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How common are keloids after surgery?

Arthur W. Perry, MD
Plastic Surgery
After surgery, most people heal with good-quality scars, but in less than 5% of people, scarring takes a different course, with a prolonged period of hard, red (hypertrophic) scars. This scarring can last for years and be very troublesome. In less than 1% of people, the scarring goes completely awry, resulting in tumors of the scar tissue, called keloids. These scars invade normal tissue, and can itch and can grow to golf-ball size. Asians and people of African descent have the highest rate of keloid formation.
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