Keloid - Body Piercings

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Keloids and piercing

Keloids can develop following the minor injuries that occur with body piercing. Since this form of physical adornment has become popular, the presence of keloidal scarring is much more prevalent. Since doctors do not understand the precise reasons why some people are more prone to developing keloids, it is impossible to predict whether piercing will lead to keloid formation. Although there are some families that seem prone to forming keloids, for the most part, it's impossible to tell who will develop a keloid. One person might, for instance, develop a keloid in one earlobe after piercing and not in the other. It makes sense, however, for someone who has formed one keloid to avoid any elective surgery or piercing of any body part.

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Comment from: Caylee89, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: October 18

I got a scaffold/industrial piercing on my right ear. It was pierced incorrectly and started to grow out, so I took it out. I waited a month or so, and got it re-pierced, as well as one on the other side. I now have keloids on both ears. The one on the left side is a lot smaller and not that noticeable. However the one on my right ear hasn't stopped growing. It can be very painful, and has quite prominent veins in it. It changes color from white to pink to red to purple.

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Comment from: Ellie Lauren, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: October 22

I developed 1 keloid on each ear after getting a second ear piercing. I had my lobes pierced (and stretched) and had a cartilage piercing, but it got infected so I took it out (but didn't develop a keloid). I thought after having those I would be fine to have a second ear piercing, but was I wrong. My ears healed over the studs I had, so I had to go to the doctor to get them cut out, then they healed with big keloid scars. I've had these keloids since I was 15 or 16, so about 3 years now. I just took out my gauges (plugs) 3 days ago because I don't like to draw attention to my ears with the keloids. Hopefully I'll be able to get the cortisone injections soon.

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