Do You Get Keloid Scars?

@worldwise1 (14887)
United States
August 6, 2007 11:27am CST
I began noticing when I was a child that whenever I got an injury, the resulting scar would be ugly. As I got older I questioned my doctor about the way I healed. I was told that the kind of scars I got were called keloids. This type of scarring is specific to people of African Americans and some other ethnicities. This is why I have always tried to avoid injuries, because I know that I will be left with an ugly reminder-even from a seemingly insignificant wound. I have four really ugly scars on various parts of my body from surgeries I had in the past. Do you get these types of scars?
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@maddysmommy (16233)
• United States
11 Aug 07
I have a scar from surgery on my archilles tendon but I am not sure what that is called. It is ugly and very noticeable and have not been able to do anything about it.
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@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
11 Aug 07
Maybe you could take crazynurse's advice, maddysmommy, and see about having it removed by laser.
@crazynurse (7489)
• United States
7 Aug 07
I am a fair-skinned redhead, as are all of my children. We get keloids about half the time we are injured. My daughter seems to get them worse than myself or the other children. She has a large keloid on her inner thigh from an injury when she was about three years old. I'm sure they can be lasered off if one has the money to spend on having the laser treatment! Insurance won't cover it due to it being only for cosmetic reasons.
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@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
11 Aug 07
Well, technology is great, cn, and I am sure you are right. The appearance of mine bothered me some when I was young, but now that I've gotten older they are just a part of me. I am sure that many people would choose to have them removed if possible.
@jhanna (335)
• Philippines
7 Aug 07
Yes I had one. I got this when I erased my tattoo. It's not that big but it really does protrude. This is the reason why I seldom wear sleeveless blouses or tops. Do you know a way how to remove this?
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@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
11 Aug 07
As far as I know, jhanna, they have to be considered permanent. I know that I have lived with mine all of my life.