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what is the difference between a keloid and a mole

A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Morris Westfried
46 years experience Dermatology
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
34 years experience Plastic Surgery
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

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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Emily Ridgway
21 years experience Plastic Surgery
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
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Dr. Zahid Niazi
39 years experience Cosmetic Surgery
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
15 years experience Dermatology
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
56 years experience General Surgery
Unfortunately: keloid formation is unpredictable , usually will happens with in couple of months , and usual to from from keloids from old healed scars.
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ross Blagg
16 years experience Plastic Surgery
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
41 years experience Plastic Surgery
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
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Otto Placik
34 years experience Plastic Surgery
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. Jeff Livingston
22 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Yesterday's answers : Yesterday when you asked this question most of the doctors who answered felt that keloids or scar tissue were the most likely cause. Another physician ... Read More
A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Marx
48 years experience Pain Management
Impossible to say: Without knowing what you have, it is pretty much impossible to say what caused it.

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