Risk Factors Associated with Keloid Scar Formation
Not everyone is created equally when it comes to keloid scar injuries. Several factors can affect your susceptibility to get a keloid scar and your potential treatment options.
Keloid Scars and Skin Tone
Keloid scars can develop in people of all skin types, but individuals with darkly pigmented skin are far more likely to develop keloid scars. How much more likely? If you have darker skin, you’re 15 times more likely to have a keloid scar develop! Your treatment options are not limited by this fact, but success rates in repairing the scar are greatly diminished.
Keloid Scars and Family History
Keloid scars tend to run in families, so your family history matters. But does this really matter when it comes to treatment options? No – family history has nothing to do with treatment possibilities.
Keloid Scars and Age
Think you’re less likely to develop keloid scar because you’re a healthy, young, and in good shape? Wrong! You’re more likely to get a keloid scar than children and the elderly.
But don’t worry, there’s good news. You have more treatment options and you’re more likely to heal than elderly people – children still have an edge on you in that category.
Keloid Scars and Gender
Your gender has no effect on your chances of getting a keloid scar and doesn’t limit your treatment options.