Removing Keloids using Rubber Bands

Rubber Bands Poor Outcome

 

Rubber Bands Poor OutcomeBe 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.