Keloids can be best described as exaggerated scarring that forms after a piercing, wound, tattoo or acne. When the skin tries to heal itself by forming a scar, excess scar tissue is deposited which can appear tumor-like and disfiguring to the area. Keep in mind, keloids are not tumors and are benign.
Genetic susceptibility seems to be the cause of why some individuals develop keloids, especially ethnic groups that are darker in complexion are more prone to them. Usually the ears, shoulders, arms, and chest are common areas for keloids to arise.
Keloids can be tricky to remove, as there is chance that by removing a keloid, another one can arise in replace of it. That is why steroid injections in combination of surgical keloid excision are performed.
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