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Can you remove a keloid?

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Dr. David Yan
Surgery - Plastics
4 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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. David Yan
Dr. David Yan
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Dr. John Walker
Surgery - Plastics

In brief: 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!

In brief: 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!
Dr. John Walker
Dr. John Walker
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Dr. Morris Westfried
Dermatology

In brief: Difficult

Keloids can be removed but need very good after care because they have a high recurrence rate.

In brief: Difficult

Keloids can be removed but need very good after care because they have a high recurrence rate.
Dr. Morris Westfried
Dr. Morris Westfried
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