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How common are keloids involving navel piercings?

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2010-01-16 02:33:52

Keloids, problems you bring on yourself

Actually keloids are not real common, but most piercers see far too

many of them....They are caused by the pulling and stretching of

skin that is still healing..To get rid of them simply rub in

Teatree oil, available at any pharmacy, into the skin three times a

day.....spend about 10 - 20 minutes a time doing


The often misunderstood"Keloid".

Well here's the skinny on "what it is" and "how it happens". A

keloid is a grouping of disorganized skin cells formed in locations

of injury where the surface tissue has been damaged or cut. Often

referred to as "scar tissue", this tissue because of it's

disorganised structure doesn't stretch ( if it does, it doesn't

stretch as far as the surrounding normal tissue ). Deep burns, deep

cuts and other more invasive injuries will form keloids to fill in

the area of damage to protect the bodies inner workings.

Body piercings do not form keloids because the body is guarded

from the outside by the jewellery in the piercing, so the body

forms a "fistula*" (*a tube of skin ) this is actual organised skin

cells that have the ability to stretch unlike scar tissue. Lumps

and bumps beside the piercings are quite often called Keloids but

this is a mistake made by most inexperienced body piercers (

generally due to a lack of further training and self education ).

These bumps are another animal all together known as a

"Hypertrophic Reaction".

Hypertrophic Reactions are just what the name infers a

"reaction" generally a hypertrophic reaction can occur with any

organs in or on the human body ( skin is an organ ). When they

occur with a piercing, it's due to the application of an irritant (

generally the cleaner or disinfectant that has been recommended to

clean and heal the piercing ). The application of this or the over

use of these agents cause irritation to the new "fistula" the body

is forming and thus the "reaction" occurs. A bump generally reddish

in color will form near or at the entry or exit point of the


The client will at discovery of this bump, unknowingly apply

even more cleaner or aftercare solution or spray and thus annoy the

tissue even more. Simply ceasing the application of products and

irrigating the piercing daily under running water has been found

effective is 99% of the clients who have formed "hypertrophic

reactions". The time period to see a change in this reaction can be

from a few days to a couple of weeks. I hope you have found the

above enlightening and informative and is based on over 16 years of

experience professionally providing several thousand piercings over

that time period.Jzuk

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