Keloids | Prevention


How can I prevent keloids?

People who are more likely to get keloids may decide not to get a body piercing or tattoo. If you get your ears pierced, you should wear special pressure earrings to reduce scarring on your earlobes.

If you need surgery, make sure your doctor knows that you may get keloids. This is especially important if the surgery will affect an area that is likely to scar. Starting certain treatments right after surgery may help to prevent keloids. These treatments include corticosteroid shots and pressure dressings to help flatten the scar.


Management of Keloids and Hypertrophic Scars by Gregory Juckett, MD, MPH, and Holly Hartman-Adams, MD (American Family Physician August 01, 2009,

Written by editorial staff

Reviewed/Updated: 04/14
Created: 10/09