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Is being keloid prone hereditary?
13 doctors weighed in

Dr. Edward Neilsen
Family Medicine
6 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
Yes, aggressive scar formation is genetic.
..Although not absolute, the risk is increased.

In brief: Yes
Yes, aggressive scar formation is genetic.
..Although not absolute, the risk is increased.
Dr. Edward Neilsen
Dr. Edward Neilsen
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Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Yes
Clearly keloids have greater tendency to occur in darker skinned races and to that degree they do have a genetic tendency.

In brief: Yes
Clearly keloids have greater tendency to occur in darker skinned races and to that degree they do have a genetic tendency.
Dr. Otto Placik
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Dr. Steven Harris
Surgery - Plastics
In brief: Yes
The exact genetics is not known but people who make keloids often have children who make keloids.
It is possible to have a parent who is keloid-prone and not be keloid-prone yourself, however.

In brief: Yes
The exact genetics is not known but people who make keloids often have children who make keloids.
It is possible to have a parent who is keloid-prone and not be keloid-prone yourself, however.
Dr. Steven Harris
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Dr. Barry Press
Surgery - Plastics
In brief: Predictable
The darker one's skin color, the more the tendency toward keloid formation increases.
Keloids are more common (but not inevitable) in asians, latinos, dark-skinned indians, and africans. There is definitely also a hereditary component.

In brief: Predictable
The darker one's skin color, the more the tendency toward keloid formation increases.
Keloids are more common (but not inevitable) in asians, latinos, dark-skinned indians, and africans. There is definitely also a hereditary component.
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Dr. Mike Bowman
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
In brief: Can be
Keloids can be hereditary.
Keloids can usually be treated, but the earlier you seek treatment the better the out come will be. Seek a plastic surgeon with experience in this area. Topical creams or injections can be beneficial. Ear piercings are a common cause of keloids...If you are prone to keloids, it is best to not pierce your ears. If you must, only use surgical steel or 24k gold posts.

In brief: Can be
Keloids can be hereditary.
Keloids can usually be treated, but the earlier you seek treatment the better the out come will be. Seek a plastic surgeon with experience in this area. Topical creams or injections can be beneficial. Ear piercings are a common cause of keloids...If you are prone to keloids, it is best to not pierce your ears. If you must, only use surgical steel or 24k gold posts.
Dr. Mike Bowman
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Dr. David Wishnew
Keloids have a great tendency to be a problem for people of African and peri-mediterranean decent. In several areas of the world, cultures use the tendency to form keloids as body art (scarification). Since the conception of a keloid as a wound that fails to "stop healing", surgery poses the risk not only of recurrence but also extension of the damage.
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