Ear Keloids – Case Study 8 – Challenging Ear Keloids:
This 31-year-old male presented to our office with bilateral earlobe keloids in May 2012. He had his ears pierced in 2003. Keloids started forming at the sites of piercings and became rather sizable over time. He underwent surgery in 2005. Keloids regrew after surgery and did not respond to steroid injection. Another surgery was performed in 2010. Both keloids again regrew. In May 2012, he presented to Dr. Tirgan for consideration of treatment with cryotherapy. Images shown below depict the extent of the keloids this young man had when the first came to our office.
We discussed the nature of keloid disorder and advised him to be treated with cryotherapy. He underwent one course of treatment to his left ear but unfortunately did not adhere to the proposed treatment plan. Instead, he chose to undergo a THIRD surgery with radiation therapy. He returned to see Dr. Tirgan in November 2014. The imaged below show the outcome of his third surgery.
Once again, we discussed cryotherapy and treated his left ear. After this treatment, the patient did not return for follow up until May 28, 2015, at which point his keloids had both increased in size as shown in the images below.