Do dermatologists remove ear keloids?

Do dermatologists remove ear keloids?

Yes, a dermatologist is best qualified to treat and remove an ear keloid. They’re a type of scar that looks like a fibrous growth and often appear red and become itchy. “Keloids in ears are commonly caused by ear piercing,” says dermatologic surgeon Dr. Kathleen Judge of highly rated Central Florida Dermatology Associates in Orlando. “The puncture of the skin triggers an abnormal healing process that results in excessive scar tissue.”

There are many ways to treat keloids including over-the-counter silicone products, topical creams, injections and radiation. “We use topical cortisone or injections,” Judge says. These treatments cut inflammation and shrink the keloid. Surgery may be needed for large keloids but comes with problems.

“If you surgically remove a keloid, it is 95 percent certain to grow back and often bigger,” says highly rated Dr. Susan Taylor of Society Hill Dermatology in Philadelphia, and diplomat to the American Board 
of Dermatology. In these cases, dermatologists follow surgery 
with injections to ensure the keloid doesn’t return.

The cost of treatment varies greatly. Over-the-counter silicone products typically start at $19.99, but surgery can cost more than $800. “Cost depends on the size, location and treatment,” Judge says. Taylor agrees that it’s a case-by-case basis, but charges about $85 to $100 per injection at her clinic. Check with your insurance company to see if it covers the treatment.

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Julian felix

Subject: Keloid

I was stretching my ears a year ago and I skipped sizes and on my left ear I have a keloid the size of a bean maybe a little bigger and I'm in high school and I'm very self conscious walking down the halls or even sitting somewhere where people are on the left and behind me, my family and I have been looking for a dermatologist for months and my keloid is not getting any better.

ancy joseh

Subject: removing keloids from ear

I am from kerala....I have 4keloids 2on the right ear's front and back and the other 2 in the back of my right side..All of them are very painful and itching.. Also i want to know the expense of the treatment.

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