A keloid is the result of the body producing excessive scar tissue that goes beyond the original edges of the wound. In many cases, keloids become itchy, painful, and disfiguring. Keloids are very common on the ear after ear piercings, particularly piercings through cartilage. Even after the earring is removed and the piercing itself heals, keloids can continue to enlarge and proliferate. A keloid can also form in the head and neck along surgical incisions or after face, neck, or scalp trauma. Keloid removal or keloid excision usually requires both surgical and non-surgical management.
In some cases, keloids can become very large. These large keloids will require a combination of treatments to achieve the best result. Many keloids require surgical excision followed by other treatments like steroid injections. Patients need to follow up closely with their surgeon after keloid removal. Also, in very severe cases, even radiation treatments might be required.
As facial plastic surgeons who specialize in facial aesthetic procedures, Dr. Richardson and Dr. Cain are well-equipped to remove even very large or disfiguring keloids and manage the area post-operatively as well with close clinical follow-up.
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