Keeping an Eye on Ear Piercing Complications

Keeping an Eye on Ear Piercing Complications

While the vast majority of new ear piercings are simple and painless, there are some instances where people experience minor complications. In this blog post, we talk about what a keloid is and what to do if you believe you are prone to develop keloid scar tissue.

What is a Keloid?

A keloid (pronounced key-loid) is an overgrowth of scar tissue that tends to be raised, red or pink, and much larger than the original injury site. Although keloid scar tissue is not harmful, it can be uncomfortable or itchy and can cause disfigurement, particularly if it occurs on a visible part of the body.

Who is at Risk for Keloids?

Only a small percentage of the population develops keloid scar tissue. Men and women are equally at risk, and people with darkly pigmented skin have a higher risk of developing a keloid scar. Keloids are believed to be hereditary, so you have a higher risk of developing a keloid scar if your parents have had one.

What Causes a Keloid?

For someone who is genetically-prone, keloid scar tissue can be caused by any type of skin injury including simple scratches, acne scars, Chicken Pox, surgical incisions, vaccinations, tattoos, body piercing, and ear piercing.

About Keloids and Ear Piercing

If you have a family or personal history of keloid scar tissue, it is best to avoid any sort of piercing. It is important to note that keloids are not the result of “bad piercing technique”. They form in people who are genetically pre-disposed to keloid scar tissue. If you are uncertain about your personal risk for keloids, we recommend that you talk with your doctor to determine if ear piercing is right for you.