Is this a keloid ? What exactly is this ? (photo)

PLEASE, PLEASE tell me this is not a keloid. I had surgery 4 weeks ago (BBL), and this just started to form at the drain site. No sign of swelling or anything before this. The drain site was healing properly and was turning into a scab, today it is swollen and dark and looks like a keloid. PLEASE TELL ME IT WILL GO AWAY.

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Is this a keloid ? What exactly is this ?

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Could be the beginning of a Keloid scar but for sure it is a hypertrophic scar. Try steroid injections to the area. And compression with scar creams... 


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Dear WaitingOnThisAss,

You should show this to your doctor right away.  There are several possibilities including hypertrophic or keloid scarring, infection, or a reaction to suture material.  Let your doctor examine the area in person so that you can get a better answer and appropriate advice.  Good luck.

Keloid or not

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The picture is out of focus, but it looks like a keloid.  A keloid is a growth beyond the borders of the scar that created it.  Some keloids are spontaneous and not elicited by trauma or surgery. It is  an excessive growth of thick collagen that has its origin in genetic predisposition. They are more common in the upper body, chest, shoulder, areas of constant extension and contraction.

Maritza Perez, MD
New Canaan Dermatologic Surgeon

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Maybe yes

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The photo is very bad but it looks like a keloid indeed... Try to have a steroid infiltration and a fractional laser treatment!

Giovanni Salti, MD
Italy Dermatologic Surgeon

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