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What is the difference between hypertrophic scarring and a keloid

A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Katherine Brown
15 years experience Dermatology
The area affected: Hypertrophic scars are raised scars that do not spread beyond the boundry of the original scar. A keloid is a scar that continues to grow, extending w ... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Darryl Blinski
45 years experience Plastic Surgery
Scars: Yes experienced doctors tell the differences between Keloids and Hypertrophic scars by examinations. The keloids 'out grow' the dimensions of the orig ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Suzanne Galli
23 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Hypertrophic scar: A hypertrophic scar appears as a raised, red scar. A keloid is similar but extends beyond the boundary of the scar. There are treatments available to ... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
46 years experience Radiation Oncology
More common in the: Black race; occasionally helped by steroid injections, but i see the ones that have failed, and those that have many. Removing the scar by a plastic/c ... Read More
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A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rian Maercks
17 years experience Plastic Surgery
Generally No: The data for silicone in scarring is very poor. It is mostly a waste of money. Fro some scars there are laser modalities that work well.
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lawrence Colen
45 years experience Plastic Surgery
Depends upon growth: Both keloid and hypertrophic scars look the same under the microscope. They differ by their growth characteristics. A hypertrophic scar is a scar that ... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Tuma
Dr. Gary Tuma answered
24 years experience Plastic Surgery
Scars: The simple difference is hypertrophic scar is thickened raised scar within the boundary of the scar. Keloid by definition is thickened raised scar gr ... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jessica Allan
22 years experience Internal Medicine
Can't promise foreve: There are cosmetic surgeons and Keloid specialists who can treat your condition. However some people are prone to getting keloids. If it is a very sma ... Read More
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Glenn Messina
34 years experience Aesthetic Medicine
Steroid injection: You can see a dermatologist to inject steroid and a low level chemo 5-FU into the scar this may shrink it. Other measures are resurfacing with lasers ... Read More
A 120-year-old female asked:
Dr. Loretta Obi
14 years experience Internal Medicine
It Depends.: The results of ScarGard can be seen within 2-3weeks depending on the age and severity of the scar.

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