Which physical findings are characteristic of keloids and hypertrophic scars?

Updated: Jun 12, 2018
  • Author: Brian Berman, MD, PhD; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
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Keloids range in consistency from soft and doughy to rubbery and hard. Studies have demonstrated how to differentiate and classify keloids according to how they feel. Early lesions are often erythematous. Lesions become brownish red and then pale as they age. Lesions are usually devoid of hair follicles and other functioning adnexal glands. Note the images below.

Keloid. Courtesy of Dirk M. Elston, MD. Keloid. Courtesy of Dirk M. Elston, MD.
Keloid. Courtesy of Dirk M. Elston, MD. Keloid. Courtesy of Dirk M. Elston, MD.
Keloid. Courtesy of Dirk M. Elston, MD. Keloid. Courtesy of Dirk M. Elston, MD.

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