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Relationship Between Age of Ear Piercing and Keloid Formation
May 4, 2005 - A new study, "Relationship Between Age of Ear Piercing and Keloid Formation," has determined that keloids - thick, bulbous scars resulting from excessive growth of fibrous tissue - are more likely to develop on pierced ears when they are pierced after age 11 than before age 11. Keloids are more prevalent in the black population and also occur more when there is a family history of the condition.
The study authors concluded that given the difficulty and cost of treating keloids, patients with a family history of keloids should consider not having their ears pierced, or else piercing them during early childhood.