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How can you prevent keloids on new piercings?

How can you prevent keloids on new piercings?

No way to guarantee: If you have a history of keloids, there is certainly a risk of developing keloids from piercings of other skin injuries. There is no guaranteed way to prevent them. If you don't have a history of keloids its less likely you'll get them in any event. ...Read more

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Should I rub alcohol on a piercing daily to help prevent keloids?

Should I rub alcohol on a piercing daily to help prevent keloids?

No: Keloids result from an excessive bodily reaction to a wound. Unlike normal healing which lays down scar tissue(collagen) to close a wound, a keloid forms when the degree & magnitude of this process is excessive. And unlike a hypertrophic scar which is an excessive amount of scar tissue within the confines of the injury, a keloid results when the process extends into the normal surrounding tissue. ...Read more

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How can I prevent getting keloids on an industrial piercing?

How can I prevent getting keloids on an industrial piercing?

Keloid prevention: If you are prone to keloids, consider avoiding industrial piercings. ...Read more

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I want a piercing but I have keloid prone skin, should I risk it? How can it be prevented?

I want a piercing but I have keloid prone skin, should I risk it? How can it be prevented?

Difficult decision: You should not get pierced, if you do not want to take the risk of getting the keloid, (especially when you are prone to get keloids). ...Read more

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My ear hasn't completely healed after a piercing its getting red and thick, I removed the earing but im afraid it might become a keloid. How I prevent?

My ear hasn't completely healed after a piercing its getting red and thick, I removed the earing but im afraid it might become a keloid. How I prevent?

Possible infection: It sounds like you have persistent inflammation after the piercing. It might be an infection and this can make the scarring worse. See your local doctor to have it looked at. ...Read more

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What are my chances of getting a keloid on a septum piercing if I've gotten one before on my ears? How can I prevent this?

What are my chances of getting a keloid on a septum piercing if I've gotten one before on my ears? How can I prevent this?

Septal piercing: DON'T DO IT. It isn't worth it. It puts you at risk for infections and discomfort. But keloiding in the nose is a low risk. ...Read more

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I have two very small keloids. They came from getting my ears pierced at age 12. Now 21 what are the chances of me getting a keloid after a nipple piercing? And how can I prevent one form forming?

I have two very small keloids. They came from getting my ears pierced at age 12. Now 21 what are the chances of me getting a keloid after a nipple piercing? And how can I prevent one form forming?

Probably nothing: If you have a history of keloid formation, hour chances of grooming another hypertrophic scar (keloid) are very high. I would not recommend elective piercings. ...Read more

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How do you prevent keloids from resurfacing?

How do you prevent keloids from resurfacing?

Keloids: If a keloid has been removed, compression of the area will help with recurrence. If there is any sign of the keloid's return then injections of steroid medication in to scar will help. It may take several injections to achieve optical effect. ...Read more

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What are the chances of getting a keloid from cartilage piercing?

What are the chances of getting a keloid from cartilage piercing?

Low Chance of Keloid: Keloids are skin scarring conditions and the cartilage piercing should not cause them to worsen. Cartilage piercings carry a chance of infection, so be careful and keep it very clean.
If you don't have a tendency to keloid, or if your family doesn't, then you shouldn't keloid. But there is a remote chance. ...Read more

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What is the best metal type to avoid getting a keloid on your piercing?

Avoid alloys: Gold and titanium are well tolerated by most. Steel and plated jewelry tends to have alloys that result in a higher incidence of reactions. ...Read more

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Suggestions on what to apply on wounds to prevent it from forming keloids?

Suggestions on what to apply on wounds to prevent it from forming keloids?

Silicone gel: Once the wound has healed, regular application of silicone gel to scars will dramatically improve the appearance of scars. Silicone gel comes in solid sheets and in a liquid form that can be applied and allowed to dry. ...Read more

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Is a keloid curable (1/4 x 1 inch in size)? What is done to prevent a new keloid when the old keloid is cut out?

Tough to prevent: The problem with surgical removal of keloid scars is that they can return in the healing process. Injection of steroids into the keloid or application of teflon sheets (available in the grocery store or pharmacy as "scar strips") can calm down inflammation and flatten them out. You can try this before surgery, or use it afterwards to try to keep the keloid from forming, again. Good luck! ...Read more

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I just took my monroe piercing out because there was a keloid around it and I found out it's infected too. What should I do?

Do not reinsert: You may have a metal allergy that is causing the keloid and infection. I would abandon the piercing and focus on reducing as much inflammation as possible by treating the infection. Seek medical attention if this is not better in several days. ...Read more

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If I am prone to keloids, can I have a piercing?

Risky: Keloid tend to develop at the site with injury. Many have keloid at the sites of ear-piercing, particularly in blacks and asians with colored skin. ...Read more

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How to tell if I have a keloid from my piercings?

Keloids are rare: Not all scars are keloids. Many thick or hypertrophic scars can be treated more readily than true keloid scars. Keloids can occur from piercing or any other minor trauma as well as more major surgery. There are many treatment options but keloids are much more difficult and can reoccur. See a dermatologist or plastic surgeon for advice. ...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 do the experts think, should my keloid continue to grow once I have taken out the piercing?

What do the experts think, should my keloid continue to grow once I have taken out the piercing?

Keloids grow: Keloids come from the tissue injury, not from having a piercing in place. Once the tissue is injured from a piercing, it can continue to grow, with or without the piercing in place. ...Read more

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How to get rid of keloid on monroe piercing?

How to get rid of keloid on monroe piercing?

Injections first: If you have a true keloid scar the best first line treatment is steroid injection. If that fails to improve the keloid to your satisfaction the next option is excision which comes with very high recurrence rates (and can come back worse than the original) and a postop regimen of silicone, pressure, and in severe cases even radiation treatment. I would suggest removing the jewelry if treating it. ...Read more

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How to get rid of keloids caused by piercings?

How to get rid of keloids caused by piercings?

Steroid shots: Talk with your doc about having steroid medicine shot into your keloids. Other options too! Good luck. ...Read more

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What do I do to treat keloids on an industrial piercing?

Keloid treatment: 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 can I get rid of the dark dried keloid around my piercing?

Keloid: Is it really a keloid? You can have the scar evaluated by a board certified physician who can tell you what the best option for you is. ...Read more

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Does anyone know a good way to get rid of keloids caused by piercings?

Several: There are a number of treatments for keloids. We have had good luck with surgical removal of the entire keloid (for example, on the earlobe) and then a series of injections of steroid directly into the scar from the excision beginning 3 weeks postop and continuing every three weeks for a total of 3-4 injections. Other treatments include pressure and low dose radiation. ...Read more

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Can we use triamnicolon injection early after operation to prevent keloid?

Can we use triamnicolon injection early after operation to prevent keloid?

This is often done..: To accompany scar revision, especially after removal of keloid scars. Typically, the injections start at about three weeks postoperatively and are repeated every 3-4 weeks for several cycles. ...Read more

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Can you pop a keloid? Got it from a cartilage piercing. Heard you can use a rubber band and tie it off.

Can you pop a keloid? Got it from a cartilage piercing. Heard you can use a rubber band and tie it off.

Ear keloid: Keloids are difficult to treat and can recur. Typically, keloids are treated with a combination of excision, steroid injection, pressure therapy, and sometimes even radiation therapy. Seek consultation from a plastic surgeon. ...Read more

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I want to get my industrial piercing and heard you can get keloids, was wondering if I did get them how to make them go away?

Difficult: Keloids are extremely difficult to get rid of. If you want to make sure you don't get a keloid — I wouldn't take the chance. Keloids are more prevalent in individuals of color.,. ...Read more

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How can I prevent keloid from forming? Is there any medication or treatment that can prevent keloids from forming? This is for a child.

How can I prevent keloid from forming? Is there any medication or treatment that can prevent keloids from forming? This is for a child.

Information: Keloids always occur as a result of inflammation with some type of scab such as with pimples from any cause, or scratches, or surgical wounds. Pressure with or without silicone may help. Sometimes topical seroids can help in older children (late teens), injectable steroids may be of value. There are severl over the counter preparations which also help. The is no 100% preventive measure. ...Read more

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Did a second earlobe piercing 3 months ago, not yet completely healed but I see a small amount of flesh poking from the back could this be keloid.

Hypertrophic Scar: After the skin is injured, the healing process usually leaves a flat scar. Sometimes the scar is hypertrophic, or thickened, but confined to the margin of the wound. Keloids, by conhypertric scartrast, may start sometime after the injury and extend beyond the wound site. ...Read more

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Keloids (Definition)

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