cure for keloids?

What is the cure for keloids?

Keloid treatment: There is no "cure" for keloids. Keloids can be problematic, particularly if enlarging, are painful or itch, or ulcerated and bleed. For small ones silicone sheeting or gels may help decrease redness and height, but there is very little you can do on your own. Treatment typically requires steroid injections, excision with repair, or a combination of both. ...Read more

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How do you easily get rid of keloids?

How do you easily get rid of keloids?

No easy treatment: A keloid is an excessively large scar. All scars are permanent. Some keloids will respond to steroid injections if they are small. Some may require excision followed by pressure treatments some may even be treated with radiation after excision. Unfortunately there is a high recurrence rate for keloids. ...Read more

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Can crushed aspirin tablets work on keloid scars?

Can crushed aspirin tablets work on keloid scars?

Many treatments....: There are many treatments for keloids: surgical removal, usually accompanied by steroid injection postoperatively, low dose radiation, and pressure (usually for earlobe keloids in combination with surgery.) we have had good luck with surgery and steroid injections and that is generally my recommended treatment. Crushed aspirin...I'm afraid not. ...Read more

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How can u avoid keloid scars? What can u put on the incisions to help. This is for facial surgery.

How can u avoid keloid scars? What can u put on the incisions to help. This is for facial surgery.

Discuss w surgeon: You need to discuss w your surgeon. Depending on whether you are prone to keloid vs hypertrophic scars your doctor can recommend different treatments. ...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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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

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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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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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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