A keloid is a scar that rises above your skin and spreads across a particular area. Compared to regular surgery scars, a keloid can grow larger than the actual wound that caused the scar in the first place. In rare cases, a ‘spontaneous’ keloid can develop even if an injury does not occur. Besides a surgical incision, a piercing can also cause keloids. Burns, acne, or chickenpox might lead to keloids. Keloids are known to run in the family, especially for people with darker complexions. Luckily, they are noncancerous. Keep reading to learn more about the symptoms and treatments for keloids.
Keloids can develop anywhere on the body. However, they are more likely to form on the ears, neck, shoulders, chest, and back. Depending on the location, a raised scar can grow from less than an inch to larger than a football. Larger keloids tend to appear on the back or shoulders. A keloid formed on an earlobe is round or oval. A raised scar on your chest, legs, or arms generally has a long, linear pattern.
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