Keloids & Tattoos

by jake on March 10, 2012

Keloids are tender, darker and raised scars that appear after an injury. When contrasted with the normal ones, they appear to be higher and the skin covering them smooth and darker.  Keloids do not have a regular shape and with time, they appear to enlarge gradually. Unlike the other scars, keloids will not disappear with time. Instead, they increase in size and cover the nearby areas as time goes by. They can stay on the skin for a whole lifetime. Keloids are not associated with a lot of pain or itching hence most people find it useless to have them removed.

Keloids may appear after an injury, a surgery, after a slight inflammation or some other piercing of the skin like a wound resulting from a scratch obtained while tattooing. Keloids and tattoos are very closely related since a person who is prone to developing keloids will have a high chance of getting them if they go for a tattoo. This is because when tattooing, small piercings are made to the skin. With time, instead of healing, the wounds develop into keloids which continually grow as time goes by. The main distinguishing factor of keloids is the fact that unlike the other scars that get smaller and smaller with time, keloids will progressively increase in size. They are also very tender and the texture is very smooth.

The genetic makeup of a person is believed to play a big part in determining if they will develop keloids. Some people are more prone to developing keloids than others. This is because given specific conditions, like tattooing for example; different people may react differently to the same treatment. One may develop keloids while the other heals normally. This is further seen where people who are closely related exhibit similar characteristics when it comes to their vulnerability to keloids.

There are many methods that are used in the treatment of keloids. They include application of silicone sheets, steroid injections, surgery, laser therapy, interferon and fluorouracil among others. The various methods are applied depending on the type of keloid, the location on the body, the type of skin that the patient has and the availability of the resources.

Each of the various methods has different chances of success given specific underlying circumstances. One requires professional advice in deciding which one to apply so that they will be able to achieve the best results with the minimal side effects.

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