Do I Have a Keloid Scar on my Face? Or is It Something Else? (photo)

Hello Doctors, recently I have noticed an unusual growth on the side my nose. I can not distinguish what it is. It is truly distressing because I am afraid to think that it could possibly be a Keloid scar. I am 21 and have never had a Keloid anywhere else on my body and my family has no history of keloid scarring. The growth does not itch and it came about spontaneously. Is this just skin irritation? I would greatly appreciate any responses.

Doctor Answers 3

Keloids are rare on the face

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I do not think this is a keloid but a dermatologist will be able to figure this out with your help. They will need a little more information on the history of this mark. So go see your doctor so you dont worry.

Paramus Dermatologic Surgeon

It might be a "hypertrophic scar".

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Dear AV,

Thank you for the photo. I can see the elevated line, and another elevated line off to the left of it (closer to your left ear). Also, I notice that you have some indentations in your skin. A board-certified dermatologist is trained to help improve the appearance of all of this. You may have what is called a "hypertrophic scar", and there are several therapies available for this. What is needed first is an examination of your face by a dermatologist, and then a discussion about available treatments. Thank you.

Christine Glavey, MD (retired)
Alpharetta Dermatologic Surgeon

Spontaneous Lesion on Face, Not a Keloid

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Hi AV,

You do not have a keloid scar.  Keloids develop after a wound to the skin, they do not appear spontaneously.  You should consult with a dermatologist or your general physician for an evaluation.  Good luck and be well.


Dr. P

Michael A. Persky, MD
Encino Facial Plastic Surgeon
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