A keloid is a kind of scar where the healing process produces a thick, lumpy, or ridged scar that is often itchy or painful. Keloid scars are most commonly found on the chest, shoulders, earlobes, and cheeks; however, they can affect any area of the body.
When skin is injured, fibrous tissue called scar tissue forms over the wound to repair and protect the injury; however, in some instances, scar tissue grows excessively, forming smooth, hard growths called keloids. It is not clear what causes keloids, but excessive skin tension (pull at a wound) and genetics are likely contributors. Risk factors include being pregnant; being younger than 30 years; or being of African, Asian, or Latino descent. Furthermore, skin injuries can contribute to keloid scarring. These include:
- Acne scars
- Chickenpox scars
- Ear piercing
- Surgical incision sites
- Vaccination sites
Although keloids are not harmful to your health, they can be itchy and may create cosmetic concerns. If you have a keloid scar that is causing you discomfort or insecurity, please contact Dermatology & Plastic Surgery Specialists today! Dr. Michael J. Messina is highly skilled at treating keloid scars in Palm Desert, California, and he can help reduce these growths and resolve your symptoms. Treatments often consist of multiple sessions and may involve medication injections into the keloid and/or compression therapy. In rare cases, surgery or radiation treatments will be necessary. Please contact us at 760-773-6616 to schedule a consultation to determine which treatment option is right for you!