6 doctors weighed in:

What happens if you pick your keloid?

6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Morris Westfried
Dermatology
3 doctors agree

In brief: Grows

If you manipulate a keloid it could grow larger or become infected.

In brief: Grows

If you manipulate a keloid it could grow larger or become infected.
Dr. Morris Westfried
Dr. Morris Westfried
Thank
Dr. Daniel Careaga
Surgery - Plastics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Don't!!!

Keloids don't like to be messed with! see a plastic surgeon to talk about removal!

In brief: Don't!!!

Keloids don't like to be messed with! see a plastic surgeon to talk about removal!
Dr. Daniel Careaga
Dr. Daniel Careaga
Thank
Dr. John Walker
Surgery - Plastics

In brief: 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!

In brief: 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!
Dr. John Walker
Dr. John Walker
Thank
Dr. Liawaty Ho
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology

In brief: Keloid

It can be infected.
If you keep picking on it- it can grow bigger. So , stop picking your keloid.

In brief: Keloid

It can be infected.
If you keep picking on it- it can grow bigger. So , stop picking your keloid.
Dr. Liawaty Ho
Dr. Liawaty Ho
Thank
Get help from a real doctor now
Dr. Christopher Crosby
Board Certified, Dermatology
12 years in practice
93K people helped
Continue
108,000 doctors available
Read more answers from doctors