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Dr. Barry Press
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Keloids (Overview)

Keloids are scar tissue that have overgrown the original site of the initial injury (also called hypertrophic scars).


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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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Dr. Barry Press
329 doctors shared insights

Keloids (Overview)

Keloids are scar tissue that have overgrown the original site of the initial injury (also called hypertrophic scars).


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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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Can a person who was diagnosed with keloids receive disability?

Can a person who was diagnosed with keloids receive disability?

Not absolutely. : Keloids diagnosis dose not mean having to disabled. ...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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