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A 39-year-old member asked:

Can you remove a keloid?

3 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Morris Westfried
Dermatology 47 years experience
Difficult: Keloids can be removed but need very good after care because they have a high recurrence rate.
Dr. David Yan
Plastic Surgery 21 years experience
Yes: Surgical removal of a keloid is associated with a very high recurrence rate. However, when you combine surgery with other treatments, success rates are higher. Sometimes, you can combine excision with steroid injections or external beam radiation and have much higher rates of success.
Dr. John Walker
Plastic Surgery 27 years experience
Keloid Rx: The safest approach is silicone tape/gel (myscaraway, from walgreens/online), steroid/bleomycin injections immunosuppressant/chemotherapyagent) only in pro hands, electron-beam radiotherapy, almost never excision unless radiotherapy can be guaranteed within 24hr after excision. Be very careful or it will be made worse by cutting it! close follow up for 2yrs+ to monitor for recurrence essential!

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Dr. Lawrence Colen
Plastic Surgery 47 years experience
See plaTic surgery: Keloid management varies depending upon its size, location, and prior treatments. Options include pressure via taping, injections of medication that help the scar get smaller and surgery, often with the use of 3 x-ray treatments to prevent it from coming back.

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