What Do Keloids Look Like?

by jake on January 29, 2012

Keloids are forms of scars, which depending on their development, is made up primarily of either category three (early) or category one (late) collagen. They are overgrowths of collagen in the established conditions of the scar forming procedure. Keloids are often compact, tough laceration or glossy, leathery nodules, and vary from cherry to flesh-colored or red to dark tan in color. Keloids scars are usually benign and non-contagious, although at times they come with severe irritation. They may release pain and vary in touch. In extreme situations, it can have an effect on the skin movement.

Keloids spread out in claw-like enlargements on top of the normal skin. They in addition have the potential to cause a needle-like stinging sensation or to irritate without caution, even though the extent of sensation varies among different individuals. Some Keloids can also grow and develop into quite large and unsightly growths on the body.

Keloids mostly develop on the chest, backside, shoulders as well as the earlobes. They will rarely grow on the face except on the jaw line. They also crop up on body piercings they can grow in any part of the body that a cut or graze has occurred. Keloids can be the consequence of acne, insect bites, scratch, burn injuries, or other skin disturbance. Keloids scars can also build up after surgical procedures.

Keloids mostly form inside the scar tissue. Collagen which is used in injury repair has a tendency to overgrow in this area at times leading to the production of a lump that is several times bigger than the original scar. Even though Keloids usually crop up at the spot of an injury, they can as well arise unexpectedly. They can arise at the location of a piercing as well as from something as easy as a zit or scratch. They can happen as a consequence of severe pimples or chickenpox scarring, contamination at a wound site, recurring disturbance to an area or extreme skin strain during wound closing. Keloids scars can develop, if they materialize at a younger age, this is because the individuals body is also still growing.

Keloids are histologically fibrotic lumps characterized by a collection of uncommon fibroblasts with excess of extracellular matrix parts. These are mainly collagen, fibronectin and elastin, as well as proteoglycans. In general, they contain moderately cellular centers and solid, plentiful collagen collection that shape nodules in the lesion. Keloids have an effect on both sexes.



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