Is a Keloid Just A Scar or Something More?

Scarring whether it be subtle or more noticeable can be frustrating and cosmetically displeasing. The reality is that scarring may not always look the same on every person and/or on different body parts. Some scars may have an indentation in the skin and may resemble a pox-like scar. While other scars may cause thickening and overgrowth of the scar tissue.

When this overgrowth of the scar tissue remains in the boundary of the scar itself this is called hypertrophic scarring. However, when the scarring goes beyond the boundaries of the scar itself this is referred to as a keloid.

Though keloids may occur in all skin types, they are most commonly found in darker skin types, such as SE Asian, Latin American, Middle Eastern and African.