Does Ethnic Background Increase Your Risk Of Scarring After Surgery?
African Americans have a sevenfold increased risk for developing keloid
scarring following surgery in the head and neck area compared with
Caucasians. According to a study presented at a recent medical meeting, a retrospective chart
review of 6,692 patients who had head and neck procedures requiring
incisions between 2005 and 2009, revealed that the rate of keloid scarring was 0.8%
in African Americans, 0.1% in Caucasians, and 0.2% in other ethnic