Keloids | Questions to Ask Your Doctor

  • Why did I get a keloid?
  • I’m having surgery. What can I do to avoid keloids?
  • What is the best treatment for me?
  • Will I need surgery to get rid of the keloid?
  • Will an over-the-counter cream help?
  • Should I avoid getting body piercings or tattoos?
  • Will I need to take any medicines?
  • What side effects could I experience from the medicine?
  • Am I at high risk of developing keloids?
  • Could the keloid come back?


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