Keloids are formations of scar tissue that can create large growths. Ear lobes are one of the most common areas for keloids, often triggered by an ear piercing. Keloids can become large, even up to the size of a baseball or larger, causing a severe deformity on the ear. Dr. Gary Linkov at City Facial Plastics in New York City offers keloid removal to restore a normal appearance to ears with keloid formations.
Keloid scar tissue can occur with almost any skin perforation. A minor cut, scratch or skin infection can trigger keloids to form. When the damaged skin begins the healing process, scar tissue is created. With keloids, the body begins forming scar tissue but does not stop. The scar begins to protrude from the site, like on an ear lobe, and can become irritating as well as disfiguring. Keloids are more common in darker-pigmented skin types.
Plastic Surgery for Removing Ear Lobe Keloids
Ear lobe keloids often keep growing and can become unsightly. If you have an ear lobe keloid or a keloid anywhere on the face or neck region, Dr. Linkov can evaluate your growth and devise the best option for removal. Large keloids require specialized techniques to remove without leaving more noticeable scar tissue and to prevent regrowth of the keloid tissue. While any incision and removal of tissue will leave a scar, Dr. Linkov can minimize the impact on the appearance of the skin and ear.
Keloid growths can be embarrassing and disfiguring, but you do not need to live with these skin or ear formations. Contact our team at City Facial Plastics on the Upper East Side of Manhattan to schedule an appointment with Dr. Linkov to discuss keloid removal options. Most keloid removal surgeries can be performed under local anesthesia at our office. Call today to learn more about this minimally-invasive procedure.