A Keloids, which is an abnormal scar that is thicker and of a different color and texture than the rest of the skin. Keloids extend beyond the edge of the wound and are likely to come back. They often create a thick, puckered effect that looks like a tumor. Keloids are removed at the place where they meet normal tissue.

A scar that is at an angle to the normal tension lines of the skin.

A scar that is thickened.

A scar that causes distortion of other features or causes problems with normal movement or function.

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Diagnosis is based on the appearance of the skin or scar. A skin biopsy may be needed to rule out other skin growths (tumors).

Keloids often do not need treatment. They may be reduced in size by: