When skin is injured, fibrous tissue called scar tissue forms over the wound to repair and protect the injury.
In some cases, extra scar tissue grows, forming smooth, rubbery, firm growths called keloids.
They can appear anywhere, but are most common on the chest, neck, shoulders, back and earlobes. They can also be large and noticeable, and can have a negative impact on a person’s self-confidence.
Keloids grow in thick, irregular clusters around wounds or areas where the skin has been pierced, cut, burnt or irritated. They usually extend far beyond the original wound as they are overgrowth of your scar tissue.
Typical symptoms include:
Almost any type of skin injury can contribute to keloid scarring. These include:
While researchers still don’t know what causes certain people to produce excess collagen and develop keloids, we do know that you are at a higher risk for developing keloids if you:
Treatment for keloids usually depend on their size, location on the body and overall appearance.
Treatment can be for cosmetic reasons or to eliminate the itching and burning associated with keloids.
Our options include: