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Keloid Scars

A keloid scar is a raised scar that is formed due to an exaggerated healing response. When a cut, burn, acne, tattoo or even piercing begins to heal, collagen producing cells gather at the site of the injury to close the wound. In the case of keloid scarring, the cells continue to multiply after the wound has healed and this in turn forms a larger, raised scar. Keloid scars are more common in those with darker skin tones, pregnant women and people between the ages of 10 and 30.

A keloid scar is recognised by its raised appearance, and it being darker in colour than the skin that surrounds it, ranging from dark pinks, reds, purples and browns. Although a keloid scar is categorized as a tumour, they are benign and do not turn cancerous, so there is not usually any cause for concern beyond them being bothersome.

A person will usually seek treatment to correct a keloid scar due to them being unhappy with its aesthetic, or in the instance where they may be raised enough to become irritated by rubbing on clothing or jewellery. Although in some cases (particularly when the scar is near a joint), treatment may be sought when a keloid scar interferes with natural movement, becomes irritated or begins to interfere with normal life.

Although a keloid scar is not directly detrimental to one’s physical health, they may be emotionally upsetting. There are a number of treatment options for keloid scars and therefore when treatment is sought, it is important for your doctor to understand the reason that a keloid scar has formed so that they can recommend the best course of action. At Reshape & Restore, our team has vast experience in reducing the appearance of keloid scarring, and we are here to help you.

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