Ear / Earlobe Keloid

Keloid Treatment

Ears, and earlobes in particular, are common places for keloid formation. These keloids are almost always triggering by a prior piercing of the earlobes.  Ear lobe keloid start as a small spot withing the earlobe, or at times on surface.  They gradually increase in size and often cause serious concerns that leads the patients to seek professional advice.   Ear keloids can take in various forms and shapes.  There are many factors that contribute to the shape and size of ear keloids.  In their earliest stages, ear keloid appear as very small lesions.

Keloid Treatment

Early stage of earlobe keloid.

Keloid Treatment

Early Stage of Earlobe Keloid in young African American Patient.

With passage of time, these small lesions can grow to a larger size. This is often the case when keloids are left untreated, or when the treatments are ineffective.

Earlobe Keloids

Earlobe Keloids grow over time.

Most keloids, take a turn for worse, once they are surgically removed. Below are several examples of ear keloids that have regrown after a failed surgical attempt.

Keloid Recurrence after surgery.

Keloid Recurrence after surgery.

Keloid Recurrence after surgery.

Keloid Recurrence after surgery.  Keloids of this size, or larger, are never seen unless patients have had surgery before.

Keloid Recurrence after surgery.

Keloid Recurrence after surgery.  Surgery is the only risk factor for keloids like this.

Treatment of Ear/Earlobe Keloids:

The best method to treat all ear keloids is to utilize non-surgical treatments. Cryotherapy ( done correctly and in hands of experienced physicians) and other medical methods can very successfully remove all ear keloids without the risk of worsening a keloid.  In the banner above, you can see several examples of results that Dr. Tirgan has achieved in treating ear and earlobe keloids

Surgery is often counterproductive, specially in patients who have a strong family history of keloids, and also those who have other keloids on their skin. In such cases, removing one keloid; results in formation of another one, and often bigger keloids form at the site of surgery. Earlobe Keloids can very in size and location. Some Keloids are limited to only on side of the earlobe, while other keloids can be complex and destroy the whole earlobe. Treating relapsed earlobe keloids can be challenging. Earlobe Keloids that relapse after surgery, should best be treated with cryotherapy.