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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