Philadelphia and Mainline Center of Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery

Torn earlobes and Keloids

[2011-06-13 10:10:04 - Lawren from Bryn Mawr]: I have a torn ear lobe and a keloid on the same ear, can this be fixed and about how much would it cost?
[2011-06-13 10:11:21 - Dr. Ringpfeil]: This is a very difficult question to answer. It is very possible for a keloid to occur at an earlobe repair site in someone who already has a keloid, be it in the same area or elsewhere on the body. If you definitely wanted to repair the tear, it would be important to treat the existing keloid first. If it is responsive to steroid injections, surgery to the torn earlobe may be followed by steroid injections to suppress a keloid from forming at the surgical site. You are certainly taking a risk and should consider very carefully.

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