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What is the difference between a keloid and a mole?

What is the difference between a keloid and a mole?

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 larger over time and generally associated with trauma or injury or inflammation.

The keloid in the photo has been treated whereas the other smaller pigmented lesions appear more similar to moles. ...Read more

Dr. Coyle Connolly
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Moles (Definition)

A mole (also called a nevus) is a localized overgrowth of pigment-producing cells (melanocytes) in the skin. Most moles are benign. However, these cells can become cancerous. This is known as melanoma, ...Read more


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Keloid or mole, how can I tell?

Keloid or mole, how can I tell?

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. ...Read more

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How long after a mole removal would a keloid start to grow? Can it take years?

How long after a mole removal would a keloid start to grow? Can it take years?

Unfortunately: Keloid formation is unpredictable, usually will happens with in couple of months, and usual to from from keloids from old healed scars. ...Read more

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I had a mole removed from my abs and margins were cleared. It then formed a keloid. Am I good, or do I have to return? What should I look out for?

I had a mole removed from my abs and margins were cleared. It then formed a keloid. Am I good, or do I have to return? What should I look out for?

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 uncomfortable. If your keloid is bothersome for you, then there a variety of treatment options that are available to you. If it does not bother you, then you can leave it and not worry about it. ...Read more

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Will a big mole on central chest surgically removed leave a hypertrophic or keloid scarc? What are the risk factors?

Will a big mole on central chest surgically removed leave a hypertrophic or keloid scarc? What are the risk factors?

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 central chest tend to have more tension when closed, meaning the scar is more likely to spread a bit (creating a slightly wider scar).
You can decrease scar hypertrophy by massaging it beginning at 2 weeks after healing and by wearing sunscreen. ...Read more

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I have a flat pink scar on my face from mole removal, how to I reduce redness and as I am prone to keloids is there any chance it could develop to one?

I have a flat pink scar on my face from mole removal, how to I reduce redness and as I am prone to keloids is there any chance it could develop to one?

Neocutis Peche.: I use a product from neocutis called peche as a redness reducer in scarred areas. It is also important to avoid sun exposure to scarred areas especially in the early stages. Given your tendency to keloid I would recommend this as a first step and avoid more traumatic treatments. ...Read more

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I got a mole by my right eye completely removed 4 yrs ago. I just noticed a bump which I'm not sure is the mole growing back or a keloid. Insight?

I got a mole by my right eye completely removed 4 yrs ago. I just noticed a bump which I'm not sure is the mole growing back or a keloid. Insight?

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 mole to have the area examined.

Good luck! ...Read more

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Scar revision or laser treatment? What's best? For keloid scar, also have a mole on the scar tissue

Scar revision or laser treatment? What's best? For keloid scar, also have a mole on the scar tissue

Keloid Rx: The safest approach is silicone tape/gel (myscaraway, from walgreens/online), steroid/bleomycin injections immunosuppressant/chemotherapyagent) only in pro hands, electron-beam radiotherapy, almost never excision unless radiotherapy can be guaranteed within 24hr after excision. Be very careful or it will be made worse by cutting it! Close follow up for 2yrs+ to monitor for recurrence essential! ...Read more

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I had a vulva biopsy on a mole, something went wrong, I have elevated skin that is painful- I was told it was not a keloid scar, but may need to see a plastic surgeon- what happened to result in this?

Healing: We all heal differently, and if you had a full-thickness biopsy that was left to heal itself, it has likely scarred in.
A revision - removing the scar and closing the wound with dissolving stitches - may well take care of it. ...Read more

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Keloid looking on the head of my penis for a week. Doesn't hurt or itch even if I touch it. Really worried about it. What could this be?

Keloid looking on the head of my penis for a week. Doesn't hurt or itch even if I touch it. Really worried about it. What could this be?

Growth, end of penis: This could be several possible disorders. The first that comes to mind would be a wart. A chancre is also a possibility, although statistically much less likely. A visit with a physician would be extremely helpful. Most possibilities would not be cancer, but this is a distant possibility. ...Read more

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What is the best way to treat keloids on my head?

What is the best way to treat keloids on my head?

Tough problem: Start slow with injections of steroids followed by possible 5fu (fluorouracil). If they do not respond consider moving onto surgery with possible radiation therapy. ...Read more

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Fibrosis/keloid scar on my head. If I have it removed will my hair grow back through the scar? Will the scar be long and thin or round like keloid

Fibrosis/keloid scar on my head. If I have it removed will my hair grow back through the scar? Will the scar be long and thin or round like keloid

No clear answer: After scar or keloid removal in the scalp it is unusual for the hair to grow back through the new scar. It is even possible that you could lose some hair around the new scar depending on how large the original keloid was. Keloids are somewhat prone to regrow so you could also need some cortisone shots around the new scar or even other treatments to help minimize the chance of recurrence. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a adhesion and a keloid?

What is the difference between a adhesion and a keloid?

Stable vs growing: An adhesion is a scar anywhere in the body (not just the skin) that physically causes two structures to become adherent and is a common cause for bowel obstruction. They remin stable in size over time. Keloids are scars that have a tendency to grow over time and more likely occur on the skin. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a complete and a partial hydatidiform mole?

What is the difference between a complete and a partial hydatidiform mole?

Genetics + more: A complete mole is formed when a sperm fertilizes an empty egg & duplicates, or when two sperm fertilize an empty egg. It has 46 chromosomes (all paternal). A partial mole develops when two sperm (or one sperm that duplicates) fertilize an egg & has 69 chromosomes. Fetal parts are usually only found in partial moles. Complete moles inc risk for choriocarcinoma (a type of tumor) more than partial moles. ...Read more

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What is the difference between hypertrophic scarring and a keloid?

What is the difference between hypertrophic scarring and a keloid?

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 well outside the boundary of the original scar site. That is, it spreads into areas of previously normal non-scarred skin. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a severely atypical mole and melanoma?

The difference is...: That atypia in a mole (or nevus) is generally thought to represent a premalignant change but not an invasive malignancy. A melanoma is a malignant tumor that can invade surrounding tissue and metastasize (spread) to other organs and lymph nodes. The difference is premalignant vs. Malignant. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a punch biopsy and shave biopsy for mole removal?

Depth: The main difference is depth. In punch biopsy you try to get as much depth as possible while in a shave you try to scrape the lesion without going too deep. ...Read more

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How to tell the difference between a mole and a dysplastic nevus?

How to tell the difference between a mole and a dysplastic nevus?

Biopsy is only: Way to tell for sure. A qualified dermatologist can usually tell the difference between a benign or suspicious lesion in the majority of cases, so you should see one if your mole has changed appearance or increased in size. ...Read more

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How do doctors tell the difference between a hypertrophic scar and keloids?

Scars: Yes experienced doctors tell the differences between Keloids and Hypertrophic scars by examinations. The keloids 'out grow' the dimensions of the original injury. While hypretrophioc scars stay within that dimension.. ...Read more

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How can I tell the difference between a mole and a freckle?

How can I tell the difference between a mole and a freckle?

Why do you ask?: Freckles darken and lighten depending on sun exposure and occur in groups. A lentigo is a solitary dark spot that's flat. A nevus tends to be larger than a lentigo and may be palpable. The latter two are often called "moles". A pathologist can tell the difference on biopsy. It's more important that you be able to recognize lesions suspicions for melanoma and get them off promptly. ...Read more

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What's the difference between nodular melanoma and a regular mole?

What's the difference between nodular melanoma and a regular mole?

Melanoma: Melanoma is a potentially serious form of skin cancer. A regular mole is not a skin cancer and rarely regresses into a skin cancer. ...Read more

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How do I find what's the difference between a mole, skin tag, and cancer?

How do I find what's the difference between a mole, skin tag, and cancer?

A biopsy: A skin tag tends to look like a grainof rice or small tag coming from the skin they are no cancerous more common in overweight persons with redundant folds of skin the neck and axilla are common places.
A mole is a growth of cells on the skin normally bening but some can change and that is why you should see a dermatologist. Moles tend to be round smoothed walled and ma have hairs. ...Read more

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What's the difference between a regular mole and a dysplastic nevus? Both had the potential to become malignant.

What's the difference between a regular mole and a dysplastic nevus? Both had the potential to become malignant.

D. Nevi vs. Melanoma: Any skin color can have nevi, but they are harder to follow on dark skin. Nevi, pigmented lesions, can change color, itch, bleed, or have irregular borders. They are on the spectrum from dysplastic nevus to malignant melanoma. Some people have many nevi and are at higher risk of getting a melanoma, especially with family history. Sun Protective clothing is key: sunscreen doesn't block melanoma. ...Read more

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What's the difference between scar tissue and keloid? Can ultrasound be used to reduce both? Are there any other ways to get rid of it? What can I do?

What's the difference between scar tissue and keloid? Can ultrasound be used to reduce both? Are there any other ways to get rid of it? What can I do?

Scars/ keloids: A keloid is a raised scar that grows beyond the original cut. The most common places for it are the earlobes and chest. Scar tissue is a normal part of the healing process. Keloids can be treated with steroid injections, silicone dressings, pressure earrings, and surgical excision with radiation to reduce the risk of recurrence. See your dermatologist or plastic surgeon to decide which treatment. ...Read more

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Can dermatologists tell the difference between a normal mole and nodular melanoma?

Yes: There is a big difference between a normal mole and melanoma. We look at the characteristics of the lesion abcde (asymmetry, borders, color, diameter, evolving) and biopsy any suspicious moles in question. The biopsy would confirm which is which. ...Read more

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What's difference between moles and freckles?

Moles and freckles: Freckles are small brown spots usually found on the face and arms. Freckles are extremely common and are not a health threat. They are more often seen in the summer, especially among lighter-skinned people and people with light or red hair.Moles are growths on the skin that are usually brown or black. Moles can appear anywhere on the skin, alone or in groups. ...Read more

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How can you tell the difference between melanoma, the other skin cancers, and moles/scabs?

How can you tell the difference between melanoma, the other skin cancers, and moles/scabs?

Skin exam/biopsy: A dermatologist can recognize the difference between these in many cases just off of a skin exam. If they still have a concern/suspicion, a biopsy can be performed to definitively identify the lesion. ...Read more

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What is the clinical difference b/t a mole and a lentigo? Are lentigo smaller than moles? Lighter? Are moles elevated more often? How do you tell?

A big answer: A tough one to answer in such a short space. A mole is a benign growth of pigment producing cells (melanocytes). A lentigo (aka liver spot) is similar but more due to an increased amount of pigment in the bottom layer of the epidermis. Moles are often elevated but don't have to be so. Lentigos are usually flat but can also be raised. Seeing a dermatologist can help you sort this out. Helpful? ...Read more

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Hypertrophic scarring or keloids, how to tell the difference?

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 improve either. ...Read more

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Differnce between hydaditiform mole and choriocarcinoma? Can these occir in virgin ladies

See below: These are entities along the spectrum of what we call gestational trophoblastic disease (gtd). The simple answer is that it is the degree of aggressiveness (although it is more complicated than that).

A choriocarcinoma from gestational trophoblastic disease is from being pregnant, so can't occur in virginal woman, but you can get choriocarcinoma not developing from gtd. Even a male can get this. ...Read more

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Hi, I have keloids on my chest, i'd like to ask for best treatment. Thanks!

Hi, I have keloids on my chest, i'd like to ask for best treatment. Thanks!

Keloids.: Two options here. One would be steroid injections into the keloids, hoping they shrink over the long term. This is not always effective. Second, they can be cut out, but the problem would be that the healing from the resection of a keloid can, of course, produce another keloid. Discuss with Dermatologist, but may be wise to just leave them be. ...Read more

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What do you recommend if I have a mole on my neck that i'd like to get removed. Does getting them removed hurt?

What do you recommend if I have a mole on my neck that i'd like to get removed. Does getting them removed hurt?

No: Many moles that are benign and hidden under close are easily watched for changes. In the neck area where a growing pigmented lesion is present, cosmetics is important and since even large moles are easy to excise, I do recommend their removal. ...Read more

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Mole removed (w/out biopsy) & w/in 2 weeks it grew back. Not perfect circle & dark center & gets lighter until blends w/ skin around. Should I b concerned?

Mole removed (w/out biopsy) & w/in 2 weeks it grew back. Not perfect circle & dark center & gets lighter until blends w/ skin around. Should I b concerned?

Mole removal: First of all, moles should always be biopsied when removed.
Often moles will regrow if the original mole was deeper below the skin and a shave removal was done. I would have original dermatologist look at the area who removed it to make sure it is just pigment regrowth from an incompletely removed mole. ...Read more

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I have a mole that's appeared on my virginia I noticed it when shaving I don't know if it's always been there? I don't think so I don't know what to d

I have a mole that's appeared on my virginia I noticed it when shaving I don't know if it's always been there? I don't think so I don't know what to d

Show it to your Gyne: Moles on vulva/vagina areas can be benign (if it is flat and of one color). Yet it can be a melanoma, a form of skin cancer (in case it has irregular borders and shows mixture of colors). A biopsy may be needed if it is suspicious. But only your doctor can help you in making this decision. So get it checked soon. ...Read more

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I have an unusual looking mole on my face, it grows then the tip will eventually breaks off, it feels crusty like, but it doesn't hurt. What could it b?

I have an unusual looking mole on my face, it grows then the tip will eventually breaks off, it feels crusty like, but it doesn't hurt. What could it b?

See your doctor: There are several conditions that could cause your symptoms, but none can be diagnosed without an exam. You should see your primary care doctor about this. ...Read more

Dr. Barry Press
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Keloids (Definition)

Hypertrophic scarring. More common in certain ethic groups. See dermatologist or facial ...Read more


Dr. Coyle Connolly
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Nevi (Definition)

Nevi ...Read more