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How to get rid of a keloid scar on the ear.


What causes a keloid scar on the ear?

Keloids are overgrowths of scar tissue that can be caused by any minor trauma or injury to your skin. They often appear after ear piercings. As wounds heal after piercing, fibrous tissue starts to develop and overgrow instead of normal scar tissue. In some individuals body makes excessive scar tissue which leads to formation of keloids on the ear. This scar tissue starts to spread out from the original wound, causing a keloid to become larger than the original piercing. Keloid scars on the ear typically begin as small round bumps around the piercing site. Sometimes they develop quickly within few weeks, but usually they appear several months after piercing and may continue growing slowly for the next few months.

Who gets them?

While anyone can develop a keloid scar on the ear, some people are more predisposed to develop them.

Risk factors are:

  • Ethnicity – people with darker skin tones are more likely to have keloids.
  • Genetics – Individuals with family history of keloids.
  • Age – keloid scars on the ear are more common in young adults.

What are the best treatments to remove keloids?

The most successful ways to remove keloid scars on the ear are Cryodestruction (deep internal freezing) and Surgery followed by Superficial Radiation Therapy (SRT).

    These methods are described below:

Cryodestruction is an innovative unique technique that enables to freeze keloids from the inside out with liquid nitrogen without creating additional scar tissue. The freezing of liquid nitrogen causes a thermal effect that destroys keloid cells. With no risk of worsening the scar, and a 97% success rate. Cryodestruction effectively treats most scars on the ear in one or two treatments usually spaced 6 weeks apart. You will see at least 50 to 80% improvement after one treatment. Pain, itching and discomfort associated with keloid markedly improved after the first treatment. The procedure is done under the local numbing with minimal discomfort. Skin discoloration may occur in the site of the treated area. Unfortunately, not all keloids are suitable for Cryodestruction. Keloid’s size, texture, and shape need to be evaluated to determine if it is a suitable option.
Surgery combined with Superficial Radiation Therapy (SRT) can successfully remove a keloid scar on the ear and prevent it from creating a new scar. Surgical removal alone can create a new scar, that will l develop into a keloid in about 70% of the cases. Often bigger than the original keloid. Therefore, typically keloids need to be treated with radiation therapy within 24 to 48 hours post surgery to prevent regrowth. SRT is a highly effective keloid removal treatment with a cure rate of 94%.
Additional treatments such as corticosteroid injections may slightly decrease the size of the keloid, however there are higher chances of regrowth. It typically requires several treatments spaced three to four weeks apart.

Can keloids be prevented?

There are no current remedies to completely prevent keloid on the ear however these tips help to reduce the risk. If the skin around a piercing start to thicken or itch, this might indicate keloid is forming. Seek treatment early. If you’ve ever had an ear keloid, don’t pierce your ears again. If you know that you get keloids and you need surgery, be sure to inform your surgeon. They may be able to use special techniques to reduce your risk.Take good care of any new piercings or wounds. Keeping the wound clean can reduce your risk of scarring. Use a silicone patch or gel after getting any new piercings, or wounds.

With new advances in technology, today we have highly effective treatment options with excellent success rate so you don’t have to go through life with this difficult condition. See a keloid specialist to discuss what treatment options are best for you.

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Do home remedies for keloid scars work?

Home Remedies for Keloid Scars

Home Remedies for Keloids, Fact or Fiction?

Keloids are scars that become enlarged due to an abnormal growth of scar tissue. The scar develops beyond the border of an injury and many patients try home remedies first before coming to see a dermatologist. Most keloid scars continue to grow for weeks to months or even years. Usually they do not resolve spontaneously, and tend to recur after surgical excision if serious precaution measures are not observed. The scars have an irregular shape, can be pink, or brown in color, with smooth, hard appearance. Any injury such as bites, cuts, acne, surgeries, burns and piercings can create keloids. Some ethnic groups are genetically more predisposed to have excessive scar tissue. Keloids are more common in Asians, and African American individuals. The most common age group to develop keloids is 10-30 years old. Sometimes keloids can become painful and itchy and sensitive to the touch. Many people suffer emotionally from having those unsightly scars. Keloid scars can lower confidence, and can cause social isolation.
There are a few treatments available to treat or minimize the appearance of the scars.

There are several home remedies such as:

    apple cider vinegar
    baking soda
    lemon juice
    lavender oil


Those might work on minor injuries but those treatments unfortunately don’t work well for large keloids, or mature keloid scars. Home remedies might slightly reduce the size and pigmentation of the scars if they are applied right after getting a wound, burn, or piercing. If keloids don’t improve with home remedies and continue to grow or itch talk to your doctor about other medical options.

Large keloid scars most likely would require more aggressive treatment. The newest revolutionary cryodestruction technology offers a successful way of treating scars, with 97% success rate. With other keloid removal procedure unfortunately there is a high chance of keloid regrowth. With cryodestruction the chance of regrowth is less than 3%. The procedure is done under local numbing and is pain free. The keloid is frozen from the inside out with liquid nitrogen. This technique allows very minimal regrowth compared to other treatment options.

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Interlesional CryoTherapy: Best Treatment for Keloid Scars

Bothered by noticeable keloid scars? 

Many patients are bothered by their keloid scars and constantly look for the optimal, best treatment. Intralesional cryotherapy has been successfully implemented on many patients, with outstanding results. Only minimal discoloration has been noted, and it usually resolved after a period of time. 100% of patients respond positively to treatment and see dramatic improvement. Most of the patients require 1-2 treatments. Results can be seen in just few weeks.

Cryotherapy Device


  • 100% positive response rate
  • 1-2 treatments only!
  • Results seen in weeks, not months.
  • Side effects: temporary discoloration

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