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Feb 14, 2011

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What is a keloid?

A keloid is a growth made of scar tissue. There are two types: spontaneous and traumatic.

The spontaneous type occurs most often on the chest, shoulders or back and appear as an irregular shaped, hard, red, brown or white growth. The cause is not known. Darker skin has a higher tendency to develop keloids. The traumatic keloid can occur after trauma, such as a burn, cut or surgery. It looks exactly like the spontaneous keloid and again the cause is unknown. Only a small percentage (about 1%) of people develop keloids. Activity (and growth) in a keloid almost always shows itself as a red color and itchiness. When there is itching and redness, the keloid may be growing.

If you are interested in learning more about skin cancer treatments, skin cancer surgery, medical dermatology or cosmetic dermatology in the Rock Hill, South Carolina, and Charlotte, North Carolina metro area, click here to request an appointment with Dr. Timothy Woodall, Dr. Richard White, or Ms. Kristin Berka. Or you can call our office, The Palmetto Skin & Laser Center, at (803) 329-6030 to schedule your appointment.