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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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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 scar that I want to send a picture of, to see whether it's a keloid or hypertrophy...

I have a scar that I want to send a picture of, to see whether it's a keloid or hypertrophy...

Keloid scar: Keloids are scars that grow beyond the area of the traumatized skin or incision, and are most commonly seen on the earlobes in areas of piercings. Hypertrophic scars are typically seen in areas of tension during healing from surgery and are confined to the limits of the incisions. To send a pic, request a consult! ...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

Dr. Barry Press
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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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Cicatrix (Definition)

A cicatrix is a scar. Scars normally form after any wound to the body's tissues, but abnormally thick or large scars on the ...Read more