What are keloids?
Keloids (also known as keloid scars) are a complication of a previous insult to the skin such as a surgical scar. An overgrowth of skin beyond the margins of the scar is typically seen. This is different from what is known as a Hypertrophic scar. This is not an infective condition.
Most commonly affects afro-Caribbean individuals. More common in those aged 20 - 40.
What causes keloids?
There is increased production of skin tissue by the cells in the region of the scar.
What are the symptoms?
- Elevated smooth nodules or plaques distributed in the general shape of a previous car but typically extends beyond the margins of the scar.
- May become inflamed - (red and painful)
How can keloids be treated?
- Topical (skin based) gel (Silicone)
- Steroid injections
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