Removing an ear keloid: Keloid scars are common and will not disappear on their own. They are thought to happen when an excessive amount of collagen is produced when the skin is damaged (cut or pierced).
Keloid scars are classed as benign tumours of scar tissue and often occur on the ears, as a result of an infection or irritation from earrings after ear piercing. Strangely, keloid scarring does not always happen immediately after a skin trauma such as piercing, but can develop after a couple of years. Keloid can occur in all skin types but is most commonly experienced by those with darker skins.
At The London Keloid Scar Clinic, within The London Cosmetic Clinic in Harley Street, we specialise in the safe, surgical and non-surgical removal of keloid scarring with long-lasting and highly-successful results.
What treatments are available at The London Keloid Scar Clinic, for ear keloids?
There are several treatment options for ear keloid scarring and these include topical creams, steroid patches or injections, surgical removal, pressure earrings, radiation and chemotherapy.
Each treatment offers certain benefits but need to be matched correctly to your individual requirements. We have to take in to account the size of the keloids, the areas where we are treating and your preferences for treatment.
One of our highly-experienced specialist doctors will examine you in a pre-treatment consultation and will discuss the options available to you. They will also check your medical history to ensure that you have no contraindications that can prevent or restrict your keloid treatment from going ahead. It is also at this initial meeting that you can discuss your concerns and expectations as well as ask any questions that you may have about a specific treatment.
After years of research and treating thousands of ear keloid patients, Dr Salinda Johnson has developed our keloid signature treatments – utilising one or a combination of the procedures which are available. For example, we now understand that a steroid injection alone is not as effective for treating ear keloid nodules. Therefore, surgical removal would be recommended, to eradicate the keloid tissue. Nodules do not flatten down easily with stand-alone steroid injections and it could take years of repeated injections to fully treat these nodules. In cases such as these, surgical removal is faster and more effective.
The ear keloid removal procedure
During a nodule removal procedure, your ear and surrounding area will be disinfected using a special antiseptic solution.
An injectable anaesthetic will be administered, to ensure that you are completely comfortable. The injection may be slightly unpleasant at first, but any stinging you may feel will soon disappear, as soon as the anaesthetic takes effect. The good news is that your anaesthetic will also last up to 4 hours, reducing the amount of post-procedure discomfort and allowing you time to take oral pain relief if required.
The keloids will then be removed using a specific shaving method, which is used to remove as much of the keloid tissue as possible, whilst preserving the natural shape of your ears. A special electro-surgical machine is used by the doctor which not only shaves away the tissues, but stops any bleeding at the same time, so you can be confident that this is a neat, pain-free and non-messy process.
Immediately after the surgical removal of the ear keloid, a specific combination of corticosteroids (Triamnicolone) and chemotherapeutic drug ( 5-fluorouracil (5-FU)) the will be administered into the wound, as well as an antibiotic ointment. Your ear will then be dressed with a plaster and small bandage if required.
After the treatment a special wound care kit and antibiotics will be provided, so as to help with healing and prevent any infection.
A follow-up appointment will be arranged so that you can return to the clinic, 4 weeks after the treatment. An emergency telephone number will also be given to you, in case of any concerns or unplanned side-effects and our clinic nurse will contract you, 1 to 2 days after your treatment, to check how you are and to answer any questions or queries that you might have about your recovery.
Preventing further keloid reoccurrence here at The London Keloid Scar Clinic, Harley Street
When you return to the clinic for your follow up appointment, your doctor will examine the wounds and if they have healed well, the keloid recurrent prevention treatment can commence.
This is a course of a minimum of 5 injection of a specific combination of corticosteroids ( Triamnicolone ) and chemotherapeutic drug ( 5-fluorouracil (5-FU)) the treated area, at a particular depth of the skin, using a specific technique, every 2 to 4 weeks, advised by the doctor. Keloid pressure earrings will also be provided. We recommend that you wear these at all times for a minimum of one year.
What are the chances that my keloid will grow back after treatment?
Many factors can influence whether a keloid scar will reoccur. From the severity of the original scar, its size and the location it occurs. However, on average, 70% of our patients here at The London Keloid Scar clinic are treated successfully without reoccurrence.
Is there any side-effects from ear keloid treatments?
After surgical removal you may experience some redness, swelling and bruising, following your ear keloid removal. However, this is quite normal and will subside quickly. In the very rare case of bleeding or infection, we would ask that you call us immediately so that we can take the appropriate action. Some other extremely rare side-effects include a change in shape of the ear and keloid reoccurrence.
Just as commonly, risks and complications are very temporary after a specific combination of corticosteroids ( Triamnicolone ) and chemotherapeutic drug ( 5-fluorouracil (5-FU)) treatment for keloids and these can include discolouration, thinning of the skin and depression of the area which has been treated. It is highly unlikely that these become a permanent effect of the treatment.
All potential risks and complications associated with keloid removal will all be explained in detail to you during your pre-treatment consultation.
Ear keloid removal in London – get the best treatment
Ear keloids do not have to be a permanent problem and we can help you regain your confidence with some quick and easy procedures to remove them. To take the first step to get rid of your ear keloids, contact our reception team and book your initial consultation, here at The London Keloid Scar Clinic.