A 41-year-old member asked:
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can i peirce my ears in the location where i have keloids?

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Dr. Barry Press
43 years experience Plastic Surgery
Not a good idea: The keloids probably formed as an abnormal scarring reaction to previous piercing. Additional injury from re-piercing will likely cause them to enlarge further. There are various treatments for earlobe keloids; the ones that are present should be treated before considering re-piercing.
Answered on Sep 10, 2012

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A 54-year-old member asked:
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Yes: Mostlikely, it is a keloid and can be safely ignored unless it's painul or growing.

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