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Meet Keloid Specialist, Dr. Michael Tirgan

Dr. Michael Tirgan is a specialist in the treatment of Keloid Disorder and a board certified medical oncologist. In 2008, Dr. Tirgan began focusing his practice on the non-surgical treatment of keloid and now limits his practice solely to the treatment of individuals with this disorder. He has treated approximately 900 keloid patients, not only from across the United States, but from countries around the world such as Canada, Mexico, Italy, England, Ghana, Nigeria and the United Arab Emirates. He is an avid researcher of keloid and has published peer-reviewed articles on his findings. His dedication and sole focus on helping keloid patients, coupled with his vast clinical experience, has allowed him to develop unparalleled expertise in treating this complicated disorder.

Understanding Keloid Disorder

Keloid is a very hard to treat skin disorder, which negatively affects many aspects of patients' lives. Keloid Disorder can present itself either as a single small spot on the skin or appear as multiple lesions spread across several areas of the body. In some patients, keloid lesions can grow to form a large skin tumor. Keloid has a genetic component, often runs in families, and is most often seen in Africans/African Americans and Asian populations, although it has been reported in individuals from almost all ethnic backgrounds. If someone is predisposed to the condition, a keloid appears only after an injury to the skin, which can happen in myriad ways such as ear piercing, acne, surgery, chicken-pox, etc.

Unfortunately, very little is known about this disorder. Due to the lack of research, no one knows exactly how many people suffer from this disorder worldwide, but it is thought to be in the hundreds of millions.

Because this condition is misunderstood by so many in the medical community, there is much misinformation about the proper course of action for treating keloid. The first thing you should know is that anytime the skin is injured, as in surgery to remove the keloid, it may come back, only this time worse than before and covering a larger area. Within this site, we provide information on the advantages and disadvantages of the most common forms of treatment.

Keloid needs a Long-Term Treatment Plan

While most physicians have the ability to diagnose keloid, very few understand the condition and even fewer can give you appropriate advice on your treatment options. Because of this inappropriate advice, we encounter many patients whose keloids have become much worse after an inappropriate surgery. For this reason, it is extremely important not to rush into treatment with surgery or radiation. Instead, you must fully educate yourself about the pros and cons of each option before agreeing to a treatment plan. Many patients pay a very high price for receiving inappropriate treatment in the first place.

It is your job, as the patient, to be your own advocate. Our goal is to provide you with the most up-to-date information and bring you evidence of best practices for treating this often debilitating disorder.

Every patient needs a treatment plan that is unique to their condition, taking into consideration the keloid's location, shape, size, age and other factors. Most importantly, your treatment plan must be long-term in nature. The goal is not only to treat the keloid as it exists today, but prevent it from recurring in the future.

Dr. Tirgan's treatment plans often incorporate cryotherapy as the best means to reduce the bulk of keloids. Once the bulk is removed, depending on the patient's risk of recurrence, he may use other methods to reduce the likelihood of its return. For example, flat keloids often require combination therapy, using cryotherapy to reduce the bulk, as well as injections of various drugs to destroy the remaining keloid producing cells.

Educate Yourself for the Best Possible Outcome

After reading through this site, you will have a greater understanding of Keloid Disorder and hopefully be able to make a determination about your best treatment options. We know your journey with keloid has been difficult. Its physical symptoms and the accompanying psycho-social component are often traumatic if not debilitating.

Dr. Tirgan treats people exactly like you every day. Contact his office for more information or to schedule a consultation. If Dr. Tirgan's location prohibits you from seeing him, we hope you will find the type of information on this site that will help you have an educated discussion with your doctor about Keloid Disorder.

For those of you who wish to receive treatment from Dr. Tirgan, we are delighted to welcome you to our practice and thank you for your trust and confidence in us. Here is what some of our prior patients had to say about our practice.

Dr. Tirgan is in a class all his own as a doctor who is passionate about the care and healing of his patients. Not only is he the leading expert in keloids, he is always responsive and will go out of his way to attend to his patients' needs. After visiting multiple dermatologists with no results, I will only trust Dr. Tirgan to continue with his proven treatment methods. - Matt. R

Besides being a professional and great at what he does he is one of the kindest, most gentle people that I have ever met. I have been taking my son to see him, and my son loves going to him because he shows genuine interest in him. I only wish that every doctor could be just like Dr. Tirgan. The medical field would be a better place. He is wonderful both professionally and personally! He is perfect! - Raffaela M.

I am so happy that I found Dr. Tirgan. I can only say that he has the highest level of professionalism, his knowledge of the field is impeccable and I trust his work. I wish he could be the template for every single professional in the field of medicine. If others mirrored Dr. Tirgan's character and interest in his patients, there would be greater healing, more trust of our doctors and a new level of professionalism in the field. - Dr. Teresa Williams