Is it a keloid or hypertrophic scar? (photo)

I got an ear cartilage piercing a month ago and i just saw this now. It doesnt hurt and its dry i was wondering what is it and will it grow?

Doctor Answers 2

Scar after piercing

It is difficult to tell from the picture alone.  This may be a pyogenic granuloma (somewhat like overactive healing) vs early keloid vs cyst.  The treatment for each of these conditions is different, so I recommend that you see a Plastic surgeon or dermatologist so that they can examine it.  Have a blessed day!


Pasadena Physician

Keloid therapy of the ear

This may be a cystic reaction or an early keloid. Remove your piercing and wash thoroughly, followed by Plato's Scar Serum twice daily. 

Best, 

Dr. Karamanoukian

Los Angeles

Raffy Karamanoukian, MD, FACS
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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