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.

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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...