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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

Hypertrophy (Definition)

Hypertrophy is an increase in size of an organ or tissue, or a particular part of the body. Examples include muscle hypertrophy due to lifting weights, ventricular hypertrophy (enlargement of a ventricle of the heart) due to high blood pressure or other heart disorders, or prostatic hypertrophy (enlargement of ...Read more


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

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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Hypertrophic scarring or keloids, how to tell the difference?

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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Is there any way to remove a hypertrophic scar and a keloid?

Is there any way to remove a hypertrophic scar and a keloid?

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/cosmetic surgeon followed by radiotherapy. Get the XRT consult and surgeon to discuss...Needs to happen same day as surgery. ...Read more

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Will silicone sheets work for keloid and hypertrophic scars?

Will silicone sheets work for keloid and hypertrophic scars?

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. ...Read more

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

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

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. ...Read more

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What does a hypertrophic scar look like compared to a keloid?

Scars: The simple difference is hypertrophic scar is thickened raised scar within the boundary of the scar. Keloid by definition is thickened raised scar grown beyond the boundary of the scar. ...Read more

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I have a very small keloid or hypertrophic scar around my earring. If I go to take my earring out and then get the scar cut off will it be gone foreve?

I have a very small keloid or hypertrophic scar around my earring. If I go to take my earring out and then get the scar cut off will it be gone foreve?

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 small keloid you may want to leave it alone. ...Read more

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How to get rid of a red keloid or hypertrophic scar?

How to get rid of a red keloid or hypertrophic scar?

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

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Keloid or hypertrophic scar? On knee, raised, wrinkly, slightly darker than skin, grew without noticing and stayed same size many years. No part hangs

Keloid or hypertrophic scar? On knee, raised, wrinkly, slightly darker than skin, grew without noticing and stayed same size many years. No part hangs

Easy to tell: A true keloid has little serrations on its edge, like the "crab claw" for which it is named. These tend to get bigger over time. If it doesn't bother you, making the distinction is moot. If you want it off, the distinction might actually be important, and the outcome's uncertain in either case. ...Read more

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Is a keloid the same thing as hypertrophic scarring?

Is a keloid the same thing as hypertrophic scarring?

No: These two are different healing reactions, with different appearances and different treatment. A plastic surgeon can help make the diagnosis and guide your treatment. ...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?

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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I get a scar (keyloid and hypertrophic scarring) after every little cut. Is there a treatment?

Can be hard to treat: Some people are prone to keloids, probably genetically determined. The problem is that if a doctor cuts out one keloid, another usually forms. Steroids are usually tried, such as an injection of kenalog (triamcinolone) into a keloid. Sometimes, steroids are injected into the site when a surgeon removes an existing keloid. Dermatologists and plastic surgeons with experience in keloids are the specialists to see. ...Read more

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How to hide keloid scars?

How to hide keloid scars?

Almost impossible: Because they are wide raised and dark, they are almost impossible to conceal unless completely covered with a garment or hair. ...Read more

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Why do keloids form near scars?

Why do keloids form near scars?

Keloids: Keloids can be considered to be "scars that don't know when to stop." a keloid, sometimes referred to as a keloid scar, is a tough heaped-up scar that rises quite abruptly above the rest of the skin. It usually has a smooth top and a pink or purple color. ...Read more

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What are the different kinds of keloid scars?

Keloids: Flat keloids, refer to those keloids that are not rising significantly above the skin level and do not forms keloid tumors or nodules in the skin. Cases of flat keloids are seen mostly among asians, light colored individuals and europeans. Individuals with dark color skin, africans and african americans can also have flat keloids. ...Read more

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What are the chances of getting keloids after my scar heals?

Keloid scars: Dear hashooil,
it depends on how they are taken care of. With excision, regular injections of steroids, use of silicone sheeting, the chances that the keloid will come back are minimal.
Best regards,
nima shemirani. ...Read more

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How to get rid of keloid scars?

No simple answer: There is no simple answer to your question. Some may benefit from cortisone injections whereas others may require excision. Sometimes excision is followed by a short course of radiation. Unfortunately some of them have a high rate of recurrence. I would recommend seeing a plastic surgeon in your area. ...Read more

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Is there a way to get rid of keloid scars?

Is there a way to get rid of keloid scars?

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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How can I remove my keloid scar?

How can I remove my keloid scar?

Can't be removed: Keloid scars can perhaps be reduced and improved but not totally removed. These may need to be removed surgically and then you likely will need a series of cortisone injections to try and keep it from regrowing. There are other treatments for those which regrow but some cannot be completely controlled. You should see a surgeon experienced in keloid management. ...Read more

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Can you get a massage with a keloid scar?

Can you get a massage with a keloid scar?

Of course!: Massage will not flatten the keloid but there is no reason you can't enjoy a massage if you have a keloid. Sometimes keloids are sensitive when pressure is applied so let your therapist know if that is so. ...Read more

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What's good to use on keloid scars on face?

What's good to use on keloid scars on face?

Not much: Topical silicone is about the only thing available. Coupled with a compression garment you might see some changes. Intralesional ( (injected into the scar) is is usually very good. Steroids, calcium channel blockers and some anti-cancer drugs will get a good response. See a plastic surgeon in your area for an evaluation ...Read more

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When should someone have a keloid scar removed?

When should someone have a keloid scar removed?

Location & Size: Depends on how much it is bothering you, pain, size, location (interfering with vision or hearing). Generally, it is a simple procedure to excise a keloid. The main risk is recurrence of the keloid. Compression therapy and/or steroid injections can help minimize the keloid. If the keloid is large I generally advise removing it and starting fresh. Good luck ...Read more

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How can you minimize the appearance of a keloid scar?

How can you minimize the appearance of a keloid scar?

Injections: Keloids can be reduced in thickness with injections of cortisone or other medications such as floururacil. ...Read more

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How can I get pain releif from scar tissue and keloids?

How can I get pain releif from scar tissue and keloids?

Injection, surgery: Many keloids respond to injections of an anti-inflammatory like triamcinolone. Others can be surgically removed by a qualified dermatologic or plastic surgeon. ...Read more

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Does silicone scar sheet cure keloids over a year old?

Does silicone scar sheet cure keloids over a year old?

Keloids: When a keloid forms the collagen is abnormally layed down causing the lesion to grow outside of the scar. Siilicone is good for fresh scars and hypertrophic scras however kenalog (triamcinolone) injections into the keloid is a good first round treatment option. This is routinely performed by plastic surgeons and dermatologist. ...Read more

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What home remedies I can use toget rid of keloids scars?

What home remedies I can use toget rid of keloids scars?

Scars & VitaminE: Life holds no guarantees as we know, but vitamin e oil placed directly on the scar regularly can help to fade or remove the scar. You can get a bottle of it in the drug store. It's inexpensive and worth a try; just be patient. ...Read more

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Scarring (Definition)

A scar is the result of the body healing. It is the end product of a long cascade of signals and cellular repair that takes approximately a year to complete, and a lifetime to maintain. It is a normal process that occurs whenever ...Read more


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Keloids (Definition)

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