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A 45-year-old member asked:

Help, how do i tell if i have a keloid or hypertrophic scar?

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Dr. Lawrence Colen
Plastic Surgery 48 years experience
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 is contained within the area of "injury" whereas a keloid scar grows beyond the original area of injury. Both are treated similarly.
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