What are keloids and how do they occur?
Keloids can’t easily be removed. Keloid-related cases are somehow complicated as keloids are arbitrary and non-completely removable. Keloids are resulted from collagen excess released by our body when healing body wounds. Keloids are more likely to occur if you have the characteristics of more susceptible individuals. Those are:
- You have darker skin. Keloids are more likely to occur on Afro-Americans, Latino, and Asians’ skin, although this is not definite.
- You are pregnant. When pregnant, your immune is weakened and your hormones are unstable, so that you are more likely to develop keloids.
- You have keloids history in your family. If your parents or other family members are having keloids, you have bigger risk of developing keloids.
- You have had keloids before. Keloids are mostly recurring, despite any kinds of keloid-removing therapies or remedies you would have done.
How are keloids treated?
Although keloids are usually painless, they can give psychological effects. You might feel embarrassed and lees confident for having keloids on your skin. Hence, many people do various treatment to be able to get their keloids removed. These treatments include:
- Home remedies. Some natural treatments are advised to treat keloids. Honey and lemon juice contain natural healing agents and thus, are often used to treat keloids.
- Ointment application. Some kinds of ointment claim to fade scars and correct elevated skin in keloids. This treatment may take effect although does not remove keloids completely.
- Excision surgery. Surgery is more effective in healing keloid-related problems. In excision, sterilized needle are injected through keloids to break the tissues and thus, let them heal and reach similar skin height and color with the unaffected areas.
- Radioactive therapy. Radioactive therapy is needed for longer effect of keloid removal. Radioactive light is shot onto keloid area to flatten the elevated skin.
Despite the time and money you have spent, keloids cannot be permanently removed. Some things are likely to trigger keloids recurrence. When keloids return after removal, they can grow bigger both in size and number. It is then wise to stop doing keloids-triggering action after you undergo removal action. The most common keloid-triggering action is body piercing.
Can I pierce my ears if I have keloids?
Keloids do not grow anywhere in your body. Some parts are more likely to be infected that the other ones. Your neck, ear, earlobe, eye brow, thigh, and other pierced areas are most commonly infected. Hence, body piercing done in those areas are potential in developing unwanted keloids. Keloids can appear in varied shapes and sizes. You might want to remove disturbing keloids grow on your body using above treatments. However, these treatments are often not permanent and expensive. Even the most expensive treatment cannot guarantee permanent keloids removal.
Now, you might have pierced your ear in the past and had developed keloids. Realizing the discomfort caused by the keloids, you decided to remove it through certain scar-removing procedure. Your keloids now disappear, although you are not sure for how long. After you have waited for a while, your keloids have not come back just yet. You then wonder whether you can re-pierce your ear as you want to wear some piercing earrings on them. Will your keloids come back if you do the re-piercing?
In the first place, you should remember that keloids are not permanently removable and arbitrary. It means, whatever the procedure you used for treating your keloids, they won’t disappear forever. And piercing is keloid-triggering action. If you have had keloids from piercing once in your life, you should not perform another piercing procedure, as this will definitely induce those keloids to reoccur even in wider areas or bigger numbers. You are categorized as a more keloid-susceptible individual when you prior developed keloids. Hence, avoiding injuries, surgeries, and keloid-triggering actions such as piercing is really important. You might want to consider wearing clip earrings to replace pierced ears and avoid recurred keloids at the same time. Your skin is like a fabric, once stroke, it will not come back perfect. Hence, preventing is the most important thing, especially when you are potential of developing keloids.