Surgical removal of keloids induced by ear piercing is more effective
than surgical removal of keloids on other parts of the body. However, if
treated by surgery alone, without postoperative treatment, there is an
extremely high rate of recurrence.
The author reports two recurrent cases of earlobe keloids induced by
piercing, which had not received any postoperative treatment
A 21year-old woman with a recurrent left earlobe keloid underwent
surgical excision and was treated by a continuous pressure earring and
steroid injections postoperatively.
There was no recurrence during 12 months of follow-up.
A 24-year-old woman with a recurrent left earlobe keloid was treated
using the described postoperative treatment after excision, and there
was no recurrence 16 months postoperatively.
The author emphasizes the importance of continuous postoperative
and steroid injections after a surgical procedure.