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Scars and Keloids

There are multiple different types of scars that may appear on your skin for various reasons.

  • Keloids
  • Traumatic Scars
  • Hypertrophic Scars

For treatment options, check out our Scars and Keloid treatment information


Occasionally scars enlarge spontaneously to form firm, smooth, hard growths called keloids. Keloids may be uncomfortable or itchy, and may be much larger than the original wound. A keloid is an excessive production of scar tissue that can result from acne scarring, a surgical scar or from ear or body piercing. They can arise soon after the injury, or they may develop months later.

It is not known why keloids appear. While most people never form keloids, others develop them after minor injuries or even insect bites or pimples. Keloids may form on any part of the body, although the upper chest and shoulders are especially prone to them. They are more common in darker skin types.

Keloid scars are usually just a cosmetic problem. They never become malignant.

Accident Scar

Keloid Scar

Traumatic scars

Traumatic scars form after injuries that leave jagged or rough wounds to heal, or major surgeries that require large incisions. These scars may appear puffy, uneven or may have discoloration for months or even years.

Scar - Burn

Scar - Surgical

Hypertrophic scars

As wounds heal, scar tissue forms, which at first is often red and somewhat prominent. Over several months, a scar usually becomes flat and pale. If there is substantial tension on a wound, the healing area is remains thicker than usual. This is known as a hypertrophic scar.


Many of these scars can be faded or reduced significantly under the care of Dr. Adam Schaffner, Patients Medical's very own plastic surgeon, using the latest technology, including fractional laser resurfacing and other customized treatments. For details on treatments, read our Scar and Keloid Treatment page or call 212-794-8800 for more information or to schedule.

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