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Keloid on Ear : Causes, Prevention, Removal, Treatment

  • According to the American Academy of Dermatology, keloid is a type of raised scar. Unlike other raised scars, keloids grow much larger than the wound that caused the scar. 
  • A keloid mayform as a result of any type of skin injury but most commonly on the ears after a piercing
  • Keloid scar can appear anywhere on the ear. In ear lobe, it will most likely be round and solid. Lesion may appear shortly after the wound, but it may take months for it to become visible. 
  • It is up to the individual whether or not a keloid forms. Some people develop ear keloids after minor lesions, such as acne scars, while others never develop them.
  • A keloid can form as a result of any type of skin injury.


  • Not everyone will develop keloids. However, some people are more susceptible to developing them.

    Skin color

  • Keloids are 15 to 20 times more common in people with darker skin.


  • If someone in your family has keloids, you are more likely to have them as well.


  • Keloids are more common in people under 30 years old.

Treatment options

  • The question is can ear keloids go away ? and what is th effective treatment ? keloid treatment is a challenge for Dermatologist. There is no standard treatment. Dermatologis may use a combination of the following treatments : 

    1. Silicone gel 

  • Medical treatment consists on applying silicone or polyurethane scar-reducing patches using silicone gel 

    2. Injections of corticosteroids

  • Injections are successful in 50%–80% of cases. 
  • These injections are typically given once every 3 to 4 weeks. Patient may notice that the keloid feels softer after the first injection.

    3. Cryotherapy

  • It works best on smaller keloid scars  and can help reduce the keloid's size and hardness. It will freeze the keloid from the inside out. It has been found to be effective for newly formed keloids

    4. Keloid removal surgery = Surgical treatment

  • Earlobe keloid can be removed by your dermatologist. But nearly all keloids will return after surgical removal. Cryotherapy or corticosteroid injection are used after a surgical treatment to help reduce the chances of the returning. 

    5. Laser treatment

  • Treatment by laser may be used to help reduce the size and the discoloration of the keloid.


  • After ear piercing or surgery, since the first sign of skin thickening, patients can remove the earring and wear a pressure earring for at least 12 hours per day for 4–6 months and apply silicone sheets or silicone gel.


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