Case Study # 4 - Treatment of Complex Earlobe Keloid with Cryotherapy

The keloid depicted here was previously removed with surgery, yet it grew back to become bigger than what it was before surgery. This patient presented early December 2011 and was treated with cryotherapy on the same date.

Earlobe Keloid Results
Earlobe Keloid Results

Below are the images of this keloid immediately after application of cryotherapy. The keloids are frozen and appear white,

Complex Earlobe Keloid
Complex Earlobe Keloid

Earlobe Keloid Results

The treatment was successful and the keloids appear dark and necrotic just one week later.

Earlobe Keloid Results

These keloids required three treatments. The mass of these keloids disappeared with cryotherapy within 6 months. The earlobe appears near normal, yet it is still inflamed from the last cryo treatment. Magnetic earrings were prescribed in this visit. We will post follow up images in future.

The sites of keloids will gradually heal over next few months. We will monitor the site carefully for evidence of recurrence.

This case is a good representation of how effective cryotherapy can be. This keloid needed few treatments. Cryotherapy can eliminate the keloid, yet it does not alter the person's genetic make. In this case, now that the keloids are no longer present, we will monitor the site carefully for evidence of recurrence.