African Americans and Keloids NYC New York, NY

In general, African Americans, Asians, and Latin Americans are at greater risk for keloid formation than Caucasians.  The areas where keloids are most likely to form on a statistical basis are the sternum (chest), deltoid, and earlobe/ peri-auricular areas.  This is not to say that keloids are an inevitable consequence, because many African Americans are not at risk for and do not form keloids.  Whenever I see an African American patient who is considering a Facelift, I look to see if the patient has had ear piercings and I ask about family history of keloids.  If  the patient has been able to tolerate a piercing without keloid formation and describes no family history, the likelihood of keloid formation in the presence of an uncomplicated Facelift are low