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What is the difference between a keloid and a mole

A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Morris Westfried
Dermatology 47 years experience
Scar tissue: Mole is a growth made of pigment cells. A keloid is thickened skin from over production of collagen, at a site of acne surgery or piercing.
Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics 35 years experience
Big difference. : Moles are benign lesions that stable over time but may grow slowly. If they suddenly change, a biopsy may be recommended. Keloids grow and be one l... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Emily Ridgway
22 years experience
History: Keloids don't happen spontaneously. They result from some kind of skin trauma; a cut, a tattoo or a surgery. If there is no history of these type of e... Read More
Dr. Zahid Niazi
Cosmetic Surgery 40 years experience
See PCP: Not enough information to provide an answer. Best option is to see your pcp as they are the most important resource for patients.
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Myers
16 years experience
Is it bothersome?: Keloids are enlarged scars that are larger than the original wound. They form for unknown reasons and are generally harmless but can become itchy or ... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Addagada Rao
General Surgery 57 years experience
Unfortunately: keloid formation is unpredictable , usually will happens with in couple of months , and usual to from from keloids from old healed scars.
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ross Blagg
Surgery - Plastics 17 years experience
Look at other scars: This is best determined by examining your other scars. If you tend to develop raised, red scars, you are more likely to continue. Areas on the centr... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kenneth Stein
42 years experience
Scar reduction: I think that the best topical cream is avosil. This scar could be lightened with a pulsed dye laser. There is always a possibility of a scar thicken... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Barry Press
Plastic Surgery 45 years experience
Probably not keloid: A keloid would generally appear much earlier than 4 years after mole removal. I would suggest returning to the physician who originally removed the mo... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics 35 years experience
Scar revision + mole: I have not seen impressive results with laser treatment of keloids but perhaps other colleagues have. Furthermore the mole concerns me even more. If t... Read More
A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Marx
Pain Management 49 years experience
Impossible to say: Without knowing what you have, it is pretty much impossible to say what caused it.
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christian Stallworth
Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery 18 years experience
Keloid treatment: Keloids can be problematic, particularly if enlarging, are painful or itch, or ulcerated and bleed. For small ones silicone sheeting or gels may help ... Read More