A scar forms when the skin is injured by forming scar tissue over the wound to repair and protect the injury. At times, extra scar tissue grows to form smooth, hard growths called keloids. A keloid or keloid scar is an enlarged, raised scar that forms around damaged skin that grows beyond the actual wound. Keloids could form from inflammation due to surgery, burns, and skin conditions like acne and chickenpox. Keloids are benign to your health but may pose cosmetic concerns.
Although keloids develop slowly they will show signs and symptoms before being fully developed.
- Appear slowly and take 3 to 12 months to shows signs a keloid is developing.
- Start as a raised, pink, red, or purple scar.
- Most commonly found on the upper chest, shoulders, back, ears, and neck.
- They will feel different than your surrounding skin either soft or hard.
- While the keloid is growing, they will cause itch, pain, or tenderness.
- They are solid and fixed to one spot when formed.
- They will become darker over time after they stop growing.
Keloids appear both in women and men. Some are at a higher risk of developing a keloid scar. Those at a higher risk are African, Asian, or Hispanic descent; family history of keloids; between the ages of 10 and 30.
Dual Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon Specializing in Keloid Scar Treatments
Dr. Maurice Khosh specializes in treating and removing keloid scars. Dr. Khosh uses both surgical and non-surgical techniques to treat the keloid scar. With successful treatments performed by a plastic surgeon, the keloid scar could reduce in size and be removed altogether.
If you are feeling self-conscious from a keloid scar, call today and schedule a consultation with Dr. Maurice Khosh at his Park Avenue office.