Earlobe is a common place of keloid formation. This is almost always due to piercing of the earlobes. Keloid is an excess growth of a scar which is due to excess fibrous tissue formation at the site of a prior wound. Some individuals are prone to develop thick and massive scars at the site of any injury to their skin.
Cryosurgery, which is a method of inducing controlled frostbit, is an extremely effective method of treating most keloids, and in particular, earlobe keloids. Cryosurgery is my method of choice to treat great majority of earlobe keloids.In 2005, Dr. Fikrle from Czech Republic published his experience with Cryotherapy as monotherapy, that is just using cryotherapy, without any other interventions in seven cases of earlobe Keloids (Dermatol Surg. 2005 Dec;31(12):1728-3). Dr. Fikrle observed that the volume of the Keloids reduced in every patient and that complete flattening of the scars/Keloids occurred in 5 out of seven patients and concluded his publication, stating "We present an excellent effect of cryosurgery as the monotherapy for the treatment of earlobe Keloid scars of young patients." After the application of the first cryo treatment, earlobe keloids become significantly smaller and less noticeable. Most patients require between 2-3 treatments to achieve excellent results. The video below demonstrates how I apply Cryotherapy to earlobe keloids.
As for earlobe keloids that have re-occurred after surgery, Cryosurgery is the only method that can be used to remove such keloids.
Cause of keloid formation, and why some people are prone to it and some are not, is not well known. African Americans are more prone to develop thick scars and Keloids as opposed to Caucasians.
Surgery is commonly used method of removing earlobe keloids, but this often results in re-growth of keloid. Surgery is usually supplemented with injection of steroids at the keloid site.
Surgery can at times be counterproductive, specially in patients who have a strong family history of keloids, and also those who have other keloids on their skin. In such cases, removing one keloid; results in formation of another one, and at time bigger keloids form at the site of surgery.Earlobe Keloids can very in size and location. Some Keloids are limited to only on side of the earlobe, while other keloids can be complex and destroy the whole earlobe. Treating relapsed earlobe keloids can be challenging. Earlobe Keloids that relapse after surgery, should best be treated with cryotherapy.
Below is the interim result after four Cryotherapy sessions, (four months later) for the above huge keloid of the left earlobe. This bulky keloid has become much smaller than what it was before.
Here is what some of our patients say about cryotherapy for earlobe keloids:
Janeen W. says: I had keloids on both of my ears and had them surgically removed (three times) and they returned. I was ready to give up and just wear my hair over my ears. One day while surfing the internet I came across Dr. Tirgan's website. After reading through the other reviews I decided it was worth a try. My first appointment was March 9, 2013. I was so hesitant. I wondered what about this doctor was going to be different- EVERYTHING was different. Dr. Tirgan took his time to explain the entire process, he answered every question I had. Not once did I feel rushed. At that appointment I received my first treatment. Six weeks later I am AMAZED at how wonderful my ears look!!! Dr. Tirgan is an amazing man. I'm so glad that I found his site.
Worth Every Penny (Travelling from London (UK) to New York)
Mahsa From London says: I was left with two massive keloids on both my earlobes after three time surgical removal by the National Health Service (NHS) in UK. I suffered since I was 7 years old going through three surgeries, having to wear pressure clips and 12 times steroid injections every 6 weeks. As a 14 years old girl, the psychological trauma of going to school and facing the bullies became too much. The medical research by my mother led us to Dr. Tirgan's office in New York City and this was a turning point in my life. I had my first time treatment in July 2014 which has fantastically reduced the size of my keloid about 50%. Everyone in our family was amazed with the result. Now I am back in New York for the second time to treat the rest of the keloid. I can't wait to finally see my earlobes without any keloids within about 8 weeks. As I said, my mother has carried out lots of medical research at a degree level and says that Dr. Tirgan and the way in which he carries out the treatment is the only light in the dark for anyone suffering from keloids. I know that some experts in the UK has started realizing the mistakes and risks that NHS has taken by unnecessary surgeries on poor patients whilst some other experts have started taking advice from Dr. Tirgan. However, despite this and taking Dr. Tirgan's experience into account, my mother correctly decided that the treatment must be carried out by Dr. Tirgan Personally. This decision has proved to be the best decision ever and our experience could not be better than this. My mother and Dr. Tirgan can discuss things about keloid in details but it is so worrying when you come across doctors in the UK with shucking lack of knowledge about the nature of keloid scars, still putting people through surgeries or other useless methods. There are few other Doctors across the world carrying out this treatment, however, the way in which this treatment is carried out is as important as the treatment itself. I would only recommend this doctor to people with keloid treatment because of the level of experience and the way in which he carries out his treatment with the highest standard of care and skills. I wish him the best He has changed my life.