What is a keloid?
Keloids are raised fibrous tissue that develops much like scar tissue at the site of a wound. Unlike scar tissue, a keloid will stretch out beyond the damaged area and continue to spread and grow for weeks or months after the initial injury has healed. Keloids typically start to develop about 3-6 months after the original injury, but may begin as late as a year afterward.
What are the symptoms of a keloid?
Keloids are irregular in shape and tend to enlarge over time into thick, hardened mounds that rise above the surface of the skin. Keloids are generally reddish or purplish in color and contrast with the skin around them. They may be itchy and sensitive to the touch. They are often tender or even painful. When a keloid develops over a joint, the tight, hard nature of the growth may cause the joint to have limited movement.
What causes keloids?
Unfortunately, the precise cause of keloids is unknown. However, when keloids develop, it is generally in response to one of several types of insult to the skin. Some of these include burns, surgery, piercings, tattoos, or other forms of trauma that affect the skin.
Who is likely to develop keloids?
Only about 10% of people get keloids. They tend to run in families, so if one or both of your parents has keloids, you are more likely to have them as well. Keloids are most commonly found on people with more darkly pigmented skin. Those at the highest risk of developing keloids are African-Americans. Being of Asian or Latino heritage increases risk of keloids, as does pregnancy or being under 30 years of age.
If I develop a keloid, should I have it removed?
Keloids are a benign growth and are generally considered to be harmless. However, keloids may be uncomfortable, ugly, sensitive, or even painful. If keloids are causing you pain or discomfort, limiting your motion or mobility, or negatively affecting your appearance or self-esteem, you may wish to have them removed.
Where can I have keloids removed?
You can schedule an appointment with Dr. Cornell McCullom at Timeless Beauty. Dr. McCullom has many years of experience in removing keloids and has developed a technique that leaves your skin healthier and more beautiful.
For more information or to schedule a consultation with Dr. McCullom, contact Timeless Beauty today.
820 E 87th St #201
Chicago, IL 60619