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Scars

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    A keloid is a bump or nodule that forms on the body at the point of an injury or open wound on the skin. Keloids are usually red or deep purple in color.
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    Keloids are more often seen in those with a darker skin tone, while hypertrophic scars are found in those of all skin types. They equally affect both genders.
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    The keloid will start forming from 3 months to a year after original skin damage. They’re most common on the breast bone, shoulder, earlobe, and cheek. You will probably first notice scar tissue growing past the borders of the original damage. It can become tender, itchy, painful, or produce a burning sensation.
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    Keloids are sometimes confused with hypertrophic scars. They are more common than keloids and do not get quite as large. Usually, keloids and hypertrophic scars are not harmful.

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Scars

A scar is the body’s attempt to repair the skin that has been damaged. It is usually pink or pale brown and will be cover the previously damaged skin.

Causes

A scar is caused by the body producing collagen, a fibrous protein found in the skin, to repair the damage to the skin.

Risk Factors

Anyone who has a skin injury is at risk for developing a scar, but the likelihood of a scar forming is based on the severity of the skin injury as well as age and overall health of the body and the skin. A scar can also form if a skin wound is not properly cared for.

Diagnosis

A scar will usually form under a scab. Side effects of scarring may include:

  • Severe itching
  • Tenderness
  • Pain
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Anxiety and/or depression
  • Disruption of daily activities

*Source:

American Society for Dermatologic Surgery
Kids Health
Columbia University Medical Center Department of Dermatology

Treatment

Treatment

There are multiple ways to treat a scar including dermabrasion, chemical peels, collagen and cortisone injections, cryosurgery, and laser treatment. The type of procedure will depend on the size and placement of the scar, as well as the overall health of the patient.

Prevention

The only way to prevent scars is to prevent skin injuries and properly care for any skin wounds that do occur.

*Source:

American Society for Dermatologic Surgery
Kids Health
Columbia University Medical Center Department of Dermatology

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