Be careful about using rubber bands to remove your own keloids. Rubber bands are often used to remove keloids. This is a risky procedure, as you cannot fully control the extent of injury that you may be causing to your normal tissues.
Below is an image of poor outcome after using a rubber band technique to remove a keloid from the ear. As you can see, the rubber band destroyed the normal edge of the ear, leaving a permanent mark on the ear. This damage cannot be repaired due to the fact that any form of surgical intervention to re-shape or to repair the ear will result in formation of a larger keloid. There is also some keloid tissue left behind that still requires proper treatment. For all these reasons, I advise against using rubber bands on keloids at home.
Tattooing procedure does cause injury to skin, and in individuals who are prone to form keloids, tattooing can result in keloid formation. Laser Tattoo Removal, a very commonly used practice to remove tattoos, can on of its own cause formation of a keloid. Below is an image of such a keloid that formed after Laser tattoo removal. Treating such a keloid is very challenging. Those who are prone to form keloids, or those with a family history of keloids should avoid getting tattoos. They should also refrain from removing their tattoos with using Laser.
Glycolic Acid Tattoo Removal
Tattoo removal is a fairly difficult process, requiring numerous rounds of treatment with laser, etc. and should be done only by medical professionals. In search of faster and easier treatments, glycolic acid peel has been advocated by some for this purpose.
Glycolic Acid Peel, also known as Chemical peels have been time-tested and are commonly used for treatment of acne, acne scars, melasma, post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, photo-aging, and seborrhea.
In our keloid practice, we have encountered two cases of keloid formation as a result of injections of glycolic acid directly into the skin.
Treating these keloids will be an extremely difficult and time consuming task.
Plastic Surgery and Keloid Disorder
Keloid Disorder is a genetic condition that makes certain individuals prone to develop very diverse forms of skin lesions. Formation of keloids in the predisposed population also requires a triggering event, a form of skin injury such as surgery, skin wounds, acne, or chicken pox. These triggering events initiate a cascade of biological pathways in the injured tissue that will eventually lead to formation of keloidal lesions. Among all forms of skin injuries, surgical wounds are the most notorious in causing keloids with a rate that reaches 100%.
All those who are prone to develop keloid should avoid undergoing any form of esthetic or other unnecessary surgical procedures. Below are several images of keloids that have developed as a result of plastic surgery and surgical procedures that were performed for non medical reasons.