Ear Keloids – Case Study 4 – Earlobe Keloid Cryotherapy – Treatment Process:
This patient presented in December 2011 with a previously untreated earlobe keloid.
Previously untreated earlobe keloid
Cryotherapy was applied to this keloid. Image below depicts the appearance of this keloid immediately after application of cryotherapy.
Earlobe Keloid - immediately after application of cryotherapy
Blistering Keloid after cryotherapy
Within the first 24-48 hours, the treated keloid swells up and forms a large blister. The skin often breaks and results in oozing from the blister site. Below is the image of this keloid two weeks later. At this point the oozing has stopped.
Blistering of keloid after cryotherapy
Over the next several days, the swelling subsides and the tissue dries out and forms a very thick dry scab. Below is the image of this keloid one month later application of cryotherapy, showing the dried scab.
Scab Formation after Cryotherapy
Results after one treatment only.
Patient returned five months after the first treatment. She was very happy with the treatment outcome that was achieved, specially after only one application of cryotherapy.
Earlobe Keloid - Treatment outcome after one course of cryotherapy
Application of magnetic discs to earlobe.
At this point, since the patient was very happy with the outcome, we choose to use magnetic discs to furhter reduce the size of the minimal residual keloid. The image below depicts how the magnetic discs should be applied to the earlobe.