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What are the chances of a keloid coming back after removal?

What are the chances of a keloid coming back after removal?

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! Read more

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Keloids (Definition)

Hypertrophic scarring. More common in certain ethic groups. See dermatologist or facial ...Read more


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What happens if a person had keloids in past is it possible they will come back again?

What happens if a person had keloids in past is it possible they will come back again?

Keloids: Most keloids do not come back after they regress. Whoever, occasionally, a keloid will regain momentum if there is additional injury to the scar. Read more

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I have problem with my left ear. It has a keloid on top of it. Need to remove. My problem is won't it come back again?

I have problem with my left ear. It has a keloid on top of it. Need to remove. My problem is won't it come back again?

Certainly possible: Because you have the keloid, you have a greater possibility of recurrence If you decide to have it removed, make sure a Plastic Surg does it. There are some things that can be done with and just after the removal to decrease the recurrence rate, but there always the possibility of recurrence. Read more

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I have a small keloid on my face near my jaw and it grows every year. I want to get rid of it. What can I do and will it come back! And how much cost!

I have a small keloid on my face near my jaw and it grows every year. I want to get rid of it. What can I do and will it come back! And how much cost!

Keloid: Please see a plastic surgeon for a consultation. He/she will let you know how much it will cost to remove it and if insurance may cover it. Your family doctor can refer you. Peace and good health. Read more

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Have a keloid scar from vulva biopsy- how hard is this to remove? Can a plastic surgeon remove this from my vulva? Will it come back?

Have a keloid scar from vulva biopsy- how hard is this to remove? Can a plastic surgeon remove this from my vulva? Will it come back?

See below: There are many treatments for keloids, even in the vulvar area. The problem with removing a keloid surgically is that they often recur as you have replaced a scar with a new scar steroid injection into the keloid may have better success and be less painful and can produce significant improvement in comfort or appearance. See a gyn or plastic surgeon with interest in the vulva for a second opin. Read more

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What treatment for keloids has a least chance of regrowth? Concerned with getting it as small as possible with a low chance of growing back not removal

What treatment for keloids has a least chance of regrowth? Concerned with getting it as small as possible with a low chance of growing back not removal

Many options: Excision is best way to remove a keloid but re growth is possible. Attempts to use pressure (compression), steroids, and radiation have all been used with variable success. Read more

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My high grade dysphasia keeps coming back even after a leep, and small removals. I have left it un-treated now for 3 years to have kids. What is the chances this could turn to cancer?

My high grade dysphasia keeps coming back even after a leep, and small removals. I have left it un-treated now for 3 years to have kids. What is the chances this could turn to cancer?

Review: Review with your treating doctor and get the advice you need. There is always risk. If you are now in a position to have more surgery, that may be the right decision for you. All the best. Read more

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Laser permanently removes the hair? Or is there any chance of reoccurrence? And laser hair removal for people with keloid tendency is safe or not?

Laser permanently removes the hair? Or is there any chance of reoccurrence? And laser hair removal for people with keloid tendency is safe or not?

See below: When properly spaced treatments are used with an effective laser, the hair growth should be slowed considerably or completely arrested. Not all lasers can be safely used in patients of all skin types. Read more

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I have a flat pink scar on my face from mole removal, how to I reduce redness and as I am prone to keloids is there any chance it could develop to one?

I have a flat pink scar on my face from mole removal, how to I reduce redness and as I am prone to keloids is there any chance it could develop to one?

Neocutis Peche.: I use a product from neocutis called peche as a redness reducer in scarred areas. It is also important to avoid sun exposure to scarred areas especially in the early stages. Given your tendency to keloid I would recommend this as a first step and avoid more traumatic treatments. Read more

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Does fertility come back quickly after the removal of nexplanon?

Does fertility come back quickly after the removal of nexplanon?

Yes: As early as 7-14 days as per the package insert. Therefore, once removed, contraception must be used right away if pregnancy is not desired. Read more

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Can stones come back after gallbladder removal?

Can stones come back after gallbladder removal?

Rarely: Following gallbladder surgery, a small percent of people will come back with a recurrent "gallbladder-like" attack. This is usually due to a small stone that was hiding within the bile duct before surgery and can pass spontaneously or require non-surgical endoscopic removal. Even less frequently, people can develop new stones in their bile duct years after surgery, likewise treated as above. Read more

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After the surgical removal of an avm from the brain, can it come back? If so, how likely is it?

After the surgical removal of an avm from the brain, can it come back? If so, how likely is it?

Unlikely: If the avm was completely removed ie. The nidus removed and all feeding vessels that are not feeding other essential ares of the brain are clipped, the likelihood of the avm returning is slim. If the entire avm could not be removed due to its location, there is a chance it would again recruit additional blood supply and grow. There is therapy to address this, talk to your neurosurgeon. Read more

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Obgyn found polyp on my cervix yesterday come back in 2 weeks for removal. Why did he remove on this visit if it's simple?

Obgyn found polyp on my cervix yesterday come back in 2 weeks for removal. Why did he remove on this visit if it's simple?

Time: The delay may have been due to time constraints. These days, appointments are scheduled allowing only a certain amount of time based on what type of visit, i.e.preventive medicine vs. Problem vs. Procedure, has been scheduled. There is also the issue of reimbursement which is lower if a visit and procedure are done on the same day (the wisdom of insurance companies). Hope this helps. Read more

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I have an ingrown hair that has come back in the exact same spot after 2 surgical removals. What should I do next? It is very painful and frustrating.

I have an ingrown hair that has come back in the exact same spot after 2 surgical removals. What should I do next? It is very painful and frustrating.

Bacterial supression: If it keeps coming back you should try to treat bacteria on the surface of the skin. You could try scrubbing with hibiclens or using a topical antibiotic or sometimes suppressive oral antibiotics are needed. Protecting the integrity of the skin is important too. Read more

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Had a shave mole removal done. Pathology benign. But pigment has come back??

Had a shave mole removal done. Pathology benign. But pigment has come back??

Incomplete removal: Shave biopsy of a mole is not a good practice. Please see a dermatologist for proper treatment. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Drink enough water daily so that your urine is mostly colorless. Practice safe sex. Read more

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My 12 yr old son, had partial removal of ingrown toenail, 6mth ago. Condition come back again. To remove the toenail is it a better option?

My 12 yr old son, had partial removal of ingrown toenail, 6mth ago. Condition come back again. To remove the toenail is it a better option?

Not usually: There are 2 different procedures. One is just cutting out the ingrown edge to allow it to heal. The second destroys part of the root so the ingrown edge doesn't return. If only the first was performed, it is possible for problems to return. If this happens, the permanent procedure is indicated, but only for the ingrown edge (s). Read more

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Had thyroid cancer and removal 3 years ago and didn't have to do any radiation, can it come back? I'm worried I have a 2 year old and one on the way

Had thyroid cancer and removal 3 years ago and didn't have to do any radiation, can it come back? I'm worried I have a 2 year old and one on the way

Yes: Thyroid cancer can come back. That is why it is important to have continued follow-up with your doctor to make sure your TSH suppression, surveillance imaging and blood work is performed to monitor for signs of recurrence. Read more