Keloid Scar Removalin Boston, MA

Named Among the Best Plastic Surgeons in Boston

Helena O. Taylor MD, PHD, FACS & Stephen R. Sullivan MD, MPH, FACS

Don’t Fear The Mirror

For those who suffer from excess scar tissue build-up after ear piercing, a condition known as a keloid, you understand how frustrating it can be to see your scar each morning in the mirror. You may have made attempts at reduction or removal in the past that were unsuccessful or resulted in the keloid coming back. Now, with a comprehensive treatment plan, Keloid Scar Removal in Boston is possible. The power of steroids and well-timed surgical removal might be the answer for you.

Keloid Scar Removal at Taylor & Sullivan

With years of experience in not only cosmetic but also reparative surgery, Dr. Helena Taylor and Dr. Stephen Sullivan are top-rated Boston plastic surgeons who can treat and address your keloid concerns with the expertise you need. Trust that the team at Taylor & Sullivan will provide you with stunning results and true compassion.

What are Keloid Scars?

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Ear piercings can sometimes develop into large scars, known as a keloid. The scars can grow quite large like a tumor. Ear keloid scars can be treated with steroids and surgical removal. Dr. Taylor and Dr. Sullivan use a Dermojet (no needles!) to instill steroids into the keloid. Over time, the keloid can soften and flatten and then be removed to restore the natural appearance of the earlobe. Repeat treatments with steroids can help decrease the chance that a keloid returns.

Benefits of Keloid Scar Removal

Many people struggle with the development of keloids after ear piercing and how it affects their confidence and appearance. Treatment can completely change the quality of life for most people.

With Keloid Scar Removal Boston patients can:

• Restore smooth, scar-free earlobes

• Stop wasting time and money on ineffective DIY treatments

• Enjoy a treatment that really works

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Keloid Scar Removal Candidates

Those who are in generally good health and have unwanted keloid scarring that may have spread well beyond the initial piercing area are likely good candidates for our Boston Keloid Scar Removal procedure. Both men and women and people of all ages, including children, are eligible for this treatment.

Consultation and Preparation

During a consultation, we will examine your skin and make a diagnosis. We’ll get to know you and your medical history to ensure that our Keloid Scar Removal treatment is ideal for addressing your particular concerns. There is little to no prep needed by the patient prior to this procedure.

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You will be provided with a customized treatment plan, but typically, we administer steroid treatment over the course of several weeks or months leading up to surgery. Once we feel the keloid has reached the point where surgical removal will be successful, we will set a surgery date. The procedure is often performed under local anesthesia, but there are multiple options. During the surgery, the keloid will be removed, and the area will be reconstructed if necessary for an optimal aesthetic outcome.

Results, Recovery, and Aftercare

Healing will take place over about six to eight weeks. Be sure to follow all instructions provided by your surgeon so that the healing process is as ideal as possible. In the majority of cases, the keloid does not come back and this is a permanent solution.

Why Taylor & Sullivan?

Board-certified, Harvard-educated, and Top Doctor rated, Dr. Taylor and Dr. Sullivan are committed to aesthetic quality and the highest levels of compassionate patient care. Whether they are performing surgery for cosmetic, trauma-related, or other needs, you can be sure that they will address each patient’s concern delicately and with utmost care.

Schedule Your Boston Keloid Scar Removal Consultation at Taylor & Sullivan Today

You can conveniently schedule an appointment online or call us at 617.492.0620 for Keloid Scar Removal in Boston!

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  • Ear reconstruction: a procedure that repairs damage caused by trauma, cancer, or birth deformities.
  • Keloid scar removal: consists of the removal of large scars after ear piercing.
  • Non-surgical earlobe rejuvenation: a filler-based technique that restores volume to deflated earlobes.
  • Earlobe reduction: also called earlobe shortening, is a rejuvenation procedure for earlobes that have become long, wrinkled or deflated due to aging.
  • Earlobe fat grafting: using fat transfer to restore volume to sagging earlobes.
  • Ear reshaping: also known as ear pinning or ear setback, a procedure that addresses protruding ears in children and adults.
  • Earlobe repair: a technique used to fix damaged or split earlobes, which can result from wearing earrings, gauges, or from trauma.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Keloid Scar Removal common?

Yes, Keloid Scar Removal is performed quite frequently.

Is Keloid Scar Removal painful?

Each step of our Keloid Scar Removal method is designed to be as comfortable as possible for the patient.

What are the risks associated with Keloid Scar Removal?

Changes in pigment where the keloid was located can sometimes be a side effect. Serious risks like infection or atrophy are extremely rare.

Is Keloid Scar Removal permanent?

Surgical removal without steroid treatment almost always results in keloid return, but there is a very high success rate with the addition of steroid therapy.

Are there any effective DIY Keloid Scar Removal treatments out there?

There are some at-home treatments that may slightly reduce the discomfort of keloids. However, “effective” is the key word, and most are not. Some can even be dangerous or make the problem worse.

How much does Keloid Scar Removal cost?

The cost of this procedure depends entirely on the size of the area to be treated.

Will my insurance cover Keloid Scar Removal?

This depends on the reasons for Keloid Scar Removal, and each patient should discuss the procedure with their doctor and insurance company.

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To schedule a private consultation with Dr. Taylor or Dr. Sullivan, please call the office or request an appointment using our form. We welcome your visit and your questions.

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