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A keloid is a harmless growth of fibrous tissue at the site of a healing scar caused by overproduction of collagen. Keloids are most common on the breastbone, upper back, and shoulder but can occur anywhere on the body. Some people, especially those with dark skin, are more prone to developing keloid scars than in lighter skin types.

Signs and symptoms include:

Doctors do not understand exactly why keloids form in certain people or situations and not in others. These “specialised scars” are tumour-like in nature and they can increase in size with time if left untreated. Changes in the cellular signals that control growth and proliferation may be related to the process of keloid formation, but these changes have not yet been characterised scientifically. The keloids themselves can become quite uncomfortable and “tight and itchy” as they grow in size. If keloids become too large, it is best to have them excised before treating with injectables and Laser Genesis.

Keloids are less common in children and the elderly. Although people with darker skin are more likely to develop them, keloids can occur in men and women of all skin types. In some cases, the tendency to form keloids seems to run in families (genetics). Keloids develop most often on the chest, back, shoulders, and earlobes. They rarely develop on the face (with the exception of the jawline).

Keloids are treated with: