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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

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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

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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